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Syrian rebels seize U.N. peacekeepers near Golan Heights

BEIRUT, Mar. 6, 2013 (Reuters) — Syrian rebels have seized a convoy of U.N. peacekeepers near the Golan Heights and say they will hold them captive until President Bashar al-Assad's forces pull back from a rebel-held village which has seen heavy recent fighting. ...  > full story

EU fines Microsoft $731 million for broken promise, warns others

BRUSSELS, Mar. 6, 2013 (Reuters) — The European Union fined Microsoft Corp 561 million euros ($731 million) on Wednesday for failing to offer users a choice of web browser, an unprecedented sanction that will act as a warning to other firms involved in EU antitrust disputes. ...  > full story

Wall Street pulls back on caution after Dow hits record

NEW YORK, Mar. 6, 2013 (Reuters) — The Dow set another intraday record high on Wednesday on signs of improvement in the U.S. labor market, but trimmed its gains at midday as the broader market fell on investors' caution that the rally may soon run its course. ...  > full story

France says terror chiefs killed in Mali

PARIS/BAMAKO, Mar. 6, 2013 (Reuters) — French President Francois Hollande said on Wednesday a military campaign against Islamist rebels in Mali has killed "terrorist leaders", without clarifying whether he was referring to two al Qaeda commanders reported dead last week. ...  > full story

Vietnam capital to reassign obese, rude traffic cops: paper

HANOI, Mar. 6, 2013 (Reuters) — Pot-bellied, short, or abusive traffic policemen will be barred from working on the streets of Vietnam's capital and assigned desk jobs instead as Hanoi police try to clean up their unsavory image, a newspaper reported on Wednesday. ...  > full story

South Korea says to strike back at North if attacked

SEOUL/UNITED NATIONS, Mar. 6, 2013 (Reuters) — South Korea's military said it will strike back at North Korea and target its top leadership if Pyongyang launches a threatened attack in response to what it says are "hostile" drills between U.S. and South Korean forces. ...  > full story

Bolshoi dancer who played villains admits acid attack

MOSCOW, Mar. 6, 2013 (Reuters) — A dancer at Russia's Bolshoi ballet who made his name playing villains has confessed to ordering the acid attack that nearly blinded its director, angry that his lover was being kept out of leading roles. ...  > full story

Construction buoys private employment in February

WASHINGTON, Mar. 6, 2013 (Reuters) — Employers hired more workers than expected in February, bolstering hopes job growth was improving despite higher taxes and deep government spending cuts. ...  > full story

Egypt court throws election timetable up in the air

CAIRO, Mar. 6, 2013 (Reuters) — An Egyptian court threw the timetable for parliamentary elections into confusion on Wednesday, ordering the cancellation of President Mohamed Mursi's decree calling the vote and forcing a likely delay to polls due to start in April. ...  > full story

Venezuelans grieve for Chavez, prepare for election

CARACAS, Mar. 6, 2013 (Reuters) — Shattered supporters of Hugo Chavez paraded his coffin through the streets of Caracas on Wednesday in a flood of emotion allies hope will help his deputy win an election due in the coming weeks and keep his self-styled revolution alive. ...  > full story

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Greece charges three ex-ministers over income declarations

ATHENS, Mar. 6, 2013 (Reuters) — A Greek prosecutor charged three former ministers on Wednesday for failing to declare the source of their wealth, the latest high-profile politicians in legal trouble as public anger rises at a political class widely seen as corrupt. ...  > full story

France says terror chiefs killed in Mali

PARIS/BAMAKO, Mar. 6, 2013 (Reuters) — French President Francois Hollande said on Wednesday a military campaign against Islamist rebels in Mali has killed "terrorist leaders", without clarifying whether he was referring to two al Qaeda commanders reported dead last week. ...  > full story

U.N. partially lifts arms embargo on Somalia for a year

UNITED NATIONS, Mar. 6, 2013 (Reuters) — The U.N. Security Council agreed on Wednesday to partially lift a decades-old arms embargo on Somalia for one year, allowing the government in Mogadishu to buy light weapons to strengthen its security forces to fight al Qaeda-linked Islamists. ...  > full story

Protests rage in Egypt's Port Said for fourth day

PORT SAID/CAIRO, Egypt, Mar. 6, 2013 (Reuters) — Egyptian protesters demanding the release of prisoners battled police in Port Said for a fourth day on Wednesday, challenging state authority in the turbulent city at the northern end of the Suez Canal. ...  > full story

Politics


Maryland Senate votes to repeal state's death penalty

Mar. 6, 2013 (Reuters) — Maryland's Senate voted on Wednesday to repeal the state's death penalty, putting it on a path to becoming the 18th state to abolish executions. ...  > full story

Obama to meet with Republican senators over budget

WASHINGTON, Mar. 6, 2013 (Reuters) — President Barack Obama plans to meet with several Republican senators for dinner on Wednesday as part of his effort to revive talks to tackle the nation's long-term deficit, the White House said. ...  > full story

St. Louis mayor headed for Democratic primary victory

ST. LOUIS, Missouri, Mar. 6, 2013 (Reuters) — St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay appeared headed for victory on Tuesday in a three-way Democratic primary, setting the stage for a general election that could see him elected to his fourth term and become the longest-serving mayor in the city's history. ...  > full story

Obama seeks authority for IMF voting reforms

WASHINGTON, Mar. 6, 2013 (Reuters) — The Obama administration has asked Congress for authority to implement historic voting reforms in the International Monetary Fund that boost the influence of emerging economies like China in the global financial institution, sources said on Tuesday. ...  > full story

Business


Exclusive: Johnson Controls explores auto unit sale - sources

NEW YORK, Mar. 6, 2013 (Reuters) — Johnson Controls Inc is exploring a potential sale of its automotive interiors unit, a move that would allow the diversified manufacturer to focus on higher-margin building controls and next-generation car batteries, three people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. ...  > full story

Exclusive: Monte Paschi seeks 1.2 billion euros damages over derivatives

SIENA, Italy, Mar. 6, 2013 (Reuters) — Italy's Monte dei Paschi di Siena is seeking damages of at least 1.2 billion euros ($1.56 billion) from two former executives and investment banks Nomura <8604.T> and Deutsche Bank over derivative trades, a judicial source with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters. ...  > full story

EU fines Microsoft $731 million for broken promise, warns others

BRUSSELS, Mar. 6, 2013 (Reuters) — The European Union fined Microsoft Corp 561 million euros ($731 million) on Wednesday for failing to offer users a choice of web browser, an unprecedented sanction that will act as a warning to other firms involved in EU antitrust disputes. ...  > full story

Wall Street pulls back on caution after Dow hits record

NEW YORK, Mar. 6, 2013 (Reuters) — The Dow set another intraday record high on Wednesday on signs of improvement in the U.S. labor market, but trimmed its gains at midday as the broader market fell on investors' caution that the rally may soon run its course. ...  > full story

Science


U.S. doctor's 'gutsy' move led to baby's cure from HIV

JACKSON, Mississippi/CHICAGO, Illinois, Mar. 6, 2013 (Reuters) — The doctor who cured an HIV infected baby for the first time is happier talking to children than to adults and is finding all the attention since the news came out a little overwhelming. ...  > full story

Comet Pan-STARRS dresses up night skies, visible with naked eye

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida, Mar. 5, 2013 (Reuters) — The first of two comets heading toward the sun this year made its closest approach to Earth on Tuesday and will be visible in the Northern Hemisphere beginning on Thursday. ...  > full story

Apps use brainwaves to guide, improve meditation

TORONTO, Mar. 5, 2013 (Reuters) — A new smartphone app aims to ease stress and guide users through meditation by monitoring brain waves that change as people become more relaxed. ...  > full story

German flight set to take off with comet tourists

FRANKFURT, Mar. 5, 2013 (Reuters) — A German travel agency is selling tickets for a flight to give 88 astronomy buffs a close-up view of one of two rare comets expected to pass Earth this year. ...  > full story

Entertainment


Bolshoi dancer who played villains admits acid attack

MOSCOW, Mar. 6, 2013 (Reuters) — A dancer at Russia's Bolshoi ballet who made his name playing villains has confessed to ordering the acid attack that nearly blinded its director, angry that his lover was being kept out of leading roles. ...  > full story

First wine from Pitt and Jolie's French vineyard to hit Web

NICE, France, Mar. 6, 2013 (Reuters) — The first wine to be sold from a French vineyard owned by Hollywood couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie will go on offer this week to online buyers with a thirst for celebrity. ...  > full story

'Skyfall' director Sam Mendes says no to Bond 24

LONDON, Mar. 6, 2013 (Reuters) — British director Sam Mendes will not direct the next James Bond movie, despite impressing critics and breaking box office records with "Skyfall", the 23rd movie in the spy series. ...  > full story

Valerie Harper, TV's Rhoda, has brain cancer: People

NEW YORK, Mar. 6, 2013 (Reuters) — Actress Valerie Harper best known as wise-cracking neighbor Rhoda Morgenstern on television's "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, People magazine reported on Wednesday. ...  > full story

Sports


Seattle union appeals environmental ruling on proposed Sonics arena

SEATTLE, Mar. 6, 2013 (Reuters) — A Seattle port workers union has appealed a court ruling that a $490 million sports arena planned to house the city's sorely missed National Basketball Association franchise does not violate Washington state environmental laws, the union's lawyer said on Tuesday. ...  > full story

Suhr record will spur Isinbayeva, says Bubka

MOSCOW, Mar. 6, 2013 (Reuters) — American Jenn Suhr's world indoor pole vault record will give extra motivation to Russian Yelena Isinbayeva and push the sport forward generally, former Olympic and world champion Sergei Bubka said on Wednesday. ...  > full story

Contrite McIlroy hoping to find fun in the game again

MIAMI, Mar. 6, 2013 (Reuters) — If one thing was clear from Rory McIlroy's meeting with the media on Wednesday it was that five days of constant criticism and speculation have not embittered the 23-year-old Northern Irishman. ...  > full story

Redskins' Fletcher hopes to return next season after surgery

Mar. 6, 2013 (Reuters) — Washington Redskins linebacker London Fletcher was scheduled for surgery on his left ankle on Wednesday, the first step in the 37-year-old Pro Bowler's plan to return next season. ...  > full story
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