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Intel launches chip for new push into low-price smartphones

The sign hanging outside the Intel booth is seen at the International Consumer Electronics show (CES) in Las VegasBy Noel Randewich SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Intel Corp is shipping new mobile chips that represent the semiconductor company's biggest hope for making progress in smartphones this year. Responding to a growing market in China for low-cost handsets often priced below $100, Intel announced plans for the chip, code named Sofia, in late 2013 at a meeting with investors. "We went from PowerPoint to shipping in 15 months," said Aicha Evans, General Manager of Intel's Platform Engineering Group. As well as smartphones, the Sofia chip fills a gap in Intel's lineup of chips for tablets.

NXP to buy Freescale, create $40 billion company

The logo of Freescale Semiconductor Inc is seen at the entrance of the plant in ToulouseBy Nadia Damouni and Suzanne Barlyn NEW YORK (Reuters) - Chip maker NXP Semiconductors NV has agreed to buy smaller peer Freescale Semiconductor Ltd and merge operations in a deal valuing the combined company at over $40 billion. The transaction is the clearest sign yet that semiconductor companies are regaining the confidence required to pursue big mergers and acquisitions at a time when their major clients, such as mobile phone manufacturers, seek to consolidate suppliers. Freescale also has its chips in consumer products such as Amazon's Kindle e-reader. Last month, Avago Technologies said it would buy wireless networking company Emulex Corp for more than $600 million, while MaxLinear said it would buy Entropic Communications Inc for $287 million.

Samsung unveils sleek new Galaxy phones to battle Apple

A row of Galaxy S6 edge smartphones are seen on display after the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event in BarcelonaBy Se Young Lee and Harro Ten Wolde SEOUL/BARCELONA (Reuters) - South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co Ltd unveiled its latest Galaxy S smartphones, featuring a slim body made from aircraft-grade metal, in a bid to reclaim the throne of undisputed global smartphone leader from Apple Inc. Designed from scratch in an operation dubbed "Project Zero", the Galaxy S6 and its curved-edges variant are critical for Samsung's plans to reverse plunging smartphone revenues that led to its first annual earnings fall in three years in 2014. A warm initial reception sent Samsung shares on Monday to their highest in nearly nine months. Some technology publications described the phones as Samsung's best-looking to date after its previous flagship device, the Galaxy S5, failed to impress. "We listen to our customers and we learn from our missteps," J.K. Shin, Samsung's mobile chief, told a packed hall in Barcelona ahead of the annual Mobile World Congress trade show, where the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 edge were unveiled on Sunday.

Honeywell, OneWeb partner to offer satellite internet to aircraft
By Alwyn Scott NEW YORK (Reuters) - Honeywell International Inc said on Monday it has teamed up with satellite internet startup OneWeb Ltd to expand the high-speed data services it offers to aircraft. OneWeb, whose investors include Richard Branson's Virgin Group and Qualcomm Inc, plans to build a network of 648 low-orbit satellites capable of beaming fast internet around the world starting in 2019. Honeywell will use OneWeb's bandwidth to provide aircraft services such as streaming maintenance data from engines and other equipment to the ground, transmitting weather and navigation data to pilots and supplying fast internet connections to passengers.
Fidelity cuts Google stake by nearly a third amid shift to cheaper searches

People pose with laptops in front of projection of Google logo in this picture illustration taken in Zenica(Reuters) - One of Google Inc's largest investors has cut its exposure to the company by nearly a third over the past several months amid worries about a shift to cheaper searches on mobile phones. The $107 billion Fidelity Contrafund cut its stake in Google to 5.2 percent of net assets as of Jan. 31, from 7.3 percent of net assets as of June 30. "The firm continued to do phenomenally innovative things, but it is fighting a shift away from desktop search to less-expensive searches on mobile phones," Fidelity Investments portfolio manager Will Danoff said in Contrafund's annual report, released on Feb. 28th.

Qualcomm seeks to pave road to marriage of cars and smartphones

ust A Qualcomm sign is pictured in front of one of its many buildings in San Diego, CaliforniaBy Paul Lienert DETROIT (Reuters) - Qualcomm Inc, a maker of smartphone chips and software, unveiled on Monday fourth-generation LTE modems that will enable cars to stay better-connected wirelessly to cloud-based services via the Web. Qualcomm's Snapdragon X12 and X5 modems are designed to be embedded in cars and work with owners' mobile devices to access a variety of Internet services, from streaming music to vehicle diagnostics. Cars are becoming a key battleground for technology industry giants, including Google Inc and Apple Inc, as they seek to develop a market where drivers will be online while on the road. "These modems will give carmakers and consumers an in-car experience that rivals the best smartphones," said Kanwalinder Singh, senior vice president of business development for Qualcomm Technologies.

MWC 2015: Cyanogen OS will power upcoming Alcatel Hero 2+

MWC 2015: Cyanogen OS will power upcoming Alcatel Hero 2+Cyanogen will soon be expanding its presence on Android handsets with new Alcatel hardware. The specs look pretty compelling, especially at just $299 with no contract or subsidy.

HP to buy Aruba Networks for $2.7B in mobile push

HP to buy Aruba Networks for $2.7B in mobile pushHewlett-Packard aims to offer simple, secure tools to help big companies muster next-generation mobile networks.>

Alcatel's Hero 2+ will come to the US with CyanogenMod

Alcatel's Hero 2+ will come to the US with CyanogenModToday at Mobile World Congress, Cyanogen and Alcatel announced the Hero 2+, a 6-inch smartphone that will come with CyanogenMod preinstalled. The Hero 2+ is a variation of the Hero 2 Alcatel released globally last year, and features a 6-inch, 1080p display, a 2GHz octacore Mediatek processor, 2GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel camera, support for LTE on AT&T and T-Mobile, and a stylus. CyanogenMod is already available on a handful of smartphones across the world, including the Oppo N1, OnePlus One, and devices in India. The Hero 2+ will run CyanogenMod 11, which is based on Android 4.4 KitKat, though it will likely be upgraded to newer version of the software as it is released.

Is cloud computing secure enough for spies? CIA bets on Amazon

Is cloud computing secure enough for spies? CIA bets on AmazonIntelligence agencies do more than just spy on you in the cloud. Some, like the CIA, use the cloud for their own purposes.

Twitter working with probe on online threats

News of Twitter working with law enforcement officials on unspecified threats, comes following reports that the social network had suspended accounts linked to IS and related entities, including the Nigerian Islamic group Boko HaramTwitter said Monday it was working with law enforcement officials on unspecified threats, amid reports that the social network had been targeted for blocking accounts linked to the Islamic State. "Our security team is investigating the veracity of these threats with relevant law enforcement officials," a Twitter spokesman said, without elaborating. The news comes following reports that Twitter had suspended accounts linked to IS and related entities, including the Nigerian Islamic group Boko Haram. A page on the online bulletin board Pastebin showed an image of Twitter founder Jack Dorsey in what appear to be the crosshairs of a rifle scope and a message in Arabic.

Google to offer own cellular network plan

Sundar Pichai, senior vice president of Android, Chrome and Apps, talks during a conference during the Mobile World Congress, the world's largest mobile phone trade show in Barcelona, Spain, Monday, March 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Google will soon be offering cellular network plans in a bid to bridge the gap between the realms of Internet services and mobile device software it dominates.

Next-gen iPhone 6s may include an awesome new ‘force touch’ feature
It’s only March, which means we’re still a few months away from a deluge of iPhone 6s rumors making their way down the pipeline. Still, a recent report from AppleInsider sheds some light on an interesting feature Apple may introduce on the next-generation iPhone. DON’T FORGET: Apple holding March 9th special event for new products According to the report, Apple’s upcoming iPhone will feature “Force Touch” input functionality, the very same feature Apple uses on the upcoming Apple Watch. According to Apple, Force Touch incorporates tiny electrodes that can ably distinguish between a tap and a deep press on a display. By differentiating between two distinct types of touches, iOS will presumably be able to present a wider array of controls and options
It's ridiculously easy for teens to buy e-cigs online

It's ridiculously easy for teens to buy e-cigs onlineBuying electronic cigarettes online is exceedingly easy for teenagers, according to a study conducted in North Carolina. Between 2011 and 2012, the percentage of high school students who had ever used e-cigarettes rose to 10 percent, from 4.7 percent (in contrast, 46 percent of high school students have tried tobacco products in general). This is a problem given the risk for nicotine addition, and the potential negative health affects of nicotine on teenage brain development. For this reason, researchers at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, decided to look into how well online vendors were — or in this case weren't — complying with North Carolina laws.

Ferrofluid makes the lava lamp cool again

Ferrofluid makes the lava lamp cool againA new desk lamp is taking over from the lava lamp -- by replacing the boring old wax lava with interactive magnetic fluid.>

Sol Republic's Shadow is a comfortable, lightweight wireless headphone

Sol Republic's Shadow is a comfortable, lightweight wireless headphoneWireless headphones are everywhere. Most wireless headphones are on-ear or over-ear models, but there are a few in-ear designs that have been available for a couple of years. Beats' PowerBeats 2 are excellent examples of in-ear wireless headphones designed for exercise. Sol Republic's new $99.99 Shadow headphone is a Bluetooth in-ear model, but it's not designed for exercise like the Beats.

Here's what the HTC One M9 camera can do

Here's what the HTC One M9 camera can doHTC tells me that it's pushing out updates to the One M9 on a daily basis and 95 percent of their content is camera-related. The Taiwanese company has heard a chorus of discontent with its latest camera echoing throughout early previews and is working hard to improve the quality of its images. The overwhelming reason for why I found myself disappointed with the One M9 this past week was its camera. HTC is the company that spent two years evangelizing the benefit of larger pixels for capturing more light — that's the big selling point behind its lower-resolution UltraPixel camera — and now it's leapt in the exact opposite direction by cramming in 20 million smaller pixels to obtain greater resolution.

Google's Pichai confirms wireless service announcement 'in coming months'

Google's Pichai confirms wireless service announcement 'in coming months'Don't look for Google to run a large-scale network. Senior exec Sundar Pichai says the tech titan is teaming up with wireless carriers, as it does with Nexus device partners.>

Samsung Galaxy S6 launch provokes an eBay rush

Samsung Galaxy S6 launch provokes an eBay rushThe Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphone launch has prompted a run on eBay by those looking to sell their current phones before they become obsolete.

Bill Gates still world's richest man, Forbes says

Bill GatesBillionaire philanthropist Bill Gates kept his spot as the world's richest man, a rank he has held for 16 of the past 21 years, Forbes magazine said Monday. The Microsoft co-founder's fortune increased $3.2 billion since last year to $79.2 billion, the business magazine said, despite a $1.5 billion gift of Microsoft shares to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in November. In fourth was Amancio Ortega, founder of the Inditex fashion group that includes Zara clothing retail shops. Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg jumped five spots to land in number 16, the first time he made it within the exclusive circle of the world's 20 richest people.

The last word: Is the Galaxy S6 an iPhone clone?
Ahead of Sunday’s huge Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge unveiling at the annual Mobile World Congress trade show in Spain, there was a lot of chatter focused on similarities between the Galaxy S6 we saw in leaks and Apple’s iPhone 6. Many people suggested that Samsung was getting ready to copy the iPhone once again with its new flagship phones — in some ways of course, that would be a good thing — and leaked images of handset prototypes certainly made it appear as though that would be the case. Now that the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge are official and we have spent some time with both new models, it’s time to determine once and for all
Feds asking companies if Comcast or Time Warner Cable restricted online video

Feds asking companies if Comcast or Time Warner Cable restricted online videoThe FCC is looking into whether Comcast and Time Warner Cable have placed any restrictions or limits on companies' streaming video services. Last week, letters were sent to eight companies including Disney, CBS, and Viacom asking if either cable provider placed any "limits on distribution" on streaming video. The Justice Department is asking its own questions about Comcast and Time Warner Cable, according to Bloomberg, to find out if the potential merger would have a negative impact on online video. Both the FCC and the Justice Department are tasked with reviewing the merger between the two cable giants.

Ford unveils 'MoDe' electric bike prototypes at MWC 2015

Ford unveils 'MoDe' electric bike prototypes at MWC 2015During a press conference at MWC, car company Ford introduced its MoDe:Pro and MoDe:Me concept e-bikes.>

Regulate internet companies like telcos: Deutsche Telekom

Regulate internet companies like telcos: Deutsche TelekomEuropean regulators should adopt an 'all or nothing' approach to regulating telecommuncations and over-the-top internet companies exactly the same, according to Deutsche Telekom CEO Tim Hoettges.

Panasonic's new security camera doesn't care if you have Wi-Fi

Panasonic's new security camera doesn't care if you have Wi-FiPanasonic's new $250 Nubo camera addresses that problem head on: it's the first home security camera with built-in LTE networking, so it can be mounted virtually anywhere you have a cell signal. The Nubo's included SIM will work with Panasonic's own MVNO network in Europe (running on Vodafone), with service plans starting at $7-$10 per month. It also has built-in Wi-Fi and microSD storage support as fallbacks and can be used without a service plan. Panasonic's Nubo app will work with Android and iOS and lets you watch live video, manage the lengths of clips the Nubo records, and see when the Nubo camera has detected activity.

Ford's prototype smartbike will adjust its speed based on your heart rate

Ford's prototype smartbike will adjust its speed based on your heart rateCalled MoDe, the two bikes would run on a combination of pedal power and pre-charged batteries. Ford envisions the two bikes as part of a broader mobility system that integrates cars, bikes, and various other forms of transportation into a seamless, networked whole. Ford has been promoting alternate transportation research projects for a while, most notably at its most recent CES keynote, but these prototypes offer a more concrete look at the company's ambitions. An integrated iOS navigation app would direct users to the fastest route, potentially a mix of car, bike, and public transit.

​Jolla hunts for Sailfish OEMs, taps crypto firm to target the enterprise

​Jolla hunts for Sailfish OEMs, taps crypto firm to target the enterpriseFinnish smartphone startup Jolla has rekindled efforts to find OEMs to build Sailfish OS devices and is eyeing a space as a European security-focused mobile comms company.

LG Watch Urbane LTE hands-on: Gorgeous, but a bit bulky
A few days before the MWC 2015 madness started, LG surprised smartwatch fans by announcing a one of the best-looking smartwatches yet, at least until Huawei’s watch was unveiled: the LG Watch Urbane and its SIM-card carrying cohort, the LG Watch Urbane LTE. After taking the later for a brief stroll at MWC, I can say that it looks and feels good on the wrist, but it’s also a little bulky. Not to mention the fact that it runs on LG’s “Wearable Platform,” which might take some adjusting to. FROM EARLIER: Hands-on: Sony’s new tablet is a powerful, slim and light Android beast The smartwatch packs a lot of power under the hood, which should be enough for it to perform the kind of tasks you
YouTube's top 100 channels are getting twice as many views as they were a year ago

YouTube's top 100 channels are getting twice as many views as they were a year agoThe biggest channels on YouTube grew rapidly over the past year. In January, YouTube's top 100 channels received more than double the views that they were seeing one year earlier, growing from just over 7 billion collective monthly views to 14.7 billion views, according to analytics from OpenSlate that were published on Tubefilter. The Guardian first pointed out the year-over-year jump. Like many things in pop culture this year, Taylor Swift played a role (her channel was the third most viewed). YouTube has very publicly been trying to empower the people using its platform and place them in the spotlight.

Microsoft's new Windows 10 Universal App Platform: A 'superset of WinRT'

Microsoft's new Windows 10 Universal App Platform: A 'superset of WinRT'Microsoft officials went public with more details about the coming Universal App Platform that will enable Windows 10 developers to write apps for 'One Windows.'

HP's big deal: Tech giant buys Aruba Networks for $2.7B
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hewlett-Packard is buying wireless networking company Aruba Networks for about $2.7 billion, the biggest acquisition by HP in recent years.
These are the first official photo samples from the Galaxy S6’s magnificent new camera
The annual Mobile World Congress trade show didn’t officially start until today, but there is no question that Samsung stole the show on Sunday. The company’s new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge smartphones represent a bold new era at Samsung, one where the company is finally willing to build a smartphone out of premium materials that better compliment its cutting-edge specs. Among the improvements in Samsung’s new flagship phones is an impressive new camera that could be the best smartphone camera in the world when it launches. And now, we have our first official samples of photos captured with the Galaxy S6’s camera. DON’T MISS: Samsung Galaxy S6 hands-on preview Samsung Galaxy S6 edge hands-on preview Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge specs  Like
Twitter founder, employees face new death threats from ISIS

Twitter founder, employees face new death threats from ISISA message allegedly posted on behalf of the terrorist group vows that "your virtual war on us will cause a real war on you.">

Google confirms plans to become the 'Nexus' of wireless carriers

Google confirms plans to become the 'Nexus' of wireless carriersAt MWC 2015, the tech giant has confirmed plans to enter the network operator industry.

Google confirms Android Pay: a mobile payments layer 'anybody can build on'

Google confirms Android Pay: a mobile payments layer 'anybody can build on'Google has announced that it's working on a new mobile payments framework named Android Pay. Speaking at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Google exec Sundar Pichai confirmed that this would not be a new product for users, but an "API layer" that allows other companies to support secure payments on Android in both physical stores and via apps. "We are doing it in a way in which anybody else can build a payments service on top of Android," said Pichai.

ISIS supporters send death threats to Twitter staff, co-founder Jack Dorsey

ISIS supporters send death threats to Twitter staff, co-founder Jack DorseyIn a post released on Sunday, ISIS supporters took aim at Twitter and the social network's co-founder Jack Dorsey for blocking their accounts online. While the provenance of the post is unclear, Twitter and law enforcement have already begun an investigation into its origin. "We told you from the beginning it’s not your war," reads the post, translated from Arabic by BuzzFeed, "but you didn’t get it and kept closing our accounts on Twitter, but we always come back. The group has frequently used Twitter to share gruesome videos of beheadings with its followers, and last month called on its supporters to launch attacks on police and military officials in the US and Europe.

Intel wants to protect your precious wrist with anti-virus software for smartwatches

Intel wants to protect your precious wrist with anti-virus software for smartwatchesThe chip maker is bundling its McAfee Mobile Security suite with LG's recently announced Watch Urbane LTE. I'm not sure why, and I don't think Intel is either. I asked Intel CEO Brian Krzanich why a smartwatch needs anti-virus software, and he compared the wrist-worn gadgets to air conditioners. Discussing security vulnerabilities on various hardware, Krzanich says breaches "actually occurred through very generic devices like air conditioners." Krzanich is likely referring to part of the Target breach, but complex and legacy industrial machinery shouldn't dictate modern device security.

Google+ divided into Photos and Streams, with new boss

Google+ divided into Photos and Streams, with new bossGoogle's social network gets a new leader in Brad Horowitz, and likely will see the Hangouts communication service stand alone, too.>

Intel playing catch-up with new mobile chips

Intel playing catch-up with new mobile chipsThe company lost $4.2 billion in mobile last year but hopes these new chips will help turn that business around.>

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Democratic Sen. Mikulski to announce retirement

FILE - This June 5, 2012 file photo Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md. speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Mikulski, the longest-serving woman in the history of Congress, is making an announcement about her plans for the future. The 78-year-old senator in her fifth term is set to make the announcement at a news conference in Fells Point in Baltimore on Monday morning. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)The longest serving woman in the history of Congress is ready to leave Washington.

Exclusive: Spy freed by U.S. awaits 'next order' from Castro

Cuban 5 ringleader Gerardo Hernandez: ‘I was not spying on the U.S. government’A top Cuban spy tells Yahoo's Michael Isikoff he is eager to serve his country again.

At 20, Yahoo celebrates and looks ahead

20 Years of YahooA daylong celebration of Yahoo’s 20th birthday honors its 1 billion-plus global users and highlights the Internet giant’s rich history, which in many ways mirrors the history of the Internet itself.

Video shows Los Angeles police shooting homeless man dead

Skid Row suspect killed in officer-involved shooting(Reuters) - A video posted online shows Los Angeles police scuffling with and shooting a homeless man during a confrontation, The Los Angeles Times reported on its web site. The video, posted on Facebook, shows several uniformed Los Angeles Police Department officers scuffling with a man in a downtown area where homeless people pitch tents at night known as skid row. A series of civilian deaths at the hands of police in the past year has become a touchstone for trouble race relations in the United States, most notably in Ferguson, Missouri, when an unarmed teen-ager was shot and killed by a police officer, triggering weeks of protests and some rioting. The homeless man in the video was declared dead at a hospital shortly after the shooting, the Times reported, citing police spokesman Sgt. Barry Montgomery.

Accused Boston bomber's lawyers seek to discuss brother early in trial

Courtroom sketch shows Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tsarnaev during the jury selection process in his trial at the federal courthouse in BostonBy Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Lawyers for the Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and federal prosecutors sparred on Monday over how much evidence related to his motive and his brother's role in the attack can be presented in the opening weeks of his trial. Tsarnaev, 21, faces the possibility of a death sentence if convicted of killing three people and injuring 264 in the April 15, 2013, attack, and fatally shooting a police officer three days later. Federal death penalty cases play out in two stages, with a jury first determining whether the defendant is guilty and then considering his sentence. Prosecutors are seeking to stop defense attorneys from arguing during the first stage of the trial that Tsarnaev was not the mastermind of the attack but that his older brother, Tamerlan, was its architect.

Florida group to sue FBI in death of friend of Boston bombing suspect

Elena Teyer speaks to reporters following a pre-trial conference for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev at the federal courthouse in BostonBy Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) - A Florida Islamic group announced on Monday it has filed a formal notice with the FBI that it plans to sue the agency over the death of Ibragim Todashev, a friend of one of the Boston Marathon bomb suspects. Todashev, 27, a Chechen immigrant, was shot dead in an Orlando apartment in May 2013 during FBI questioning over his links with the Boston bombing suspects. The notice was filed by the Council on American-Islamic Relations Florida (CAIR-Florida) on behalf of Todashev's parents. "We are seeking answers and justice for someone who was shot seven times by an FBI agent in his own home after hours of interrogation," said Thania Diaz Clevenger, civil rights director for CAIR Florida.

U.S. judge rules Nebraska same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional
A federal judge on Monday ruled Nebraska's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional in a decision that could allow same-sex couples to marry in the state within a week. U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon issued a preliminary injunction in the case brought by seven same-sex couples in the state, calling Nebraska's ban an "unabashedly gender-specific infringement of the equal rights of its citizens." Bataillon denied a state request to stay his decision but said his injunction would take effect on March 9 to assuage Nebraska officials' concerns of possible administrative turmoil. The Nebraska Attorney General's Office was studying the decision and was expected to have a statement later. Nebraska voters in 2000 adopted a state constitutional amendment that defines marriage as only between one man and one woman and does not recognize civil unions, domestic partnerships or similar relationships for same-sex couples.
Iraq launches operation to retake Tikrit from Islamic State

Iraqi security forces and Shi'ite fighters chant slogans as they gather at Udhaim damIraqi forces launch a major offensive against Islamic State extremists.

Netanyahu denies split with US over speech

FILE - In this March 20, 2013 file photo, President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu huddle during their joint news conference in Jerusalem, Israel. This was never happy-ever-after waiting to happen. When Obama and Netanyahu took office early in 2009, there were plenty of reasons to expect their relationship would be difficult. The cerebral president and the brash prime minister have stark differences in personality, politics and world views. Still, few could have predicted the downward spiral of finger-pointing, backbiting, lecturing and outright name-calling that has occurred. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denied Monday that his upcoming speech to the US Congress was a slight to President Barack Obama, and insisted the US-Israeli alliance remains strong. Netanyahu is due to address Congress on Tuesday to lobby against ongoing US efforts to reach a deal with Iran to curtail its nuclear program. "My speech is not intended to show any disrespect to President Obama or the office that he holds.

North Korea test fires short-range missiles

Protesters shout slogans to denounce the annual joint military exercises, dubbed Key Resolve and Foal Eagle, between South Korea and the United States, during a rally near U.S. Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, March 2, 2015. North Korea on Monday fired two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea and warned of "merciless strikes" against its enemies as allies Seoul and Washington launched annual military drills Pyongyang claims are preparation for a northward invasion. The sign read " Stop Military Drill." (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)Pyongyang vows "merciless strikes" against the U.S. and South Korea.

Netanyahu arrives in U.S., signs of easing of tensions over Iran speech

Workers prepare the stage at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference in WashingtonBy Matt Spetalnick and Dan Williams WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and Israel showed signs of seeking to defuse tensions on Sunday ahead of a speech in Washington by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when he will warn against a possible nuclear deal with Iran. Policy differences over the negotiations with Iran remained firm, however, as Netanyahu arrived in the United States on Sunday afternoon for a speech to Congress, which has imperiled ties between the two allies.

Boehner defends his U.S. House leadership amid conservative unrest

Boehner returns to his office after a visit to the House floor for procedural votes for legislation to fund the Department of Homeland Security at the Capitol in WashingtonThe House speaker says disagreements with fellow Republicans were merely over strategy.

Australia says hunt for missing MH370 jet may be called off soon

Relatives of some of the Chinese passengers who were on board MH370 outline their demands to the airline in Kuala LumpurBy Matt Siegel CANBERRA (Reuters) - The search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 cannot go on forever, Australia's deputy prime minister said, and discussions are already under way between Australia, China and Malaysia as to whether to call off the hunt within weeks. No trace has been found of the Boeing 777 aircraft, which disappeared a year ago this week carrying 239 passengers and crew, in what has become one of the greatest mysteries in aviation history. The search of a rugged 60,000 sq km (23,000 sq mile) patch of sea floor some 1,600 km (1,000 miles) west of the Australian city of Perth, which experts believe is the plane's most likely resting place, will likely be finished by May. Australian Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss told Reuters that a decision would have to be taken well before then as to whether to continue into the vast 1.1 million sq km area around the primary search zone if nothing has been found.

Brrr! February brought record cold, snow to Northeast

FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2015 file photo, ice forms along the shore of the Manhattan side of the East River in New York where temperatures in the city were in the single digits. For many cities in the Northeast, it was the coldest February on record, and some places recorded the most days of zero or below temperatures. The Manhattan Bridge is in the background. (AP Photo/Peter Morgan, File)ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Hardy souls who shivered and shoveled their way through February in the Northeast now have evidence of just how brutal the weather was, with record cold in at least eight cities and record snowfall in Boston.

'I am not afraid': Russians march in memory of murdered Putin critic

Co-chairmen of Solidarnost opposition movement Tsarkov attends a march to commemorate Kremlin critic Nemtsov in central MoscowBy Polina Devitt and Maxim Rodionov MOSCOW (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of Russians marched through central Moscow on Sunday, carrying banners declaring "I am not afraid" and chanting "Russia without Putin" in memory of murdered Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov. Families, the old and young walked slowly, with many holding portraits of the opposition politician and former deputy prime minister who was shot dead while walking home from a nearby restaurant on Friday night. His supporters have blamed the authorities. "If we can stop the campaign of hate that's being directed at the opposition, then we have a chance to change Russia.

U.S. astronauts speed through spacewalk

US astronauts begin spacewalk at orbiting labTwo US astronauts on Sunday made speedy work of their third spacewalk to get the International Space Station ready for the arrival of more commercial spacecraft in the coming years. Tethered to the outside of the orbiting outpost, space station commander Barry Wilmore and flight engineer Terry Virts reported no problems with their spacesuits during the outing, but Virts discovered a small amount of water building up in his helmet after he re-entered the space station. A similar problem occurred after Wednesday's spacewalk, when about three inches of water collected in Virts' headpiece, but NASA said the problem did not put the astronauts in danger.

U.S.-Israel ties fraying over Netanyahu's planned Iran speech

U.S. President Barack Obama meets with Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House in WashingtonBy Matt Spetalnick and Dan Williams WASHINGTON/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The United States and Israel showed signs of seeking to defuse tensions on Sunday ahead of a speech in Washington by Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu when he will warn against a possible nuclear deal with Iran. Policy differences over the negotiations with Iran remained firm, however, as Netanyahu set off for the United States to deliver the speech, which has imperiled ties between the two allies. Israel fears that U.S. President Barack Obama's Iran diplomacy, with an end-of-March deadline for a framework accord, will allow its arch foe to develop atomic weapons -- something Tehran denies seeking.

'Jihadi John' part of network linked to failed London bombers - court papers

A masked, black-clad militant brandishes a knife in this still image from videoBy Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - Islamist militant Mohammed Emwazi, identified as 'Jihadi John', was a member of a network in contact with one of the men convicted of trying to bomb the British capital's underground railway in 2005, according to the government. U.S. security sources last week identified the man, who appeared clad in black and brandishing a knife, as Mohammed Emwazi. The British government's view is set out in court papers, reviewed by Reuters and publicly available on the Internet, which refer to 2011 and 2013 British legal hearings concerning two of Emwazi's London associates, known only as Iranian-born "CE" and Ethiopian-born "J1." The court papers reported in the Observer and Sunday Telegraph newspapers, offer a fleeting glimpse of Emwazi's life in London before he left for Syria. One of the same network's members, "J1", spoke on the phone with Hussain Osman, one of the men convicted in connection with an unsuccessful attempt to blow up the London underground in 2005, on the day of the failed attack itself, the papers show.

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