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Obama awards Medal of Freedom to 18, including Streep, Wonder

Monday, 24 November 2014 18:08
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Monday presented the highest U.S. civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, to 18 artists, politicians, writers, scholars and activists, including actress Meryl Streep and singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder. "Not only have they made the world better, but by following their example they make us a little bit better every single day. We are truly grateful to them," the president said in a White House ceremony.
Missouri governor calls for peace in Ferguson
Monday, 24 November 2014 18:08
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is calling for "peace, respect and restraint" when a grand jury announcement is made on whether a white police officer will be charged with fatally shooting a black 18-year-old. At a press conference Monday, Nixon said he did not know whether the grand jury has decided to indict Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson for the Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown. Nixon was flanked by the state's public…
John Kerry announces extension of Iran nuclear talks
Monday, 24 November 2014 17:50
November 24, 2014, 5:19 PM|Secretary of State John Kerry cited "real and substantive progress" in nuclear talks with Iran but said negotiators need more time to reach a deal.
Top contenders to succeed Chuck Hagel as defense secretary
Monday, 24 November 2014 17:08
Outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel hadn’t even formally confirmed his resignation at his White House sendoff Monday before one of the top potential candidates to replace him pulled his name from contention. Sen. Jack Reed, a Rhode Island Democrat who sits on the Senate Armed Services Committee and served as an officer in the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division, is happy where he is, spokesman Chip Unruh said. “Senator Reed loves his job and wants to…
NZ dollar falls after Republicans sweep US mid-terms
Monday, 24 November 2014 16:50
Thursday, 6 November 2014, 8:49 am Article: BusinessDesk NZ dollar dips below key 77 US cts as greenback touchesfresh four-year high By Tina Morrison Nov. 6(BusinessDesk) - The New Zealand dollar fell below a keysupport level of 77 US cents overnight, driven by astrengthening US currency on optimism about the outlook forthe world's largest economy. The kiwi touched 76.83 UScents, and was trading at 77.15 cents at 8am in Wellington,from 78.29 cents at 5pm yesterday.
Kerry: "Absolutely" possible Iran nuclear talks will ultimately fail
Monday, 24 November 2014 16:49
Citing "real and substantive progress" in the past few days on "some of the most vexing challenges," Secretary of State John Kerry confirmed that talks with Iran over its nuclear program will be extended. The goal is a political agreement in four months and a final deal within seven months, with meetings beginning in December. He did confirm the $700 million monthly payment schedule that was previously disclosed by the British Foreign Secretary but explained…
Iran extension prompts calls for more sanctions in U.S. Congress
Monday, 24 November 2014 16:49
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three influential U.S. Republican senators said on Monday the extension of nuclear negotiations with Iran should be coupled with increased sanctions and a requirement that any final agreement be sent to Congress for approval. The three senators - John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Kelly Ayotte - said in a statement that they view Iran's insistence on having any enrichment program as problematic, and warned that a "bad deal" with Iran would start…
Rand Paul to introduce resolution declaring war on ISIS
Monday, 24 November 2014 14:48
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, says he will introduce a bill to declare war on Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) once Congress comes back into session in December. He'll also use the same bill to terminate the authority granted by the 2002 Iraq Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) and set a date for expiration of the 2001 AUMF. In a statement, Paul said, "I believe the President must come to Congress to…
Obama awards Presidential Medal of Freedom
Monday, 24 November 2014 14:06
View gallery FILE - This combination made from pictures distributed by the FBI in 1964 shows, from left, Michael … View gallery FILE - In this June 15, 2014 file photograph, flowers top the memorial marker for Michael Schwerner, …
As Iran talks extended, U.S. Republicans want Congress to weigh in
Monday, 24 November 2014 13:47
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three influential U.S. Republican senators said on Monday the extension of nuclear negotiations with Iran should be coupled with increased sanctions and a requirement that any final agreement be sent to Congress for approval. The three senators - John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Kelly Ayotte - said in a statement that they view Iran's insistence on having any enrichment program as problematic, and warned that a "bad deal" with Iran would start…

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