Israel kills Islamic Jihad commander, rockets rain from Gaza

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel killed a top commander from the Iranian-backed Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad in a rare targeted strike in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, drawing retaliatory rocket salvoes that reached as far as Tel Aviv. In the most serious escalation in months, an Israeli missile attack also hit the home of an Islamic Jihad official in Damascus, […]

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Shadow hangs over Bolivian elections as Morales scores first-round win

LA PAZ (Reuters) – A final vote count by Bolivian authorities on Thursday handed leftist President Evo Morales an outright victory as thousands of angry protesters marched against him chanting “fraud”, allegations that threaten to mar his fourth term. With 99.99% of votes counted by Bolivia’s electoral board, Morales secured a 10.56 point lead over his closest rival Carlos Mesa, […]

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Portugal's new cabinet list approved; Centeno keeps finance job

LISBON (Reuters) – Portugal’s president accepted the line-up of a new minority Socialist government on Tuesday, with Mario Centeno, the mastermind behind the country’s first balanced budget in over four decades, keeping his job as Finance Minister. Centeno, who is the current Eurogroup chief, is credited with devising a way to reverse many of the austerity policies of the previous […]

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