Politics

Clinton to ‘look hard’ at Julian Castro as possible VP pick

Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton won the backing of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro on Thursday and said she would seriously consider making the rising Hispanic leader her running mate if she wins her party’s nomination. Clinton and the other Democrats in the November 2016 race for the White House have pushed hard for support among Hispanics, a ...

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Chinese admiral visits Iran, wants closer defense cooperation

China wants to deepen military ties with Iran, a senior Chinese admiral was quoted as saying on Thursday after a meeting with Iran’s defense minister in Tehran. Admiral Sun Jianguo, deputy chief of staff of the People’s Liberation Army, told Iranian Defence Minister Hossein Dehghan that China paid great attention to developing relations with Iran, China’s Defence Ministry said. “The ...

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U.S. to raise Iranian missile test at U.N. Security Council

A missile test announced by Iran over the weekend was an apparent violation of a U.N. Security Council resolution and Washington will raise the incident at the United Nations, the U.S. State Department said on Tuesday. Iran said it tested a new precision-guided ballistic missile on Sunday, signaling an apparent advance in Iranian attempts to improve the accuracy of its ...

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Islamic State is prime suspect in Turkey bombing, as protests erupt

Turkey’s government said on Monday Islamic State was the prime suspect in suicide bombings that killed at least 97 people in Ankara, but opponents vented anger at President Tayyip Erdogan at funerals, universities and courthouses. The father of three men wounded in the blasts told Reuters one of his sons had described seeing one of the bombers carrying a bag ...

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Greek PM keeps lid on party rebellion to pass bailout vote

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras contained a rebellion in his left-wing Syriza party to win parliamentary approval on Thursday for a second package of reforms required to start talks on a financial rescue deal. A first set of reforms that focused largely on tax hikes and budget discipline triggered a rebellion in Syriza last week and passed only thanks to ...

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After Israel talks, Pentagon chief says: ‘Friends can disagree’

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter never expected to win over Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about the merits of the nuclear agreement with Iran but tried to put a brave face on their sometimes blunt, closed-door exchange on Tuesday. “We don’t agree on everything. And the prime minister made it quite clear that he disagreed with us on with respect ...

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Europe Profit Upgrade Unchecked by Greece as Draghi Matters More

When it comes to corporate earnings, European investors are more interested in what happens in Frankfurt than Athens. Even as Greece dominated investor sentiment for months, estimates for European profit growth in 2015 have managed to rise — to 12 percent now from 10 percent in April, according to analyst projections compiled by Bloomberg. They’re being boosted by optimism about ...

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Obama sends Iran deal to wary Congress, Israel urges rejection

President Barack Obama’s administration sent a nuclear agreement with Tehran to Congress on Sunday and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged U.S. lawmakers to reject a deal he said would only feed an “Iranian terror machine”. In a first concrete sign of European determination to quickly rebuild economic and political ties with Iran after a 12-year standoff, German Economy Minister ...

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4 reasons the Iran accord isn’t crushing oil prices

The nuclear deal with Iran isn’t quite the apocalypse oil investors might have feared. Oil prices Tuesday CLQ5, +0.70% LCOQ5, +0.65% took a brief dive after news that Iran reached a historic agreement Tuesday with the U.S. and five other world powers. Prices, however, finished higher, with oil on the New York Mercantile Exchange above $53 a barrel, its highest ...

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ECB Weighs Emergency Funding After Tsipras Wins Greece Bailout Vote

Greek lawmakers passed a bailout agreement that keeps the country in the euro for now, shifting attention to the European Central Bank as it weighs whether to pump more money into the country’s hobbled financial system. After more than four hours of debate stretching into the early hours of Thursday, 229 members of the 300-seat parliament in Athens approved new ...

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