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World - Special Report: Tsunami evacuees caught in $30 billion money trap

By Taiga Uranaka and Antoni Slodkowski ISHINOMAKI Japan (Reuters) - Thirty billion dollars in funding for roads, bridges and thousands of new homes in areas devastated by the tsunami in Japan three and a half years ago is still languishing unspent in the bank. A gray mould clings to some walls of the prefab structure, where Abe has lived with her husband since shortly after a 9-metre (30 feet) wall of water obliterated large swathes of the city of Ishinomaki on the afternoon of March 11, 2011. Japanese government funds budgeted for reconstruction and transferred to local governments are stuck in banks across the tsunami-ravaged northeast, a Reuters review of budget and bank deposit data and interviews with bank officials reveals. Ishinomaki, where more than 3,700 people died in the tsunami the most casualties of any city in the disaster has been deeply affected by the funding paralysis.

Friday, October 31, 2014  00:24


World - Suspect in 2011 Elko killing arrested in Mexico

ELKO, Nev. (AP) A man suspected of strangling his estranged wife to death in Elko more than three years ago has been arrested in Mexico.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014  11:17


World - Gas wastewater likely triggered 2011 quake in Colorado: USGS

By Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) - Underground disposal of wastewater from gas production likely triggered a moderate earthquake in Colorado in 2011, the U.S. Geological Survey said on Wednesday in a study that may fuel debate over the impact of the U.S. energy boom. The finding in the Journal of Geophysical Research is the latest research suggesting the injection into wells of wastewater generated by oil and gas extraction can induce earthquakes. Researchers believe fluids seep into seismic faults and cause them to slip, triggering temblors. The 2011 magnitude 5. ...

Thursday, October 30, 2014  00:25


World - `Free` Tunisia polls offer Arab Spring ray of hope

Foreign observers on Tuesday praised Tunisia`s landmark `free` elections, after the Islamists conceded defeat in a vote that raised hopes of a peaceful transition in the birthplace of the Arab Spring. The Islamist Ennahda party, which had steered the North African nation through the aftermath of the 2011 revolution, congratulated its secular rival Nida Tounes which it said would be the largest party in parliament. Tunisia is the `only tree still standing in a devastated forest,` Ghannouchi told the crowd, alluding to other Arab Spring countries where the hopes of the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings have given way to conflict or renewed repression.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014  14:02


Top Stories - Man who killed bin Laden to reveal his identity

The Navy SEAL who shot Osama bin Laden dead in a 2011 raid is planning to reveal his identity to the world.

Thursday, October 30, 2014  16:29


World - Libya`s armed factions may have committed war crimes: Amnesty

CAIRO (Reuters) - Human rights group Amnesty International said on Thursday it had satellite pictures indicating that rival factions in Libya had committed war crimes by shelling densely populated residential areas in the west of the oil-producing country. Libya plunged into anarchy when an armed faction from the western city of Misrata seized Tripoli in August after fighting with militiamen from Zintan who had held the capital`s airport since the 2011 revolt that overthrew Muammar Gaddafi. ...

Thursday, October 30, 2014  13:53


Africa - Secularist Win Is Confirmed in Tunisia

The results were a blow for the Islamists who swept to power in the 2011 elections after the revolution that overthrew the government of President Zine el-Abdine Ben Ali.

Thursday, October 30, 2014  05:52


Business - Samsung seeks smartphone revamp to arrest profit slide

By Se Young Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Thursday said it would revamp its smartphone line-up to take on competitors in the rapidly growing mid-to-low range segment, after third-quarter earnings set it on course for its worst year since 2011. The global smartphone leader`s market share declined in annual terms for the third straight quarter in July-September, lagging Apple Inc in the premium market and overtaken by rivals like Lenovo Group Ltd and Xiaomi Inc at the bottom end, research firm Strategy Analytics said. ...

Thursday, October 30, 2014  04:40


Sports - List of World Series MVP winners

(Reuters) - List of Most Valuable Player winners from Major League Baseball`s World Series. 2014 - Madison Bumgarner (San Francisco Giants) 2013 - David Ortiz (Boston Red Sox) 2012 - Pablo Sandoval (San Francisco Giants) 2011 - David Freese (St. Louis Cardinals) 2010 - Edgar Renteria (San Francisco Giants) 2009 - Hideki Matsui (New York Yankees) 2008 - Cole Hamels (Philadelphia Phillies) 2007 - Mike Lowell (Boston Red Sox) 2006 - David Eckstein (St. ...

Thursday, October 30, 2014  04:22


World - Tunisia`s main secular party wins most seats: authorities

TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisia`s main secular party Nidaa Tounes won 85 seats in the new 217-member parliament in Sunday`s election, while the Islamist party Ennahda secured 69 seats, according to results released by electoral authorities on Thursday. Tunisians voted in a parliamentary ballot that was one of the last steps in the North African country`s transition to democracy after the 2011 uprising against Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali. ...

Thursday, October 30, 2014  03:45

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