Canada finance minister says G20 near growth target, wants more from Europe

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CAIRNS Australia (Reuters) – Canada’s finance minister said on Saturday commitments made by G20 countries came “very close” to the target of adding an extra 2 percentage points to global economic growth and he urged European governments to increase stimulus where they could. More than 900 individual proposals have been submitted and analyzed by officials in the lead-up to the Group of 20 meeting of finance ministers and central bankers, Joe Olive told Reuters. …

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Secret Service investigates after man jumps White House fence, reaches doors

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A U.S. Secret Service agent with an automatic rifle hurries people to evacuate the White House complex over a security alert moments after President Barack Obama and his family left for the presidential retreat, Camp David, in MarylandBy Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A man jumped over the White House fence and made it to the front doors of the executive mansion before being apprehended on Friday, sparking an evacuation within the complex shortly after President Barack Obama departed for the weekend. Omar J. Gonzales, a 42-year-old white male from Texas, made it onto the grounds at 7:20 EDT, a U.S. Secret Service spokesman said. Gonzales ignored commands to stop and was ultimately caught, unarmed, just inside the North Portico doors of the White House, one of the building's main entrances. …


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Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

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NBC’s “Meet the Press” – Sens. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., and Chris Murphy, D-Conn.; Michael Mullen, former Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman. TOKYO – The first Kuro, or black, burger had a black bun and sauce.

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Nepal, India sign deal to build hydropower plant

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Nepal currently faces power cuts of up to 12 hours a dayKathmandu Friday signed a long-delayed agreement with New Delhi to build Nepal's biggest hydropower plant in a bid to kickstart economic growth and ease crippling electricity shortages in both countries.


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In shift, U.S. officials fight release on bond of migrants: lawyers

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U.S. Department of Homeland Security emblem is pictured at the National Cybersecurity & Communications Integration Center in Arlington VirginiaBy Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration is routinely arguing against the release on bond of Central American women and children at a New Mexico detention center in a policy shift meant to discourage others like them from entering the United States, say lawyers for the detainees. The lawyers, representing women and children being held at the detention center in Artesia, 170 miles (275 km) from El Paso, Texas, say the government has for the last two months routinely argued against granting bond. …


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87-year-old felon wants back in Congress

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It’s Sunday morning at the New Life Baptist Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, but the man preaching to the choir is no minister. “I may be old and rancid butter, but I’m on your side of the bread,” he proclaims from the altar.

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China’s house prices fall further, economic gloom deepens

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A woman rides past the headquarters of the People's Bank of China in BeijingBy Xiaoyi Shao and Lu Jianxin BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Worries that China's economy may be slowing further intensified on Thursday as data showed home prices fell for the fourth straight month, adding to expectations that Beijing will need to do more to stimulate activity. For now, policy easing is likely to come in the form of help to the most vulnerable sectors, rather than more aggressive steps such as cutting interest rates, but authorities are ready to step in with bolder measures if unemployment rises, policy insiders told Reuters. …


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Wildfire in California’s Sierra Nevada menaces 2,000 homes

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A firefighter watches the King Fire burn near Fresh PondBy Alex Dobuzinskis and Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Fire crews in California's rugged Sierra Nevada battled to gain the upper hand on Wednesday against a blaze that threatened at least 2,000 homes and has displaced hundreds of residents as flames roared for a fifth day through dry timber and brush west of Lake Tahoe. The so-called King Fire, the most menacing of 11 major wildfires raging across the drought-parched state, has scorched nearly 28,000 acres (11,331 hectares) of state land and the El Dorado National Forest since it erupted Saturday, fire officials said. …


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