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- Greece to start key data handover on EgyptAir crash Wednesday: source Greece will start dispatching key information on the EgyptAir crash to Egyptian authorities on Wednesday, including data from the airliner as it flew through Greek airspace moments before disappearing, a source close to the probe said on Tuesday.
- The Latest: No early exit for Venus Williams this time
- French tax police raid Google's Paris offices
French investigators swarmed Google's Paris offices on Tuesday as part of a tax fraud investigation, with the US Internet giant saying it is "cooperating fully" with the probe. Prosecutors said police, tax officials and 25 computer experts took part in the raid. "These searches are part of a preliminary investigation opened in June 16, 2015, into aggravated tax fraud and conspiracy to conceal (it), following a complaint by the French tax administration," the national financial prosecution service (PNF) said in a statement.
- Helen Mirren to narrate audiobook for Beatrix Potter story
- Obama pushes for better rights in Vietnam after arms deal
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — President Barack Obama on Tuesday pressed Vietnam to allow greater freedoms for its citizens, arguing that better human rights would improve the communist country's economy, stability and regional power.
- Twitter eases 140-character limit for tweets
Twitter announced Tuesday it was easing its 140-character limit for tweets, allowing users to add links, attachments and some other features within the short messages. The move comes as Twitter's efforts to increase its user base and engagement have been sputtering, raising questions about its growth trend. "Over the past decade, the tweet has evolved from a simple 140-character text message to a rich canvas for creative expression featuring photos, videos, hashtags, Vines, and more," said Twitter product manager Todd Sherman in a statement.
- Bank of England's Carney, under fresh fire, defends Brexit message
By David Milliken and Huw Jones LONDON (Reuters) - Bank of England Governor Mark Carney on Tuesday defended the central bank's decision to flag the risks of leaving the European Union, coming under renewed attack from a lawmaker who has been highly critical of his role in the Brexit debate. Carney said the Bank might have to make a big reassessment of its stance on interest rates if Britain votes to leave the EU in the referendum on June 23 - widely known as Brexit - and that was something it felt obliged to explain ahead of time to businesses and households. The BoE has angered campaigners who want Britain to leave the EU by talking of the risk of a sharp slowdown in economic growth and a rise in inflation in the event of a vote for Brexit, as a British departure from the EU is known.
- Despite money woes, Atlantic City's attractions still open ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Atlantic City is open for business — and pleasure.
- Volkswagen, U.S. make 'significant progress' toward deal: sources
Lawyers are also expected to tell U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer that a settlement over the excess diesel emissions scandal will include "substantial compensation" for owners of 482,000 polluting vehicles, the sources said. An agreement in principle for buybacks and potential fixes was announced in April.
- Lawsuit accuses Domino's Pizza of 'rampant wage violations' ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The state's attorney general has sued Domino's Pizza Inc., affiliates and three franchisees alleging they underpaid workers based on payroll reports generated by the parent company's computer system.
- Exclusive: Monsanto to reject Bayer bid, seek higher price - sources
While Monsanto sees industrial logic in a combination with Bayer and believes a deal would be approved by antitrust and other regulators, the company also has confidence in its standalone plan and believes shareholders deserve a better offer, the people said. The German drugs and crop chemicals group said on Monday it offered Monsanto $122 per share. It was not clear what price Monsanto would be willing to sell for.
- The Latest: Judge hears Cosby accuser's statement
- 1 of 3 deaths in EU avoidable if optimal care was available BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's statistical agency says that one out of three deaths in the 28-nation bloc would be avoidable if optimal health care was available.
- Senior Taliban figure says death of leader could unify group
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The death of the leader of the Afghan Taliban in a U.S. drone strike last week could make the insurgent movement stronger by bringing back dissident commanders and unifying the movement's ranks, a senior Afghan Taliban figure said on Tuesday.
- 12 dead in Myanmar jade mine landslide, many feared missing
A landslide in Myanmar's northern jade mining region has killed at least 12 people and many more are missing, officials said Tuesday, the latest deadly accident to hit the shadowy but lucrative industry. The bodies were recovered after a wall of unstable earth collapsed Monday night following heavy rain in the town of Hpakant in Kachin state, the centre of a multi-billion-dollar trade that feeds a huge demand for the precious stones from neighbouring China. "We retrieved seven dead bodies last night and five more this morning," a police officer in Myanmar's capital Naypyidaw told AFP, requesting anonymity.
- Cuba to legalize small and medium-sized private businesses HAVANA (AP) — Cuba announced Tuesday that it will legalize small and medium-sized private businesses, a move that could significantly expand the space allowed for private enterprise in one of the world's last communist countries.
- Virginia governor says confident campaign donor was legitimate
Terry McAuliffe, Virginia's Democratic governor, said on Tuesday said he was confident that a person at the center of an FBI investigation over contributions to his 2013 campaign was a legitimate donor. "I'm very confident this gentleman had been fully vetted," McAuliffe told reporters, adding that he was shocked by the news of the investigation on Monday.
- Hundreds of migrants relocated from squalid Greek border camp
Greek police on Tuesday moved hundreds of migrants out of the overcrowded camp of Idomeni, launching a major operation to clear up the squalid tent city where thousands fleeing war and poverty had lived for months. In an operation that began shortly after sunrise, Greek police said they had put more than 1,500 people on buses to newly opened camps near Greece's second city Thessaloniki, about 80 kilometres (50 miles) to the south. Most media were kept at a distance, but footage and images handed out by state TV ERT and state agency ANA, who were allowed access, showed migrants patiently queueing up to board buses and being driven away, some waving at the camera.
- US new-home sales jump to highest level in more than 8 years
- Suspect arrested in death of coal executive Bennett Hatfield CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A man has been arrested in the death of a former coal company executive found shot at a West Virginia cemetery where his wife is buried, a sheriff said Tuesday.
- Sumner Redstone appoints two new members to his trust
By Malathi Nayak NEW YORK (Reuters) - Sumner Redstone, chairman emeritus of Viacom Inc said on Tuesday he has appointed two new trustees to a trust that will determine the direction of the media conglomerate and CBS in the event of his incapacitation or death. The two trustees are executive vice president and general counsel of National Amusements Inc, Redstone's privately held movie theater chain, Tad Jankowski and former media executive and media analyst Jill Krutick, Redstone said in a statement.
- Eurozone ministers push for Greece debt deal
Eurozone finance ministers said they hoped to unlock vital bailout cash for Greece Tuesday, but warned of tough talks on debt relief that the IMF has demanded as the price for staying with the programme. Eurogroup head Jeroen Dijsselbloem hailed Greece's "important work since the summer and in the past weeks" to deliver on the reforms. "I hope there is full agreement ... and that we can move on in the programme," added Dijsselbloem, who is also Dutch finance minister, saying disbursement could be "in weeks".
- U.S. new home sales race to eight-year high, prices surge
New U.S. single-family home sales surged to a more than eight-year high in April and prices hit a record high, offering further evidence of a pick-up in economic growth that could allow the Federal Reserve to raises interest rates soon. The Commerce Department said on Tuesday new home sales jumped 16.6 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of619,000 units, the highest level since January 2008. March's sales pace was revised up to 531,000 units from the previously reported 511,000 units.
- House panel hearing lawmaker who wants IRS chief impeached
- South African weather service says El Nino "fast decaying"
The winter forecast for drought-hit South Africa shows the rapid fading of an El Nino weather pattern that scorched key crops but the overall picture is increasingly uncertain, the national weather service said in its latest monthly forecast. "Current observations still show the fast decay of El Nino ... However, the current forecast is clouded by growing uncertainty," the weather service said in the bulletin, which provides forecasts for the next five months. South Africa's staple maize crop will likely be around 30 percent lower this season because of the drought.
- Cosby arrives in court in Pennsylvania sex-assault case
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Bill Cosby arrived in court Tuesday for a key hearing on whether prosecutors have enough evidence to put the 78-year-old comedian on trial on charges he drugged and sexually assaulted a woman over a decade ago.
- San Francisco to consider stricter immigrant protections
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco officials plan to take another run at clarifying the progressive city's protections for people in the country illegally, a policy that led to national criticism last year when a Mexican man was accused of shooting and killing a woman walking along a waterfront pier.
- Iraq forces keep up shelling of Falluja, U.N. concern mounts for civilians
By Ahmed Rasheed and Stephen Kalin BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi forces shelled Islamic State targets in Falluja on Tuesday, the second day of an assault to retake the militant stronghold just west of Baghdad, as international concern mounted for the security of civilians. The United Nations refugees agency UNHCR said women and children died while trying to leave the city. About 100,000 civilians are estimated to be in Falluja which, in January 2014, became the first Iraqi city to be captured by Islamic State, six months before the group declared its caliphate.
- Cosby returns to Pennsylvania court in criminal case
Disgraced television legend Bill Cosby returned to court in Pennsylvania on Tuesday to attend a preliminary hearing over criminal accusations that he sexually assaulted a woman working for a basketball team in 2004. The 78-year-old, once beloved, pioneering black comedian walked into the courthouse in Norristown just outside Philadelphia, looking somber and dressed in a grey suit, white shirt and patterned tie. Cosby has become a public pariah since an avalanche of women have accused him of feeding them pills and having sex with them over four decades.
- PBS to air film of American couple that defied Nazis
NEW YORK (AP) — PBS will air a film in September about an American couple that spent two years rescuing Jews in Europe before and after the start of World War II, made by the couple's grandson with documentarian Ken Burns.
- Protesters interrupt coal debate in Swedish Parliament STOCKHOLM (AP) — Unruly protesters briefly interrupted a debate Tuesday in the Swedish Parliament on the future of state-owned utility Vattenfall's coal assets in Germany.
- The Latest: Russia denies losing helicopters at Syrian base
- Romanian Senate speaker charged with making false statements BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romanian prosecutors have charged the Senate speaker with making false statements to protect people standing trial in a real estate case involving a prince.
- US new-home sales soar to highest level in 8 years on strong gains in Northeast and West WASHINGTON (AP) — US new-home sales soar to highest level in 8 years on strong gains in Northeast and West.
- Sanders wants David to keep his job on 'Saturday Night Live'
- As fighters return from Libya, Tunisia faces growing challenge
By Patrick Markey and Tarek Amara BEN GUERDANE, Tunisia (Reuters) - After a U.S. air strike killed a Tunisian jihadist commander in western Libya in late February, dozens of Islamic State fighters sneaked across the border into Tunisia and attacked an army barracks and police bases in the town of Ben Guerdane. In the battle that followed, Islamic State militants shot dead local Tunisian anti-terrorism chief Colonel Abdel Atti Abdelkabir metres from his home. Residents, including the colonel's brother, say they recognised some of the attackers as former neighbours and classmates who had left to train with Islamic State in Libya.
- Ukraine: 7 soldiers killed, 9 wounded in eastern clashes MOSCOW (AP) — Ukrainian officials say seven soldiers have been killed over the past day in fighting in eastern Ukraine.
- Libyan coastguards intercept 550 migrants off western coast
Libyan coastguards intercepted about 550 migrants from sub-Saharan Africa on Tuesday after they set out to cross the Mediterranean in four rubber boats, Tripoli coastguard spokesman Ayoub Qassem said. The migrants from various African countries, including 30 women and three children, were stopped off the Libyan coast near Sabratha, a city 80 km (50 miles) west of the capital Tripoli. Another 850 migrants were intercepted in the same area on Sunday.
- Goodbye, empty nest: Millennials staying longer with parents WASHINGTON (AP) — Many of America's young adults appear to be in no hurry to move out of their old bedrooms.
- Investigators raid Google Paris HQ in tax evasion inquiry
French investigators raided Google's Paris headquarters on Tuesday as part of a tax evasion inquiry, the financial prosecutor's office said. Google said it was fully complying with French law. Facing public anger at the way multinational companies use their footprints around the world to minimize tax, France, Britain and others have sought ways to make sure Google, Yahoo! and other digital giants, who often have their tax bases in other countries, pay their taxes locally.