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Republican Romney opts out of 2016 run for president

Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney arrives with his wife Ann to speak at the Republican National Committee Winter Meeting in San Diego, California January 16, 2015. Credit: Reuters/Mike Blake

(Reuters) – Republican Mitt Romney bowed out of the 2016 U.S. presidential race on Friday after considering a third run, telling supporters it was time for the next generation of party leaders to seek the White House. 00    Read More »

Obama’s budget proposals include 19 percent tax on foreign earnings: Bloomberg

U.S. President Barack Obama makes remarks highlighting investments to improve health and treat disease through precision medicine while in the East Room of the White House in Washington, January 30, 2015. Credit: Reuters/Larry Downing

(Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s budget proposals will include a minimum tax of 19 percent on U.S.-based companies’ future foreign earnings and a 14 percent tax on their stockpiled offshore profits, Bloomberg news said on Saturday, citing two people familiar with the budget. 00    Read More »

U.S. general says Syrian town of Kobani taken from Islamic State

(Reuters) – Kurdish ground forces, helped by U.S. and allied air support, have retaken the Syrian town of Kobani from Islamic State militants, U.S. Lieutenant-General James Terry said on Saturday. 00    Read More »

Kenji Goto: Video ‘shows IS beheading Japan hostage’

Kenji Goto

(BBC)  – A video has been released online purporting to show the beheading of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto by Islamic State militants. 00    Read More »

Benedict Cumberbatch in call to pardon convicted gay men

Benedict Cumberbatch (centre)

(BBC) – Benedict Cumberbatch and Stephen Fry are among signatories of an open letter asking the government to pardon 49,000 men who were prosecuted for being gay. 00    Read More »