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Director of the Central Intelligence Agency John Brennan makes a point while he holds a rare news conference at the CIA Headquarters in Virginia December 11, 2014. REUTERS/Larry Downing

CIA begins reorganization, increases cyber focus - agency chief

7 March 2015

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Central Intelligence Agency is starting one of the most sweeping reorganisations in its history, aimed in part at sharpening its focus on cyber operations and incorporating digital innovations into intelligence gathering, CIA director John Brennan said.

Ukraine ceasefire holding, says OSCE head

7 March 2015

RIGA (Reuters) - The ceasefire in eastern Ukraine is holding and overall hostilities have dropped, the head of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) said on Friday.

Libyan forces say they retake oilfields after attack

7 March 2015

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - Oil security forces said on Friday they had retaken control of Libya's al-Ghani oilfield after gunmen attacked the facility, killing seven guards.

U.N. council threatens action if chlorine used in attacks in Syria

7 March 2015

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council condemned the use of chlorine as a weapon in Syria and threatened to take action if such arms are used again in the conflict, which is now in its fourth year, but didn't lay blame for previous chlorine attacks.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the media upon his arrival in Asuncion February 25, 2015. REUTERS/Jorge Adorno

U.N. chief worried by planned Palestinian security cut with Israel

7 March 2015

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on Friday at a decision by Palestinian leaders in the West Bank to halt security coordination with Israel and called for the international community to push for a Middle East peace deal.

A Greek flag flutters between Saint George's bell tower and an olive tree atop the Lycabettus hill March 6, 2015. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

Cash-strapped Greece repays first part of IMF loan due in March

7 March 2015

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece repaid on Friday the first 310 million-euro instalment of a loan from the International Monetary Fund that falls due this month, as it scrambles to cover its funding needs.

A Greek flag flutters between Saint George's bell tower and an olive tree atop the Lycabettus hill March 6, 2015.   REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

Greece sends EU reform list, more hurdles before early cash

7 March 2015

ATHENS/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Greece sent its euro zone partners an augmented list of proposed reforms on Friday but EU officials said several more steps were required before any release of aid funds to a country that Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras says has a noose around its neck.

Ireland begins to fret over 'Brexit' as UK election nears

7 March 2015

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Concerned Irish politicians and businesses have begun planning for the possibility of Britain exiting the European Union, a step that could have large implications for the UK's small neighbour.

Putin ally says society should resist gay activism

7 March 2015

GENEVA (Reuters) - Traditional family values need to be supported against activism by the gay minority, and the idea that gays were suppressed in Russia was "a trick", a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday.

Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, 32, is seen in an undated picture from the Vancouver Police Department released by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police October 25, 2014.  REUTERS/Vancouver Police Department/Handout

Gunman's video says Parliament attack spurred by Canada military action

7 March 2015

OTTAWA (Reuters) - The gunman who shot dead a soldier in Canada's capital and then stormed Parliament last year said he was protesting against Canadian military involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq, according to a video recording released on Friday.

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