Rescue, cleanups continue in tornado zone, 39 deadHENRYVILLE, Ind./CRITTENDEN, Kentucky (Reuters) - Rescue teams and residents combed through storm-wracked towns to assess damage on Saturday from a chain of tornadoes that cut a 1,000-mile (1,600-km) swath of destruction from the Midwest to the Gulf of Mexico, as the death toll rose to at least 39 people. The fast-moving twisters spawned by massive thunderstorms splintered blocks of homes, damaged schools and a prison, and tossed around...Read Full Story
ATHENS (Reuters) - Support for Greece's two pro-bailout parties has sunk to an all-time low, but pollsters predict the squabbling rivals will still scrape through upcoming elections with enough seats in parliament to push through the reforms demanded by lenders.With Greece finally clinching a 130-billion-euro rescue package to avert a messy default, attention is slowly shifting to elections due in April - with financial markets and European partners nervously waiting to see whether a new...Read Full Story
(Reuters) - An international tribunal has found that it has jurisdiction to decide if Ecuador violated a treaty with the United States requiring it to guarantee a fair trial to Chevron Corp in an environmental lawsuit that ended in an $18 billion judgment against the oil company.A Tuesday posting on Chevron's website attributed to the tribunal read: "The tribunal declares that it has jurisdiction to proceed to the merits phase of these arbitration proceedings." http://www.chevron.com...Read Full Story
TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan's incumbent president was re-elected on Saturday as official tallies showed he held a near-unassailable lead in the vote-count and the opposition conceded defeat.The result, which points to a continuation of the detente between Taiwan and China, should reassure both Beijing and Washington at a time of political transition for both superpowers.The elections had been expected to be tight, but the Central Election Commission said that with most votes counted, the...Read Full Story
ATHENS (Reuters) - Support for the two parties backing Greece's technocrat Prime Minister Lucas Papademos fell to an all-time low, a poll showed on Monday, a sign of rising popular frustration at austerity measures imposed to stave off a chaotic default.The survey by pollster GPO was carried out on Feb 16-21, a week after lawmakers of the conservative New Democracy and the Socialist PASOK parties approved a harsh austerity package demanded by Greece's international lenders to keep bankrolling...Read Full Story
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