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House panel: Safety agency mishandled GM recall

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government's auto safety agency should have discovered General Motors' faulty ignition switches seven years before the company recalled 2.6 million cars to fix the deadly problem, a House committee majority charged Tuesday in a new report.

U.S. Congress poised to approve aid to moderate Syrian rebels

By Emily Stephenson and Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress appeared poised on Tuesday to quickly approve President Barack Obama's plan to arm and train Syrian rebels, a major part of the effort he announced this week to fight Islamic State militants. The House of Representatives began debating an amendment to a stopgap funding bill that would authorize support for the moderate rebels, who are fighting both the Islamic State and the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. ...


OECD vows to 'change the game' with new tax rules

Paris (AFP) - The OECD on Tuesday put forward new proposals it said would "change the rules of the game" for companies which avoid paying huge amounts of tax by exploiting international loopholes.


US could 'send advisers into combat in Iraq'

Washington (AFP) - The US military's top officer on Tuesday raised the possibility that American troops serving as advisers to Iraqi forces eventually could be sent on combat missions against Islamic State extremists if it became necessary.


US to assign 3,000 from US military to fight Ebola

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is ramping up its response to West Africa's Ebola crisis, preparing to assign 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the afflicted region to supply medical and logistical support to overwhelmed local health care systems and to boost the number of beds needed to isolate and treat victims of the epidemic.


German court lifts ban on Uber car pick-up service

Berlin (AFP) - The controversial but popular car pick-up service Uber claimed a victory in Germany on Tuesday when a court threw out an injunction levelled against its operations in Europe's biggest economy.


Stephen Sutton cancer appeal raises £5 million

London (AFP) - The fundraising campaign launched by teenage cancer sufferer Stephen Sutton has raised almost £5 million, the charity he helped said on Tuesday, revealing where the money will be spent.


Two Americans killed in Kabul suicide bombing

Washington (AFP) - Two Americans were among those killed in a Taliban suicide bombing Tuesday that targeted a NATO convoy in Kabul near the US embassy, a defense official told AFP.

Syria criticises exclusion from anti-jihadist talks

Damascus (AFP) - A senior Syrian official on Tuesday criticised the international community for excluding Damascus from recent talks on building a coalition to tackle the Islamic State group.


Syria warplane 'shot down by jihadists'

Beirut (AFP) - Jihadists shot down a Syrian warplane conducting strikes on the Islamic State group stronghold of Raqa on Tuesday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said.


Senate Dems spent $14M in August to keep majority

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats' campaign arm, defending a narrow majority heading into November's elections, spent more than $14 million last month, committee aides said Tuesday.

Vietnam, US restart adoptions after six-year ban

Hanoi (AFP) - American parents will again be allowed to adopt Vietnamese children, authorities said Tuesday, ending a six-year ban imposed after allegations of baby-selling and fraud but with new restrictions.


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