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Syria crisis: Geneva peace talks end in recriminations
The Syrian government and opposition have traded insults after a week-long peace conference in Geneva ended with no firm agreement.
Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said the opposition were immature, while the opposition's Louay Safi said the regime had no desire to stop the bloodshed.
However, UN envoy Lakhdar Brahimi said he had seen some "common ground", and scheduled more talks for 10 February.
The opposition has agreed to take part, but Mr Muallem refused to commit.
BBC:Pervez Musharraf: Pakistan issues new arrest warrant
Pervez Musharraf: Pakistan issues new arrest warrant
A Pakistani court has issued an arrest warrant for ex-military ruler Pervez Musharraf, rejecting his plea to go abroad for medical treatment.
Mr Musharraf has been in hospital ever since suffering chest pains on the way to his treason trial on 2 January.
Prosecutors argued his medical condition was not serious enough for him to avoid appearing before judges
Mr Musharraf says all the accusations against him are politically motivated.
BBC:Brazil police arrest Amazon tribesmen for murder
Brazil police arrest Amazon tribesmen for murder
Police in Brazil's Amazon region have arrested five indigenous members of the Tenharim tribe accused of killing three contractors who have been missing since mid-December.
The tribe denies any involvement in the disappearance of the three men.
Local groups accused tribe members of killing the three government workers in retaliation for the death of an indigenous leader.
The incident led to riots in the nearby city of Humaita.
BBC:South Sudan: MSF workers 'flee into bush'
South Sudan: MSF workers 'flee into bush'
The medical charity MSF says 240 of its staff have been forced to flee into the bush in South Sudan because of continuing insecurity.
MSF said the workers were among thousands of people trying to escape fighting in Unity State between government forces and rebels.
Violence broke out in the world's newest state on 15 December, starting as fighting between rival army factions
It has now killed thousands of people and displaced around 700,000.
BBC:Stand-off over 'tortured' Ukrainian activist Dmytro Bulatov
Stand-off over 'tortured' Ukrainian activist Dmytro Bulatov
Medical workers have blocked police from questioning a Ukrainian protester who says he was abducted and tortured.
Dmytro Bulatov, who went missing for eight days, is being treated in hospital after claiming he was "crucified" by his captors.
He is on a government wanted list. Opposition activists said officers went to the hospital in Kiev to arrest him.
The police said they had opened an inquiry into his abduction and were trying to question him about that.
BBC:Snowden leaks: Canada 'spied on airport travellers'
Snowden leaks: Canada 'spied on airport travellers'
Canada's electronic spy agency collected data from travellers passing through a major airport, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) reports.
The CSEC collected information captured from unsuspecting passengers' wireless devices by the airport's free wi-fi system over two-weeks, the report says.
The revelations come from documents leaked by Edward Snowden, CBC says.
The CSEC is prohibited by law from targeting Canadians or anyone in Canada without an appropriate warrant.
Reuters:Powder sent to sites near Super Bowl not hazardous: FBI
Powder sent to sites near Super Bowl not hazardous: FBI
(Reuters) - Several suspicious letters that sparked a security scare near the site of this weekend's Super Bowl contained a powdery substance that was not hazardous, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said on Friday.
No injuries were reported at the sites around New Jersey and New York where the letters were received, which included at least two hotels and the offices of former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani.
Police have been out in force throughout the metropolitan area ahead of the February 2 National Football League championship game. Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, about 10 miles west of New York City has been on lockdown since Sunday.
At an Econo Lodge hotel in Carlstadt, New Jersey, which had received an envelope containing a loose white powder, hotel general manager Eylem Naik said authorities had tested the powder and pronounced it harmless.
Reuters:Mexican president to seek OK on telecom, oil reform specifics
Mexican president to seek OK on telecom, oil reform specifics
(Reuters) - Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said on Friday he will send secondary laws that flesh out landmark telecoms and energy reforms for congressional approval as he seeks to boost competition and economic growth.
Pena Nieto pushed a series of reforms through Congress last year, which also spanned taxes and education, but the implementation of energy and telecoms reforms requires a separate batch of secondary laws.
He held off fast-tracking the reforms. The move would have risked angering conservative and left-leaning rivals who helped him push reforms through a divided Congress.
"During the first days of February, I will send to Congress ... secondary laws regarding telecommunications, economic competition and energy," Pena Nieto said, signing into law an electoral reform that allows for the re-election of lawmakers.
Reuters:Kerry asks Russia to pressure Syria on faster chemical arms removal
Kerry asks Russia to pressure Syria on faster chemical arms removal
(Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry asked Russia's foreign minister on Friday to put pressure on the Syrian government to accelerate the removal of chemical weapons, which Kerry said is not happening quickly enough.
Kerry met Russia's Sergei Lavrov on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference to discuss what Washington considered to be "unacceptable" progress in moving Syrian chemical weapons, said a senior U.S. State Department official who spoke on condition of anonymity.
"Secretary Kerry pressed Foreign Minister Lavrov to push the regime for more progress on moving the remaining chemical weapons within Syria to the port in Latakia," the official said.
Reuters reported this week that Syria has given up less than 5 percent of its chemical weapons arsenal of roughly 1,300 tonnes of toxic agents and will miss next week's deadline to send all toxic agents abroad for destruction.
Reuters:Fed draws criticism from abroad as emerging markets still reeling
Fed draws criticism from abroad as emerging markets still reeling
(Reuters) - The Federal Reserve's decision to keep trimming its economic stimulus drew fire on Friday as India's central bank chief said Americans should be more attuned to the global impact of their policies, and the IMF called for vigilance given strains in financial markets.
The push-back came on Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke's last day on the job and two days after the U.S. central bank reduced the pace of its huge asset purchase program. The Fed made the move on Wednesday despite a bruising selloff in emerging markets that was prompted in part by the prospect of less U.S. monetary support.
With the turmoil in currencies and stocks spreading into more emerging markets on Friday, Fed officials, addressing the rout for the first time, offered no hint the sell-off would influence their policy stance unless the U.S. economy were threatened.
But in Mumbai, Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan said the United States "should worry about the effects of its policies on the rest of the world."
Reuters:Daiichi Sankyo pledges bold action on Ranbaxy production problems
Daiichi Sankyo pledges bold action on Ranbaxy production problems
(Reuters) - Japan's Daiichi Sankyo Co Ltd said it would step up support of Indian drugmaking arm Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd and send personnel to help resolve problems at a factory that U.S. regulators have banned from supplying pharmaceutical ingredients.
"We have already put a lot of effort into our support but that has not been enough," Manabu Sakai, senior executive officer at Daiichi Sankyo, told an earnings briefing on Friday.
"We want to go back and prepare a more aggressive, more drastic response."
Sakai said it was inevitable the incident would affect Daiichi Sankyo's earnings but was unable to give concrete numbers. The company is not thinking about reducing its stake in Ranbaxy, he added, although financial support would be among the actions it will look at.
Reuters:Exclusive: South Sudan rebel leader says government derailing peace talks
Exclusive: South Sudan rebel leader says government derailing peace talks
(Reuters) - South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar accused the government on Friday of ethnic cleansing and trying to sabotage peace talks, in his first face-to-face interview since fighting erupted late last year in Africa's youngest nation.
Dressed in dark green military fatigues and speaking to Reuters in his bush hideout, Machar branded President Salva Kiir a discredited leader who had lost the people's trust and should resign.
Thousands have been killed and more than half a million have fled their homes since fighting erupted in the capital Juba in mid-December and spread quickly across the oil-producing nation, often following ethnic lines.
The two sides signed a ceasefire on January 23 in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, but each has accused the other of breaking it.
WSJ:Microsoft's Likely CEO Pick: From India to Insider
Microsoft's Likely CEO Pick: From India to Insider
Satya Nadella recalls asking Steve Ballmer in a management performance review how he stacked up against "greats" from Microsoft Corp.'s MSFT +2.66% past. The chief executive called the question "nonsense," because it didn't focus on the future of the company.
The moment transformed Mr. Nadella's thinking. "What drives me every morning and what keeps me up every night is one thing: this business is not about longevity, it's about relevance," Mr. Nadella said in an interview in October.
It is also a window into the 46-year-old Indian immigrant and consummate Microsoft insider who appears on the brink of being chosen to pilot the tech giant as it seeks to reverse years of waning influence.
Mr. Nadella is currently in contract negotiations to succeed Mr. Ballmer as chief executive, a person familiar with the situation said. Microsoft's board is scheduled to meet early next week to approve Mr. Nadella's contract, this person said. It may also weigh whether to choose a new board chair if co-founder and current chair Bill Gates spends more time as an adviser to Mr. Nadella, a request Mr. Nadella made during his contract negotiations.