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White House urges Egypt to release detained journalists, academics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Tuesday that it is deeply concerned about a recent crackdown by the Egyptian government on journalists and academics. "These figures, regardless of affiliation, should be protected and permitted to do their jobs freely in Egypt," White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters at a briefing. "We have strongly urged the government to drop these charges and release those journalists and academics who have been detained," he said.

U.S. Energy Secretary delays India trip amid diplomatic row

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz will no longer travel to India as planned next week, an official of the U.S. Energy Department said on Wednesday, the most serious repercussion yet in a row over the arrest of an Indian diplomat in New York. "I can confirm that Secretary Moniz is no longer traveling to India next week," the official told Reuters. "We have been in conversation with Indian counterparts about the dates, and we have agreed to hold the dialogue in the near future at a mutually convenient date."

Canadian National train derailed in two separate places: agency

OTTAWA (Reuters) - A Canadian National Railway Co train carrying crude and propane gas that partially derailed in eastern Canada on Tuesday night came off the tracks in two separate places, the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) said on Wednesday. A TSB official told Reuters that one car toward the front of the train derailed and was found to have a broken axle, but he declined further comment. Another 16 cars further down the train also came off the rails. (Reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)

Czech police say weapons found at Palestinian mission

PRAGUE (Reuters) - Czech police found weapons at the Palestinian mission in Prague, a police spokeswoman said on Thursday, a day after safe exploded there, killing ambassador Jamal al-Jamal. "Yes I can confirm that," spokeswoman Andrea Zoulova told Reuters when asked about a report on the discovery of weapons. She gave no details about the type or quantity of weapons found. (Reporting by Jan Lopatka; Editing by John Stonestreet)

Czech police say weapons found at Palestinian mission

PRAGUE (Reuters) - Czech police found weapons at the Palestinian mission in Prague, a police spokeswoman said on Thursday, a day after safe exploded there, killing ambassador Jamal al-Jamal. "Yes I can confirm that," spokeswoman Andrea Zoulova told Reuters when asked about a report on the discovery of weapons. She gave no details about the type or quantity of weapons found. (Reporting by Jan Lopatka; Editing by John Stonestreet)

U.S. says China agrees to more market access

BEIJING (Reuters) - U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said on Friday that China had agreed to remove regulatory hurdles to market access and had also set an action plan to enhance to protection of trade secrets. He made the comments at a news conference following the end of annual China-U.S. trade talks. (Reporting by Sui-Lee Wee; Writing by Ben Blanchard)

U.S. sends new submarine-hunting jets to Japan amid East Asia tension

By Tim Kelly and Phil Stewart TOKYO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy's first two advanced P-8A Poseidon patrol aircraft have arrived in Japan, U.S. military officials said on Monday, helping to upgrade America's ability to hunt submarines and other vessels in seas close to China as tension in the region mounts.

Death toll rises to nine in Scotland helicopter crash

Officers continue to sift through the wreckage at the site where a police helicopter crashed into the roof of a packed pub.

Earthquake of magnitude 6.9 strikes off Indonesia island

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - An earthquake of magnitude 6.9 struck off Indonesia's Tanimbar islands, a monitoring service of the U.S. Geological Survey showed around 0130 GMT on Sunday. (Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

White House: China, Japan should resolve dispute diplomatically

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The White House said on Tuesday that a dispute between China and Japan over islands in the East China Sea should be solved diplomatically. "The policy announced by the Chinese over the weekend is unnecessarily inflammatory," White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters in California, where President Barack Obama is traveling. "These are the kinds of differences that should not be addressed with threats or inflammatory language, but rather can and should be resolved diplomatically," he said.
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