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Suspect in Kansas City highway shootings faces 18 felony counts

By Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) - A man who went on a two-week shooting spree on Kansas City, Missouri, highways has been charged with 18 felony counts, including firing into vehicles and striking occupants, prosecutors said on Friday. Mohammed P. Whitaker, 27, who was arrested on Thursday at his home, is believed to have acted alone in the string of shootings, said Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker.

New Madagascar technocrat government seeks stability

The new prime minister of Madagascar announced a cabinet of technocrats and relative political unknowns on Friday in a bid to renew international support and move on from the country's chronic instability. "These ministers represent all the forces of our nation, meaning that I have put in place an open government," said new Prime Minister Roger Kolo. Among the 31 ministers announced, there were two members of the MAPAR party of former strongman Andry Rajoelina, who seized power in 2009 and only stepped down in January.

Brazilian tycoon Batista investigated for financial crimes: reports

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazil´s federal police have opened an investigation into former billionaire Eike Batista for financial crimes, including insider trading, manipulation of markets and money laundering, Brazilian media reported on Friday. If the police probe leads to criminal charges against Batista, it would be yet another major blow for a businessman once hailed as Brazil's model entrepreneur and symbol of its economic success.

Turkish president rules out role swap with Erdogan

By Orhan Coskun and Humeyra Pamuk ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's president appeared to rule out a job swap with Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan when his term as head of state ends in a few months, signaling strains between the allies following months of political tension. President Abdullah Gul's comments on Friday threw open the question of who might succeed Erdogan if he runs for president in an August election as expected, and raised the prospect of him picking a close loyalist to cement his grip on power.

Factbox: Algeria's Bouteflika, aging independence veteran, wins re-election

ALGIERS (Reuters) - Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has won re-election for another five-year term with an officially tabulated 81.53 percent of the vote, despite suffering a stroke last year. He is seen by supporters as a symbol of stability after he helped to lead Algeria out of a civil war that lasted more than a decade. Here are some facts about Bouteflika.

Algeria's Bouteflika wins 4th term, rival rejects result

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika clinched a fourth term on Friday, despite his poor health, winning a landslide victory in an election marred by low turnout and his rival alleging fraud. The 77-year-old incumbent who voted from a wheelchair on Thursday scooped 81.53 percent of the votes, compared with his main rival, Ali Benflis, who received 12.18 percent, Interior Minister Tayeb Belaiz told a news conference. "The people have chosen freely, in a climate that was transparent and neutral," Belaiz insisted.

Algeria's Bouteflika wins 4th term, rival rejects result

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika clinched a fourth term on Friday, despite his poor health, winning a landslide victory in an election marred by low turnout and his rival alleging fraud. The 77-year-old incumbent who voted from a wheelchair on Thursday scooped 81.53 percent of the votes, compared with his main rival, Ali Benflis, who received 12.18 percent, Interior Minister Tayeb Belaiz told a news conference. "The people have chosen freely, in a climate that was transparent and neutral," Belaiz insisted.

Japan, U.S. to meet again on remaining TPP gaps on Mon. in Tokyo

Japan and the United States have moved closer on remaining gaps over a Pacific free trade pact and senior officials of both countries will meet again on Monday in Tokyo, a Japanese official said Friday. Japanese and U.S. trade officials involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership initiative agreed to hold what could be the last round before a summit between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Barack Obama in Tokyo on Thursday, hoping for a breakthrough to the market access impasse.

Dutch prosecute man whose child pornography case linked to Canadian victim Amanda Todd

VANCOUVER - Canadian police confirmed Thursday an arrest has been made in the Netherlands in the case of a Canadian teenager who was blackmailed into exposing herself in front of a webcam. The 15-year-old later committed suicide after detailing her harassment on a YouTube video watched by millions around the world.

Obama budget would boost U.S. tax revenue, cut deficits: CBO

By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's fiscal 2015 budget request would boost U.S. tax revenue by nearly $1.4 trillion over 10 years if fully enacted, cutting deficits by $1.05 trillion while funding new spending, the Congressional Budget Office said on Thursday.
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