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U.S. could train elite Iraqi forces in Jordan

By Missy Ryan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration is considering providing new training to elite Iraqi forces in Jordan as U.S. officials seek ways to help the government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki repel an al Qaeda campaign near its western border.

Unfinished drug tunnel discovered on U.S.-Mexico border

Tucson, Arizona, Jan 9 (EFE).- U.S. and Mexican authorities, in a joint operation, discovered an unfinished tunnel some 40 meters (130 feet) long on Arizona's southern border, it was reported Thursday. U.S. Border Patrol agents working with Mexican federal police found the tunnel on Wednesday west of the DeConcini crossing point in the border city of Nogales, Arizona. The Tucson sector Border Patrol reported Thursday in a press release that Border Enforcement Security Task Force, or BEST, agents found the tunnel after noticing recently-moved earth near a drainage canal.

Cuba, United States meet on migration in latest sign of a thaw

By Marc Frank HAVANA (Reuters) - Officials from the United States and Cuba met in Havana on Thursday to discuss longstanding migration accords in the latest sign of a new collaborative spirit between the Cold War foes. The migration talks are the highest public contact between the two governments, which do not have diplomatic relations, and recent meetings have been increasingly constructive, officials say.

In worsening dispute, India orders club closure, U.S. delays trip

By Frank Jack Daniel and David Brunnstrom NEW DELHI/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. energy secretary on Wednesday postponed a visit to India, while New Delhi ordered the U.S. Embassy to close a club for expatriate Americans, as a worsening diplomatic dispute exposed fault lines between the world's two most populous democracies.

US uses 'Myanmar' name as 'diplomatic courtesy'

The United States sometimes uses the official name Myanmar instead of Burma as a "diplomatic courtesy" to the Asian country, the State Department said Monday, in a sign of rapprochement. Military leaders changed the official name to "Myanmar" in 1989, saying that the old term "Burma" was a sorry legacy of British colonialism and implied that the ethnically torn land belonged only to the Burman majority.

LG's G Flex to hit U.S. shelves in Q1

By Kang Yoon-seung SEOUL, Jan. 7 (Yonhap) -- South Korean smartphone maker LG Electronics Inc. said Tuesday that it plans to launch the G Flex, its first smartphone with a curved display, in the United States by March. LG Electronics unveiled the phone in the South Korean market in November. The model was also launched in Hong Kong and Singapore the following month. The G Flex boasts a 6-inch plastic OLED display that curves inward as well as unique features such as "KnockOn," which lets users turn on their phone by tapping the display twice.

EU says industrial energy users coping well with U.S. price gap

By Barbara Lewis and Karolin Schaps BRUSSELS/LONDON (Reuters) - Industrial energy consumers in the European Union have dealt well with a large energy price differential to peers in the United States but should remain concerned about high prices, the EU executive said in a draft policy paper seen by Reuters. Europe's industrial energy users have been paying more than twice the electricity price and four times as much for gas as their U.S. peers who have benefited from a boom in shale gas.

U.S. opposes planned release of 88 Afghan prisoners, adding to strains

By Jessica Donati and Hamid Shalizi KABUL (Reuters) - The United States wants Afghanistan to halt the release of 88 prisoners from an Afghan jail because they pose a serious threat to security, U.S. officials said on Wednesday, adding to strains between the two sides. The United States only recently transferred the prison at Bagram to Afghan control after it had become a serious source of tension with the government in Afghanistan which is fighting a Taliban-led insurgency.

U.S. welcomes Okinawa governor's decision on Marine base relocation

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Friday welcomed the approval by the governor of Japan's Okinawa Prefecture of landfill work for the relocation of a U.S. Marine Corps air base within the island prefecture. "It is the most significant milestone achieved in these realignment efforts so far," Hagel said in a statement, referring to a plan to move the Futenma Air Station to a facility off the Henoko coastal area of Nago from a densely populated area in Ginowan.

U.S. welcomes Okinawa governor's decision on Marine base relocation

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Friday welcomed the approval by the governor of Japan's Okinawa Prefecture of landfill work for the relocation of a U.S. Marine Corps air base within the island prefecture. "It is the most significant milestone achieved in these realignment efforts so far," Hagel said in a statement, referring to a plan to move the Futenma Air Station to a facility off the Henoko coastal area of Nago from a densely populated area in Ginowan.
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