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Obama wines and dines solo Hollande

Barack Obama praised France's President Francois Hollande as a leader of "courage" Tuesday, and wined and dined his solo guest at a lavish state dinner. Hollande, caught in a scandal over his messy split with partner Valerie Trierweiler, has seen his approval ratings plummet to rock bottom at home over his failure to restore economic prosperity. But he relished center stage at the White House, as President Obama praised his resolve in tackling extremism in Africa and a nuclear challenge from Iran.

Voters decide to keep rental rules designed to limit illegal immigration in Nebraska city

FREMONT, Neb. - Residents of a small Nebraska city voted Tuesday to keep regulations that require all renters to swear they have legal permission to live in the U.S., likely pushing the city back into the forefront of the immigration debate.

Football: Qatar issues worker welfare charter for World Cup

Qatar issued new guidelines Tuesday aimed at protecting thousands of expatriate workers employed on construction projects for the finals of the 2022 World Cup. The gas-rich Gulf state has faced mounting criticism from human rights groups over the safety and working conditions of migrants working in its booming construction industry.

French leader begins US trip with Monticello tour

French President Francois Hollande began a state visit to the United States Monday, flying with President Barack Obama to pay homage at the home of francophile US founding father Thomas Jefferson. The visit, designed to underscore historic ties and a burgeoning security relationship between America and its oldest ally, takes place as Hollande tries to shrug off speculation over his love life.

French leader begins US trip with Monticello tour

President Francois Hollande arrived in Washington on Monday for a state visit and talks with his US counterpart Barack Obama at a time of intense collaboration between the long-standing allies. The build-up to the trip was marked by speculation over Hollande's private life, as his relationship with his former first lady collapsed, but the weightier topics will be on the agenda when the pair meet.

French leader's US visit to begin at Monticello

Presidents Barack Obama and Francois Hollande will honor the long friendship between Washington and Paris with a joint trip to Thomas Jefferson's estate Monticello on Monday as the French leader begins his US visit. Hollande is hoping to leave the scandal over his split from long-time girlfriend Valerie Trierweiler behind, trading it in for military honors, a flight with Obama on Air Force One, and the pomp of a state dinner.

Olympics: IOC pressing Russia on unpaid construction wages

The International Olympic Committee said Monday that it launched a full investigation after discovering that hundreds of migrants who worked on the Sochi Games had not been paid. IOC spokesman Mark Adams said that the Committee had met with human rights activists in Sochi who had submitted a "full list" of 200 workers who had not been paid by Russian firms. "Following that we instigated a full investigation," he told reporters.

Olympics: IOC pressing Russia on unpaid construction wages

The International Olympic Committee said Monday that it launched a full investigation after discovering that hundreds of migrants who worked on the Sochi Games had not been paid. IOC spokesman Mark Adams said that the Committee had met with human rights activists in Sochi who had submitted a "full list" of 200 workers who had not been paid by Russian firms. "Following that we instigated a full investigation," he told reporters.

Asylum seekers accuse Australia navy of abuse as boat towed to Indonesia

By Aubrey Belford KUPANG, Indonesia (Reuters) - On New Year's day, 45 asylum seekers in a ramshackle wooden boat slid ashore on a small island off the Australian city of Darwin. Four others had been swept overboard that morning in rough seas and were believed dead. The survivors, from Africa and the Middle East, stumbled onto the beach, thankful to find refuge on Australian soil. Or so they thought.

Swiss vote to curb immigration by EU citizens

Switzerland voted Sunday to impose curbs on immigration by European Union citizens, in a nail-bitingly close referendum that threatened to ignite a row with Brussels. Final results showed that 50.3 percent of voters had backed the "Stop Mass Immigration" proposal pushed by right-wing populists, even though it could mean the demise of a raft of deals signed in 1999 with the EU including on the economic front.
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