Anti-Israel demonstrators led by the protest group Code Pink wear masks of Israeli Prime Benjamin Netanyahu as they sit at the entrance to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, March 1, 2015.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Netanyahu arrives amid signs of tensions easing

WASHINGTON - U.S. and Israel showed signs of seeking to defuse tensions ahead of a speech in Washington by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when he will warn against a possible nuclear deal with Iran.  Full Article 

Europe shares hold at seven-year highs, China rate cut lifts Asia 4:41am EST

LONDON - European shares clung to seven-year highs on Monday, lifted by merger activity in the telecoms sector, while Asian stocks edged up after China cut interest rates at the weekend.

Former world chess champion and political activist Garry Kasparov (R) and Madina, daughter of exiled dissident Kazakh oligarch Mukhtar Ablyazov, attend a news conference at a lawyer's office in Paris, October 16, 2014. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

Peaceful Russian transition unlikely: Kasparov

WASHINGTON - The murder of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov has dampened any hope for a peaceful political transition in Russia away from President Putin's government, Garry Kasparov, a prominent opposition voice said in an interview.   Full Article 

Jeb Bush speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor in Maryland February 27, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

How Jeb Bush's big bet on Florida may hurt him

JUPITER, Florida - As Jeb Bush leads possible Republican candidates in the 2016 race for the U.S. presidency, the mixed results of his economic policy as governor of Florida illustrate problems he could face in explaining his own record.   Full Article 

Iraqi security forces and Shi'ite fighters chant slogans as they gather at Udhaim dam, north of Baghdad March 1, 2015.REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

Iraq launches attacks on Islamic State

BAGHDAD - Iraq's armed forces, backed by Shi'ite militia, attacked Islamic State strongholds north of Baghdad at the start of a campaign aimed at driving them out of the mainly Sunni Muslim province of Salahuddin.  Full Article 

A worker welds at a construction site in Yiliang, Yunnan province, February 28, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

Stimulus swells as China eases, India spends

SYDNEY - The tide of global stimulus is swelling as China cut interest rates and India launched an expansionary budget over the weekend.   Full Article