Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference in Washington, March 2, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Friendship and warnings, Netanyahu pushes agenda

WASHINGTON - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will escalate his campaign against President Obama's Iran diplomacy in a speech to Congress.   Full Article 

Strong German retail sales keep European shares near seven-year highs 6:48am EST

LONDON - European shares rose close to seven-year highs on Tuesday as better than expected German retail sales further buoyed investors days before the European Central Bank kicks off a trillion-euro bond buying program.

A visitor holds flowers and a book "Confessions of the Rebel" by Russian leading opposition figure Boris Nemtsov while waiting to attend a memorial service before the funeral of Nemtsov in Moscow, March 3, 2015.  REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Putin critic Nemtsov mourned in Russia

MOSCOW - Several hundred Russians, many carrying red carnations, queued to pay their respects to Boris Nemtsov, the Kremlin critic whose murder last week showed the hazards of speaking out against Russian President Vladimir Putin.  Full Article 

A Shi'ite fighter gestures during clashes with Islamic State militants in Salahuddin province March 2, 2015.REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

Iraq tries to seal off Islamic State around Tikrit

BAGHDAD - Thousands of Iraqi soldiers and Shi'ite militiamen sought to seal off Islamic State fighters in Tikrit on the second day of Iraq's biggest offensive yet against a stronghold of the radical Sunni Islamist militants.  Full Article 

Huawei Chief Executive Richard Yu presents the Huawei Watch during a news conference in Barcelona March 1, 2015. REUTERS/Gustau Nacarino

China's Huawei steps up U.S. sales pitch

SAN FRANCISCO/BEIJING - Two years after legislators branded it a national security threat, China's Huawei Technologies is planning to win over U.S. consumers, rolling out new mobile phones and wearable devices.   Full Article 

The logo of insurgent group Boko Haram is seen on the cracked windshield of an armored vehicle which Chadian military say they destroyed in battle in Gambaru, February 26, 2015. REUTERS/Emmanuel Braun

Boko Haram releases beheading video

ABUJA - Nigeria's Islamist sect Boko Haram released a video purporting to show it beheading two men, its first online posting using advanced graphics and editing techniques reminiscent of footage from Islamic State.  Full Article 

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China's Huawei takes its tech stateside

China mobile giant Huawei is getting ready to launch smartphones in the United States just two years after it was branded a national security threat by U.S. lawmakers.