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Congress to force Postal Service to keep Saturday delivery

(Reuters) – Congress foiled the financially beleaguered U.S. Postal Service’s plan to end Saturday delivery of first-class mail when it passed legislation on Thursday requiring six-day delivery.

Israel moves to repair Turkish relations with apology for Gaza flotilla deaths

Israel has apologised to the Turkish government for the deaths of nine people on board the Mavi Marmara, the lead ship in a flotilla attempting to breach the blockade of Gaza three years ago, in a move to repair a damaging diplomatic breach between the two countries.

US and UK public reject stronger military support for Syrian rebels

Americans and Britons are deeply sceptical about the idea of armingSyria‘s rebels and the possibility of sending western troops into the country, according to a bilateral poll.

FCC chairman Julius Genachowski to step down

The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Julius Genachowski, is resigning in the “coming weeks.”

Quantico marine base killings: military officials expect ‘lengthy’ investigation

Military authorities at the Quantico base in northern Virginia have launched an investigation after a US marine shot dead two of his colleagues before killing himself.

Myanmar riots stoke fears of widening sectarian violence

(Reuters) – Myanmar declared martial law in four central townships on Friday after unrest between Buddhists and Muslims stoked fears that last year’s sectarian bloodshed was spreading into the country’s heartland in a test of Asia’s newest democracy.

Cyprus says close to bailout deal

(Reuters) – Cyprus was just hours away from a deal on Friday to raise billions of euros and unlock a bailout from the European Union that could avert financial meltdown and exit from the euro, its ruling party said.

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