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Egypt wins Arab billions, names prime minister

(Reuters) – Egypt named an interim prime minister on Tuesday and rich Gulf states poured in $8 billion in aid, as the biggest Arab nation sought ways out of a crisis a day after troops killed dozens of Islamists.

Quest for answers starts in deadly Canada rail crash

(Reuters) – Investigators seeking the cause of the deadly train crash in the tiny Quebec town of Lac-Megantic, were focusing Tuesday on the train’s brakes, the railway company’s own regulations and whether Canada needs tougher train-transport standards.

U.S. considers pulling all troops from Afghanistan: officials

(Reuters) – The United States is considering pulling out all its troops from Afghanistan next year, U.S. officials said, amid tension between the PresidentBarack Obama’s administration and Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s government.

Obama’s democrats threaten to end filibusters in Senate

(Reuters) – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, frustrated by a dysfunctional and unpopular Congress that has been unable to perform basic tasks such as agreeing on a federal budget, may soon seek an unprecedented rules change in the Senate.

Wildfires spread in US south-west as hundreds in Nevada evacuated

Two large wildfires raged on Tuesday in Nevada, where firefighters worked to gain the upper hand on a mountain blaze near Las Vegasthat kept hundreds of people from their homes and another south-west of Reno that jumped in size a day earlier.

Toronto storms leave 300,000 without power

A severe thunderstorm caused flash flooding in Toronto, cutting power to at least 300,000 homes and businesses in Canada‘s largest city, shutting down subways and leaving over 1,000 passengers stranded for hours on a commuter train filled with gushing water.

Clevland kidnap victims DeJesus, Berry and Knight speak for first time

Three women held captive in a Cleveland home for a decade issued a YouTube video on Monday night in which they thanked the public for the encouragement and financial support that is allowing them to restart their lives.

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