Allies back Iraq plan against ISIS, Baghdad seeks more help
By John Irish and Marine Pennetier PARIS (Reuters) - Western and Arab states carrying out air strikes on Islamic State fighters backed on Tuesday Iraq's plan to retake territory from the jihadist movement after being accused by the Iraqi premier of not doing enough to help Baghdad push back the insurgents. Around 20 coalition ministers met Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in Paris, in part to persuade his Shi'ite Muslim-led government to repair relations with Iraq's Sunni minority to strengthen its campaign against the Sunni Islamic State, also known as ISIS. Despite a show of unity, Abadi appeared to reject suggestions that Baghdad was paying insufficient attention to reconciliation with Sunni.
US athletes, stars wear orange to stop gun violence
Americans ranging from pop stars to politicians to the New York Mets baseball team wore orange Tuesday in a new national campaign to stop gun violence. The first-of-a-kind National Gun Violence Awareness Day marked what would have been the 18th birthday of Hadiya Pendleton, a girl shot dead in a Chicago park in 2013 days after performing in a parade in Washington as part of President Barack Obama's second inauguration. "I think the fact that our heart hurts so much, that's the reason we're motivated to get into a movement," her mother, Cleopatra Cowley-Pendleton, said in a video.
NSA phone collection bill clears Senate hurdle
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Two days after letting a disputed post-9/11 surveillance program go dark, the Senate sped toward passage Tuesday of legislation to revive but also reshape it. GOP leaders mounted a last-ditch effort to soften some of the changes.
Amtrak CEO vows to put safety technology into operation
WASHINGTON (AP) ? An emotional Amtrak CEO pledged to lawmakers Tuesday that safety technology that could have prevented a deadly derailment last month in Philadelphia will be put into operation, while Democrats and Republicans exchanged barbs over whether Congress or the Obama administration is most to blame for railroads not installing the technology.
Blatter quits as FIFA corruption pressure mounts
Sepp Blatter on Tuesday resigned as president of FIFA in a stunning capitulation to critics as a mounting corruption scandal engulfed world football's governing body. "I don't feel I have a mandate from the entire world of football," Blatter, who defiantly rejected calls to quit for several months, calmly told a press conference at FIFA's Zurich headquarters. The 79-year-old Swiss official, FIFA president for 17 years and only reelected on Friday, said he would remain in charge until a special congress can choose a new leader.
Chicago Bulls introduce Fred Hoiberg as new coach
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Relatives of Americans in Iran press for their release
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Relatives of four Americans missing or detained in Iran told Congress on Tuesday of milestones missed ? weddings, graduations, birth of grandchildren ? and asked U.S. officials to push for their release in negotiations with Tehran on a nuclear deal.
Shopify says Pinterest will have 'buyable pins'NEW YORK (AP) ? Pinterest users will be able to buy items they like using a new type of pin, e-commerce company Shopify said Tuesday.
Visiting vintage Havana involves some old-school hassles
HAVANA (AP) ? Travel experts and upscale magazines are urging travel to Cuba before it changes. But visitors envisioning salsa in the streets and glamorous vintage cars should also be prepared to manage without ATMs, credit cards, Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, seat belts or toilet paper. Here are eight tips for visiting Havana.