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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Thursday voted to limit debate on Loretta Lynch's confirmation as President Barack Obama's next attorney general, an important procedural step that will likely end a five-month deadlock. Lynch has waited longer for confirmation than the last seven attorneys general combined. A final vote on Lynch's nomination was expected later on Thursday. (Reporting by Richard Cowan; Editing by Emily Stephenson)
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner on Thursday said President Barack Obama must "get serious" about a strategy to defeat Islamic State militants before Congress would consider approving a new military force authorization. Boehner also said he thought Obama's recent request would confer less authority than under previous authorizations and that was not a good strategy. (Reporting by David Lawder; Writing by Emily Stephenson; Editing by Lisa Lambert)
By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hillary Clinton's family's charities are refiling at least five annual tax returns after a Reuters review found errors in how they reported donations from governments, and said they may audit other Clinton Foundation returns in case of other errors. The foundation and its list of donors have been under intense scrutiny in recent weeks. Republican critics say the foundation makes Clinton, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, vulnerable to undue influence. Her campaign team calls these claims "absurd conspiracy theories." The charities' errors generally take the form of under-reporting or over-reporting, by millions of dollars, donations from foreign governments, or in other instances omitting to break out government donations entirely when reporting revenue, the charities confirmed to Reuters.
Al-Haditha (Israel) (AFP) - Thousands of Arab Israelis marched in protest Thursday as their Jewish compatriots partied, each group in its own way marking the 67th anniversary of the Jewish state's founding. The anniversary of Israel's declaration of independence on May 14, 1948 is celebrated according to the Jewish calendar, this year falling on April 23. Palestinians and many Arab Israelis usually mark the day on May 15 by commemorating what they call the Nakba -- or "catastrophe" -- of Israel's creation. It centred on the ruins of Al-Haditha, near Tiberias, one of nearly 400 Palestinian villages destroyed in the war that erupted after Israel's founding.
With just two weeks before a knife-edge election, Britain's major political parties Thursday faced stinging criticism from a top think tank over the lack of detail in their manifesto austerity plans. The governing Conservatives and their junior coalition partners the Liberal Democrats, as well as the opposition Labour party and the Scottish National Party, have failed to provide detailed fiscal plans for the next five years, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) said in a report. "Public finance plans of Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats and SNP leave much unanswered," the respected think tank concluded after analysing the parties' manifestos before the general election on May 7.
By Will Dunham and Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An American and an Italian who had been held hostage for several years by al Qaeda in the border region of Pakistan and Afghanistan were inadvertently killed in a U.S. counterterrorism operation in January, President Barack Obama said on Thursday. On behalf of the United States government, I offer our deepest apologies to the families," Obama said in an appearance at the White House. The operation in which American doctor Warren Weinstein and Italian aid worker Giovanni Lo Porto were killed also resulted in the death of an American al Qaeda leader, Ahmed Farouq, the White House said.