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*Booz Allen Hamilton says has fired Snowden. *Google and others seek loosening of secrecy on requests.
LOS ANGELES-- Russell Brand has a " Messiah Complex," and he's taking it on the road. The British comedian announced Thursday that he's launching a world comedy tour focusing on Che Guevara, Gandhi, Malcolm X and Jesus Christ. The " Messiah Complex" tour is set to begin Aug. 15 in Abu Dhabi and wrap up Dec. 9 in Iceland.
*Microsoft says Citadel Botnets stole $500 million. BOSTON, June 5- Microsoft Corp and the FBI, aided by authorities in more than 80 countries, have launched a major assault on one of the world's biggest cyber crime rings, believed to have stolen more than $500 million from bank accounts over the past 18 months.
REYKJAVIK, May 24- Iceland must find stability by aiming for the same economic goals as those set for European Union states, even though it is sceptical about joining the EU and will keep its own currency, the new prime minister said.
PARIS, May 15- A growing divide between rich and poor risks will yawn still wider if cash-strapped governments keep cutting back the welfare state, an industrialised nations' think-tank warned on Wednesday.
Faster responses to emergencies for people living in the Arctic, including floods or forest fires, were also urgently need, the report said. Arctic nation foreign ministers will meet in Kiruna, Sweden, on May 15 and are due to agree ways to work together to prevent and deal with oil spills.
REYKJAVIK, April 29- The victory in Iceland's election of parties who would spurn the European Union may keep the country isolated by cementing damaging currency controls in place.
*Independence Party ahead in early results. REYKJAVIK, April 27- Iceland's centre-right parties took a commanding early lead in elections on Saturday, staying on course to return to power with promises of tax cuts and debt relief just five years after presiding over the country's spectacular economic collapse.
*Lifting capital controls possible in 12-18 months- Independence Party. REYKJAVIK, April 23- Iceland's recovery from economic collapse is much weaker than the government proclaims, and a major debt writedown will be needed before crippling currency controls can be lifted, the country's likely next leaders told Reuters on Tuesday.
STOCKHOLM, April 16- Music streaming web service Spotify said it was expanding into Asia and Latin America, announcing plans to launch in eight new countries as it attempts to catch up with larger rival Pandora Media Inc and keep ahead of new entrants to the sector.
WASHINGTON, April 15- China, India, Singapore and other countries far from the Arctic Circle could be part of a new global forum to widen the discussion about the fate of the planet's Far North, Iceland President Olafur Grimsson said on Monday.
BARCELONA, Spain, April 11- Every Sunday evening up to 4.3 million people in Spain tune into a quirky but hard-hitting news show that has become an unlikely television success as crisis-plagued Spaniards try to figure out how their country got into the mess it is in.
LONDON, March 28- When Argentina froze access to bank deposits in December 2001, the popular backlash was so severe its president and his successor had resigned within a month.
The capital controls, being imposed to avert a run on banks after an EU bailout, will limit foreign transactions and capital outflows but not movements of money within the country itself, the head of the Cyprus chamber of commerce said on Wednesday after meeting government officials.
*Depreciation helped Iceland recover, not open to Cyprus. STOCKHOLM/ REYKJAVIK, March 27- For Iceland, there was a sense of deja vu when Cyprus's finance minister said capital controls would probably last "a matter of weeks".
Europe's financial crisis is costing lives, with suicides and infectious diseases on the rise, yet politicians are not addressing the problem, health experts say.
LONDON, March 26- Cyprus probably won't be the last euro zone country to ask for an international bailout, according to a Reuters poll of economists, who cited Spain and Slovenia as the likeliest candidates.
OSLO, March 24- Middle East-style oil wealth combined with a generous Nordic welfare model is slowly throttling big chunks of Norway's economy, threatening western Europe's biggest success story.
BRUSSELS, March 21- There was no official red flag that Cyprus's oversized banking sector posed a big risk to its economy until last year, when the European Union set up tools to monitor such imbalances, a Reuters review of EU reports dating back to 2003 showed.
*Cyprus faces stark choice between Europe and Russia. LONDON, March 21- As it tries to play Russia off against Europe to salvage its economy, Cyprus has embarked on a high-stakes poker game that could see almost everyone lose.