Archive for December, 2013

Russian police round up dozens after suicide bombings

December 31, 2013
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By Sergei Karpov VOLGOGRAD, Russia (Reuters) – Police detained dozens of people on Tuesday in sweeps through the Russian city of Volgograd after two deadly attacks in less than 24 hours that raised security fears ahead of the Winter Olympics.
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Vandals spray graffiti against Kerry in West Bank

December 31, 2013
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JERUSALEM (AP) — Suspected Jewish vandals set fire to three vehicles in a West Bank village early on Tuesday and sprayed threatening graffiti referring to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry ahead of his expected visit to the region, police said.
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World shares enjoy vintage year, seen gaining more in 2014

December 31, 2013
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By Marius Zaharia LONDON (Reuters) – World stocks were ending 2013 close to six-year peaks on Tuesday and benchmark bond yields were poised for their first annual rise since 2009 as investors anticipated a further pick-up in global growth.
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Futures edge up; Wall Street set for best year since 1997

December 31, 2013
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By Chuck Mikolajczak NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. stock index futures inched higher on Tuesday before housing and consumer confidence data, with the S&P 500 on track for its best year since 1997 and the Dow set to record its best performance since 1996.
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Life support extended for girl declared brain dead

December 31, 2013
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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The family of a girl who was declared brain dead after tonsil surgery received another reprieve Monday from a judge who ordered the 13-year-old to be kept on life support for another week.
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Kerry to offer outline of Mideast peace deal

December 31, 2013
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry will present Israel and the Palestinians the broad outlines of what a final Mideast peace agreement could look like when he travels to the region this week, the State Department said on Monday.
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Benghazi attack wasn’t ‘core’ Al-Qaeda, U.S. says

December 30, 2013
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Washington (AFP) – The United States is still investigating last year’s attack on its diplomatic mission in Benghazi but has no evidence that “core Al-Qaeda” leaders directed the assault in which four Americans died, a US official said Monday.
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Poll: One-third of Americans reject evolution

December 30, 2013
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By Chris Francescani NEW YORK (Reuters) – One-third of Americans reject the idea of evolution and Republicans have grown more skeptical about it, according to a poll released on Monday.
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Stocks barely budge in quiet end-of-year trading

December 30, 2013
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NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market ended a quiet Monday mostly where it began as investors shut their books for what has been an extraordinary year on Wall Street.
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Libya launches financial regulator to boost bourse transparency

December 30, 2013
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TRIPOLI, Dec 30 (Reuters) – Libya has launched a financial regulator, state media said on Monday, to try to improve transparency and attract more foreign investment to its small stock market.
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