Archive for December, 2013

Deadly suicide bombing in Russia’s south

December 29, 2013
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MOSCOW (AP) — A suicide bomber struck a busy railway station in southern Russia on Sunday, killing at least 15 people and wounding scores more, officials said, in a stark reminder of the threat Russia is facing as it prepares to host February’s Olympics in Sochi.
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Federal health market surpasses 1M sign-ups

December 29, 2013
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HONOLULU (AP) — A December surge propelled health care sign-ups through the government’s rehabilitated website past the 1 million mark, the Obama administration said Sunday, reflecting new vigor for the problem-plagued federal insurance exchange.
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Window dressing likely to spur bull run until 2014

December 29, 2013
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WINDOW-DRESSING activities are expected to dominate the local bourse this week as the year draws to a close amid a generally positive market sentiment, analysts said.
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‘Hobbit’ blasts past newcomers to claim third box office crown

December 29, 2013
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LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) – “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” the special-effects-laden tale that pits dwarfs against a dragon, blasted to its third consecutive box office title, collecting $29.9 million over the post-Christmas weekend to beat newcomers “The Wolf of Wall Street” and “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.”
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Lebanon rocket fire draws Israeli artillery strike

December 29, 2013
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By Ari Rabinovitch JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Rockets launched from Lebanon struck northern Israel on Sunday, causing no injuries or damage, and Israel responded with artillery fire across a border that has been largely quiet since a war in 2006.
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‘Suicide bomber’ kills 18 at Russian train station

December 29, 2013
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Moscow (AFP) – At least 18 people were killed and dozens injured Sunday when a suicide bomber blew herself up in a train station in the Russian city of Volgograd ahead of February’s Olympic Games in nearby Sochi.
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Saudi Ma’aden restarts aluminium plant production line

December 29, 2013
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KHOBAR, Saudi Arabia, Dec 29 (Reuters) – Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Ma’aden) has restarted one of the two potlines at its new aluminium smelter in Saudi Arabia, the company said on Sunday.
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High stakes for US families losing jobless benefit

December 28, 2013
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WESTMINSTER, Calif. (AP) — The end of unemployment checks for more than a million people on Saturday is driving out-of-work Americans to consider selling cars, moving and taking minimum wage work after already slashing household budgets and pawning personal possessions to make ends meet.
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South Sudan: ‘White Army’ militia marches to fight

December 28, 2013
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JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Twenty-five thousand young men who make up a tribal militia known as the “White Army” are marching toward a contested state capital in South Sudan, an official said Saturday, dimming hopes for a cease-fire.
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Reports of sexual assaults in military on rise

December 28, 2013
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Heightened attention to the crime of sexual assault in the U.S. military may be causing more people to come forward and report problems. Defense officials cite the increased awareness as a possible reason the number of reported sexual assaults rose by more than 50 percent this year.
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