Archive for June 20th, 2014

Iranian operatives now in Iraq

June 20, 2014
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Iran has sent “small numbers” of operatives into Iraq to bolster the Shiite-led government in Baghdad, but there is no sign of a large deployment of army units, the Pentagon said Friday.
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Ukraine declares cease-fire in restive east

June 20, 2014
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KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko ordered his forces to cease fire Friday and halt military operations for a week against pro-Russia separatists in the country’s east — the first step in a peace plan he hopes will end the conflict that has cost hundreds of lives.
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Spain’s Dia says in preliminary deal with Carrefour over unit sale

June 20, 2014
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MADRID (Reuters) – Spain’s Dia, the world’s third-largest discount supermarkets group, said on Friday it had reached a preliminary deal to sell its loss-making Dia France unit to Carrefour.
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Dow, S&P 500 hit new highs

June 20, 2014
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NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. stocks rose on Friday, with the Dow and the S&P 500 both closing at record highs.
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Ebola outbreak ‘totally out of control’

June 20, 2014
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DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A senior official for Doctors Without Borders says the Ebola outbreak ravaging West Africa is “totally out of control” and that the medical group is stretched to the limit in its capacity to respond.
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UN development chief echoes Obama’s ‘inclusive governance’ message for Iraq

June 20, 2014
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By Dasha Afanasieva ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Iraq needs more inclusive governance across sectarian and religious divides if it is to end its turmoil, something only its own politicians can deliver, one of the United Nations’ top officials said on Friday.
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UN: More than 50 million displaced worldwide

June 20, 2014
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By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) – More than 50 million people were forcibly uprooted worldwide at the end of last year, the highest level since after World War Two, as people fled crises from Syria to South Sudan, the U.N. refugee agency said on Friday.
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Obama extends family leave rights of gay couples

June 20, 2014
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By Mark Felsenthal WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Friday will announce a rule that makes legally married same-sex couples eligible for benefits under the Family and Medical Leave Act in all 50 states, a White House official said.
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TPG, Carlyle eye $2.4 billion IPO for Australia’s Healthscope: source

June 20, 2014
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By Stephen Aldred HONG KONG (Reuters) – Buyout firms TPG Capital and Carlyle Group are targeting a $2.4 billion initial public offering of shares in Australia’s Healthscope Ltd as their most-favored option for the country’s second-biggest private hospitals operator, a source with direct knowledge of plans told Reuters.
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TPG, Carlyle eye $2.4bln IPO for Australia’s Healthscope -source

June 20, 2014
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* Sale would be Australia’s third-biggest IPO ever -data
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