Archive for November 17th, 2012

Obama turns to foreign policy with Asia trip

November 17, 2012
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WASHINGTON (AP) — In his first trip abroad since the summer heat of the re-election campaign, President Barack Obama will seek to reinforce American influence in Southeast Asia in spite of the large shadow cast by China. He will become the first U.S. president to visit Myanmar, an appreciation for its steps toward democratization,...
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Israel bombards Gaza Strip, shoots down rocket

November 17, 2012
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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel destroyed the headquarters of Hamas‘ prime minister and blasted a sprawling network of smuggling tunnels in the southern Gaza Strip on Saturday, broadening a blistering four-day-old offensive against the Islamic militant group even as diplomatic efforts to broker a cease-fire appeared to be gaining steam.
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Thousands protest in Egypt against Israeli attacks on Gaza

November 17, 2012
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CAIRO (Reuters) – Thousands of people protested in Egyptian cities on Friday against Israeli air strikes on Gaza and Egypt‘s president pledged to support the Palestinian enclave’s population in the face of “blatant aggression”.
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Israel launches scores of airstrikes into Gaza

November 17, 2012
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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel bombarded the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip with nearly 200 airstrikes early Saturday, the military said, widening a blistering assault on Gaza rocket operations to include the prime minister’s headquarters, a police compound and a vast network of smuggling tunnels.
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Israel hits Hamas government buildings as reservists mobilized

November 17, 2012
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GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli aircraft pounded Hamas government buildings in Gaza on Saturday, including the prime minister’s office, after Israel‘s cabinet authorized the mobilization of up to 75,000 reservists, preparing for a possible ground invasion.
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Head vs. heart: Egypt’s Gaza dilemma

November 17, 2012
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The hostilities threatening to escalate into all-out war between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza concern the two antagonists first and foremost, but the course the fighting takes is likely to be equally consequential for Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi – and for his relations with the United States.
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House OKs trade bill to ‘name and shame’ Russian human rights violators

November 17, 2012
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Friday to “name and shame” Russian human rights violators as part of a broader bill to drop Cold War-era trade restrictions, brushing off warnings from Moscow that the move would damage relations.
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Israelis, Palestinians lob threats via Twitter

November 17, 2012
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In a special “Around the World,” Christiane Amanpour reports from Jerusalem after three days of fierce fighting in the region.
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Washington’s positive tone cheers Wall Street for a day

November 17, 2012
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NEW YORK (Reuters) – Hope that politicians would find common ground to steer clear of the “fiscal cliff” boosted stocks on Friday, though the gains were not enough to offset the week’s losses.
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Wall Street Week Ahead: Going off "cliff" with a bungee cord

November 17, 2012
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NEW YORK (Reuters) – The 1987 crash. The Y2K bug. The debt ceiling debacle of 2011. All these events, in the end, turned out to be buying opportunities for stocks. So will the “fiscal cliff,” some investors say as they watch favorite stocks tumble during the political give-and-take happening in Washington.
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