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U.S. warns China against dragging out technology trade deal

Yahoo - DRC - 30 October, 2014 - 15:26
China must move ahead with a global deal to eliminate duties on billions of dollars of technology products or risk upsetting other trade talks, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said on Thursday. The United States and Europe have blamed China, the world's biggest exporter of IT products, for derailing talks on a pact on technology trade by asking for too many exemptions. China is due to chair an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit on Nov. 10-11 and Froman said this was an opportunity for China to end a stalemate over updating the 16-year-old Information Technology Agreement (ITA), which eliminated duties on personal computers and telephones.
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Ebola quarantines: Can states do that?

Yahoo - DRC - 30 October, 2014 - 15:20

WASHINGTON (AP) — The quarantine of a nurse in Maine who recently returned from the Ebola hot zone in West Africa has touched off a battle between the authority of states to confine people to protect public health and the right of Americans to move about freely.


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American detained in North Korea gets job back with Ohio city

Yahoo - DRC - 30 October, 2014 - 15:10

By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - An Ohio man detained in North Korea for nearly half a year got his job back with a city agency, but on condition he not travel again to a country where he could be easily detained, his attorney said on Thursday. Jeffrey Fowle, 56, was released from his position at the city of Moraine's streets department last month because of his prolonged detention. One of three Americans recently detained in North Korea, Fowle returned to his home near Dayton on Oct. 22. He was arrested in May for leaving a Bible at a sailor's club in the North Korean city of Chongjin, where he was travelling as a tourist.


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Apple's Cook - 'I'm proud to be gay'

Yahoo - DRC - 30 October, 2014 - 15:10

Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook on Thursday became the most prominent American corporate leader to come out as gay, saying he was trading his closely guarded privacy for the chance to help move civil rights forward. The 53-year-old Alabama native and self-described "son of the South", who has spoken out against discrimination of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, declared his sexual orientation in a magazine editorial, confirming a fact widely known in the close-knit Silicon Valley tech community but rarely discussed. Cook's announcement comes as gay marriage is becoming widespread, but the nation remains divided over gay rights.


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Kremlin-funded broadcaster lauded by Putin starts TV news channel in UK

Yahoo - DRC - 30 October, 2014 - 15:05
By Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - RT, a Kremlin-funded broadcaster lauded by President Vladimir Putin, launched a TV news channel in Britain on Thursday, promising to challenge "dominant power structures" and scrutinise the UK government. Seeking to extend Russia's soft power in a close U.S. "We’ll aim to bring some truly informed debate on a tired UK television news scene dominated by corporate and vested interests," Afshin Rattansi, one of the new channel's presenters, said in a pre-launch statement. "Slicing through the rampant corruption that stalks through public and private sector alike, RT UK will do what statutory regulators are supposed to do - hold power to account." Putin last year described RT, formerly known as Russia Today, as a project to break what he called the Anglo-Saxon monopoly on "global information streams", saying it reflected his government's thinking on events in Russia and abroad.
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Soccer-Levski handed crowd ban, escape sanction over snowball

Yahoo - DRC - 30 October, 2014 - 15:01
Levski Sofia have been ordered to play their next home match behind closed doors following crowd trouble in their 3-0 defeat by bitter city rivals CSKA in a highly-charged Bulgarian league clash on Saturday. The Bulgarian Football Union's (BFU) disciplinary commission also fined the 26-times champions 23,000 levs ($14,827) on Thursday after Levski fans broke through fences surrounding the pitch and reached the stadium's running track. The ban will affect Levski's home match against Beroe Stara Zagora on Nov. 7. The Blues, as Levski are known in the Balkan country, have already played two games behind closed doors this season after crowd violence marred their domestic league matches at Beroe and Litex Lovech.
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Anti-Muslim bullying on rise after Canada attacks

Yahoo - DRC - 30 October, 2014 - 14:59

By Richard Valdmanis OTTAWA (Reuters) - Reports of anti-Muslim harassment in Canada have risen, Muslim organizations say, after attacks last week in which two soldiers were killed by people authorities say were inspired by the militant group Islamic State. The National Council of Canadian Muslims said it has seen a tenfold increase in reports of harassment, including racial slurs on public buses, notes left on car windshields and bullying at schools. Worries about homegrown extremism have risen in Canada after a gunman shot a soldier and charged into the Parliament building in Ottawa on Oct. 22. Several Canadian Muslim groups quickly condemned the attacks, which came as Canada sent warplanes to take part in air strikes against Islamic State fighters in Iraq.


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German court sentences 'Autobahn gunman' to 10 years in jail

Yahoo - DRC - 30 October, 2014 - 14:56
A German court on Thursday sentenced a lorry driver to 10 1/2 years in prison for shooting hundreds of times from his cab at other vehicles on the country's motorways. Prosecutors described the lorry driver as a "frustrated loner" who hated people and liked guns.
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Test of African Democracy - Burkina and Beyond

All Africa - DRC - 30 October, 2014 - 14:52
[allAfrica]Washington, DC -On Thursday the former soldier who seized power in Burkina Faso 27 years ago agreed to negotiate with opponents. The announcement was a response to massive popular demonstrations against President Blaise Compaore’s intention to extend his rule for another term. While most protesters were peaceful, violence left Parliament and other buildings in flames. Amid reports in the evening that the military had taken over in what amounted to another coup, social media celebrated that some soldiers had join
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Dying at Work

Yahoo - DRC - 30 October, 2014 - 14:50

Working can be deadly. The federal Department of Labor said Wednesday that 11 people in the United States die on the job every day, and another 50,000 perish each year from work-related illness or injury. Most of these deaths are concentrated in high-risk industries like mining, agriculture and construction, but not all: More than 400 people in professional and desk jobs lost their lives in 2012.


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First lady launches 2 graduation video contests

Yahoo - DRC - 30 October, 2014 - 14:45
WASHINGTON (AP) — High school and college students are competing for Michelle Obama to come to their schools to share her wisdom about moving on to higher education and adulthood.
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Myanmar calls meeting of political, military heavyweights

Yahoo - DRC - 30 October, 2014 - 14:40

By Aung Hla Tun and Paul Mooney YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar's president and powerful military chief will hold an unprecedented high-level meeting on Friday with major political parties and ethnic minority groups as cracks widen in the fledgling democracy ahead of an election next year. The talks are the first of their kind and will see opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi meet for the first time with the powerful armed forces chief, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing - talks the Nobel laureate has sought since she became a lawmaker in 2012. Friday's hastily arranged get-together in the capital Naypyitaw comes as a complex peace process with armed ethnic rebels teeters on the brink of collapse and tensions linger over moves by Suu Kyi's party - backed by 5 million petitioners - to amend the constitution and reduce the political clout of a military that ruled Myanmar brutally for 49 years. President Barack Obama prepares to visit Myanmar next month for a regional summit amid growing U.S.


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Senate control could turn on 2 independents' moves

Yahoo - DRC - 30 October, 2014 - 14:30

WASHINGTON (AP) — After millions of Americans vote next week, it's possible that one or two men will decide which party controls the Senate.


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U.S. says hard to imagine EU trade deal without investor protection

Yahoo - DRC - 30 October, 2014 - 14:22
A trade deal between the United States and Europe is hard to imagine without strong investor protection, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said on Thursday. Negotiations on investor protection rules in the world's biggest trade deal have been frozen after criticism in Europe and the European Commission is digesting the results of a public consultation before deciding how to go ahead. "It's hard to imagine a high standard agreement ... that does not have a high standard of investor protections as well," he said at the Washington Ideas Forum.
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U.S. Fed buys $5.3 billion of mortgage bonds, sells none

Yahoo - DRC - 30 October, 2014 - 14:13
The Federal Reserve bought $5.318 billion (3.32 billion pounds) of agency mortgage-backed securities in the week from Oct. 23 to Oct. 29, compared with $5.796 billion purchased the previous week, the New York Federal Reserve Bank said on Thursday. The New York Fed said on its website the Fed sold no mortgage securities guaranteed by Fannie Mae , Freddie Mac or the Government National Mortgage Association, or Ginnie Mae, in the latest week.
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Burkina army chief announces creation of transitional government

Yahoo - DRC - 30 October, 2014 - 14:12
The head of Burkina Faso's armed forces announced on Thursday the dissolution of the national assembly and the creation of a national transitional government to last a maximum of 12 months, though he did not say who would lead it. A return to the constitutional order is expected in no more than 12 months," General Honore Traore told a news conference after a day of violent protests in the capital.
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Germany denies report on post-bailout aid for Greece

Yahoo - DRC - 30 October, 2014 - 14:02

By Michael Nienaber BERLIN (Reuters) - The German government on Thursday denied a Greek media report that the two countries' finance ministers had reached an agreement on further support for Greece after it exits its bailout programme. Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble and his Greek counterpart Gikas Hardouvelis held a bilateral meeting on Wednesday on the sidelines of a tax conference in Berlin, but this was "without concrete results", a spokesman for Schaeuble said in a statement. "We deny media reports that Germany and Greece agreed yesterday about future aid for Greece once its ongoing bailout programme is over," the statement added. Greek officials have for weeks been talking with lenders about the possibility of a credit line that would be extended beyond the bail-out by euro zone partners to provide support in the case of unexpected events, according to people close to the Greek government.


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Obama speaks to Myanmar president, opposition leader Suu Kyi

Yahoo - DRC - 30 October, 2014 - 14:00

President Barack Obama spoke to Myanmar President Thein Sein and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi in separate telephone calls on Thursday, the White House said. Obama is due to make his second presidential visit to Myanmar in mid-November to attend a pair of regional summits, amid growing U.S. Obama's call came just before Thein Sein and Myanmar's powerful military chief were due to hold an unprecedented high-level meeting on Friday with major political parties and ethnic minority groups as cracks widen in the fledgling democracy ahead of an election next year.


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Exclusive - Owners of Spain's Parques Reunidos ponder $2.6 billion sale: sources

Yahoo - DRC - 30 October, 2014 - 13:58
By Freya Berry and Pamela Barbaglia LONDON (Reuters) - The private equity owners of Parques Reunidos are sounding out interest for a sale that could value the Spanish zoo, marine and water park operator at about 2 billion euros (1.62 billion pounds), four sources familiar with the matter said on Thursday. The company, which is owned by UK-based private equity fund Arle Capital, could come up for sale as soon as the first half of 2015, the sources said. They cautioned that no banks had been hired as yet and any sale process could still fall through. Arle Capital declined to comment. ...
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Situation in Syria is 'appalling,' getting worse - U.N.

Yahoo - DRC - 30 October, 2014 - 13:52

The humanitarian crisis in Syria is getting worse as all parties to the war, including forces aligned with the government and Islamic State militants, show "callous disregard" for millions of suffering civilians, the United Nations said on Thursday. The comments from Kyung-wha Kang, U.N. assistant secretary-general and deputy emergency relief coordinator, came during a monthly briefing for the Security Council on compliance with U.N. demands for greater aid access across Syria, now in its fourth year of civil war. "The human suffering in Syria is worsening," Kang said. "And so too is the callous disregard by the parties to the conflict for the people of Syria, for their safety and dignity, and for the country's future." The U.N. Syria mediator also briefed the Council following his 40-day-long tour in the region.


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