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Osborne accused of claiming false victory in EU budget row

Yahoo - DRC - 17 December, 2014 - 20:16

LONDON (Reuters) - Chancellor George Osborne was criticised by the head of a parliamentary committee on Wednesday for claiming victory in a row with the European Union over an unexpected bill that triggered a diplomatic bust up with EU officials. In November a statistical review of national income data generated a 2.1 billion euro (£1.66 billion) bill that caught Prime Minster David Cameron by surprise, provoking a furious response. ...

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Stolen emails reveal lapses in Sony security practices

Yahoo - DRC - 17 December, 2014 - 20:16

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the weeks before hackers broke into Sony Pictures Entertainment, the studio suffered significant technology outages it blamed on software flaws and incompetent technical staffers who weren't paying attention, even as hackers targeted executives to trick them into revealing their online credentials.

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Sitting at the top table with Argentine Speroni

Yahoo - DRC - 17 December, 2014 - 20:04
By Rex Gowar LONDON (Reuters) - From regular Premier League football to being turned away from his own restaurant which is doing so well at weekends there are no free tables, life is good for Julian Speroni. There are regrets for the Crystal Palace goalkeeper like being overlooked by Argentina’s national team but they are outweighed by the benefits of his loyalty to his club in a career in Britain now in its 14th year. ...
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Cuban exile community divided over Obama changes

Yahoo - DRC - 17 December, 2014 - 19:49

MIAMI (AP) — President Barack Obama's surprise move to re-establish ties with Cuba was applauded by the men and women in a barbershop on Calle Ocho, the heart of Miami's Cuban exile community. Waitresses stopped serving coffee at the El Pub restaurant as Obama spoke on TV. One wiped a tear from her eye as she clasped her hands, overcome with emotion at changes no one believed would come.

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Spy freed from Cuban prison hailed as secret U.S. hero

Yahoo - DRC - 17 December, 2014 - 19:48
By Phil Stewart and Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama hailed him as one of the best spies America has ever had in Cuba, but precious little is known about the Cuban man freed in a prisoner swap on Wednesday after two decades of incarceration on the Communist island. The U.S. government did not identify the man but credited him for providing information that helped authorities root out a network of spies working for Cuba in the United States, including two senior U.S. government officials. He was exchanged for three Cuban intelligence agents held in the United States. ...
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Obama says people should 'go to the movies'

Yahoo - DRC - 17 December, 2014 - 19:27
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says his administration is taking the cyberattack against Sony studios seriously. He says people should "go to the movies."
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U.S. investigators link North Korea to Sony hacking - sources

Yahoo - DRC - 17 December, 2014 - 19:14

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. investigators have determined that North Korea was behind a cyber attack on Sony Corp's computers, U.S. government sources said on Wednesday. One of the sources described the attack as "state-sponsored" and several sources said that North Korea was the government involved. The Obama administration was debating internally whether to make a public announcement of the investigators' findings, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity. Sony Pictures earlier on Wednesday canceled the Dec. ...

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U.S. charges three in Europe with trying to sell arms to Colombian rebels

Yahoo - DRC - 17 December, 2014 - 19:08
By David Ingram NEW YORK (Reuters) - Three men were arrested in Europe this week on U.S. charges that they conspired to sell military-grade weapons for use against Americans in Colombia, federal prosecutors in New York said on Wednesday. All three were charged with conspiracy to kill officers and employees of the United States and with conspiracy to provide material support or resources to a Colombian rebel group, according to the indictment that was previously sealed. ...
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Medical exodus left country 'short'

Yahoo - DRC - 17 December, 2014 - 19:06

The exodus of doctors and nurses from Sierra Leone for jobs in the UK and other wealthy countries left the West African state "woefully short" of trained medical staff when the Ebola virus struck, MPs have said.

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US backs off death penalty in Iowa slayings

Yahoo - DRC - 17 December, 2014 - 19:01

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — In a surprising reversal, federal prosecutors on Wednesday abandoned their 12-year pursuit of the death penalty for a woman convicted of helping kill five people, including two children, in Iowa to protect her boyfriend's drug business.

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Greek poll shows anti-bailout leftists hold 3.6-point lead over conservatives

Yahoo - DRC - 17 December, 2014 - 18:47
ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece's radical leftist Syriza party holds a 3.6-percentage-point lead over the ruling conservatives, a poll published after the first round of a presidential vote on Wednesday showed. The poll was published hours after Prime Minister Antonis Samaras lost the first round of the vote by a larger-than- expected margin, in a disappointing result for his conservative-centre left coalition ahead of two more rounds of voting this month. The survey conducted by Marc for Alpha TV showed support for the anti-bailout Syriza at 28. ...
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U.S., Cuba restore ties after 50 years

Yahoo - DRC - 17 December, 2014 - 18:45

By Daniel Trotta and Steve Holland HAVANA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and Cuba agreed on Wednesday to restore diplomatic ties that Washington severed more than 50 years ago, and President Barack Obama called for an end to the long economic embargo against its old Cold War enemy. After 18 months of secret talks, Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro agreed in a phone call on Tuesday on a breakthrough prisoner exchange, the opening of embassies in each other's countries, and an easing of some restrictions on commerce. ...

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Third 'Night at the Museum' film marks Robin Williams' final appearance

Yahoo - DRC - 17 December, 2014 - 18:38

By Chris Michaud NEW YORK (Reuters) - For the third installment of the lucrative "Night at the Museum" series, the filmmakers wanted to make a film about saying goodbye. As fate would have it, the sequel, entitled "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb" would be comic legend Robin Williams' final appearance before the cameras, as well as the penultimate film featuring veteran nonagenarian actor Mickey Rooney, both of whom died in 2014. The credits for "Secret of the Tomb," which opens in U.S. ...

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Canada PM says Parliament attacker may not have been lone wolf

Yahoo - DRC - 17 December, 2014 - 18:35

OTTAWA (Reuters) - The man who killed a Canadian soldier and then stormed the Parliament in October may not have been acting alone, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Wednesday. Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a Canadian citizen who wanted to travel to Syria, was shot dead after a gunfight in the halls of Parliament. "People say he was a lone wolf. It's true he was a single attacker, but it is not necessarily the case that it was only one guy," Harper said in an interview with the French-language TVA network. ...

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Asia comforted by strong Wall Street, confident Fed

Yahoo - DRC - 17 December, 2014 - 18:31

By Wayne Cole SYDNEY (Reuters) - Asian shares rallied on Thursday after U.S. stocks enjoyed their strongest session this year when the Federal Reserve sounded upbeat on the economy and promised to be patient in removing policy stimulus. The jitters of recent days also calmed a touch as Russia managed to stabilise its rouble, if only for now, and oil prices eked out a rare bounce. As risk aversion ebbed, U.S. bond yields rose and the dollar regained some lost ground. In Asia, Nikkei futures were pointing to an opening increase of at least 1 percent, while stocks in Australia climbed 1. ...

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Republican wins Arizona House seat after recount

Yahoo - DRC - 17 December, 2014 - 18:17

PHOENIX (AP) — Republicans will have their largest U.S. House majority in 83 years when the new Congress convenes next month after a recount in Arizona gave the final unresolved midterm race to a Republican challenger.

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From joy to outrage, Florida's Cuban-Americans greet new U.S. policy

Yahoo - DRC - 17 December, 2014 - 18:15
By Zachary Fagenson and David Adams MIAMI (Reuters) - Some Cuban exiles responded with outrage. Others with ecstasy. News on Wednesday that the United States will restore diplomatic relations with Cuba for the first time in more than a half century divided America's 1.5-million-strong Cuban exile community and threatened to shake up the political landscape in the vital battleground state of Florida. ...
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U.S. to announce that North Korea behind Sony hack - CNN

Yahoo - DRC - 17 December, 2014 - 18:13

BOSTON (Reuters) - U.S. investigators have determined that North Korea is behind the cyber attack on Sony Corp's Hollywood studio and plan to announce their findings on Thursday, CNN reported. (Reporting by Jim Finkle)

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Liverpool getting back to their best, says Rodgers

Yahoo - DRC - 17 December, 2014 - 18:11

By Sam Holden BOURNEMOUTH, England, Dec 17 (Reuters) - Liverpool are showing signs of reproducing their scintillating form of last season after a 3-1 win at Bournemouth in the League Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday, manager Brendan Rodgers said. Having struggled to recapture the form that propelled them to second place in the Premier League last season, Rodgers’ side set up a semi-final against league leaders Chelsea with an impressive performance. ...

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UPDATE 1-Doping-Tyson Gay's former coach suspended eight years

Yahoo - DRC - 17 December, 2014 - 18:11
* Panel finds Drummond administered banned substances * Gay tested positive while coached by Drummond * Drummond won Olympic gold, served as U.S. relay coach (Adds details) Dec 17 (Reuters) - American sprinter Tyson Gay's former coach has been suspended for eight years for doping violations, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency said on Wednesday. An independent arbitration panel found that Jon Drummond possessed, trafficked, and administered banned performance enhancing substances to an athlete under his care as a coach, USADA said on its website. ...
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