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Landmine explosion wounds seven soldiers in southeast Turkey

5 hours 41 min ago
DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Reuters) - Seven Turkish soldiers including a battalion commander were wounded on Monday when their armoured vehicle drove over a land mine in mainly Kurdish southeast Turkey, the military said. It did not say who planted the mine, or when, but Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants have carried out such attacks on military vehicles in the past. The wounded were hospitalised and the gravity of their injuries was not immediately known. ...
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Saudi's Naimi says OPEC will not cut output however far oil falls - MEES

5 hours 46 min ago

LONDON (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia convinced its fellow OPEC members that it is not in the group's interest to cut oil output however far prices may fall, the kingdom's oil minister Ali al-Naimi said in an interview with the Middle East Economic Survey (MEES). OPEC met on Nov. 27 and declined to cut production despite a slide in prices, marking a shift in strategy towards defending market share rather than supporting prices. ...


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Pope says Vatican administration is sick with power and greed

5 hours 53 min ago

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican's top administrators would have been expecting an exchange of pleasantries at their annual Christmas meeting with Pope Francis on Monday. Instead, he chose the occasion to issue a stinging critique, telling the priests, bishops and cardinals who run the Curia, the central administration of the Roman Catholic Church, that careerism, scheming and greed had infected them with "spiritual Alzheimer's". ...


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UK to extend Libor manipulation laws to cover gold, oil, silver

6 hours 8 min ago

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will widen the scope of laws which make the manipulation of market benchmarks a criminal offence to include seven more rates covering the currency, gold, oil and silver markets by April 1, the government said on Monday. The move is the latest by the Conservative-led government to clamp down on malpractice in the City of London whose reputation has been tarnished by an interest rate-rigging scandal and claims that traders colluded to manipulate currency rates. ...


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Police fire on Myanmar protesters, one dead, 20 hurt - reports

6 hours 15 min ago
By Jared Ferrie and Aung Hla Tun YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar police fired on protesters near a mine at the centre of a long-running land dispute on Monday, killing one person and wounding 20 others, media reports said, as the China-linked company announced plans to expand the project. A Myanmar television station and website, the Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB), said that one person was killed during the protest near the Letpadaung copper mine in central Myanmar. ...
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Putin to have phone talks with EU, Ukraine leaders on Monday - Kremlin

6 hours 18 min ago
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold phone talks later on Monday with the leaders of France, Germany and Ukraine on a political resolution to the Ukraine crisis, the Kremlin's foreign policy adviser said. "Tonight, another telephone conversation with the presidents of Russia, France, Germany and Ukraine will take place, in the so-called 'Normandy-style' format," Yuri Ushakov told journalists, referring to talks in France in June that involved Putin, Angela Merkel, Francois Hollande and Petro Poroshenko. ...
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Did North Korea Really Attack Sony?

6 hours 21 min ago

I am deeply skeptical of the FBI’s announcement on Friday that North Korea was behind last month’s Sony hack. The agency’s evidence is tenuous, and I have a hard time believing it. But I also have trouble believing that the U.S. government would make the accusation this formally if officials didn’t believe it.


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Germany sees no need to ease Russia sanctions despite minister's concerns

6 hours 21 min ago

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany sees no reason to think about changes to the EU's sanctions regime against Moscow at the moment, a government spokeswoman said, after the foreign minister expressed concern that Russia could be destabilised if sanctions were not eased. The spokeswoman Christiane Wirtz told a news conference that the expiry of sanctions next year provided a "natural point in time" to debate whether they should continue and in what form. The European Union imposed sanctions in a series of escalating steps starting in March of this year. ...


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Ukraine threatens to cut off power to rebel-held regions if usage not curbed

6 hours 26 min ago

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine may stop supplying electricity to separatist-held eastern regions if the territories do not adhere to consumption limits imposed across the country due to an energy crisis, an energy ministry official said on Monday. Ukraine used to be self-sufficient in electricity, but months of fighting the pro-Russian uprising has disrupted coal supplies to thermal power plants, which traditionally generate around 40 percent of the country's power. "In order to save the power system we need to impose limits on everyone ... ...


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Top bankers need to take cyber threat seriously - BoE

6 hours 37 min ago

By Matt Scuffham and William Schomberg LONDON (Reuters) - Top British bankers and other senior executives in the financial services industry are not taking the risk of cyber attacks seriously enough, financial policymakers at the Bank of England say. Cyber crime costs the global economy $445 billion (285 billion pounds) a year and the bill is rising, according to the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Banks are particularly vulnerable, despite spending hundreds of millions of dollars a year on cyber defences. ...


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Iraq says to start work on final oil deal with Kurdish region in weeks

6 hours 41 min ago
By Rania El Gamal ABU DHABI (Reuters) - Iraq's Kurdish region will continue to export its own crude oil under an initial deal with Baghdad until a comprehensive deal is reached, with work on a final agreement expected to start within weeks, Iraqi oil minister Adel Abdel Mehdi said on Monday. Early this month, the Iraqi central government reached a temporary agreement with Kurdish regional authorities ending a bitter dispute over oil exports by and budget payments to the semi-autonomous Kurdish region. ...
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FRC to investigate Tesco accounts and auditor PwC

6 hours 44 min ago

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's accounting watchdog has launched an inquiry into the preparation, approval and audit of Tesco's accounts over the last four years, including the role of external auditor PwC . Supermarket chain Tesco said in September that it had overstated first-half profits by 250 million pounds due to incorrectly booking payments from suppliers - a figure later raised to 263 million pounds, compounding earlier profit warnings. ...


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Greek opposition party Syriza offices cleared after bomb threat

6 hours 47 min ago
ATHENS (Reuters) - The offices of Greece's leftwing Syriza party were evacuated on Monday after a bomb threat was received, a day before the second round of a closely watched vote in parliament which could trigger snap elections. A party official confirmed that the offices in central Athens were being cleared but said there was no sign of panic among staff and emergency services. Hoax bomb threats are frequently made in Greece and small explosions are not uncommon. (Reporting by Renee Maltezou and Lefteris Papadimas; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)
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The Importance of Treating NYPD Officers as Individuals

6 hours 51 min ago

At 28-years-old, Ismaaiyl Brinsley had been arrested 19 times and served 2 years in prison. On Saturday, in a crime spree that began when he shot an ex-girlfriend in Baltimore, he murdered two New York City policemen as they sat in their car in Brooklyn. “I’m putting wings on pigs today," he wrote in an anti-police Instagram post published prior to the killing. "They take 1 of ours... let’s take 2 of theirs. ...


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Data office says NGO has journalist exemption, rejects Steinmetz claim

7 hours 41 sec ago
By Silvia Antonioli LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's data watchdog has dismissed Israeli billionaire Beny Steinmetz's claims against a campaign group which used data to link him and his BSGR mining business to corruption in Guinea, saying the group enjoyed exemptions for journalists. Steinmetz and three executives working with BSGR -- which was stripped of its mining rights on the giant Simandou iron deposit in Guinea in April for alleged corruption -- sued the Global Witness group last year at the High Court of London, claiming damages for breaches of their human and data protection rights. ...
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Balfour Beatty pins hopes on turnaround king to lift fortunes

7 hours 2 min ago

By Li-mei Hoang LONDON (Reuters) - When Balfour Beatty needed a new chief executive it called on turnaround specialist Leo Quinn to revive the business after a string of profit warnings and plunging share price that left it vulnerable to circling predators. The 58-year-old is credited with transforming the fortunes of defence company QinetiQ by disposing of its loss-making U.S. services division, buying back shares and boosting the share price by 35 percent during his five-year reign. ...


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Oil prices likely to rebound in second half of 2015 - Reuters poll

7 hours 11 min ago
By Koustav Samanta and Vijaykumar Vedala (Reuters) - Crude oil prices are likely to bottom out in the first half of 2015, until a possible slowdown in U.S. shale production counters a supply glut exacerbated by OPEC's decision not to cut output, a Reuters monthly survey showed. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries' agreement last month to stand pat on output meant the onus for any supply cutbacks was now on non-OPEC producers, primarily led by U.S. shale oil, analysts said. ...
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Dozens of suspected Kenyan separatists charged with police camp raid

7 hours 26 min ago
By Joseph Akwiri MOMBASA (Reuters) - Fifty three suspected members of a Kenyan separatist group appeared in court in Mombasa on Monday, charged with raiding a police camp, hacking to death the officer in charge and stealing two rifles. The suspects - brought under armed police escort to the port city from the coastal county of Kilifi, 40 kms (25 miles) away - denied six charges including murder and robbery with violence. Police say more than 20 machete-wielding men attacked the camp on Dec. 11 and blame the Mombasa Republican Council (MRC). ...
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Budget pressure unlikely to deflect Iran from nuclear goals

8 hours 6 min ago

By Mehrdad Balali DUBAI (Reuters) - A big oil price slide will hurt Iran's attempts to rescue battered living standards, but economic pain is unlikely to soften its stance in nuclear talks or end aid to allies such as Syria, matters seen by its ruling clerics as strategic priorities. Economic misery due to sanctions and mismanagement has been a reality for years, and while social strains in the 76 million population are deep, the clerics will seek to contain them, say experts examining Iran's budget plans for 2015. ...


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PM warned on wooing Ukip defectors

8 hours 12 min ago

David Cameron risks alienating moderate Conservative voters by trying to be more like the UK Independence Party in the hope of wooing back defectors, a former Tory treasurer has warned.


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