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Republicans in charge of Senate _ but 2016 awaits

12 hours 18 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans have the Senate majority now and are set to challenge President Barack Obama and the Democrats on Capitol Hill this January. But a much tougher election map two years from now could force the GOP back into the minority.

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China's Greenland Group says to build two-billion-pound headquarters in Seoul

12 hours 24 min ago
HONG KONG (Reuters) - China's Greenland Group said on Monday it plans to invest over 20 billion yuan (2 billion pounds) to build the tallest twin-tower in the capital city of South Korea, the latest massive project of the state-backed developer overseas as it speeds up expansion outside home. The second-largest residential developer in China announced last week its investment in the U.S. reached $6 billion (4 billion pounds) with its involvement in a $5 billion project in New York in which it holds a 70 percent stake - the biggest investment in the U.S. by a Chinese developer. ...
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Ministry sees China 2014 factory output up about 8.3 percent year-on-year

12 hours 37 min ago

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's factory output is likely to rise about 8.3 percent in 2014 from a year earlier, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said on Monday. Factory output rose 7.2 percent in November from a year earlier, down from October's 7.7 percent, official data showed. (Reporting by Megha Rajagopalan and Kevin Yao)

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German real wages post biggest rise in more than three years in third quarter

12 hours 40 min ago

BERLIN (Reuters) - German real wages increased by 1.8 percent in the third quarter compared with the same period in 2013, their biggest rise in more than three years and a potential support for private consumption on which the government is banking to boost growth. Data from the Federal Statistics Office on Monday showed that a full-time worker in Germany earned an average of 3,541 euros per month before tax, excluding special payments, in the July-September period. ...

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Court orders partner of Sydney hostage-taker jailed

12 hours 43 min ago
By Matt Siegel SYDNEY (Reuters) - An Australian court on Monday ordered bail revoked for the partner of a self-styled Sheikh who last week stormed a Sydney cafe at gunpoint, sparking a 16-hour hostage crisis that left three people dead, including the gunman. Amirah Droudis, on bail after being charged with the murder of hostage-taker Man Haron Monis' wife, was ordered by a Sydney court returned to jail to await trial. Monis, who had been charged as an accessory to the murder, had also been free on bail. ...
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Kingfisher sells stake in B&Q China business for $219 mln

12 hours 54 min ago

LONDON (Reuters) - Home improvement group Kingfisher said on Monday it had agreed to sell a 70 percent stake in its loss-making B&Q China business to Wumei Holdings Inc for 140 million pounds ($219 million). The agreement follows Kingfisher's announcement in March of its plans to look for a strategic partner to help develop its B&Q business in China, which is made up of 39 stores and employs 3,000. ...

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Airbus to sue Skymark in UK court over cancelled A380 contract

12 hours 55 min ago

By Thomas Wilson TOKYO (Reuters) - European aircraft maker Airbus Group NV is suing Skymark Airlines Inc in Britain, escalating a half-year spat over a cancelled jet order and complicating the efforts of Japan's third-biggest carrier to rebuild its finances. The world's second-largest planemaker "has filed a claim in the English court," said Tokyo-based Airbus spokeswoman Utako Fujiso. She declined to comment further on the case. Skymark understands that "Airbus is beginning preparations for litigation regarding a penalty for breach of contract," said Skymark spokesman Hiroyuki Sakata. ...

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US renews elusive push for Mideast peace

12 hours 58 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry is ending 2014 much in the same way he started it, frustrated in efforts to push Israel and Palestinians toward peace.

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As Air Force fixes nuke flaws, future debated

13 hours 10 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Faced with one of its biggest challenges in years — repairing a troubled nuclear missile corps — the Air Force has taken an important first step by admitting, after years of denial, that its problems run deep and wide.

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Man stages new protest on ledge of St. Peter's in Vatican

13 hours 24 min ago
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - An Italian man evaded Vatican security for the fifth time to reach a high ledge on the facade of St. Peter's Basilica to protest against laws he says caused him to lose his business. Marcello di Finizio apparently used mountain climbing ropes to lower himself down to the ledge late on Sunday from a roof that is accessible to tourists. He was still there on Monday morning. Television footage showed him pacing on the ledge talking on a cell phone. ...
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China issues property registration rules to aid anti-graft drive

22 December, 2014 - 01:38
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China issued rules requiring real-estate owners to register their holdings with authorities, a major step in the fight against official corruption that should make it harder for property speculators to evade regulations. Until now, China has had no such registration requirement, an absence that has let some people use property as an opaque vehicle to hide assets from authorities. The rules, issued on Monday and taking effect on March 1, are a key step in creating a nationwide property database. They were published by the State Council, China's cabinet-level political body. ...
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Sony hack puts Japan's Abe in bind over North Korea abductee talks

22 December, 2014 - 01:05
By Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) - U.S. accusations that North Korea was behind the cyberattack on Sony Pictures could force Japan to choose between backing its ally Washington and keeping talks on track with Pyongyang about Japanese citizens abducted decades ago. Washington is weighing how to punish North Korea after the FBI concluded Pyongyang was responsible, including possibly returning North Korea to the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism. North Korea has denied that it was to blame. ...
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Australian house where eight children killed to be demolished

22 December, 2014 - 00:49

By Jane Wardell SYDNEY (Reuters) - The house where an Australian mother allegedly killed eight children, most of them her own, will likely be demolished in keeping with indigenous culture to make way for a memorial, a government official said on Monday. The fate of the house in the tropical northern city of Cairns was being discussed while a judge denied a request to transfer the murder case against 37-year-old Raina Mersane Ina Thaiday to Queensland state's Mental Health Court. Thaiday is the mother of the four boys and three of the girls who were slain. The eighth child was her niece. ...

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President Obama's Hawaii vacation: Day 2

22 December, 2014 - 00:28

KAILUA, Hawaii (AP) — How President Barack Obama spent the second day of his holiday vacation in Hawaii on Sunday:

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No retirement in sight for evergreen Socceroo Cahill

22 December, 2014 - 00:06

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's all time leading goal-scorer Tim Cahill is feeling as fit as ever and thinks he could continue playing for another four seasons into his 40th year. With his weight and body fat ratio unchanged since he was 17, Cahill said he would be looking for a two or three year contract when his deal with Major League Soccer (MLS) club New York Red Bulls expires next year. The 35-year-old forward, in Australia to prepare for next month's Asian Cup, said he could yet return to the English Premier League, where he spent nine years with Everton before making the switch ...

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China's SOEs still squeezed by finance costs

21 December, 2014 - 23:58
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's state-owned enterprise (SOE) profits continued to be squeezed by heavy financing costs in November, maintaining a trend that started earlier this year, the Ministry of Finance (MOF) said in a report released Monday. Total revenue at China's state-owned non-financial firms increased 3.9 percent during the first 11 months of the year, to 43.4 trillion yuan (4.46 trillion pounds), slowing from 4.5 percent growth for the January-to-October period. Revenue gains continued to be outstripped by operating costs, which increased 4. ...
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French villa owned by ousted Chinese politician Bo up for sale - report

21 December, 2014 - 23:57

BEIJING (Reuters) - A lavish French villa owned by disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai has been put up for sale for more than 6.95 million euros ($8.5 million), the state-backed Global Times reported on Monday, after his spectacular fall from grace. Bo, once the Communist Party boss of the southwestern metropolis of Chongqing, was sentenced to life in jail last year after he was found guilty of corruption and abuse of power in one of China's most serious political scandals in a generation. ...

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Senior Chinese leader to visit Vietnam amid sea tension

21 December, 2014 - 23:22

BEIJING (Reuters) - A senior Chinese leader will visit Vietnam this month, China's state media said on Monday, amid tension between the neighbours over competing claims in the South China Sea. Yu Zhengsheng, who heads a largely ceremonial advisory body to China's parliament but is ranked fourth in the Communist Party leadership, will be going at the invitation of Vietnam's Communist Party, the official Xinhua news agency said. It provided no other details. ...

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US mulls putting NKorea on terrorism sponsor list

21 December, 2014 - 23:09

HONOLULU (AP) — President Barack Obama says the United States is reviewing whether to put North Korea back on its list of state sponsors of terrorism as Washington decides how to respond to what he calls an "act of cybervandalism," not one of war, against a movie company.

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China foreign minister says willing to help Russia

21 December, 2014 - 23:07

BEIJING (Reuters) - China is willing to help Russia if needed but believes that the country has the ability to overcome its current economic problems, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi was quoted as saying in a state newspaper on Monday. The rouble has dropped about 45 percent against the dollar this year, suffering particularly steep falls early last week. President Vladimir Putin has declined to call it a crisis and said the currency would eventually rise again. ...

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