Plodding storm moves out of US at last
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) The storm that iced over Dallas, buried Philadelphia in snow and stranded drivers and air travelers everywhere in between at last plodded out of New England, exiting in muted fashion after days of foul weather.
Wed, 11 Dec 2013 04:13:36 -0500
US assistant secretary of state visits Kiev Independence Square
KIEV (Reuters) - U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland visited Independence Square in the Ukrainian capital Kiev on Wednesday, the U.S. embassy said, and an opposition leader said she talked to protesters. A spokesman for the embassy said she had visited Maidan, where several thousand of protesters were calling for the resignation of President Viktor Yanukovich. (Writing by Elizabeth Piper, Editing by Timothy Heritage)
Wed, 11 Dec 2013 04:12:20 -0500
GM to stop making cars in Australia by 2017
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) General Motors Co. said Wednesday it will stop making cars and engines in Australia by the end of 2017, with nearly 2,900 jobs to be lost, because of high production costs and competition.
Wed, 11 Dec 2013 04:08:38 -0500
Ukraine says customs union will not be raised in Russia meeting
KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said on Wednesday that the issue of joining a customs union with Russia would be not raised in talks later this month in Moscow. Speaking to his cabinet, Azarov said: "We are preparing a lot of documents for the meeting of the Russian/Ukrainian state commission, which will take place on December 17. But I want to end the speculation immediately and say that there will be no talks about the customs union." (Reporting by Natalia Zinets, Writing by Elizabeth Piper, Editing by Timothy Heritage)
Wed, 11 Dec 2013 03:58:33 -0500
Mandela's body arrives for viewing in South Africa
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) A flag-draped casket containing the body of Nelson Mandela arrived with a military honor guard Wednesday in an amphitheater where he was sworn in 19 years ago as South Africa's first black president.
Wed, 11 Dec 2013 03:53:40 -0500
Mandela lies in state
Nelson Mandela's flag-draped casket made a solemn journey through the streets of Pretoria Wednesday, arriving at the seat of South Africa's government where he will lie in state for three days. "I never met Mandela, so this is my only chance and it's important I pay my respects. I'm South African -- I have to be here," said 28-year-old Vaughan Motshwene. Some cheered but many were tearful, aware that Mandela's death on Thursday aged 95, opened a new chapter in South African history.
Wed, 11 Dec 2013 03:52:35 -0500
India's top court reinstates ban on gay sex
India's Supreme Court reinstated a colonial-era ban on gay sex on Wednesday that could see homosexuals jailed for up to 10 years in a major setback for rights campaigners in the world's biggest democracy. A two-judge bench struck down a Delhi High Court ruling in 2009 that section 377 of the Indian penal code prohibiting "carnal acts against the order of nature" infringed the fundamental rights of Indians. But a two-judge Supreme Court bench headed by G.S. Singhvi, who will retire on Thursday, found that the High Court had overstepped and that the law against gay sex was constitutionally valid. The 2009 High Court decision was strongly opposed by religious groups, particularly leaders of India's Muslim and Christian communities, who appealed to the Supreme Court.
Wed, 11 Dec 2013 03:44:29 -0500
Ukraine seeks 20 billion euros in aid from EU: PM
KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine has asked the European Union to provide it with 20 billion euros ($27.54 billion) in aid, Prime Minister Mykola Azarov was quoted as saying on Wednesday. Interfax news agency quoted Azarov as telling his government that Ukraine would need the money if it were to sign a trade pact with the EU which it backed away from last month. (reporting by Natalia Zinets, Writing by Timothy Heritage, Editing by Elizabeth Piper)
Wed, 11 Dec 2013 03:44:06 -0500
AP-GfK poll: Low approval of Congress, Obama
WASHINGTON (AP) Heading into a congressional election year, Americans hold Congress in strikingly low regard, and nearly two-thirds say they would like to see their House member replaced, a new poll finds.
Wed, 11 Dec 2013 03:41:51 -0500
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