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Suspected Ebola patient admitted to California hospital

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Suspected Ebola patient admitted to California hospital SACRAMENTO: A patient suspected of contracting Ebola after traveling in West Africa and exhibiting symptoms of the disease was admitted on Thursday to a special isolation hospital unit in Sacramento and was being tested for infection, officials said. The patient was considered at a relatively low risk of infection. Although recently in an area where...


Three US contractors killed in Kabul ‘insider attack’: official

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Three US contractors killed in Kabul ‘insider attack’: official WASHINGTON: Three American contractors were killed in an apparent “insider attack” at Kabul airport on Thursday, a US defense official told AFP. Details of the shooting incident remained unclear, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The victims were employed under a US Defense Department contract and died from gunshot wounds. Western troops...


Fed stays ‘patient’ on rate hike, sees ‘solid’ US growth

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Fed stays ‘patient’ on rate hike, sees ‘solid’ US growth WASHINGTON: The Federal Reserve on Wednesday said it would remain “patient” on raising ultra low interest rates for the first time since 2006, saying the economy was growing at a “solid pace.” Wrapping up a two-day monetary policy meeting, the Federal Open Market Committee left unchanged the key federal funds rate near zero, where it...


Sydney cafe inquest to shed light on how hostages died

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Sydney cafe inquest to shed light on how hostages died SYDNEY: An inquest into the deadly siege in which an extremist gunman held a cafe full of people captive in Sydney opens Thursday, amid expectation it will officially lift the lid on how two hostages died. Details of what happened when Iranian-born Man Monis took customers and staff hostage at the Lindt chocolate cafe in...


Canada’s Quebec province starts producing oil

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Canada’s Quebec province starts producing oil MONTREAL: Oil has started pumping for the first time at a well in Canada’s Quebec province in tests that showed local oil production is viable, its owner Junex said Tuesday. A total of 2,017 barrels of light, sweet crude oil were produced over 14 days by “the first horizontal oil exploration well ever drilled by...


US state executes killer despite disability claim

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US state executes killer despite disability claim WASHINGTON: The US state of Georgia executed a double killer Tuesday whose lawyers said he was intellectually disabled, after last minute pleas for his life were thrown out. The Supreme Court turned down the final appeal from lawyers of Warren Hill, 54, who was pronounced dead from lethal injection at 7:55 pm (0055 GMT), a...


US plans to open Atlantic to drilling

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US plans to open Atlantic to drilling WASHINGTON: The US government announced plans to open swathes of the western Atlantic to oil and gas drilling Tuesday, while simultaneously protecting seas off Alaska’s coast. President Barack Obama called for 9.8 million acres in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas to be off limits, while his Interior Department announced plans to drill in the Atlantic...


US citizen killed in Tripoli attack: senior official

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US citizen killed in Tripoli attack: senior official WASHINGTON: A US citizen was among those killed Tuesday in an attack on a hotel popular with diplomats and officials in the Libyan capital Tripoli, a senior American official told reporters. Libyan officials told AFP five foreigners were among at least nine killed when gunmen set off a car bomb outside the Corinthian Hotel, stormed...


New York defends storm shutdown

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New York defends storm shutdown NEW YORK: New York authorities on Tuesday vigorously defended a decision to shut down America’s biggest city for a storm that skirted the Big Apple, dumping the worst snow on Long Island and New England. Travel bans were lifted, public transport resumed and parks reopened in the city of eight million people, easing many of...


US state executes killer despite disability claim

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 28th January 2015

US state executes killer despite disability claim WASHINGTON: The US state of Georgia executed a double killer Tuesday whose lawyers said he was intellectually disabled, after last-minute pleas for his life were thrown out. The Supreme Court turned down the final appeal from lawyers of Warren Hill, 54, who was pronounced dead from lethal injection at 7:55 pm (0055 GMT), a prison...


Australian core inflation eases interest rate cut pressure

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Australian core inflation eases interest rate cut pressure SYDNEY: A pick-up in core consumer prices in Australia has reduced the likelihood of a near-term interest rate cut, even as official statistics showed Wednesday that plunging oil prices slowed inflation in the last three months of 2014. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose 0.2 percent from the previous quarter and 1.7 percent through the...


Castro message ‘positive sign’

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Castro message ‘positive sign’ WASHINGTON: The United States welcomed Tuesday former Cuban leader Fidel Castro’s belated response to the thaw in ties between the Cold War foes as a sign that change is underway in Havana. “We take his reference of ‘international norms and principles’ as a positive sign,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters, after  Castor’s letter...


NATO allies must stay firm on Ukraine: US diplomat

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NATO allies must stay firm on Ukraine: US diplomat WASHINGTON: NATO allies must stay the course in Ukraine, the top US diplomat for Europe insisted Tuesday, calling for alliance command and control centers to be set up quickly in Kiev’s neighbors. “We have to keep our security commitments to each other,” said Assistant Secretary Victoria Nuland said, adding that all NATO allies must contribute...


Caribbean nations seek US help for energy independence

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Caribbean nations seek US help for energy independence WASHINGTON: Caribbean leaders huddled in closed door talks with top US officials Monday seeking ways to diversify energy supplies as plunging oil prices and political upheavals hit their long time supplier, Venezuela. Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie said the 20 members of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) depend on imported oil and petroleum products for 90...


Mexico City swaps squats for subway rides

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Mexico City swaps squats for subway rides MEXICO CITY: There may be no such thing as a free lunch, but the overweight in Mexico City will be glad to hear there is such a thing as a free subway ride. Concerned health officials in the Mexican capital hope to get residents in shape by offering free journeys in return for them burning...


US Democrats block immediate vote on Keystone pipeline

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US Democrats block immediate vote on Keystone pipeline WASHINGTON: US Senate Democrats blocked immediate consideration of a Republican favored bill Monday that would permit the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline between the United States and Canada. In the latest episode of partisan bickering triggered by the controversial project, Democrats rallied to obstruct a procedural vote that would have shortened the debate...


New York shuts down as winter storm blasts US

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New York shuts down as winter storm blasts US NEW YORK: A major storm forced New York to impose driving bans and halt public transport late Monday, as snowfall pounded the northeastern United States affecting tens of millions of people. Heavy snowfall, combined with powerful wind and even thunderstorms is expected to dump two to three feet (up to a meter) of snow in...


U.S. East Coast braces for ‘historic’ blizzard on Monday

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U.S. East Coast braces for ‘historic’ blizzard on Monday NEW YORK: A swath of the U.S. East Coast from Philadelphia to New York City to Maine braced for a potentially historic blizzard on Monday expected to dump as much as 3 feet (90 cm) of snow and snarl transportation for tens of millions of people. The National Weather Service (NWS) on Sunday issued a...


Warm ocean melting East Antarctica’s largest glacier

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Warm ocean melting East Antarctica’s largest glacier SYDNEY: The largest glacier in East Antarctica, containing ice equivalent to a six-metre (20-foot) rise in global sea levels, is melting due to warm ocean water, Australian scientists said Monday. The 120-kilometre (74.4 mile) long Totten Glacier, which is more than 30 kilometres wide, had been thought to be in an area untouched by warmer...


Fighter jets escort US airliners after bomb threat

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Fighter jets escort US airliners after bomb threat WASHINGTON: A pair of F-16 fighter jets escorted two US commercial airliners to their landing in Atlanta on Saturday following a bomb threat online, an aviation spokesman said. A threat posted to Twitter prompted the jets to be scrambled for the planes arriving from Portland and Milwaukee, said Preston Schlachter from the North American Aerospace...


UN chief Ban condemns Ukraine rebel offensive

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UN chief Ban condemns Ukraine rebel offensive UNITED NATIONS, United States: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned a deadly rocket attack in Ukraine’s government-held port of Mariupol on Saturday and denounced “provocative statements” made by pro-Russian separatist fighters. Ban’s remarks came after pro-Kremlin rebels announced a major new offensive and heavy rocket fire killed at least 30 people and wounded around 100 in...


Peshawar school massacre reflects Muslim suffering at hands of terrorists

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 24th January 2015

Peshawar school massacre reflects Muslim suffering at hands of terrorists WASHINGTON: The United States has welcomed the additional Pakistani steps to wipe out militants operating on its soil and citing December 16, 2014 atrocious attack on Peshawar’s Army Public School underscored that more Muslims have been victims of terror than anybody else. “We spend a lot of time — and for good reason — talking...


US urges ‘complete’ probe into Argentine prosecutor death

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US urges ‘complete’ probe into Argentine prosecutor death WASHINGTON:  The United States called Friday for a “complete and impartial” investigation into the death of Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman, who suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the head in mysterious circumstances. Nisman was found dead in his Buenos Aires home Sunday, just hours before he was to go before a congressional hearing to accuse...


US police recover wine stolen from world renowned restaurant

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US police recover wine stolen from world renowned restaurant LOS ANGELES: US police said Friday they have recovered most of the estimated $300,000 worth of fine wine stolen from the fabled Napa Valley restaurant The French Laundry on Christmas Day. More than 70 bottles were pinched from the cellar of the restaurant in Yountville, California mostly of the highly esteemed Domaine de la Romanee-Conti...


US MasterCards will soon work in Cuba

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US MasterCards will soon work in Cuba WASHINGTON: MasterCard in March will begin processing transactions made on US-issued cards in Cuba, becoming the first major credit card company to do so since Cuba and the United States started to normalize relations. MasterCard said in a statement Friday that the move, effective March 1, follows renewed guidance from the US Department of Treasury’s...


US Supreme Court mulls judicial campaign contributions

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US Supreme Court mulls judicial campaign contributions WASHINGTON: The Supreme Court’s nine justices appeared divided Tuesday during arguments on whether elected US judges should be able to accept campaign contributions, a move that opponents say causes judicial bias. A total of 39 of 50 US states elect local judges, unlike at the federal level where judges, such as the Supreme Court justices,...


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