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  • U.S. urges Ukraine to listen to its people

    December 4, 2013 11:53 PM 32

    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged the Ukrainian government on Tuesday to "listen to the voices of its people" after President Viktor Yanukovich's decision to spurn a pact with the European Union sparked mass protests. Kerry said Ukrainians had demonstrated "in unbelievable numbers" in favor of the accord on closer ties with Europe

  • Iran’s Economic Crossroads

    December 4, 2013 10:42 PM 30

    These considerations, more than ideological ones, may well shape the landscape of future bargaining. It would be a colossal error to restore or expand the few sanctions that are being lifted, as some members of the United States Congress are threatening to do. Before the deal started developing, in secret talks that started in March, Iran’s leaders faced

  • Kerry visits Western-leaning Moldova to show support

    December 4, 2013 7:27 PM 30

    Pictures of the month: November CHISINAU (Reuters) - John Kerry, the first U.S. secretary of state to visit Moldova in more than two decades, pledged on Wednesday to support the former Soviet republic's pro-Western moves in the face of Russian pressure. Kerry opted to make his brief stop after Moldova and another former Soviet republic, Georgia, initialled

  • Russia criticises "aggressive" Ukraine protests, NATO response

    December 4, 2013 2:37 PM 30

    Pictures of the month: November BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Russia criticised "aggressive actions" by Ukrainian demonstrators and the Western response to the protests on Wednesday, saying outsiders should not interfere in Ukraine's affairs. President Viktor Yanukovich's decision last week to spurn a trade and cooperation pact with the European Union in favour

  • New York train driver ‘zoned out’ before crash

    December 4, 2013 9:06 AM 38

    Driver of commuter train that derailed killing four people says he was in a daze before crash The driver of a New York commuter train that derailed on Sunday, killing four people, told federal investigators he “zoned out” shortly before the crash, the driver’s lalabourbor union leader said. The seven-car train was travelling at 82 miles per hour (132 km per hour)

  • Train crash driver: I nodded off

    December 4, 2013 3:42 AM 36

    William Rockefeller, 46, said he "basically nodded", said Anthony Bottalico, leader of the rail employees union, and by the time he caught himself it was too late. "He had the equivalent of what we all have when we drive a car. That is, you sometimes have a momentary nod or whatever that might be. How long that lasts, I can't answer that," Mr Bottalico

  • Syria: Refugees seek shelter in Hunger Games movie poster

    December 3, 2013 4:18 PM 32

    It was once a poster for the new Hunger Games movie, but now it is a Syrian refugee family’s home. According to the United Nations refugee agency, at least 18,000 Syrians have crossed the border into Lebanon to escape the fighting in their country since November 15. The exodus represents the latest surge in people leaving Syria as the two-and-a-half-year

  • We're fine with term 'Obamacare'

    December 3, 2013 4:47 AM 34

    But the shorthand term, "Obamacare," can still be heard at the White House, aides said. "I know I'm fine with calling it 'Obamacare.'" said press secretary Jay Carney. "The president's fine with it." Carney added: "We're focused on making sure that the 'care' part is delivered to the Americans who want it. And whether it's the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare

  • Biden Greeted by Caroline Kennedy in Japan Visit

    December 2, 2013 3:20 PM 33

    Washington Wire is one of the oldest standing features in American journalism. Since the Wire launched on Sept. 20, 1940, the Journal has offered readers an informal look at the capital’s comings and goings in a series of newsy, and sometimes even gossipy, items. Now online, the Wire provides a succession of glimpses at what’s happening behind hot stories

  • Shaikh Khalifa congratulates UAE people on National Day

    December 2, 2013 5:17 AM 47

    Abu Dhabi: President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan has announced the allocation of Dh20 billion for funding social and economic projects in various emirates and decided to increase the housing assistance citizens get from the Zayed Housing Programme from Dh500,000 to Dh800,000. Shaikh Khalifa congratulated the UAE leaders and people