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  • Winter storm disrupts travel, knocks out power and threatens flooding in NW Europe

    December 5, 2013 8:16 PM 43

    LONDON — Hurricane-force gusts hit Britain on Thursday, disrupting air travel across Europe, halting trains and leaving tens of thousands of U.K. homes without electricity. Accidents linked to the storm killed two people. Authorities evacuated about 10,000 homes along the eastern English coast after warning that the country could face its worst tidal

  • US concessions don’t give Trans Pacific partners access to drugs

    December 5, 2013 7:39 PM 36

    In the next few days, 12 Pacific Rim countries will make critical decisions about what is potentially the most damaging trade agreement for public health ever signed. The Trans Pacific Partnership agreement encompasses trade in goods and services and a range of other issues, such as intellectual property rights, and investment and financial services

  • Prominent Egyptian youth activists sentenced to criminal court

    December 5, 2013 5:53 AM 35

    Prosecutors also charged Ahmed Maher, the founder of 6 April youth movement, and Mohamed Adel, also a leading member of the group, who is at large, of similar crimes.Douma and Adel are accused of participation in an unauthorised demonstration last week to show solidarity with Ahmed Maher as he turned himself in to authorities on an arrest warrant. Maher

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

    December 4, 2013 11:53 PM 34

    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 32

    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 32

    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 33

    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 39

    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 41

    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 34

    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