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Putin urges end to blockade of Trans-Dniester

Thursday, 17 April 2014 05:00
MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin has urged Ukraine to reopen trade and transportation routes into Moldova's separatist province of Trans-Dniester. Russia and the Trans-Dniester authorities say that the Ukrainians have blocked transport routes to the region. Moldova has frozen ties with Trans-Dniester since the 1992 war. Ukraine has voiced fears that the Russian troops could use region as a bridgehead for invading its southern region. Trans-Dniester, located in eastern part of Moldova on border…
Low inflation is major risk in US economy - Yellen
Thursday, 17 April 2014 02:46
00 Thursday 17 April 2014 08.32 Janet Yellen said the Fed would eventually have to move to halt the risk of over-inflation, but that was not the immediate concern
Asian shares mixed after US report, Fed comments
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 22:15
Asian markets were mixed Thursday as a positive report on the US economy and the Federal Reserve chief's pledge to keep interest rates at record lows were offset by profit-taking after the previous day's gains. Wall Street provided another positive lead, with the technology-weighted Nasdaq leading a third-straight rally after last week's heavy sell-off. Tokyo was 0.36 percent lower at the break, Hong Kong rose 0.35 percent, Sydney added 0.54 percent, Shanghai dipped 0.11 percent…
California Governor Brown wants rainy-day fund in constitution
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 22:15
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown on Wednesday stepped up his efforts to enshrine a rainy day fund in the state's constitution, stealing some thunder from Republicans backing a similar measure as he seeks an unprecedented fourth term. Brown, a Democrat who has followed a path of fiscal restraint since returning as governor in 2011 from two previous terms of office in the 1970s and '80s, is widely credited with…
Elizabeth Warren: White House wanted me to be a "cheerleader"
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 21:13
Before Elizabeth Warren made her way to the U.S. Senate by way of Massachusetts, she was instrumental in spearheading the push for to establish Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) as part of a broader reform of the financial industry in President Obama's first term. PlayVideoPolitics
Obama, Republicans openly feud over immigration legislation
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 19:50
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Partisan bickering over immigration reform legislation intensified on Wednesday as President Barack Obama and House of Representatives Republicans accused each other of standing in the way of progress one year after bipartisan Senate legislation was introduced. On the one-year anniversary of the Senate bill, Obama went on the attack after a long period of trying to encourage progress in the House. "Unfortunately, Republicans in the House of Representatives have repeatedly failed to…
Students trapped in sinking ferry send heartbreaking texts
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 19:49
Heartbreaking text message exchanges between students trapped in the sinking ferry off the coast of South Korea and their anxious parents are offering a glimpse into the desperate situation in the crippled vessel. "Dad, don't worry. I've got a life vest on and we're huddled together," one 18-year-old student, identified only by her last name, Shin, texted her father, according to MBC News, a Korean news station. The father replied: "I know the rescue is…
Experts say video doesn't show Earhart wreckage
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 18:46
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Experts retained by an aircraft preservation group say underwater video shot in the South Pacific yields no evidence of the wreckage of the missing plane piloted by aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart. Earhart became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic in 1932. She was trying to become the first female to circle the globe when she and her navigator disappeared somewhere in the South Pacific in 1937.
Ex-official leaves huge debt for California city
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 18:46
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former city official who became a symbol of municipal greed was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in prison — less than half the time it will take the nearly bankrupt Los Angeles suburb of Bell to dig itself out of the estimated $150 million in debt he left behind. A judge also ordered former Bell city manager Robert Rizzo to make $8.8 million in restitution, but prosecutors say that only…
Nigerian military: Most of more than 100 abducted schoolgirls freed
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 18:46