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How coffee changed the lives of a group of women in Costa Rica

Monday, 22 December 2014 09:40
NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Samanta Urena Arauz, an agribusiness management graduate, could have launched a city career but chose instead to join a women-run coffee cooperative in her remote Costa Rican village that has changed her life and that of her neighbors. Raised picking coffee beans before school, Arauz was brought up by a group of uneducated, rural women who broke into the coffee industry to provide a livelihood for themselves and their…
Basel watchdog wants standardized assessment of banks' capital
Monday, 22 December 2014 09:40
LONDON (Reuters) - Global regulators have outlined measures to ensure capital held by banks does not fall below a certain level and to adopt a more consistent approach across the industry to measuring risk. Regulators on the Basel Committee, which sets rules for the industry worldwide, are concerned that inconsistencies in the way big banks calculate the size of their capital buffers undermines investor confidence in their capital ratios, a key measure of lenders' financial…
U.S. existing home sales hit six-month low in November
Monday, 22 December 2014 09:40
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. home resales tumbled to a six-month low in November after two straight months of strong increases, underscoring the uneven nature of the housing market recovery. The National Association of Realtors said on Monday existing home sales dropped 6.1 percent to an annual rate of 4.93 million units, the lowest level since May. October's sales pace was revised slightly down to 5.25 million units from 5.26 million units.
Wall Street edges up after three-day run; Gilead slumps
Monday, 22 December 2014 09:40
By Chuck Mikolajczak NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures advanced on Monday, after the S&P 500 notched its best weekly performance in almost two months, as oil prices continued to show signs of stabilizing. * Brent crude <LCOc1> hit a high of $62.97 and WTI crude rose to as much as $58.53 amid investor confidence there would be no substantial price loss in the run-up to the new year.
Iggy Azalea threatened by hackers with sex tape release over Azalea Banks feud
Monday, 22 December 2014 09:40
This CD cover image released by Island Def-Jam shows "The New Classic," by Iggy Azalea. (AP Photo/Island Def-Jam) (The Associated Press) Does the rapper Azalea Banks have the hacking group Anonymous on her side in her ongoing feud with rapper Iggy Azalea? Banks, who is African-American, has repeatedly accused Iggy, who is white, of copying black rappers and hip hop stars to make herself famous.
Dixie Chicks' Natalie Maines calls Sony 'cowards' over decision to pull 'The Interview'
Monday, 22 December 2014 09:40
Musician Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks performs Carly Simon's "That's The Way I've Always Heard It Should Be" at the 29th Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards in Hollywood, California April 18, 2012. (Reuters) Dixie Chicks lead singer Natalie Maines has never been shy about expressing her opinions in public, and she took to Twitter to express her outrage after Sony pulled the plug on Seth Rogen’s new movie, "The Interview.
Actress Billie Whitelaw dead at 82
Monday, 22 December 2014 09:40
This is a April 2, 2006 file photo of actress Billie Whitelaw. (AP) British actress Billie Whitelaw, who collaborated closely with Irish playwright Samuel Beckett and appeared on stage and screen for decades, has died in a London nursing home at age 82. Denville Hall general manager Charlotte Schram said Whitelaw died Sunday. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT "It's a great loss. She was a wonderful person," Schram said.
Phil Spector Fast Facts
Monday, 22 December 2014 08:43
(CNN) -- Here's an in-depth look at the life of songwriter and convicted murderer Phil Spector. Personal:Birth date: December 26, 1939 (some sources have 1940) Birth place: Bronx, New York Birth Name: Harvey Phillip Spector Father: Benjamin Spector, an ironworker Mother: Bertha Spector Marriages: Rachelle Short (2006-present); Veronica 'Ronnie' Bennett (1968-1974, divorced); Annette Merar (1959-1967, divorced) Children: Adopted with Ronnie (Bennett) Spector: Gary Phillip, Louis Phillip, Donte Phillip; Mother's name unavailable publicly: Nicole, Phillip (deceased)
How we'll pay for things in the future
Monday, 22 December 2014 08:43
Developed in Sweden, Quixter is a biometric system that allows consumers to make transactions in just a few seconds.
NASA emails wrench to ISS for fix
Monday, 22 December 2014 08:43
Thanks to a 3-D printer aboard the ISS, astronaut Barry Wilmore got the wrench he needed to make a repair. If your browser has Adobe Flash Player installed, click above to play. Otherwise, click below.

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