U.S. slaps sanctions on Swiss, Dutch companies over Syria

Wednesday, 17 December 2014 09:25
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Wednesday slapped sanctions on Dutch and Swiss oil trading firms for their dealings with the Syrian government, which has been engaged in bloody civil war with opposition forces. The U.S. Treasury put Netherlands-based Staroil B.V. as well as two Swiss-based firms, Rixo International Trading Ltd and Bluemarine SA, on its list of sanctioned entities, which effectively cuts them off from the U.S. financial system. The Treasury also put…
Hamas' deputy chief says it has patched up ties with Iran
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 09:25
Deputy Hamas chief Moussa Abu Marzouk gestures during an interview with Reuters in Gaza City December 17, 2014. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) – Hamas and Iran have repaired a close political and military relationship frayed by the Syrian civil war, the Palestinian Islamist group’s deputy leader said on Wednesday. Patching up ties with Tehran could ease Hamas’s financial and political isolation.
Teen girl flying to join ISIS fighters in Syria stopped by police on Heathrow runway
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 09:25
Teenager secretly saved for Turkey flight and onward journey to SyriaFamily reported her missing and police pulled over plane on take-offBut officers missed another 15-year-old who has now gone to Syria Growing numbers of young women are fleeing home to marry ISIS fightersManchester terror twins and Bristol jihadi bride are refusing to come home ByMartin Robinson for MailOnline
Police: Pittsburgh-area homeowner shot man who was trying to take downspouts
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 09:23
NORTH BRADDOCK, Pa. – Authorities are trying to determine whether a Pittsburgh-area homeowner will face criminal charges for fatally shooting a man who was allegedly stealing downspouts of his house. Allegheny County detectives aren't identifying the 62-year-old North Braddock homeowner. The county medical examiner says that 44-year-old Alan Lamont White, of Wilkinsburg, died of a gunshot wound to the chest. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Police say White didn't flee after the homeowner dialed 911 around 1 a.m.
Among dollars and change, gift of emeralds and diamonds found in Salvation Army kettle
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 09:23
DORAL, Fla. – In one of its famous red kettles in South Florida, the Salvation Army has received a gift worth more than a little bit of change: an emerald and diamond necklace. On Tuesday afternoon, the agency received a call directing bell ringers to check a kettle in Doral, a Miami suburb. There, a worker found the necklace and a note telling the group to keep up the good work. ADVERTISEMENT
Cuba releases American Alan Gross as U.S. prepares to overhaul Cuba policy
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 09:23
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Cuba has released American aid worker Alan Gross after five years in prison, a U.S. official said on Wednesday. Cuba arrested Gross, now 65, on Dec. 3, 2009, and later convicted the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) subcontractor to 15 years in prison for importing banned technology and trying to establish clandestine internet service for Cuban Jews. ABC News earlier said Gross was released in a humanitarian prisoner exchange.
American Alan Gross released after 5 years of captivity in Cuban prison
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 09:23
DEVELOPING ... U.S. officials say the Obama administration plans to start talks with Cuba on normalizing full diplomatic relations and opening an embassy, after American Alan Gross was released from Cuba as part of a prisoner swap. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT ORIGINAL STORY ... American Alan Gross has been released from Cuba after five years in prison and is on his way back to the United States, as part of a deal that included the release of…
PIPE-BOMB ATTACK Hunt on for suspect who tossed devices at police
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 09:23
Oregon authorities said Wednesday they are searching for a suspect they consider armed and dangerous after he allegedly tossed at least four pipe bombs at police during an earlier chase. Police say Neal Panschow, 43, has been driving a silver Honda Civic for the past few days and has led police on three chases in Clackamas and Multnomah counties, which are just outside Portland. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Sgt. Pete Simpson, a Portland police spokesman, said bomb…
THEATER THREAT Hack attack fear cancels 'The Interview' screenings
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 09:23
The premiere of Seth Rogen and James Franco’s comedy “The Interview” in New York has been canceled in the wake of a message sent by the Sony hackers that threatened a 9/11-style attack on theaters showing the film. In a message emailed to various reporters and accompanying the latest in a series of leaks that have included employee emails, health and financial information, the hackers who call themselves "Guardians of Peace" sent a grim warning…
FedEx second-quarter profit rises, but misses expectations
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 08:24
A Federal Express truck on delivery is pictured in downtown Los Angeles, California October 29, 2014. REUTERS/Mike BlakeA Federal Express truck on delivery is pictured in downtown Los Angeles, California October 29, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Blake By Nick Carey CHICAGO (Reuters) – Package delivery company FedEx Corp reported lower-than-expected quarterly profit on Wednesday as U.S.

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