December 5, 2011 RSS feed / World

Merkel, Sarkozy seek deal to save euro

PARIS (AP) — The leaders of Germany and France will try to agree today on a cohesive plan to help save the euro through stricter oversight of government budgets. More...

U.S. pledges continued support for Afghanistan

BONN, Germany ( AP) — The United States and other nations vowed today to keep supporting Afghanistan after most foreign forces leave the country in 2014, as the nation faces an enduring Taliban-led insurgency and possible financial collapse. More...

Alaska gas station fire injures 5

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A fire that burned a gas station near Denali National Park was apparently started by an explosion inside the convenience store, Alaska state troopers said. Trooper Sgt. More...

Jobless rate drops sharply

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. unemployment rate fell last month to its lowest level in more than two and a half years, as employers stepped up hiring in response to the slowly improving economy. More...

Myanmar rebels sign cease-fire

BANGKOK ( AP) — Exile media outlets say the Shan ethnic rebel group has signed a low-level cease-fire with the government in Myanmar. More...

Televisions are hot sellers this holiday season

NEW YORK (AP) — In an unexpected twist, TVs are topping many Christmas shopping lists this year. More...

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Minnesota expects $876 million surplus ST. PAUL, Minn. More...

European Central Bank’s chief hints at more support

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi hinted the bank is prepared to play a bigger, yet limited role in the resolution of Europe’s debt crisis — but only after the 17 countries that use the euro tether their econo More...

Official: 5,000 flee central Nigeria violence

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — At least 5,000 people have fled villages in central Nigeria at the heart of clashes between nomadic cattle herders and farmers, officials said today, as at least five people have died in the fighting. More...

World’s central banks act

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Major central banks around the globe took coordinated action today to ease the strains on the world’s financial system, saying they would make it easier for banks to get dollars if they need them. More...

PAKISTANI ANGER RISING

SUPPORTERS of Pakistani religious party Jamatud Dawa burn representation of the U.S. More...

Putin’s party barely hangs onto its majority

MOSCOW (AP) — Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s party saw its majority in Russia’s parliament weaken sharply, according to preliminary election results released today, a humiliating setback for the man who has steadily tightened his g More...

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Court: Assange can continue legal fight LONDON (AP) — A British court today gave WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange permission to continue his legal battle to avoid extradition to Sweden over sex crimes allegations. More...

Yemeni troops shell southern city, killing 3

SANAA, Yemen ( AP) — Yemeni government troops have shelled residential areas in the restive southern city of Taiz for a fourth straight day, killing three people there today, residents said. More...

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Cain confers with wife, ponders future COLUMBIA, S. C. More...

Mystery metal crashes into Mass. warehouse

PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — The owners of a Plymouth, Mass., furniture warehouse want to know the origin of a chunk of metal that apparently plunged through the roof. More...

Cain ponders his future

MANCHESTER, N. H. ( AP) — He’s still plotting an aggressive campaign schedule across several states, but Herman Cain also has begun to outline a possible exit strategy from the race for the Republican presidential nomination. More...

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Indian drugmaker OK’d to sell Lipitor TRENTON, N. J. ( AP) — India’s largest maker of generic drugs won approval late Wednesday to sell a generic version of cholesterol blockbuster Lipitor. More...

Police clear out Occupy LA location

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a massive show of force, 1,400 police officers, some in riot gear, stormed the Occupy Los Angeles camp early today, driving protesters from the park and arresting more than 200 who defied orders to leave. More...

Border staff, teachers join U.K. strike

LONDON (AP) — U.K. border staff joined teachers, hospital workers and weather forecasters today in Britain’s largest strike in decades, but arriving airline passengers appeared to escape the chaos that had been predicted. More...