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Thai police fire teargas at protesters bent on toppling 'Thaksin regime'

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 02:21
BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai police fired teargas on Friday at royalist protesters bent on bringing down a caretaker government after a court threw Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra out of office and an anti-graft agency indicted her for negligence.






Clashes flare after Venezuela student camps raided, one dead

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 17:41
CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan troops on Thursday rounded up hundreds of youth activists and dismantled camps set up to protest against President Nicolas Maduro, and a policeman was shot dead in the demonstrations and clashes that ensued around Caracas.






Ukraine rebels ignore Putin call to delay self-rule vote

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 15:26
DONETSK, Ukraine/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Pro-Moscow separatists in eastern Ukraine ignored a public call by Russian President Vladimir Putin to postpone a referendum on self-rule, declaring they would go ahead on Sunday with a vote that could lead to war.






China blames Vietnam for sea collisions, but calls for talks

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 15:08
BEIJING/HANOI (Reuters) - China accused Vietnam on Thursday of intentionally colliding with its ships in the South China Sea, but called for talks to end a bitter row sparked by Beijing's parking of a giant oil rig in contested waters.

Exclusive: U.S. banking regulators hire math geeks of their own

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 14:53
(Reuters) - A few years ago, famed financial engineer Andrew Lo built a computer model that allowed one of the biggest U.S. banks to figure out which customers were most likely to fall behind on credit-card payments.

Western missions in Yemen on alert as army advances against Qaeda

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 14:50
ADEN, Yemen (Reuters) - Western embassies in Yemen heightened security on Thursday after increasingly bold attacks on foreigners by al Qaeda, even as the militant Islamists lost ground to an army offensive in the south.






Could take 5-8 years to shrink Fed portfolio: Yellen

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 14:47
NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Reserve is in no rush to decide the appropriate size of its balance sheet, but if it ultimately shrinks it to a pre-crisis size, the process could take the better part of a decade, Fed Chair Janet Yellen said on Thursday.

South Africa's ANC rolls to victory, boosting Zuma reform clout

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 13:24
PRETORIA (Reuters) - The ruling African National Congress (ANC) swept toward victory in South Africa's fifth post-apartheid election on Thursday, handing President Jacob Zuma the clout to push through pro-business reforms in the face of union and leftist opposition.

Syrian rebels blow up Aleppo hotel used by army

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 12:12
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian rebels detonated a huge bomb underneath an Aleppo hotel used by President Bashar al-Assad's forces on Thursday, destroying it and damaging other buildings on the edge of the city's medieval citadel.






Snowden leaks prompt 'insidious' claims about spies: UK lawmaker

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 10:36
LONDON (Reuters) - Supporters of former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden use "insidious" language that blurs lines between spying in democratic and authoritarian states, a senior British lawmaker said on Thursday.

Drop in jobless claims signals firmer labor market

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 09:23
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell more than expected last week, indicating the labor market was strengthening despite a run-up in applications in prior weeks.






At China's Alibaba, chairman Ma's dealings raise red flags

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 08:45
SAN FRANCISCO/BEIJING (Reuters) - Part-way through Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's long-awaited IPO prospectus was a subtle, but striking, warning: investors should know that lead founder and executive chairman Jack Ma might work against the company's best interests.






German lawmakers decide to quiz Snowden

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 06:31
BERLIN (Reuters) - German lawmakers decided on Thursday they want to question former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden as part of a parliamentary inquiry into the mass surveillance of German citizens, which he exposed.

Pro-Russian rebels will hold Ukraine referendum, defy Putin

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 05:31
DONETSK, Ukraine (Reuters) - Pro-Russian separatists voted unanimously on Thursday in favor of holding a referendum on independence, defying calls by Russian President Vladimir Putin to postpone the vote to open the way for talks with the Kiev authorities.

Thai graft agency rules against ex-PM as 'red shirts' head for Bangkok

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 05:23
BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's anti-graft agency indicted former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra for negligence on Thursday, a ruling that came a day after a court threw her out of office and could kill off any hopes she has of staging an electoral comeback.






Government forces set to control Homs, cradle of Syrian uprising

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 03:56
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian forces say they will take full control on Thursday over Homs, a city once associated with scenes of joyous pro-democracy crowds but now famed for images of ruin that epitomize the brutality of Syria's civil war.

Putin oversees test rocket launches ahead of holiday, says pre-planned

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 03:54
MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin oversaw test launches of Russia's most powerful rockets on Thursday during military training exercises held across Russia ahead of celebrations of the anniversary of its World War Two victory.






Iran, six powers hold 'useful' nuclear talks; agreement elusive

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 03:47
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Iran and six world powers held more "useful" talks on Tehran's nuclear program, both sides said, although a Western diplomat said they were still struggling to overcome deep disagreements on the future of Iranian atomic capabilities.

Grieving South Korea seeks arrest of ferry operator owners

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 03:22
INCHEON, South Korea (Reuters) - South Korean prosecutors are seeking the arrest of members of the family that owns the operator of a ferry that sank last month killing hundreds of school children, an avoidable tragedy that rocked the country to the core.

End of oil boom threatens Norway's welfare model

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 02:08
OSLO (Reuters) - Norway's energy boom is tailing off years ahead of expectations, exposing an economy unprepared for life after oil and threatening the long-term viability of the world's most generous welfare model.