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A-Rod gets 211-game ban, 12 others get 50 games

August 5, 2013 1:51 PM0 comments
A-Rod gets 211-game ban, 12 others get 50 games

NEW YORK — Alex Rodriguez was suspended through 2014 and All-Stars Nelson Cruz, Jhonny Peralta and Everth Cabrera were banned 50 games apiece Monday when Major League Baseball disciplined 13 players in a drug case — the most sweeping punishment since the Black Sox scandal nearly a century ago. Ryan […]

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Syria’s war splits nation into 3 distinct regions

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Syria’s war splits nation into 3 distinct regions

BEIRUT — More than two years into Syria’s civil war, the once highly-centralized authoritarian state has effectively split into three distinct parts, each boasting its own flags, security agencies and judicial system. In each area, religious, ideological and turf power struggles are under way and battle lines tend to ebb […]

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Oil rises to near $107 on Fed stimulus hopes

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Oil rises to near $107 on Fed stimulus hopes

BANGKOK — Oil rose to near $107 a barrel Monday after a disappointing U.S. jobs report made it more likely the Federal Reserve will continue its stimulus program beyond September. Benchmark crude for September delivery was up 3 cents to $106.97 at late afternoon Bangkok time in electronic trading on […]

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White House ‘extremely disappointed’ with Russia

August 3, 2013 10:55 AM0 comments
White House ‘extremely disappointed’ with Russia

WASHINGTON — A highly anticipated summit between U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin could be hurt by Moscow’s decision to grant temporary asylum to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, the White House signaled after weeks of pressuring for his return to face prosecution. “We are extremely […]

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US lawmakers fume over Russia granting asylum to Snowden

August 1, 2013 8:09 AM0 comments
US lawmakers fume over Russia granting asylum to Snowden

MOSCOW — National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden left the transit zone of a Moscow airport and officially entered Russia after authorities granted him asylum for a year, his lawyer said Thursday, a move that suggests the Kremlin isn’t shying away from further conflict with the United States. Snowden’s whereabouts […]

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Oil slips below $104 ahead of Fed, jobs data

July 31, 2013 8:15 AM0 comments
Oil slips below $104 ahead of Fed, jobs data

LONDON — The price of oil fell below $104 a barrel on Tuesday as traders awaited comments from central banks as well as data releases later in the week, including U.S. jobs figures. Benchmark oil for September delivery was down 64 cents to $103.91 per barrel in electronic trading on […]

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Global stock markets buoyed ahead of Fed statement

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Global stock markets buoyed ahead of Fed statement

MILAN — Strong eurozone unemployment data combined with better-than-expected U.S. jobs and economy figures to give a modest boost to stock markets on Wednesday. Eurostat figures showed the number of unemployed across the 17 European Union nations fell for the first time since April 2011, providing further hope that the […]

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IMF praise for Greece despite $14bn cash gap

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IMF praise for Greece despite $14bn cash gap

ATHENS, Greece — The International Monetary Fund said Greece had made “exceptional” progress in stabilizing its economy and remains on course to emerge from a near six-year recession in 2014, despite missing targets to ax state jobs and the threat of an 11 billion euro ($14.6 billion) gap in bailout […]

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Poland’s 1st face transplant patient goes home

July 30, 2013 2:46 PM0 comments
Poland’s 1st face transplant patient goes home

WARSAW, Poland — Poland’s first face transplant patient was discharged from the hospital Tuesday, speaking with some effort at a press conference just 11 weeks after the extensive surgery that saved his life. The 33-year-old man said he owes his doctors “everything” following a skin-and-bone transplant on May 15, three […]

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Spain investigators: Train driver was on phone

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Spain investigators: Train driver was on phone

MADRID — The driver was on the phone with a colleague and apparently looking at a document as his train barreled ahead at 95 mph (153 kph) — almost twice the speed limit. Suddenly, a notorious curve was upon him. He hit the brakes too late. The train, carrying 218 […]

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