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American accused of counterfeiting $2 million in Uganda

An American man has been arrested in Uganda and accused by U.S prosecutors of counterfeiting more than $2 million in fake dollars, some of which were to be mailed to the United States hidden in charity pamphlets, court papers showed.

   December 18, 2014 - 19:21 GMT
Several IS leaders killed in air strikes: US official

Several IS leaders killed in air strikes: US official

Washington AFP - Several leaders of the Islamic State group have been killed in US air strikes in northern Iraq in recent days, a US defense official said Thursday.

   December 18, 2014 - 19:21 GMT

U.S. says would not support new Palestinian U.N. draft resolution

WASHINGTON Reuters - The United States would not support a new Palestinian-proposed U.N.

   December 18, 2014 - 19:20 GMT

Sun-seeking Canadians urged to visit Cuba now before Americans arrive

Canadians who want to enjoy uncrowded Cuban beaches and the country's frozen in time charm should act soon before U.S policy changes open the floodgates for American tourists, a Canadian cruise company warned on Thursday.

   December 18, 2014 - 19:13 GMT
Obama to hold White House news conference on Friday

Obama to hold White House news conference on Friday

WASHINGTON Reuters - U.S President Barack Obama will hold a White House news conference on Friday before leaving on a two-week vacation in Hawaii, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said.

   December 18, 2014 - 19:08 GMT
New York Mayor de Blasio named PETA's Person of the Year

New York Mayor de Blasio named PETA's Person of the Year

NEW YORK Reuters - New York Mayor Bill de Blasio was named 2014 Person of the Year by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals PETA for opposing horse-drawn carriages in Manhattan and advocating other animal friendly causes, the group said on Thursday.

   December 18, 2014 - 19:05 GMT

Ireland repays $11 billion to IMF years early

DUBLIN - Ireland has repaid 9 billion euros $11 billion to the International Monetary Fund several years early, a move that saves heavy interest costs and illustrates the strong Irish rebound after its bailout.

   December 18, 2014 - 19:05 GMT
Castro visit to White House not ruled out: Obama spokesman

Castro visit to White House not ruled out: Obama spokesman

WASHINGTON Reuters - A White House spokesman on Thursday declined to rule out an eventual visit to the White House by Cuban President Raul Castro a day after President Barack Obama announced plans to normalize U.S relations with Havana.

   December 18, 2014 - 19:00 GMT
Balotelli given one-match ban over racist post

Balotelli given one-match ban over racist post

London AFP - Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has been suspended for one match, fined a‚ £25,000 $39,176 and ordered to attend to an education course after making racist and anti-semitic comments.

   December 18, 2014 - 18:57 GMT
U.S.-led air strikes focus on Islamic State Kobani in Syria

U.S.-led air strikes focus on Islamic State Kobani in Syria

WASHINGTON Reuters - U.S-led air strikes in Syria focused on the contested city of Kobani near the Turkish border on Thursday, with six air strikes that destroyed seven Islamic State fighting positions, a building and a tactical unit, the U.S military said.

   December 18, 2014 - 18:57 GMT
U.S. says three top Islamic State leaders killed in air strikes: WSJ

U.S. says three top Islamic State leaders killed in air strikes: WSJ

WASHINGTON Reuters - U.S-led air strikes against Islamic State in Iraq have killed three of the militant group's top leaders, the head of the U.S Joint Chiefs of Staff told the Wall Street Journal on Thursday.

   December 18, 2014 - 18:57 GMT
EU court says obesity can be disability

EU court says obesity can be disability

The European Union's highest court ruled Thursday that obesity can be considered a disability if it hinders an overweight person's performance at work.

   December 18, 2014 - 18:52 GMT

Obama to waive sanctions authority in Hill bill

WASHINGTON - The White House says President Barack Obama does not plan to immediately impose new economic penalties on Russia.

   December 18, 2014 - 18:45 GMT
Sidney Crosby: Pens 'well aware' of mumps virus

Sidney Crosby: Pens 'well aware' of mumps virus

The Pittsburgh Penguins captain and highest profile victim of the NHL's mumps outbreak discussed his issues, his virus and how he is currently feeling in a Thursday media scrum with reporters.

   December 18, 2014 - 18:43 GMT

Warning on funds, UN doubles estimate of destroyed Gaza homes

The UN warned Thursday it was running out of funds to house families in Gaza, as it doubled its estimate of the number of homes damaged or destroyed in this summer's war with Israel.

   December 18, 2014 - 18:41 GMT

Germany's BASF, Gazprom scrap planned asset swap

BERLIN - Germany's BASF SE says it has agreed with Russian gas company Gazprom to call off an asset swap that the two firms had planned for the end of this year.

   December 18, 2014 - 18:41 GMT
Balotelli suspended 1 match for social media post

Balotelli suspended 1 match for social media post

LONDON - Liverpool forward Mario Balotelli has been suspended for one game and fined 25,000 pounds $39,000 by the governing body of English soccer for making a racially offensive online post.

   December 18, 2014 - 18:41 GMT

Mexican legislator rescued from kidnappers

MEXICO CITY - Police in the Mexican state of Morelos have rescued a state legislator one day after he was kidnapped.

   December 18, 2014 - 18:41 GMT

Pakistan military signs death warrants for six

The Pakistani military said on Thursday its Chief of Army Staff had signed death warrants for six hard core terrorists following a deadly Taliban attack on a school that killed 132 children earlier this week.

   December 18, 2014 - 18:41 GMT
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