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England's 2018 World Cup bid criticised in ethics report

By Brian Homewood LONDON (Reuters) – England was criticised by a FIFA ethics report on Thursday for over-indulging former powerbroker Jack Warner in its attempt to win the right to host the 2018 World Cup. England’s bid team helped an acquaintance of Warner find part-time employment in the United Kingdom and spent $55,000 to sponsor a gala event in his ...

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US STOCKS-Wall St flat as energy shares weigh

* Wal-Mart climbs after results * Berkshire Hathaway to buy Duracell from Procter & Gamble * Initial jobless claims above expectations * Indexes: Dow up 0.22 pct, S&P off 0.01 pct, Nasdaq up 0.04 pct (Updates to midday) By Chuck Mikolajczak NEW YORK, Nov 13 (Reuters) – U.S. stocks were little changed on Thursday, with the Dow and S&P retreating ...

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Missing student protests killing Mexico tourism

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has tried to keep the issue of violence separate from his focus on the economy, but the two are converging as violent protests over 43 disappeared students squelch tourism in Acapulco just before a major holiday weekend. As Mexico prepares to commemorate its 1910 revolution on Monday, hotels in the Pacific resort city have seen ...

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UN Nuclear Agency Corrects Data on Iran’s Uranium Stockpile

Reuters VIENNA— The U.N. atomic agency has corrected data to lower its estimate of the size of Iran’s uranium stockpile, a figure watched ahead of this month’s deadline for Tehran and six world powers to settle a dispute over Iran’s nuclear program. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) now estimates that Iran’s…

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Finance Ministry: Ousted Thai PM’s Rice Scheme Lost $15.8 Billion

Reuters BANGKOK— A rice-subsidy scheme introduced by Thailand’s ousted former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra lost 518 billion baht ($15.8 billion), the Finance Ministry said on Thursday. The scheme, which paid…

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Riot Prep Could Fuel Ferguson Violence

With the impending grand jury decision on whether to indict the police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, Ferguson is bracing for protests—and residents arming up could make matters worse. This week, the parents of slain teenager Michael Brown travelled to Geneva to call on the United Nations for help in bringing peace and justice to Ferguson. Meanwhile, their ...

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Obama Urges Russia to Respect Ukraine Cease-Fire

VOA News President Barack Obama has called on Russia to honor a September cease-fire between Kyiv and Moscow-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine. White House Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said President Obama delivered the message to Russian Vladimir Putin during informal conversations at a summit this week in Beijing….

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England's 2018 World Cup bid slammed in ethics report

By Brian Homewood LONDON (Reuters) – England was slammed by a FIFA ethics report on Thursday for over-indulging former powerbroker Jack Warner in its attempt to win the right to host the 2018 World Cup. England’s bid team helped an acquaintance of Warner find part-time employment in the United Kingdom and spent $55,000 dollars to sponsor a gala event in ...

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U.S. Drones Patrol Half Mexico Border

Jeff Topping/Reuters The U.S. now uses only drones to patrol almost half the Mexican border, in a shift to control desolate stretches where there are no agents, camera towers, fences or ground…

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