Autos drive up retail sales

U.S. retail sales rose in December, a sign the economy regained momentum at the end of the fourth quarter. Fred Katayama reports.

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    Mexico murder total surpasses 2016: officials

    The number of murders in Mexico in 2017 has already surpassed last year's total, with October the most violent month in 20 years according to official figures released Monday. From January to October, 20,878 murders were recorded, compared with 20,547 during the whole of 2016, data released by the

  • Italy's Berlusconi takes fight against ban from office to European court
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    Italy's Berlusconi takes fight against ban from office to European court

    Lawyers for Silvio Berlusconi argued on Wednesday at the European Court of Human Rights against his ban from holding public office, hoping for a green light that will allow him to run for prime minister at national elections early next year. One of his lawyers told the Strasbourg court that the four-times

  • Pakistan court orders release of Islamist blamed for Mumbai attacks
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    Pakistan court orders release of Islamist blamed for Mumbai attacks

    A Pakistani court on Wednesday ordered the release from house arrest of an Islamist leader accused by the United States and India of masterminding attacks on Mumbai in 2008 in which 166 people were killed, a prosecutor said. Hafiz Saeed was put under house arrest in January after years of living freely

  • Illegal Student Labor Used To Assemble iPhone X, Apple Admits
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    Illegal Student Labor Used To Assemble iPhone X, Apple Admits

    Apple has admitted that one of its main Chinese factories worked student interns overtime to assemble its iPhone X, violating local labor laws.

  • Uber in legal crosshairs over hack cover-up
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    Uber in legal crosshairs over hack cover-up

    Two US states on Wednesday confirmed they are investigating Uber's cover-up of a hack at the ride-sharing giant that compromised the personal information of 57 million users and drivers. Schneiderman and his counterpart in Connecticut, George Jepsen, on Wednesday told AFP that Uber is the target

  • Florida Man Purposely Crashes Car To Prove Intersection Is Unsafe: Police
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    Florida Man Purposely Crashes Car To Prove Intersection Is Unsafe: Police

    Florida man Bruce John Homer, 61, was so driven to prove a busy intersection in his neighborhood unsafe that police said he purposely crashed his truck into an SUV to make the point.

  • Putin wins backing from Iran, Turkey for new Syria peace push
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    Putin wins backing from Iran, Turkey for new Syria peace push

    SOCHI, Russia/RIYADH (Reuters) - Russia's Vladimir Putin won the backing of Turkey and Iran on Wednesday to host a Syrian peace congress, taking the central role in a major diplomatic push to finally end a civil war all but won by Moscow's ally, President Bashar al-Assad. Syrian opposition groups

  • US condemns 'ethnic cleansing' of Myanmar's Rohingya
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    US condemns 'ethnic cleansing' of Myanmar's Rohingya

    The United States on Wednesday toughened its stance on Myanmar, accusing the country's security forces of perpetrating "horrendous atrocities" against the Rohingya that amount to "ethnic cleansing" of the Muslim minority. The statement from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who

  • UN names Danish diplomat as Lebanon envoy
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    UN names Danish diplomat as Lebanon envoy

    A Danish diplomat with experience in Afghanistan and Africa has been appointed as interim UN envoy for Lebanon, the UN said Wednesday, as the Middle East country is embroiled in crisis over the resignation of Prime Minister Saad Hariri. Pernille Dahler Kardel will replace Sigrid Kaag of the Netherlands

  • Paris scraps Big Wheel attraction
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    Paris scraps Big Wheel attraction

    Paris councillors on Wednesday voted to axe the city's prominent riverside Ferris wheel, the French capital's version of the London Eye. Run by "fairground king" Marcel Campion who has also seen his Christmas market on the Champs-Elysees scrapped because authorities deemed it too tacky

  • Serbian president calls on nation to 'look to the future' after Mladic
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    Serbian president calls on nation to 'look to the future' after Mladic

    Serbia's President Aleksandar Vucic on Wednesday urged his country to look to the future instead of "suffocating in tears of the past" after Ratko Mladic, the wartime Bosnian Serb military chief, was given a life sentence for genocide. "We should start looking to the future, thinking

  • 12 Simple Things You Can Do To Make Thanksgiving More Meaningful
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    12 Simple Things You Can Do To Make Thanksgiving More Meaningful

    Thanksgiving usually includes turkey, sides, pumpkin pie and a feeling of fullness that renders everyone unable to leave the couch.

  • Czech mogul loyalist elected parliament speaker
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    Czech mogul loyalist elected parliament speaker

    A Czech lawmaker from billionaire Andrej Babis's populist ANO party, which won elections last month, was on Wednesday elected speaker of parliament, an important post in the government formation process. Under the constitution, the president has two attempts to decide who will form the cabinet,

  • Ex-Bosnian Serb commander Mladic convicted of genocide, gets life in prison
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    Ex-Bosnian Serb commander Mladic convicted of genocide, gets life in prison

    A U.N. tribunal on Wednesday convicted ex-Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic of genocide and crimes against humanity for massacres of Bosnian Muslims and ethnic cleansing campaigns to forge a "Greater Serbia", and jailed him for life. The U.N. Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia

  • Mladic verdict carries message for Syria and beyond: UN's Zeid
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    Mladic verdict carries message for Syria and beyond: UN's Zeid

    Earlier on Wednesday the U.N. Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) found Mladic guilty of the slaughter of 8,000 Muslim men and boys at Srebrenica and for the siege of the Bosnian capital Sarajevo, in which more than 10,000 civilians were killed by shelling and snipers over 43 months.

  • Srebrenica survivors: No punishment enough for Mladic despite conviction
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    Srebrenica survivors: No punishment enough for Mladic despite conviction

    Bosnian Muslims who lost loved ones in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre said on Wednesday no punishment was enough for Ratko Mladic hours after the ex-Bosnian Serb wartime commander was jailed for life for genocide. Mladic, dubbed the "Butcher of Bosnia", was convicted by a U.N. tribunal on 10

  • Digital currencies will not replace physical money soon: Bank of Japan official
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    Digital currencies will not replace physical money soon: Bank of Japan official

    Financial technology is fast revolutionizing the banking industry but digital currencies will not replace physical money any time soon, a senior Bank of Japan (BOJ) official said on Wednesday. Japan has become a front runner in the financial technology (fintech) industry, with the government this year

  • Romanian prosecutors comb through party chief's assets
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    Romanian prosecutors comb through party chief's assets

    Romanian prosecutors said Wednesday that they were attempting to calculate the total amount of assets owned by Liviu Dragnea, the under-fire head of the country's ruling left-wing party. Late Tuesday the DNA said they were sequestering all "movable and immovable" property of the 55-year-old

  • U.S. calls Myanmar operation against Rohingya 'ethnic cleansing'
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    U.S. calls Myanmar operation against Rohingya 'ethnic cleansing'

    "The situation in northern Rakhine state constitutes ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya," U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a statement, using a term he avoided when visiting Myanmar, also known as Burma, last week. "The United States will also pursue accountability through

  • Deutsche Bank strategist tells investors to avoid bitcoin
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    Deutsche Bank strategist tells investors to avoid bitcoin

    Deutsche Bank has joined the ranks of those warning about the virtual currency bitcoin as an investment. "I would simply not recommend this to the everyday investor," Ulrich Stephan, chief strategist at Germany's largest lender, said on Wednesday. Stephan said that fluctuations are too

  • Qatar row moves to WTO litigation phase, dismaying many
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    Qatar row moves to WTO litigation phase, dismaying many

    Qatar took the final step on Wednesday to start litigation at the World Trade Organization in its row with the United Arab Emirates, but no other WTO members spoke up in support of the move, which many trade experts see as a dangerous precedent. The UAE was one of four countries - along with Saudi Arabia

  • Exclusive: SAP says executive resigns amid Gulf region sales probe
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    Exclusive: SAP says executive resigns amid Gulf region sales probe

    DUBAI/LONDON (Reuters) - SAP is investigating sales practices in its Gulf region after executives in charge of its dealings in the region had resigned or been put on administrative leave, the German business software giant said on Wednesday. SAP operates in more than 180 countries, selling business

  • Sign-up pace slows in 3rd week of 2018 Obamacare enrollment
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    Sign-up pace slows in 3rd week of 2018 Obamacare enrollment

    There was an increase, however, in the number of new consumers to the program created by former President Barack Obama, to 220,323 from 208,397 in the previous week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said. Republican President Donald Trump and lawmakers are trying to undo Obama's

  • Berlusconi takes comeback bid to Europe rights court
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    Berlusconi takes comeback bid to Europe rights court

    Italy's scandal-plagued former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi took his comeback bid to the European Court of Human Rights on Wednesday, asking it to weigh in on his ban from holding elected office. Ahead of a general election set to be held before May next year, the billionaire four-time premier

  • London shares, pound shine despite darker growth outlook
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    London shares, pound shine despite darker growth outlook

    The London stock market firmed Wednesday despite Britain chopping its growth forecasts over Brexit, while Frankfurt fell on the continued political uncertainty in Germany. The British capital's benchmark FTSE 100 closed the day up 0.1 percent after finance minister Philip Hammond's unveiled