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Fed says economy is leveling out
12 Aug 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Mark Felsenthal and Alister Bull WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Reserve said on Wednesday the U.S. economy was showing signs of leveling out two years after the onset of the deepest financial crisis in decades and it moved to phase out one emergency measure. The U.S. central bank also kept its benchmark short-term interest rate steady near zero and said it would likely stay th ...

Pakistan, seen stalling, says wants nukes banned
12 Aug 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Robert Evans GENEVA (Reuters) - Pakistan, accused by some powers of blocking progress in the world's top disarmament forum, insisted Wednesday that it wants an end to nuclear weaponry and is playing an active role to bring this about. But in a statement issued in Islamabad, it argued that "the legitimate security interests of all states" had to be protected in any move toward new  ...

Sri Lanka's spies in war to crush rebel remnants
12 Aug 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Ranga Sirilal COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's capture of a van packed with explosives by Tamil Tiger rebels gave a glimpse into the intelligence war the government is waging against the remnant operatives of a group finally defeated on the battlefield in May. The military on Wednesday said a tipoff from a captured rebel led it to recover the van filled with 20 5-kg claymore antipe ...

Killer whales visit 'social clubs'
12 Aug 2009 source: bbc.co.uk

Killer whales create and visit social clubs just like people do, scientists have discovered. Up to 100 fish-eating killer whales come together in the Avacha Gulf, off the coast of Russia. But no-one knew why the whales form these huge superpods, when they normally live in smaller groups. Now scientists report in the Journal of Ethology that these groups act as clubs in which the killer whales form and maintain social ties. Fish-eating killer whales (Orcinus orca) in the Avacha Gulf live in ...

China urges diplomacy in Iran, North Korea nuke rows
12 Aug 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Jonathan Lynn GENEVA (Reuters) - The international community should deal with any efforts by Iran and North Korea to acquire nuclear weapons through peaceful diplomatic means, China said on Wednesday. China believes the world should work toward a global treaty banning the use of weapons in outer space and aim for a complete ban on nuclear weapons, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said ...

Vote count for Fatah parliament set to begin
12 Aug 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Mustafa Abu Ganiyeh BETHLEHEM, West Bank (Reuters) - The vote count for the parliament of the secular Fatah party of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was set to begin on Wednesday after long delays, an election official said. Final results of the complicated election process for the body known as the Revolutionary Council, could take two days and a recount was possible, the off ...

Iran speaker says vote detainees not been raped: TV
12 Aug 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's speaker of parliament on Wednesday rejected as "baseless" an opposition leader's accusation that some moderates had been raped in jails after their detention in unrest following the June election. "Based on parliament's investigations, detainees have not been raped or sexually abused in Iran's Kahrizak and Evin prisons. Such claims are totally baseless," Iran's sta ...

Mumbai attack justice high priority for Obama: diplomat
12 Aug 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Krittivas Mukherjee NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Ensuring justice in last November's Mumbai attack is a "high priority" for President Obama and the United States will keep pressing Pakistan for action against its planners, a top U.S. diplomat said on Wednesday. The comments by Timothy Roemer, the new U.S. ambassador to India, are the strongest remark from the United States in recent mont ...

Wreckage, bodies from New York air collision found
12 Aug 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Christine Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Plane wreckage and the bodies of the two missing victims of a midair collision over New York's Hudson River were recovered from the murky waters on Tuesday, three days after the crash that killed nine people. Five Italian tourists in a helicopter, two passengers in a small plane and the two pilots died on Saturday when their aircraft collided ...

Assets of Stanford investors to stay frozen: court
12 Aug 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court ruled on Tuesday that assets of some customers of accused swindler Allen Stanford will remain frozen while the court decides whether their principal -- not just ill-gotten "interest" -- can be "clawed back" to repay victims of Stanford's alleged $7 billion Ponzi scheme. Stanford is in jail awaiting trial after pleading not guilty to 21 criminal c ...

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