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Last US holiday shopping weekend off to solid start
CHICAGO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Shoppers filled up malls and department stores on the last weekend before Christmas, as the weather cooperated to help raise the prospect of a solid finish to a holiday season that has so far produced mixed results. Crowds ...
Crowds to splash £2m a minute in Christmas shopping
Tick-tock: Tips for last-minute shoppersWashington Post
Tips for last-minute holiday shoppingNewsday

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Staples: Breach may have affected 1.16 million customers' cards
Staples said Friday afternoon that nearly 1.16 million customer payment cards may have been affected in a data breach under investigation since October. The office-supply retailer said two months ago that it was working with law enforcement officials to look ...
Digital security expert explains how to protect your accounts after Staples breachWNCN
UPDATE: Staples Stores In New Mexico Not Affected By BreachKRWG
Staples: Customer Data Exposed In Security BreachCBS Local
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Illinois farm groups foresee market growth in Cuba
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — Illinois farm groups are looking to Cuba as a growing market for corn, soybeans, pork and other products the state produces, and they see the state's access to rail and river transportation as an advantage to trade with the ...

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Agriculture prospects envisioned in Cuba
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Belarus News (BelTA)

Belarus, Russia sign preliminary food supply balance sheets for 2015
Belarus News (BelTA)
MINSK, 20 December (BelTA) – On 19 December Belarus and Russia signed the preliminary demand and supply balance sheets regarding staple foods in the Union State in 2015, BelTA learned from head of the foreign economic affairs department at the ...
Belarus Steps Up Capital Controls to Stem Ex-Soviet Currency RotBloomberg
Belarus slaps 30 percent fee at currency exchangesBoston Globe

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American Realty Capital Properties Debt Trading 1.8% Lower (ARCP)
Dakota Financial News
American Realty Capital Properties logo An issue of American Realty Capital Properties (NASDAQ:ARCP) debt fell 1.8% against its face value during trading on Friday, Analyst Ratings.Net reports. The debt issue has a 2% coupon and is set to mature on ...
Traders Buy Shares of American Realty Capital Properties on Weakness (ARCP)sleekmoney
Did Property Mogul 'Scapegoat' Chief Accounting Officer?CFO Magazine
American Realty Capital Properties: Heading Towards Multi-Year Lows In Light ...Seeking Alpha

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U-T San Diego

EPA coal ash standards a setback for environmental groups
U-T San Diego
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Six years ago, there was a massive spill of coal ash sludge in Tennessee. Three years later, tons of coal ash swept into Lake Michigan. Last February, there was another spill and gray sludge spewed into the Dan River in North ...

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ECB's Coene supports government bond purchases: newspaper
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Central Bank should start buying government bonds to tackle poor investor confidence and low inflation in the euro zone, governing council member Luc Coene said in an interview published on Saturday. The Belgian ...

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US stocks post biggest weekly gains in nearly two years
Wall Street Hedge
Extending biggest gains for a third session on Friday, the US stocks closed the wild week with a rally that was fuelled by high expectations for the monetary policy to remain easy among major central banks for the anticipated future. With an increase of 3.1 ...
U.S. stocks inch higher after a big two-day rallyThe Denver Post
Stocks inch higher after big 2-day rallyAttleboro Sun Chronicle
Dow jumps 400 points, best day in 3 yearsWaterbury Republican American

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Statesman Journal

Keizer Albertson's purchased by Haggen Inc.
Statesman Journal
Haggen Inc. is poised to buy 146 Safeway and Albertsons stores, including the Albertsons store at 5450 River Road N. in Keizer (Photo: BusinessWire). CONNECTTWEETLINKEDINCOMMENTEMAILMORE. The Albertsons grocery store in Keizer, 5450 River ...
Bellingham-based Haggen plans to buy 146 storesThe Seattle Times
Haggen chain buying 146 Safeway, Albertsons storesCharlotte Observer

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North Korea denies hacking Sony, US stands by its assertion
SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea said on Saturday U.S. accusations that it was involved in a cyberattack on Sony Pictures were "groundless slander," and that it wanted a joint investigation into the incident with the United States. An unnamed ...
I work at Sony Pictures. This is what it was like after we got hacked.Fortune
US Approaches China in Effort to Respond to North Korean HackingWall Street Journal
US asks China to help combat North Korean hacking after attack on SonyWashington Post -BBC News -U-T San Diego
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In Miami, Cuban Americans protest President Barack Obama's new Cuba policy
Cries of “Obama traidor!” (Obama is a traitor) rang out Saturday afternoon at José Martí Park in Little Havana, where about 250 people protested this week's historic announcement by President Barack Obama and Cuba's Raúl Castro that the two countries ...
Cuban Exiles at Miami Rally Denounce Obama for RapprochementNew York Times
Castro insists Cuba won't abandon communism despite deal with USWashington Post
Castro Lauds US Outreach, Says Cuba to Remain CommunistVoice of America
Xinhua -Jakarta Post
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Amir Khan wants to help rebuild Pakistan school attacked by terrorists
Amir Khan is planning a visit to Pakistan between Christmas and New Year and hopes he will prove an inspiration for people in the country standing up against terrorism. The welterweight has already donating the pair of gold threaded shorts worth £30,000 ...
Pakistan aftermath: There is a genuine sense of anger against Islamic extremism ...Daily Mail
For Pak army, Peshawar is a game changerTimes of India
30 terrorists dead in countrywide opsThe Nation
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Times of India

US frees four Afghan Guantanamo detainees
WASHINGTON: Four Afghans held for more than a decade at Guantanamo Bay have been sent home, the Pentagon said on Saturday, edging President Barack Obama closer towards his goal of closing the controversial US military jail. The Department of ...
US sends four Guantanamo prisoners home to AfghanistanDaily Times
Pentagon returns four Guantanamo detainees to AfghanistanFox News
US sends four Guantanamo prisoners back to AfghanistanXinhua
Fox News Latino -Chicago Sun-Times -Los Angeles Times
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Voice of America

Kurdish Forces Press Sinjar Offensive Against IS Extremists
Voice of America
Thousands of Kurdish peshmerga fighters advanced on Islamic State extremists Saturday in the Sinjar Mountains of northwestern Iraq, two days after breaking a months-long siege that trapped thousands of persecuted Yazidi minorities. Kurdish leaders and ...
Kurds press Sinjar operation in north IraqThe Daily Star
Yazidis cheer Kurds on Iraqi mountain for breaking Islamic State siegeReuters
Kurds Advance Against IS Group in Syria, IraqABC News
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In Wake of Hong Kong, Chinese Leader Warns Macau
New York Times
BEIJING — President Xi Jinping urged the semiautonomous former Portuguese colony of Macau on Saturday to guard against interference by what he called hostile external forces, following the prolonged pro-democracy protests in nearby Hong Kong.
Xi defends 'one China' policy in
China's Xi preaches diversification in gambling hub MacauDaily Times
Macau still part of 'one China', says President Xi JinpingThe Independent
BBC News -euronews
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Business Recorder

UN Asks Israel to Pay Lebanon $850 M for Oil Spill
ABC News
The U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution Friday asking Israel to pay Lebanon over $850 million in damages for an oil spill caused by an Israeli air force attack on oil storage tanks during its war with Hezbollah in July 2006.
UN urges Israel to repay Lebanon $850mn in oil spill damagesRT
UN asks Israel to pay Lebanon $856 million for oil spillZee News

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New York Times

Gulf States and Qatar Gloss Over Differences, but Split Still Hampers Them
New York Times
CAIRO — Shaking hands and kissing foreheads, the monarchs of the Persian Gulf came together this month to declare that they had resolved an 18-month feud in order to unite against their twin enemies, Iran and the Islamic State. But the split is still festering, ...
Egypt's Sisi meets Qatari envoy to fix tiesXinhua
Egypt, Qatar Accept Saudi Initiative to Mend TiesWall Street Journal
Egypt's Sisi meets Qatari envoy, signaling possible detenteReuters
Arab News -Ahram Online -Daily News Egypt
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Presidential fumble: It's Franco, not Flacco
BALTIMORE (AP) — Call it a Presidential fumble: Barack Obama mistakenly used the last name of Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco when referring to actor James Franco in a speech Friday. Lashing out at Sony Pictures for its decision to halt the ...
US president flubs Sony movie actor's nameThe Australian (blog)

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British troops to help fight against Boko Haram as SAS target Isil
Up to100 British soldiers are being lined up for a mission to train the Nigerian army in its fight against the Islamist extremists of Boko Haram. Britain has already sent specialists to train troops in Nigeria and deployed three RAF Tornados in the summer as part ...
Int'l Community Urged To Suppress Boko Haram's Monetary LifelineLeadership Newspapers
OPERATION NO MERCY: Boko Haram terrorists crushed in military ambushDaily Sun
Nigerian troops overpower Boko Haram gunmen, in counter-attackThe News

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