American Politics

European Central Bank Threatens to Cut-Off Crucial Funding to Banks in Cyprus on Monday

March 21, 2013

“As the European Central Bank threatened to shut off crucial financing for banks in Cyprus without a rapid accord on an international bailout, members of Parliament put off a vote on Thursday on yet another revamped formula. The vote was rescheduled for Friday.”

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Cyprus Government Officials Meeting With Russian Leaders in Moscow to Discuss Bailout

March 21, 2013

“In Moscow, Cypriot finance officials continued negotiations with Russian leaders over possible new funding.”

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Cyprus Government Leaders Under Pressure to Avoid Default on Debt

March 21, 2013

“Cypriot leaders scrambled Thursday to raise $7.5 billion to avoid a debt default for the island nation, but the European Central Bank warned it would cut off emergency funding Monday if the country cannot resolve its financial crisis.”

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Republican Congressional Leaders Meet to Discuss the U.S. Consulate Attack in Benghazi, Libya

March 21, 2013

“While the three House Committees are conducting independent investigations of the deadly Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Government Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa, Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce and Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers agreed to now pool their findings in a single report that should be complete in “weeks not months.”"

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Gun Rights Advocates File Federal Lawsuit to Overturn New York Gun Control Law

March 21, 2013

“The lawsuit, filed in a Buffalo court, says the law’s ban on assault weapons and prohibitions against large-capacity magazines violate the Second Amendment.”

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U.S. Labor Department: Weekly Jobless Claims Increase to 336,000, Still Beating Expectations

March 21, 2013

“The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits edged higher last week, but a trend reading dropped to its lowest in five years and pointed to ongoing healing in the labor market.”

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Syrian President Assad Condemns Mosque Attack in Damascus That Killed 43 People, Including Prominent Islamic Scholar

March 21, 2013

“Al-Bouti, born in 1929 in the village of Ayn Dewar in northern Syria, was a retired dean and a professor at the College of Islamic Law at Damascus University. He preaches very often and is highly respected by many of the leading scholars in the Muslim world.”

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Denver Man Linked to Texas Police Chase Also Wanted For Murder of Colorado Prison Chief

March 21, 2013

“KCNC’s Rick Sallinger reports that Evan Ebel, a parolee and white supremacist, is at the center of a car chase that spanned two counties, injured a deputy and ended in a car crash with a semi truck in Decatur, Texas. Ebel, 28, was being kept alive on life support and was not expected to survive.”

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French Police Search Paris Apartment of IMF Chief Christine Lagarde Investigating Financial Compensation to Businessman

March 21, 2013

“As finance minister, she referred his long-running dispute with bank Credit Lyonnais to an arbitration panel, which awarded him 400m euros (£340m) damages. Mr Tapie was a supporter of ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy.”

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U.S. Food and Drug Administration Abandons Plan Requiring Graphic Tobacco Warning Labels

March 21, 2013

“Since the labels were proposed two years ago to get people to quit smoking, the nation’s largest tobacco companies … managed to halt implementation of the warning labels in the lower courts.”

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U.S. Spy Agencies Testifying Before the Senate Intelligence Committee: Cyber Attacks Surpass Terrorism as Greatest Threat to U.S.

March 21, 2013

“That stark assessment, in an annual “worldwide threat” briefing that covered concerns as diverse as North Korea’s belligerence and Syria’s civil war, was reinforced in remarks by the spy chiefs before the Senate Intelligence Committee.”

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Last Month, China and Pakistan Reached a Secret Agreement to Construct Pakistan’s Third Nuclear Reactor

March 21, 2013

“According to U.S. intelligence and diplomatic officials, the secret agreement for the Chashma 3 reactor was signed in Beijing during the visit by a delegation from the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission from Feb. 15 to 18.”

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U.S. Government Cybersecurity Expansion Includes Monitoring Private E-Mails and Web Traffic

March 21, 2013

“The U.S. government is expanding a cybersecurity program that scans Internet traffic headed into and out of defense contractors to include far more of the country’s private, civilian-run infrastructure.”

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British Health Minister Advises Banning Use of Preventative Antibiotics in Livestock

March 21, 2013

“Livestock are often given antibiotics whether or not they are unwell as a preventative measure to stop diseases spreading, but the bugs are increasingly developing resistance to the drugs.”

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France: 1 Mali Soldier and 10 Islamist Militants Killed in Overnight Fighting Near the Timbuktu Airport

March 21, 2013

“Burkhard also reported that 15 Islamist fighters had been killed in clashes in Gao, northern Mali, in recent days. After initial confusion, it transpired that these were the same casualties reported by the French army on Tuesday.”

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