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Saturday, January 24, 2015
U.S. President Barack Obama will not meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when the Israeli leader travels to Washington in March, the White House said Thursday, one day after being caught off-guard by Republicans' invitation for Netanyahu to address a joint meeting of Congress.
One of New York state's most powerful politicians was arrested Thursday on public corruption charges and accused of using his position to obtain nearly US$4 million dollars in bribes and kickbacks masked as legitimate income.
Long-awaited studies of two possible Ebola vaccines are set to begin in West Africa in a couple of weeks, starting in Liberia, U.S. officials said Thursday.
A U.S. grand jury indicted Thursday an executive of Takata, the Japanese auto parts company accused of producing faulty airbags, with price-fixing in the auto seat belts market.
Friday, January 23, 2015
Saudi King Abdullah dies, Salman is new ruler
Saudi Arabia's elderly King Abdullah died on Friday and was replaced by his half-brother Salman as the absolute ruler of the world's top oil exporter and the spiritual home of Islam.
Yemen thrown into turmoil as president resigns
Yemeni leader Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi has offered to resign following a standoff with a powerful Shiite militia in control of the capital, throwing his country deeper into political turmoil.
Italy unveils record haul of antiquities from Switzerland raids
Authorities on Wednesday unveiled what they said was a record haul of rare antiquities illegally looted from Italy and discovered during raids on Swiss warehouses belonging to an accused Sicilian art dealer.
Bus shelling, clashes kill 34 in bloody day for Ukraine
The shelling of a bus and clashes in Ukraine's separatist east left 34 people dead Thursday as Kiev was forced to abandon its defense of Donetsk's airport in one of the deadliest days of the nine-month war.
The Russian government unveiled Wednesday a US$21 billion anti-crisis plan to tackle the country's stalled economy, as President Vladimir Putin defiantly called for greater economic “sovereignty” due to Western sanctions.
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The clock was ticking Thursday toward a deadline imposed by Islamist militants threatening to kill two Japanese nationals unless Tokyo pays a US$200 million ransom.
  
  
  
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