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Russia hikes interest rates to 17pc to stop rouble collapse – Telegraph.co.uk

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Russian currency has lost half its value since President Vladimir Putin first sent forces into Ukraine, setting off a chain of events that the Kremlin can no longer control. “This is being driven by pure fear. We have crossed a line and the crisis is now self-feeding,” Chris Weafer, from Macro Advisory in Moscow, said before the rate rise. “The central bank must intervene immediately with a great deal…

Elizabeth Warren Remains Adamant She Won’t Run for President – NECN

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Senator Elizabeth Warren’s words are clear: “Nothing has changed. I’m not running for President.” She is not running for President but that doesn’t mean her liberal supporters – even members of Congress, aren’t encouraging her. …

Elizabeth Warren isn’t running — but she’d like you to think she might – MSNBC

Monday, December 15, 2014

Sen. Elizabeth Warren has said many times she’s not running for president, but might she in the future? She wouldn’t say when repeatedly pressed on NPR Monday morning. Instead, she just repeated the same present tense denial she’s uttered dozens of times this year: “I’m not running for president.” It’s hardly the first time Warren, who became a progressive hero this week during a high-profile Senate showdown over Wall Street…

Gunman, 2 hostages die in fiery end to Sydney siege – USA TODAY

Monday, December 15, 2014

A barrage of gunfire was heard after police stormed a Sydney cafe where a lone gunman was holding hostages all day. Two people died in the fiery end to the siege, local media reported. Sky News Australia said the gunman was one of the dead. VPC Hostages run towards police from a cafe under siege at Martin Place in the central business district of Sydney, Australia, on Tuesday.(Photo: Rob Griffith,…

Sydney Hostage Crisis: 5 People Flee Lindt Chocolate Shop, Standoff Continues – ABC News

Monday, December 15, 2014

Five people have escaped from a popular Sydney cafe after they had been taken hostage — with others still held inside as neighboring blocks remain locked down, authorities said. Two people inside the cafe were seen holding up a flag with Arabic writing on it that has been used by extremists in the past — raising fears that a terror attack was unfolding in Australia’s largest city. Video also emerged…

Sen. Warren Warns That Spending Bill Sets Dangerous Precedent – NPR

Monday, December 15, 2014

i i Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. (right), a member of the Senate banking committee, and Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., ranking member of the House financial services committee, express their outrage to reporters that a $1.1 trillion spending bill that was passed in Congress contains changes to the 2010 Dodd-Frank law that regulates complex financial instruments known as derivatives. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption itoggle caption J. Scott Applewhite/AP Sen. Elizabeth…

US Marine charged with murdering transgender woman in the Philippines – The Week Magazine

Monday, December 15, 2014

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Five Hostages Flee Lindt Chocolate Cafe in Sydney, Australia – NBCNews.com

Monday, December 15, 2014

A suspected Islamist was holding hostages inside a chocolate shop in Sydney on Monday and police were monitoring posts on Facebook and Twitter as they tried to negotiate their release. Five hostages ran free, but police would not confirm how many were still being held inside the Lindt cafe. Catherine Burn, deputy police commissioner in New South Wales state, wouldn’t discuss the gunman’s possible motive but said: “We are…

Cheney on Interrogation Tactics: ‘I Would Do It Again in a Minute’ – NBCNews.com

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Former Vice President Dick Cheney on Sunday continued his fierce defense of harsh CIA interrogation tactics used in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, saying flatly that he “would do it again in a minute.” Cheney said there is “no comparison” between the tactics and the deaths of American citizens on September 11, 2001, adding that…

In Japan snap elections, voters back Abe’s economic reforms – CNN

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Tokyo (CNN) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s political gamble to call snap parliamentary elections appears to have paid off, with exit polls showing his party won a landslide victory in Sunday’s vote. Official results are still being tallied, but Japanese public broadcaster NHK said Abe’s ruling coalition had secured a two-thirds majority in Parliament’s Lower House, winning 326 of 475 seats. And the White House offered congratulations to Abe and…

Senate passes $1.1 trillion spending bill – New York Daily News

Sunday, December 14, 2014

JONATHAN ERNST/REUTERS Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) talks to reporters after the Senate passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill following a long series of votes at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Saturday. WASHINGTON  — Congress cleared a $1.1 trillion spending bill for President Barack Obama’s signature late Saturday night after a day of Senate intrigue capped by a failed, largely symbolic Republican challenge to the administration’s new immigration…

32 dead, 76 missing in central Indonesia mudslide – The Hindu

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Rescuers pulled more bodies from the debris Sunday after heavy rain in central Indonesia loosened soil and collapsed a hill, setting off a landslide that killed at least 32 villagers and left 76 others missing under piles of mud. About 2,000 rescuers, including soldiers, police and volunteers, were digging through the mud and the wreckage of crumpled homes, getting some relief from clear weather following days of heavy rain. Excavators,…

Deal reached at UN climate talks in Peru – USA TODAY

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Christiana Figueres and Manuel Pulgar-Vidal celebrate the approval of the proposed compromise document handed out during the marathon UN talks in order to meet the final goal of the UN COP20 and CMP10 climate change conferences in Lima.(Photo: CRIS BOURONCLE, AFP/Getty Images) LIMA, Peru — The latest round of United Nations climate talks ended in the early hours of Sunday morning — nearly 33 hours later than scheduled — with…

Families of Slain African-Americans Join ‘Justice for All’ March in Washington DC – ABC News

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Thousands of protesters walked down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington D.C. today to march alongside the families of African-Americans killed in recent months by law enforcement officers. The demonstration in Washington was echoed by marchers in cities across the country, including New York, where protesters took to Fifth Avenue and walked across the Brooklyn Bridge, blocking traffic, and in Boston, where dozens were arrested. Across the country, demonstrators also turned out…

America continues to protect gun nuts even after Sandy Hook – New York Daily News

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Jessica Hill/AP A woman waits to hear about her sister, a teacher, following a shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary Dec. 14, 2012. MICHELLE MCLOUGHLIN/REUTERS Young children wait outside Sandy Hook Elementary School after a shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, Dec. 14, 2012. Mary Altaffer/AP Gene Rosen is racked with emotion as he describes the horror, several days after the massacre. Enlarge Peg Brokaw, 95, had missed the early Saturday…

Senate passes $1.1 trillion spending bill, averting partial gov’t shutdown – Fox News

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Senate passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill late Saturday that funds the government through next September, averting a partial government shutdown and sending the measure to President Obama’s desk. The Senate voted 56-40 for the long-term funding bill, the main item left on Congress’ year-end agenda. The measure provides money for nearly the entire government through the end of the current budget year Sept. 30. The sole exception is…

Families of Slain African-Americans Join ‘Justice for All’ March in Washington DC – ABC News

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Thousands of protesters walked down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington D.C. today to march alongside the families of African-Americans killed in recent months by law enforcement officers. The demonstration in Washington was echoed by marchers in cities across the country, including New York, where protesters took to Fifth Avenue and walked across the Brooklyn Bridge, blocking traffic, and in Boston, where dozens were arrested. Across the country, demonstrators also turned out…

Senate reaches deal on $1.1 trillion spending bill – Fox News

Sunday, December 14, 2014

DEVELOPING: Democrats and Republicans in the Senate reached a deal late Saturday on a $1.1 trillion spending bill that would fund the government through next September and avert a partial government shutdown. The deal cleared the way for a final vote on the bill Saturday night. The next legislative step is to vote on cloture to halt debate on the bill, which requires 60 votes.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT If the number…

GOP Senators Spar With Ted Cruz Over Legislative Strategy – NBCNews.com

Saturday, December 13, 2014

A bipartisan chorus of senators is speaking out against the move by Republican Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee to force weekend votes in an effort to get a vote to defund President Obama’s recent executive action on immigration. “Suffice it to say I’m not happy with the strategy [Cruz] has come up with, I think it’s totally counterproductive,” Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, told reporters off the Senate floor…

Who Is Amy Pascal? Meet the Exec Tangled Up in Sony’s Leaked Emails – TIME

Friday, December 12, 2014

Co-Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment Amy Pascal attends the Premiere of Columbia Pictures’ “The Interview” at The Theatre at Ace Hotel Downtown LA on December 11, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. Kevin Winter—Getty Images The Co-Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment has been the executive behind successful movies like Skyfall and Zero Dark Thirty More Seth Rogen Thanks Sony Chief for Making The Interview Hackers Sent Sony Employees a Terrifying New…