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  • Why Puerto Rico needs to borrow money—and soon

    January 24, 2014 6:11 PM 33

       Text Size  Published: Friday, 24 Jan 2014 | 1:06 PM ET Water rates were hiked by 67 percent in order to improve the solvency of the water company. Government workers and teachers are facing cuts to their pensions. Teachers went on strike for two days and protested after the retirement age was raised from as low as 47 to at least 55 for current teachers

  • Schaeuble 'very optimistic' on France after Hollande plans

    January 24, 2014 2:33 PM 26

    DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said on Friday that he was optimistic France would emerge stronger once it implements the economic reforms announced last week by President Francois Hollande. "France is and remains a strong country and France will make the right decisions," Schaeuble said at the World Economic

  • Brahimi to meet separately with Syria sides on Friday: opposition

    January 24, 2014 10:27 AM 24

    GENEVA (Reuters) - United Nations mediator on Syria Lakhdar Brahimi will meet separately with delegations of the Syrian government and opposition on Friday in Geneva, opposition sources and the United Nations said. The opposition will not meet with the delegation led by Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem until it endorses the Geneva communique

  • Media disheartened by Geneva II talks

    January 23, 2014 7:44 PM 27

    Media in the countries with a close interest in the Syrian conflict are generally unimpressed by the first day of the Geneva II peace conference. Some feel that nothing will be achieved by the talks because the parties' aims are too far apart. Many of the commentators on both sides of the issue are troubled by the continuing humanitarian crisis in Syria

  • UN bids to bring Syria warring sides together

    January 23, 2014 2:34 PM 35

    UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi meets Syria's warring sides behind closed doors on Thursday to gauge if they are willing to sit down face-to-face after the first day of a peace conference ended in bitter exchanges. MONTREUX, Switzerland: UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi meets Syria's warring sides behind closed doors on Thursday to gauge if they are willing to sit down face-to-face

  • Peace talks on Syria stuck over Assad’s future

    January 23, 2014 12:11 PM 25

    U.S. and U.N. officials said merely getting the two sides in the same room was something of a victory, but U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon’s claim that the discussions were “harmonious and constructive” was at odds with the testy exchange when he tried to get the podium from Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem. “You live in New York. I live in Syria,” Moallem

  • Sochi forces hunt for 3 potential suicide bombers

    January 21, 2014 10:28 AM 33

    SOCHI, Russia (AP) - Russian security officials are hunting down three potential female suicide bombers, one of whom is believed to be in Sochi, where the Winter Olympics will begin next month. Police leaflets seen by an Associated Press reporter at a central Sochi hotel on Tuesday contain warnings about three potential suicide bombers. A police letter

  • EU, UN call for more assistance for Central African Republic

    January 19, 2014 7:11 AM 26

    One million people have fled the violence in the Central African Republic. Although the EU, UN and numerous aid groups are working hard to alleviate the humanitarian crisis, the country needs more assistance. Although polarizing President Michel Djotodia resigned his post, the fighting between Christian and Muslim militia groups has not stopped. People

  • US man pleads not guilty to revenge porn website extortion

    January 19, 2014 6:18 AM 38

    Washington, Jan. 19 (ANI): A 27-year-old US man accused of operating a revenge porn website and extorting money from victims has pleaded not guilty in California court. Kevin Christopher Bollaert was accused in San Diego Superior Court and pleaded not guilt to 31 felony counts. According to Mashable, Bollaert is said to have posted more than 10,000 sexually

  • Is Pope still a Catholic? Yes, he sure is

    January 19, 2014 2:52 AM 302

    But hype about Francis being a Marxist or a liberal reformer can only lead to disappointment, writes Colum Kenny “A Wicklow girl in the Eternal City” of Rome (as she calls herself ), Vatican Radio’s Emer McCarthy last week expressed her pleasure to the Catholic News Service that Pope Francis had just told her and other mothers in the Sistine Chapel that they should