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Cost-cutting, share buybacks buoy U.S. defense profits

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The biggest U.S. weapons makers posted higher profits this week and raised their forecasts for 2014 earnings, sending shares higher despite cuts in military spending that have weakened revenues. The Dow Jones index that tracks the 10 … Continue reading

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Exclusive: Russia, China block Central African Republic blacklistings at U.N.

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Russia and China have blocked a proposal by the United States and France to impose U.N. sanctions on Central African Republic’s former President Francois Bozize and two other people linked to the conflict there, diplomats told … Continue reading

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Russia says it will respond if Ukraine interests attacked

KIEV (Reuters) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused the United States of being behind the political upheaval in Ukraine and said Moscow would respond if its interests came under attack. Lavrov’s comments came a day after U.S. Vice President … Continue reading

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Hamas, Abbas’s PLO announce reconciliation agreement

GAZA (Reuters) – The Gaza-based Islamist group Hamas and President Mahmoud Abbas’s Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) agreed on Wednesday to a unity pact, both sides announced in a joint news conference. The move, coming after a long line of failed … Continue reading

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Turkey: Armenia killings ‘inhumane’

23 April 2014 Last updated at 17:59 Turkey rejects the use of the term “genocide” to describe the 1915 mass killings of Armenians Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan has offered condolences for the first time for the mass killings of … Continue reading

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Plane search examines coastal debris

23 April 2014 Last updated at 13:39 The daily search operation 1,600km (990 miles) north-west of Perth involves some two dozen nations Authorities in Australia are examining material washed ashore to determine if it is related to missing Malaysia Airlines … Continue reading

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Hamas-Fatah announce reconciliation

23 April 2014 Last updated at 17:55 Hamas PM Ismail Haniya (third left) told reporters: “The era of division is over” Rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas have announced a reconciliation deal, saying they will seek to form a unity … Continue reading

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Russia in new Ukraine attack threat

23 April 2014 Last updated at 18:01 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. The BBC visits Ukrainian soldiers on the border with Russia Russia will respond if its interests in Ukraine are attacked, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov … Continue reading

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Report on CIA interrogations shadows Gitmo trials

WASHINGTON (AP) — The planned release of portions of the Senate report on the CIA’s use of harsh interrogation techniques could add to the legal complications facing the long-delayed U.S. military tribunals of terrorist suspects at the Guantanamo Bay detention … Continue reading

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First lady announces one-stop job site for vets

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama has announced a new online effort to link soldiers leaving the military with jobs that match their skill sets. She said Wednesday that the new Veterans Employment Center provides one-stop shopping … Continue reading

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