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Ukraine police stand down after protest grows

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian police on Wednesday pulled back as protesters claimed victory after an overnight face-off in which authorities removed barricades and tents and scuffled with demonstrators occupying Kiev's main square.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 December 2013

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Pay gains for young women; inequality still seen

WASHINGTON (AP) — About 75 percent of young women believe the U.S. needs to do more to bring about equality in the workplace, a new study finds, despite a narrowing pay gap and steady employment gains for women at higher levels of business and government.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 December 2013

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US ban on high-risk bank trades approved

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. banks will be barred in most cases from trading for their own profit under a federal rule approved Tuesday.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 December 2013

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Analysis finds confusion over 'armed conflicts'

GENEVA (AP) — Armed conflicts killed at least 95,000 people and wounded hundreds of thousands more last year but few of them led to any punishment for war crimes because the laws are unclear, a Swiss-based think tank said Tuesday.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 December 2013

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Bipartisan negotiators seek modest budget pact

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican and Democratic negotiators reached out for a budget agreement Tuesday to reduce automatic spending cuts aimed at programs ranging from parks to the Pentagon, risking a backlash from liberals and conservatives that highlighted the difficulty of compromise within divided government.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 December 2013

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GM names Mary Barra CEO, 1st woman to head car co.

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors picked Mary Barra, its product development chief and a 33-year company veteran, as its next CEO. She will become the first female head of a major U.S. car company.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 December 2013

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Hagel tours low-profile US base in Qatar

AL UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar (AP) — The U.S. air operations center in Qatar has long been a hub where combat sorties into Iraq and Afghanistan were tracked and international forces kept watch over hotspots in the Persian Gulf and western Mediterranean Sea. But for years it's kept a low profile in a region sometimes reluctant to advertise its significant U.S. military presence.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 December 2013

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Thai democracy enters dangerous new crossroads

 

BANGKOK (AP) — Protesters waging a surreal political fight to oust Thailand's elected prime minister are trying to establish what amounts to a parallel government — one complete with "volunteer peacekeepers" to replace the police, a foreign policy of their own and a central committee that has already begun issuing audacious orders.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 December 2013

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