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US data boost yields; Apple rises

Treasury yields hit five-month highs on Thursday as jobs and manufacturing data showed gathering momentum in the world’s biggest economy, while Apple hit the $600-per-share mark for the first time. US stocks opened slightly higher but saw choppy trading soon after, with key indices going into negative territory. Demand for safe-haven government…

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Blagojevich on flight to report to Colo. prison

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois’ convicted ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich is on a flight to Denver to begin his 14-year prison term on corruption charges. He must report to a federal prison in Colorado by 2 p.m. Thursday. His spokesman, Glenn Selig, says Blagojevich’s plane has taken off from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. Jurors convicted Blagojevich on 18 counts, including charges that ...

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Obama, Cameron put up show of unity on world crises

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron presented a unified front on Wednesday to ratchet up pressure on Iran and Syria and stay the course in Afghanistan even as they papered over differences on economic strategies. U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and British Prime Minister David Cameron shake hands at the conclusion of a ...

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Tibetans protest after monk sets himself on fire in China

Several hundred Tibetans have protested against Chinese rule in the western province of Qinghai after a monk there set himself alight, rights groups say. The Tibetan monk set fire to…

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Tymoshenko accused of Ukraine murders

Yulia Tymoshenko, Ukraine’s jailed former prime minister, is now facing accusations of having paid for the contract killing of a politician and two others in 1996. Renat Kuzmin, a deputy prosecutor, said companies controlled by Tymoshenko and Pavlo Lazarenko, another ex-prime minister, had transferred money to pay the killers of Yevhen Shcherban, who was shot to death at an airport ...

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CDC launching graphic anti-smoking ad campaign

MIKE STOBBE AP Medical Writer= ATLANTA (AP) — Tobacco taxes and smoking bans haven’t budged the U.S. smoking rate in years. Now the government is trying to shock smokers into quitting with a graphic nationwide advertising campaign. The billboards and print, radio and TV ads show people whose smoking resulted in heart surgery, a tracheotomy, lost limbs or paralysis. The ...

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Syria marks uprising anniversary, violence grows

Beirut: Syria marks the first anniversary on Thursday of an increasingly bloody uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, with recent Army gains unlikely to quell the revolt and no diplomatic solution in sight. Troops loyal to Assad have pummelled rebel strongholds across Syria this week, deploying tanks and heavy artillery to crush opponents in a string of cities and villages, including ...

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U.S. May Sanction India Over Level of Iran-Oil Imports

Obama administration officials say they are worried India may run afoul of a new U.S. law restricting payments for Iranian oil, forcing the White House to impose sanctions on one of its most important allies in Asia. So far this year, India is failing to cut back its purchases of Iranian oil, which may force President Barack Obama to impose ...

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ICC to deliver Lubanga verdict

The International Criminal court is about to deliver its first verdict, almost a decade after its launched. On Wednesday, the court will pass judgement on the Congolese militia leader Thomas Lubanga. Detained six years ago, he faces two charges of war crimes. Tim Friend reports from the Hague. Source: Al Jazeera Email Share Send Feedback Featured on Al Jazeera The ...

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Sarkozy not expecting Merkel at election rally

PARIS (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel will not appear at French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s election rallies, but the two are set to meet before the April-May French presidential election, Sarkozy said on Wednesday. Merkel’s Christian Democrat CDU party said in January she would make joint campaign appearances with fellow conservative Sarkozy but the party said this week none had ...

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