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| Myanmar constitution likely to dash Suu Kyi's presidential hopes|
By Jared Ferrie YANGON (Reuters) - Her adoring compatriots believe democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi is destined to become Myanmar's next president. But don't bet on it. A year ago, the Nobel Peace Prize winner was feted at home and abroad and flush from her National League for Democracy (NLD) party's landslide wins in April 2012 by-elections, which swept her into parliament. Even a military-drafted constitution designed to exclude her from the highest office seemed a surmountable hurdle. ...
Wed, 19 Jun 2013 19:02:42 -0400
| Afghan government to shun U.S. talks with Taliban|
By Hamid Shalizi and Lesley Wroughton KABUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Revived Afghan peace talks hit their first roadblock on Wednesday, a day after they were announced, as Afghan President Hamid Karzai said his government would not join U.S. talks with the Taliban and would halt negotiations with Washington on a post-2014 troop pact. The United States and the Taliban had announced on Tuesday that officials from both sides will meet in Doha, the capital of Qatar, in coming days, in a step forward for a stuttering peace process after 12 years of bloody and costly war between U.S. ...
Wed, 19 Jun 2013 20:42:25 -0400
| Analysis: Brazil's protests: Not quite a 'Tropical Spring'|
By Brian Winter SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil's blossoming protest movement is a coming-of-age for what had been one of Latin America's most politically disengaged youth populations, but does not appear to constitute a major threat to governability or established political parties. The protests, which gathered steam last week and saw some 200,000 Brazilians demonstrate in a dozen cities on Monday, are unlikely to go away anytime soon. ...
Wed, 19 Jun 2013 17:15:18 -0400
| U.S. cites Russia, China among worst in human trafficking: report|
By Susan Heavey WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An annual U.S. State Department report on Wednesday cited Russia and China among the world's worst offenders in fighting forced labor and sex trafficking, which could lead to U.S. sanctions. The U.S. designation drops Russia and China, which already often are at odds with Washington, in the same category as North Korea and Iran. The State Department ranks countries according to the efforts they make to fight human trafficking and Russia, China and Uzbekistan all fell to the lowest level, Tier 3, in the new report. ...
Wed, 19 Jun 2013 17:17:32 -0400
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| Blackhawks beat Bruins 6-5 in OT, tie series 2-2 (Yahoo! Sports)|
BOSTON (AP) -- Brent Seabrook's goal 9:51 into overtime lifted the Chicago Blackhawks to a wild 6-5 victory over the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night and tied the Stanley Cup finals through four games.
Wed, 19 Jun 2013 20:53:22 PDT
| Woods to rest elbow, skip AT&T National (Yahoo! Sports)|
In little more than a month, Tiger Woods went from being tough to beat to having a tough time even playing.
Wed, 19 Jun 2013 13:45:49 PDT
| Wade's knee swollen, stiff after Game 6 (Yahoo! Sports)|
MIAMI (AP) -- Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat says he woke up with swelling and stiffness in his left knee on Wednesday, one day after getting hit in Game 6 of the NBA Finals against San Antonio.
Wed, 19 Jun 2013 13:45:50 PDT
| Mattingly, Dodgers salvage split at Yankee Stadium (Yahoo! Sports)|
NEW YORK (AP) -- Yasiel Puig kicked back in his chair, his well-worn uniform streaked in red clay, and calmly answered questions in Spanish. Then, suddenly, he threw his hands in the air and shouted, ''Pow!''
Wed, 19 Jun 2013 20:47:01 PDT
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| Asian stocks tumble on weak China PMI, Fed policy plan|
By Chikako Mogi TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian shares tumbled to nine-month lows on Thursday as slowing Chinese manufacturing activity exacerbated sentiment already unnerved by the U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke confirming the Fed would begin reducing its stimulus spending later this year. The "flash" HSBC China Purchasing Managers' Index contracted further to 48.3 in June from May's final reading of 49.2, hitting its weakest level since September as new orders faltered, reinforcing signs of tepid economic growth in the second quarter. ...
Wed, 19 Jun 2013 22:47:15 -0400
| China June flash HSBC PMI hits nine month low on weak demand|
By Kevin Yao BEIJING (Reuters) - China's factory activity weakened to a nine-month low in June as demand faltered, a preliminary survey showed, heightening risks that a second quarter slowdown could be sharper than expected and raising the heat on the central bank to loosen policy. The flash HSBC Purchasing Managers' Index fell to 48.3 in June from May's final reading of 49.2, drifting further away from the 50-point level demarcating expansion from contraction. It was the weakest level since September. ...
Wed, 19 Jun 2013 22:15:37 -0400
| Bernanke says Fed likely to reduce bond buying this year|
By Alister Bull and Pedro da Costa WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said on Wednesday the U.S. economy is expanding strongly enough for the central bank to begin slowing the pace of its bond-buying stimulus later this year. Bernanke's confirmation that the Fed is getting closer to pulling back on its $85 billion in monthly asset purchases confirmed investor fears, sending stocks and bonds sharply lower and pushing benchmark Treasury yields to a 15-month high. ...
Wed, 19 Jun 2013 18:34:45 -0400
| Sony to consider Third Point's proposal: Sony CEO Hirai|
TOKYO (Reuters) - Sony Corp CEO Kazuo Hirai said on Thursday that the electronics firm's board will consider hedge fund Third Point's suggestion to spin-off the electronics company's profitable entertainment arm. Hirai made the comments at an annual shareholders' meeting in Tokyo. Hirai said it was important for Sony to revitalize its electronics division as well as to continue growth of its entertainment and financial businesses, which have steadily contributed profits to the overall group. (Reporting by Mari Saito; Editing by Edmund Klamann)
Wed, 19 Jun 2013 21:44:57 -0400
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| IRS draws new criticism over $70M bonuses|
The Internal Revenue Service is drawing new criticism over plans to hand out millions of dollars in employee bonuses.
Wed, 19 Jun 2013 17:40:24 -0400
| New Colorado wildfire breaks out|
A new wildfire near Denver forces evacuations.
Wed, 19 Jun 2013 23:25:31 -0400
| Compromise among senators eyed on border security|
WASHINGTON (AP) — After secretive talks, key senators expressed optimism Wednesday night that they were closing in on a bipartisan agreement to toughen the border security requirements in immigration legislation that also offers a path to citizenship to millions living in the country illegally.
Wed, 19 Jun 2013 22:50:20 -0400
| AP PHOTOS: The career of James Gandolfini|
James Gandolfini, who won three Emmy Awards for his indelible role as mob boss Tony Soprano in HBO's "The Sopranos," died while on vacation in Italy at age 51. While Tony Soprano was a larger-than-life figure, Gandolfini was exceptionally modest and obsessive — he described himself as "a 260-pound Woody Allen." HBO called the actor a "special man, a great talent, but more importantly a gentle and loving person who treated everyone, no matter their title or position, with equal respect."
Wed, 19 Jun 2013 23:41:07 -0400