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| Afghan peace bid stumbles on Kabul-Taliban protocol row|
By Amena Bakr DOHA (Reuters) - A fresh effort to end Afghanistan's 12-year-old war looked in disarray on Thursday after a diplomatic spat about the Taliban's new Qatar office delayed preliminary discussions between the United States and the Islamist insurgents. Talks between U.S. officials and representatives of the Taliban had been set for Thursday in Qatar but Afghan government anger at the fanfare surrounding the opening of a Taliban office in the Gulf state threw preparations into confusion. ...
Thu, 20 Jun 2013 05:39:47 -0400
| Insight: Pakistan influence on Taliban commanders helped Afghan breakthrough|
By Frank Jack Daniel and Mehreen Zahra-Malik ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan's powerful military has played a central role in convincing Afghanistan's Taliban rebels to hold talks with the United States, U.S. and Pakistani officials said, a shift from widely held views in Washington that it was obstructing peace in the region. U.S. and Taliban officials were due to meet in Doha, the capital of Qatar, in the next few days, raising hopes for negotiated peace after 12 years of war between American-led forces and the Islamist insurgents. ...
Thu, 20 Jun 2013 07:01:12 -0400
| Lebanese president urges Hezbollah to pull out of Syria|
BEIRUT (Reuters) - President Michel Suleiman has called on the Lebanese Shi'ite Muslim Hezbollah movement to pull its guerrillas out of Syria, saying any further involvement in its neighbor's civil war would fuel instability in Lebanon. Hezbollah militants spearheaded the recapture of the strategic border town of Qusair two weeks ago by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, which now appear to be preparing for an offensive in the northern city of Aleppo. ...
Thu, 20 Jun 2013 06:14:41 -0400
| Russian ally Kyrgyzstan sets U.S. air base closure deadline|
By Olga Dzyubenko BISHKEK (Reuters) - Kyrgyzstan on Thursday gave the United States until July next year to shut its airforce base at Manas, a staging post for U.S. troops and supplies in the Afghanistan conflict but now deemed unnecessary as foreign forces pull out. The move is likely to please Russia as it vies with the West and China for influence in the resource-rich region, once part of Soviet Central Asia. ...
Thu, 20 Jun 2013 08:10:59 -0400
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| Blackhawks beat Bruins 6-5 in OT, tie series 2-2 (Yahoo! Sports)|
BOSTON (AP) -- After struggling for more than 120 minutes to score even once, the Blackhawks beat Boston goalie Tuukka Rask a half-dozen times in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals to send the series back to Chicago tied two games apiece.
Wed, 19 Jun 2013 22:12:27 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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| End to Fed stimulus, China slowdown spark world sell-off|
By Richard Hubbard LONDON (Reuters) - The clear signal from the U.S. Federal Reserve that it will soon stop pumping money into the global economy and data pointing to Chinese growth slowing sparked sharp falls in bonds, shares and commodities on Thursday. Emerging markets, many of which have been primed by the cheap Fed cash, saw some of the biggest selling as investors rushed to the exits. MSCI's benchmark index for emerging equities slumped by more than 3.3 percent and shares across the Asian Pacific region outside Japan recorded their biggest daily drop since late 2011. ...
Thu, 20 Jun 2013 06:56:38 -0400
| Stock futures fall in wake of Fed's stimulus wind-down outline|
By Rodrigo Campos NEW YORK (Reuters) - Stock futures fell on Thursday, adding to a more than 1 percent drop in U.S. equities a day earlier, after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke outlined the start of a wind-down of stimuli that has been instrumental to the market's rally. Bernanke said Wednesday the economy was expanding strongly enough for the Federal Reserve to begin slowing the pace of its bond-buying stimulus later this year. His comments triggered selloffs in markets that have been supported by the Fed's $85 billion monthly asset purchases, including Treasuries and U.S. equities. ...
Thu, 20 Jun 2013 08:20:03 -0400
| China, euro zone threaten U.S.-led economic recovery|
By Jonathan Cable LONDON (Reuters) - Factory output in China, the world's second largest economy, weakened to a nine-month low in June, combining with a continued recession in the euro zone to threaten a global recovery led by the United States. A day after the Federal Reserve suggested the U.S. economy was firmly on a recovery path - enough so to withdraw some monetary stimulus - data showed China's economy was stuttering. Faltering demand pushed the flash China HSBC Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) down to 48.3 in June from 49. ...
Thu, 20 Jun 2013 06:26:27 -0400
| UK's new watchdog tells banks to raise another $20.4 billion|
By Matt Scuffham and Huw Jones LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's banks will have to raise 13 billion pounds ($20.4 billion) of extra capital and meet new a new cap on lending ahead of international peers as the Bank of England seeks to curb risk in the financial sector. The combined balance sheet of Britain's largest banks is five times the size of the economy, despite radical restructuring since the crash in 2008, and the country's central bank fears many are still too big to fail. ...
Thu, 20 Jun 2013 07:23:29 -0400
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| Taliban offer to free U.S. soldier|
Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl disappeared from his base in Afghanistan in 2009.
Thu, 20 Jun 2013 06:54:50 -0400
| How long should a veteran wait for help?|
"Imagine this is you." The words have barely appeared on the screen, over footage of what seems to be an American military convoy, when there's an explosion. "Your life is changed forever" the text reads, over images of two soldiers carrying a wounded comrade, followed by a picture of two artificial legs and a cane. [...]
Thu, 20 Jun 2013 06:56:41 -0400
| Homes evacuated as wildfire flares near Denver|
EVERGREEN, Colo. (AP) — Dozens of homes were evacuated near Denver as a wind-driven wildfire flared, one of many in the western states where hot and windy conditions were making it easy for the wild land blazes to start and spread.
Thu, 20 Jun 2013 04:09:36 -0400
| James Gandolfini: He let his characters star|
NEW YORK (AP) — James Gandolfini would have hated all this fuss.
Thu, 20 Jun 2013 03:09:21 -0400