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ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - The massacre of more than 130 Pakistani school children by Taliban gunmen was a chilling reminder of Hillary Clinton's warning to Islamabad in 2011 that "you can't keep snakes in your backyard and expect them only to bite your neighbors".

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GENEVA (Reuters) - Iraq has requested a one-year deferral of a $4.6 billion reparations payment for destroying Kuwait's oil facilities during its 1990-91 occupation, a U.N. official said on Wednesday.

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BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Parliament adopted a resolution supporting Palestinian statehood in principle on Wednesday in a compromise motion that did not follow some European national legislatures in backing immediate recognition of a Palestinian state.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A sturdy U.S. recovery is expected to trump global economic worries as the Federal Reserve concludes its last policy meeting of 2014 on Wednesday, with officials likely to signal they are still on track to raise interest rates next year.

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BERLIN (Reuters) - The German cabinet on Wednesday agreed to send around 100 German troops to northern Iraq to train Kurdish peshmerga forces fighting Islamic State (IS) militants.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday signed a $1.1 trillion spending bill passed by Congress last week that lifted the threat of a government shutdown.

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LONDON (Reuters) - Allegations that British troops killed captured Iraqi prisoners and tortured or seriously abused others after a battle in 2004 were “baseless”, a long-running inquiry concluded on Wednesday.

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BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The Palestinian Islamist group Hamas should be removed from the European Union's terrorist list, an EU court ruled on Wednesday, saying the decision to include it was based on media reports not considered analysis.

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NEW YORK –Threats of violence against movie theaters. Reported cancelled showings of “The Interview.” Leaks of thousands more private emails. Lawsuits by former employees that could cost tens of millions The post Threats to public loom after Sony hack appeared first on King World News.

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VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis on Wednesday condemned what he called "inhuman terrorist acts" in three different countries this week and prayed that violent militants be converted to peace.

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MANILA (Reuters) - The United States embassy in Manila has turned down a request from Philippine authorities to hand over a Marine accused of the killing of a transgender Filipino, a move that could spark anti-American protest in the former U.S. colony.

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BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union will widen its ban on investment in Crimea to target Russian Black Sea oil and gas exploration, EU officials said on Wednesday, tightening sanctions first imposed over Moscow's annexation of the region.

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RAS JDIR, Libya (Reuters) - His Kalashnikov across his back, Libyan soldier Adel Howas rushed to the front line when air strikes targeted his comrades at a border crossing with Tunisia.

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Two Sectors & Two Observations David R. Kotok December 16, 2014     Two Sectors.   As we approach 2015, two standout sectors remain overweight in our US ETF (exchange-traded fund) portfolios. They are the Utilities and the Transportation sectors. Both sectors are largely domestic American businesses. (Most of the companies in the ETFs that...Read More

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Anthropologists at the University of Otago, New Zealand and Idaho State University believe cultivation of sweet potato may help to explain the mysterious collapse of Easter Island society. The post Was SWEET POTATO to blame for Easter Island's downfall? appeared first on King World News.

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(Reuters) – Former and current mixed martial artists sued the Ultimate Fighting Championship league on Tuesday, alleging the business has a monopoly on the professional fighting market and limits the The post Mixed martial artists sue league, allege antitrust appeared first on King World News.

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The nation begins burying the 142 victims, most of them children, of the school attack. The post Pakistan mourns as mass funerals begin appeared first on King World News.

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2015 Audi R8 Competition Luxury automobile leases are about 50 percent of all luxury transactions and in some areas the lease market consumes much more of luxury spending, according to The post Luxury vehicle sales see 7.3pc increase from year-ago appeared first on King World News.

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