Week ahead: US trade & jobs, OPEC get first call

Week ahead: US trade & jobs, OPEC get first call

US trade data and the November US jobs report put the debate over the strength of the world's largest economy at the top of agenda this week. And, as David Pollard reports, oil markets are waiting to see what action OPEC might take to slow a downwar
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Croatia suffers from lack of workers, struggles to catch up with rest of EU

Croatia suffers from lack of workers, struggles to catch up with rest of EU

Croatia is suffering a severe labour shortage, most glaringly in its booming seaside tourist resorts, that is compounding obstacles to economic growth and dimming hopes of catching up with more developed European Union peers.
U.S. Senate rebukes Saudi Arabia - and Trump

U.S. Senate rebukes Saudi Arabia - and Trump

The US Senate delivered a rare double rebuke to President Trump on Saudi Arabia, voting to end U.S. military support for the war in Yemen and blame the Saudi crown prince for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
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Suspect in Strasbourg attack killed in gun battle with police -officials

Suspect in Strasbourg attack killed in gun battle with police -officials

The suspected gunman, who killed three people at a Christmas market in Strasbourg on Tuesday, has been killed, two police sources said on Thursday. Chris Dignam has more.
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Feds probing Trump inauguration spending - WSJ

Feds probing Trump inauguration spending - WSJ

Federal prosecutors are investigating whether U.S. President Donald Trump's inaugural committee misspent some of the funds it raised, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter. Gavino Garay has more.
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Virgin Galactic signals the age of space tourism

Virgin Galactic signals the age of space tourism

A Virgin Galactic rocket plane reached space on Thursday and returned safely to the California desert, capping off years of difficult testing to become the first U.S. commercial human flight to reach space since America's shuttle program ended in 201
S&P 500 ends choppy session flat

S&P 500 ends choppy session flat

The S&P 500 ended little changed after a volatile session on Thursday, as investors favored defensive sectors while the biggest drag came from financials and consumer discretionary stocks.
General Electric shares jump

General Electric shares jump

GE's shares rose on news that the company is launching new industrial software firm, offloading ServiceMax, and getting a ratings upgrade.
Apple to build second campus in Austin, TX

Apple to build second campus in Austin, TX

Apple plans to spend $1 billion to build offices in Austin, Texas, for up to 15,000 workers.
Accused Russian agent pleads guilty to conspiracy

Accused Russian agent pleads guilty to conspiracy

A woman accused of acting as a Russian agent to infiltrate a powerful gun lobby group and influence U.S. policy toward Moscow pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiracy in federal court on Thursday in a deal with prosecutors that could give them
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Ceasefire reached for critical Yemeni port city

Ceasefire reached for critical Yemeni port city

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Gueterres says all fighting forces will be withdrawn from the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah, a vital vein for humanitarian aid to the ravaged country.
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ECB ends asset purchases, on watch for future risks

ECB ends asset purchases, on watch for future risks

The European Central Bank officially ended on Thursday its lavish post-crisis asset purchase scheme but promised to keep feeding stimulus into an economy struggling with an unexpected slowdown and political turmoil.
'We are not prepared to die', Maldives tell U.N. climate talks

'We are not prepared to die', Maldives tell U.N. climate talks

Mohamed Nasheed, the head of the Maldives delegation at the U.N. climate talks, made an impassionate appeal on Thursday for nations to overcome their divisions in tackling global warming.
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Delta sees fuel costs dropping

Delta sees fuel costs dropping

Delta says fuel costs will drop and strong travel demand will boost profit in 2019. As Fred Katayama reports, United is bucking the trend by expanding its flight network as rivals scale back plans.
Busted: 70 finches hidden in hair rollers at JFK

Busted: 70 finches hidden in hair rollers at JFK

Customs officials at JFK airport in New York caught a traveler from Guyana over the weekend who they say was trying to smuggle in 70 live finches stuffed into hair rollers.
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Italy lowers deficit target, EU sees progress on budget row

Italy lowers deficit target, EU sees progress on budget row

Short-dated Italian bond yields hit their lowest level in six months on Thursday after the country's government confirmed it would cut its deficit goal for 2019, potentially ending months of wrangling between Rome and Brussels.
Bruised UK leader seeks Brexit help from Brussels

Bruised UK leader seeks Brexit help from Brussels

Britain's weakened Prime Minister Theresa May arrived in Brussels on Thursday to lobby European leaders for help after she survived a parliamentary mutiny that highlighted the deadlock over Brexit.
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Hugs and cheers after West Virginia mine rescue

Hugs and cheers after West Virginia mine rescue

Rescuers on Wednesday found alive three people who had been lost in a West Virginia mine for four days and brought them to safety.
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China makes first big U.S. soybean purchase since Trump-Xi truce

China makes first big U.S. soybean purchase since Trump-Xi truce

China has made its first major purchases of U.S. soybeans since President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping struck a trade war truce earlier this month, providing some relief to U.S. farmers who have struggled to find buyers for the
Sterling gains as May seeks help in Brussels, stocks fall

Sterling gains as May seeks help in Brussels, stocks fall

Sterling rose on Thursday after Prime Minister Theresa May survived a no confidence vote from her party but investors said gains could quickly evaporate if Britain's parliament remains deadlocked over Brexit. As David Pollard reports, UK domesticall
Fire destroys thousands of voting machines ahead of key Congo vote

Fire destroys thousands of voting machines ahead of key Congo vote

Thousands of voting machines and ballot boxes have been destroyed in a fire at a warehouse in Kinshasa ahead of the Dec. 23 presidential election.
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Beijing eases back on 'Made in China 2025'

Beijing eases back on 'Made in China 2025'

China may be ditching its 2025 initiative in a possible attempt to please Washington, as part of efforts to reduce trade tensions.
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Turkey train crash kills 9, scores injured

Turkey train crash kills 9, scores injured

Turkish high speed train collided with another locomotive and crashed into an overpass at a train station in Ankara on Thursday, killing at least four people and injuring nearly 50.
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Rats on the loose interrupt Colombian Senate

Rats on the loose interrupt Colombian Senate

Colombia's Senate was interrupted on Tuesday after protesters reportedly threw rats in the chamber, according to local media.
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Train crash in Turkey kills several people

Train crash in Turkey kills several people

At least nine people have been and dozens more injured after a high speed train collided with another locomotive and crashed into an overpass at a train station in Ankara on Thursday.
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