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  • 18 years after mother abducted him, U.S. man returns home

    February 4, 2014 9:55 PM 12

    GREENFIELD, Ind. -- A U.S. man has returned home 18 years after authorities say his mother abducted him and took him to Mexico. The Hancock County Sheriff's Department and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children announced Tuesday that Nathan Slinkard returned to Indiana last week. Slinkard, his brother and sister had been missing since

  • Sea survivor's family had given him up for dead

    February 4, 2014 5:30 PM 4

    GARITA PALMERA, El Salvador -- The amazing survival of a Salvadoran fisherman after 14 1/2 months and 6,500 miles in an open boat has proven a double miracle for his mother and father, who lost touch with him eight years ago and thought he had died long ago. The joyful, sometimes tearful reaction of the parents of sea survivor Jose Salvador Alvarenga

  • Blast outside minority Shi'ite mosque in Pakistan kills eight

    February 4, 2014 5:22 PM 19

    By Hameedullah Khan PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - A suicide bomber killed at least eight people on Tuesday near a mosque frequented by minority Shi'ite worshippers in a densely populated neighborhood of the Pakistani city of Peshawar, police and doctors said. Najeeb Rehman, a senior policeman, said the attack, possibly the work of more than one suicide

  • 4-year-old boy dies aboard cruise ship

    February 4, 2014 4:49 PM 6

    A 4-year-old boy died after being pulled from a swimming pool aboard a cruise ship off the coast of North Carolina, authorities said. A 6-year-old boy was revived. The Norwegian Cruise Line said in a statement that its medical team aboard the Norwegian Breakaway was called Monday "and notified that two small children were unresponsive on the pool deck." CPR was given

  • Besieged Ukraine president could call early elections to untangle crisis

    February 4, 2014 7:55 AM 15

    KIEV (AFP) - Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych could call early elections if there are no other ways out of the crisis, his representative has told Parliament. Mr Yuriy Miroshnichenko said Mr Yanukovych spoke at a meeting with lawmakers last week of "two possible scenarios" to end a two-month crisis. "The first is the release of occupied buildings

  • Wall St suffers worst drop since June after weak data

    February 4, 2014 7:30 AM 35

    U.S. manufacturing grew at a slower pace in January as new order growth plunged by the most in 33 years, while spending on construction projects barely rose in December. Investor sentiment soured sharply after the factory data, driving the cost of protection against a drop on the S&P to its highest level in nearly four months. The CBOE volatility index

  • Lebanon: Suicide blast in south Beirut wounds 6

    February 4, 2014 3:41 AM 13

    “Lebanon is being affected by the war in Syria. Full stop,” said Interior Minister Marwan Charbel. “The security services — night and day — are doing their duties completely. But you know, suicide bombers are coming to die, so what can you do for a man who wants to die?” Lebanese TV stations broadcast video showing the charred, mangled wreckage of the mini-bus

  • Another swoon on Wall Street, as the world adjusts to life without QE

    February 4, 2014 12:50 AM 20

    Dow, S&P, Nasdaq each fall more than 2 percent The Dow Jones industrial average, the S&P 500-stock index and the Nasdaq each fell more than 2 percent on the day — a gloomy welcome for Federal Reserve Chairman Janet L.Yellen on her first day as the world’s most powerful central banker. The declines on Wall Street and in other major trading centers come at a delicate

  • World markets take another pounding, with no end in sight

    February 4, 2014 12:25 AM 20

    After getting whacked in late January, equity indexes sank again on the first trading day of February, as soft economic data sparked fresh doubts about the strength of the U.S. economy. Toronto’s lead index fell 208 points to 13,486.20 Monday, bringing its decline to 3.6 per cent since Jan. 21, when it briefly touched the 14,000 level. All 10 sectors

  • US stocks plunge amid signs of lacklustre growth

    February 3, 2014 10:05 PM 30

    U.S. stocks tumbled on Monday, pushing the Dow Jones industrial average down more than 320 points after reports of sluggish U.S growth added to investor worries about the global economy. The slump follows the Dow's worst January performance since 2009. The market stumbled from the get-go, with U.S. markets opening lower after declines in European and Japanese