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Federal Reserve chief Ben Bernanke says stimulus may end mid-2014

US Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke reiterated Wednesday that the Fed stimulus could be wound down next year if economic growth remains steady as forecast. But Bernanke warned that government spending cuts continue to threaten growth and that tapering the big bond-purchase program is “by no means” a “preset course”.…

Sen. Lindsay Graham suggests Olympics boycott over possible Snowden asylum in Russia

According to a report in a political blog, Sen. Lindsey Graham says President Obama should consider a boycott of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia if Edward Snowden is given asylum there. In a report from The Hill…  …

Maher tells David Letterman: Being a minority baseball owner ‘better than being a minority in Florida’

Real Time host Bill Maher admitted to being a minority owner of the New York Mets in an interview Tuesday with David Letterman, which brought along some perks. “Still and all, you get free tickets, right?” Letterman asked. “Better than being a minority in Florida,” Maher responded, a reference to…

Sabre rocket engine could open up access to space as never before

A £60m pledge from the UK government puts Reaction Engines’ Sabre rocket on course to change space exploration forever Imagine taking off from a runway like a normal aeroplane but flying so high and so fast that when you unclip your seatbelt, you float around the cabin. Look out of…

Fifth night of violence rocks Belfast

Police were attacked with petrol bombs and a French press photographer assaulted during a fifth night of violence on the streets of east Belfast, police said. Clashes broke out as large crowds gathered on the city’s on the Lower Newtownards Road, the Northern Ireland Police Service (PSNI) said. A police…

John Kerry vows to fight on for Antarctic marine haven

US Secretary of State John Kerry vowed to keep up the battle to set up a sanctuary to protect the unique marine ecosystem in parts of the Antarctic. And he voiced “regret” that attempts to create the world’s largest ocean sanctuary in the Ross Sea were blocked, with environmental groups…

Al-Qaeda Yemen branch says No 2 killed in U.S. drone strike

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has confirmed the death in a US drone strike of its deputy leader Saeed al-Shehri, whose killing has been announced several times by Sanaa. Shehri was released from Guantanamo Bay in Cuba in 2007 and was flown to Saudi Arabia, where he was put…

Cuba says its ‘obsolete’ weapons found aboard North Korea ship are Soviet-era

Cuba has announced that weapons found on a North Korean ship close to the Panama Canal were “obsolete” Soviet-era arms, which the communist island had sent to Pyongyang for repair. The declaration came a day after Panama said it had found military equipment, which it believed to be missiles, after…

Asiana passengers file lawsuit against Boeing

A group of 83 passengers from the Asiana Airlines flight that crash-landed in San Francisco has filed a lawsuit seeking millions from the aircraft’s manufacturer Boeing, their lawyers said. While a final determination of what caused the deadly crash of the Boeing 777 is years away,Chicago-based Ribbeck Law said initial…

Air New Zealand will host country’s first same-sex marriage at 30,000 feet

Air New Zealand announced plans to stage the country’s first same-sex marriage at an altitude of 30,000 feet (9,000 metres), saying it wants to prove that love is truly in the air. New Zealand passed a bill allowing gay marriage in April but it does not become law until August…

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