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Former chocolate baron tasked with ending turmoil, bloodshed in Ukraine

Poroshenko: from chocolate baron to Ukraine president (via AFP) Petro Poroshenko, who is almost certain to be tasked with steering Ukraine out of months of turmoil and bloodshed, is a billionaire chocolate baron, cabinet minister and occasional revolutionary. The pro-Western tycoon won an outright victory in a presidential…  …

Oil shoots higher on Libya turmoil

NEW YORK – Crude oil prices surged again Monday as traders fretted about escalating clashes in Libya between forces loyal to leader Moamer Kadhafi and rebels seeking to end his four-decade rule. New York’s main contract, light sweet crude for delivery in April, settled at $105.44 a barrel, a gain…

Kenneth Cole, fashion designer, dressed down for Egypt tweet

SAN FRANCISCO — Fashion designer Kenneth Cole got a harsh dressing down on Thursday after posting a Twitter message that played on the turmoil in Egypt to promote his latest fashion line. By midday Cole had removed the comment, which bore a “#Cairo” hashtag used to mark messages related to…

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