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New York mayor calls for pause in protests after police killings

Dec 23, 2014

New York mayor calls for pause in protests after police killings

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio sought to ease tensions with the police force on Monday, calling for a suspension of protests against the use of excessive force until after the funerals of two officers killed by a gunman over the weekend. De Blasio, a Democrat who has come under intense criticism from some police unions for his handling of protests over police killings of unarmed black men, asked the city to stand by families of the officers slain on Saturday. "It's a time for everyone to put aside political debates, put aside protests, put aside all of the things we will talk about in due time," de Blasio said in a speech to a charity with close ties to the New York Police Department #facebook #United States #India #Japan #Arabic #Middle East #Russia #markets #Mexico #author #opinion
Pope says Vatican administration is sick with power and greed

Dec 23, 2014

Pope says Vatican administration is sick with power and greed

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican's top administrators would have been expecting an exchange of pleasantries at their annual Christmas meeting with Pope Francis on Monday. #Business #Economy #United States #India #Brazil #Technology #Middle East #Russia #United Kingdom #Latin America #Mexico #author
China probes former senior aide to Hu Jintao over graft

Dec 23, 2014

China probes former senior aide to Hu Jintao over graft

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's ruling Communist Party announced a corruption investigation into a one-time senior aide to former president Hu Jintao on Monday, as President Xi Jinping opens another front in his sweeping battle against deep-rooted graft. In a terse and brief statement on its website, the party's anti-corruption watchdog said that Ling Jihua was being investigated for "suspected serious discipline violations", the usual euphemism for graft. #Business #facebook #United States #China #Middle East #Russia #markets #United Kingdom #President #Latin America #Mexico #author
Russia watchdog blocks web pages calling for Navalny support protest - activists

Dec 23, 2014

Russia watchdog blocks web pages calling for Navalny support protest - activists

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's Internet watchdog is working to block social networking sites rallying support for a mass protest next month backing Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, activists said on Monday. Navalny, a leader of the 2011-12 Moscow protest movement against President Vladimir Putin's rule, is facing charges of stealing 30 million roubles from two firms, between 2008 and 2012, in a case he has dismissed as politically motivated. Putin's popularity reached record-highs this year, on patriotic sentiment after Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine, but a currency crisis driven by Western sanctions and an oil price slump threatens economic stability and could strengthen his critics #facebook #Japan #Arabic #Middle East #Russia #markets #United Kingdom #Latin America #opinion
Veteran Essebsi wins Tunisia's first free presidential vote

Dec 22, 2014

Veteran Essebsi wins Tunisia's first free presidential vote

TUNIS (Reuters) - Veteran Tunisian politician Beji Caid Essebsi won the country's first free presidential election, in the final step of a transition to democracy after an uprising that ousted autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali in 2011. Essebsi beat rival and incumbent Moncef Marzouki with 55.68 percent of the vote against 44.32 percent in Sunday's run-off ballot between the two men, according the results released on Monday by the electoral authorities. #Business #facebook #United States #India #Brazil #Technology #Arabic #Middle East #Argentina #author #opinion #veteran