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Northern Irish militants disarm, dissident threat remains
January 6, 2010 – 11:00 pm | Comments Off on Northern Irish militants disarm, dissident threat remains

A major paramilitary group in Northern Ireland has scrapped all its weapons in front of independent monitors, completing the disarming of the main militant groups but still leaving dangerous dissidents active.

Afghan military surge mustn’t harm civilian work: U.N.
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The U.N. special envoy to Afghanistan on Wednesday warned the United States and other Western powers not to let a planned troop surge divert attention from civilian and political goals in the Asian nation.

UK’s PM Brown faces leadership ballot call
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Two former British cabinet ministers on Wednesday called for a secret ballot of MPs to decide if Prime Minister Gordon Brown should lead the Labour Party into an election due by June.

Israel’s Barak threatened over West Bank plans: officials
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Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak has received dozens of death threats from people who fear Jewish settlements in the West Bank will be disbanded as part of peacemaking with the Palestinians, officials said on Wednesday.

Yemen arrests three Qaeda militants, targets leader
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Yemeni forces surrounded a suspected al Qaeda regional leader near the capital on Wednesday and captured three militants wounded in a raid, security sources said.

Accused gunman in U.S. Holocaust museum shooting dies
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An elderly man who was accused in a 2009 shooting rampage that killed a security guard at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., died on Wednesday, a prison spokeswoman said.

Schwarzenegger wants more federal money for California
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California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on Wednesday vowed to pry more dollars from the federal government, which he said took more than it gave, but left details on how to close a $19.9 billion state budget gap until later this week.

New York seeks $200 million yearly for September 11 trial
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New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Wednesday said the costs of hosting the federal trials of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and other suspected September 11 plotters would top $200 million annually and formally requested that Washington cover the costs.

New York governor outlines measures to revive economy
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New York’s declining upstate economy can be revived by luring back-office jobs and replacing a failing business tax credit program with incentives focused on biotech and clean energy, the governor said on Wednesday.

Obama presses security overhaul, Nigerian indicted
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U.S. President Barack Obama is “not patient” and is demanding immediate changes in airline security, the top U.S. military officer said on Wednesday, as a grand jury indicted the Nigerian man for trying to blow up a Detroit-bound plane on Christmas Day.

Gold hits 3-week high on commodities gains, dollar
January 6, 2010 – 11:00 pm | Comments Off on Gold hits 3-week high on commodities gains, dollar

Gold prices scaled a three-week high on Wednesday as fresh new year investment flows boosted commodities, and as the dollar weakened due to renewed economic worries.

Dow and S&P edge up, Nasdaq off on data, Fed minutes
January 6, 2010 – 11:00 pm | Comments Off on Dow and S&P edge up, Nasdaq off on data, Fed minutes

The Dow and S&P 500 inched higher, while the Nasdaq dipped on Wednesday after Federal Reserve officials said they were still worried about labor market weakness and a report on the services sector showed only slight improvement in the economy.