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Gates Tells UN To Help Poor Farmers
ROME (AP) — Bill Gates has told U.N. food agencies that world agriculture systems are outdated and inefficient, especially for the small farmers in poor countries they are aiming to help. Gates brought his campaign to fight poverty and hunger in Africa and Asia to a forum Thursday of the U.N.…
White House Apologizes For Quran Burning
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is apologizing for the burning of Muslim holy books in a pile of garbage at a U.S. military base in Afghanistan. Press secretary Jay Carney says it’s a “deeply unfortunate incident” and doesn’t reflect the respect the U.S. military…
Japan’s Trade Deficit Balloons To Record High
TOKYO (AP) — Japan says its trade deficit ballooned to a record high 1.48 trillion yen ($18.7 billion) in January, the biggest in the three decades that such data became available. The numbers released Monday by the Ministry of Finance highlight this nation’s surging import of fuel aft…
UN Concerned About Clashes Reported In Bahrain
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he’s concerned about reported clashes between security forces and demonstrators in Bahrain in recent days. U.N. deputy spokesman Eduardo del Buey said Wednesday that Ban is calling on all parties to exercise maximum restraint, an…
Oil Prices Climb
NEW YORK (AP) — Oil prices are climbing after Iran said it will cut off crude exports to Europe in retaliation for a planned embargo later this year. Benchmark U.S. crude rose $1 to $101.74 per barrel in New York. Brent crude rose $1.66 to $119.01 per barrel in London. Stopping Iranian shipme…
Air Force Making Cuts
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Air Force says it will cut the service by nearly 10,000 active, National Guard and Reserve airmen next year, as part of a broad move to downsize and shift capabilities around the country to be better prepared for wars of the future. Air Force leaders say more than half o…
Highest Dow Close Since 2008
NEW YORK (AP) — The Dow Jones industrial average has closed at its highest level since before the 2008 financial crisis. The Dow jumped 157 points Friday to close at 12,862. That’s the highest since May 2008. The Nasdaq composite index closed at its highest level since December 2000. B…
Senate Panel Okays Iran Sanctions
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate panel is backing sweeping new penalties on Iran with lawmakers arguing the economic pressure will undercut Tehran’s nuclear ambitions. The Banking Committee approved the legislation Thursday by voice vote in a rare instance of bipartisanship. Democrats and Re…
Eurozone Unemployment Ends 2011 At Record High
LONDON (AP) — Unemployment across the 17 countries that use the euro ended 2011 at a record high of one person in every 10, official figures showed Tuesday, a day after EU leaders acknowledged they would have to boost economic growth with the same urgency that they had shown in combating thei…

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