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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…
London Olympic Travel Plan: Be Patient, Drink Beer
LONDON (AP) — Olympic organizers have some travel advice for the millions of people who work and live in London: Be patient. Have a beer. Telecommute. Rejecting suggestions of possible transport chaos during the July 27-Aug. 12 games, they unveiled a 8.8 million-pound ($13.3 million) campaign…
Italian Islanders Worry About Their Future
GIGLIO, Italy (AP) — Residents of the Italian island of Giglio were increasingly worried about threats to the environment and their prized tourism industry as bad weather on Monday delayed crews from pumping oil out of the stricken cruise ship on their shore. Officials have ruled out finding …
Japan Population To Shrink By One-Third By 2060
TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s rapid aging means the national population of 128 million will shrink by one-third by 2060 and seniors will account for 40 percent of people, placing a greater burden on the shrinking work force population to support the social security and tax systems. The populati…
Oil Hovers Near $100 Amid Iran Tensions
BANGKOK (AP) — Crude prices were steady Friday amid a weaker U.S. dollar and expectations that Europe will be able to find oil elsewhere if Iran makes good on its threat to immediately halt exports to the region. Benchmark crude for March delivery was down 12 cents at $99.59 a barrel at late …
EU Formally Adopts Iran Oil Embargo
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union formally adopted an oil embargo Monday against Iran and a freeze of the assets of the country’s central bank, part of sanctions meant to pressure the country to resume talks on its nuclear program. Diplomats said the measures, which were adopted in Br…
Leap Second Lives On At Least Another Week
GENEVA (AP) — The leap second may live on for at least another three years. Once or twice a year the leap second can be tacked on to synchronize atomic clocks — the world’s scientific timekeepers — with Earth’s rotational cycle, which does not run quite like clockw…
Oil Prices Rise On China Economic Report
Oil prices rose Tuesday on signs that China, the world’s second-largest economy, may avoid a significant slowdown. China said its economy grew by 8.9 percent in the fourth quarter, which was slower than the previous quarter. Experts say that level is still robust. Retail and factory productio…
US: Deadly Attack On Americans Was Premeditated
WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. investigation has concluded that the killing of eight U.S. airmen and one American civilian contractor in Afghanistan last spring was a premeditated act by an Afghan colonel acting alone. The investigation by the Air Force Office of Special Investigations was released…

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