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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...
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 Brussels by the E…
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 clockwork...
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...
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 T…
WHO: Bird Flu Research Raises Safety Questions
GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization says U.S. government-funded research on a deadly strain of bird flu has raised questions about the need for tighter safety measures to prevent scientific information from falling into the wrong hands...
Russia: Nuclear Sub Fire Finally Out
MOSCOW (AP) — Firefighters extinguished a massive fire aboard a docked Russian nuclear submarine Friday as some crew members remained inside, officials said, assuring that there was no radiation leak and that the vessel's nuclear-tipped missiles were not on board...
China Reveals Its Space Plans Up To 2016
BEIJING (AP) — China plans to launch space labs and manned ships and prepare to build space stations over the next five years, according to a plan released Thursday that shows the country's space program is gathering momentum.
China has already said its eventual goals are to have a space s…
UN In Haiti Accuses Police Of Abuse
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — U.N. human rights officials in Haiti are accusing the national police department of excessive force, saying there is evidence officers may have killed at least nine people in the capital.
The charges are raised in two reports by the Office of the High Commissioner f…

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