Ukraine protest confident as US mulls sanctionsThu, 12 Dec 2013 03:27:16 -0500Ukrainian demonstrators celebrated three weeks of protests Thursday over the government's decision to reject a historic EU deal, as the United States threatened sanctions after a failed police raid on the protest barricades. The situation calmed in the capital after a showdown in the early hours of Wednesday, when riot police tried to drive the protest camp out of the iconic Independence Square after three weeks of rallies.
Arsenal through to last 16 as Napoli miss outThu, 12 Dec 2013 03:25:07 -0500Naples (Italy) (AFP) - Arsenal qualified for the last 16 of the Champions League despite losing 2-0 away to Napoli on Wednesday, while the Italian side agonisingly miss out. Gonzalo Higuain and Jose Callejon both scored in the second half either side of Mikel Arteta's sending-off, but Borussia Dortmund's dramatic late 2-1 win in Marseille saw them go through as winners of Group F ahead of Arsenal and pushed Napoli into third place. The Premier League leaders did just enough in the heated atmosphere of the San Paolo stadium, with Napoli needing to win by three goals to be certain of qualifying, and Arsene Wenger's side can look forward to playing in the Champions League knockout stages for the 14th year in succession.
House Republicans get behind budget agreementThu, 12 Dec 2013 03:17:48 -0500WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are rallying behind a modest budget pact that promises to bring a temporary halt to budget brinkmanship in Washington and ease automatic budget cuts that would otherwise slam the Pentagon and domestic agencies for a second straight year.
Spurned by president, EU embraces Ukraine protestThu, 12 Dec 2013 03:16:34 -0500BRUSSELS (AP) — Two weeks ago, the European Union's foreign policy chief was at a summit in Lithuania, wooing Ukraine's president with offers of preferential dealings with the world's largest trade bloc. This week, she stood in Kiev's Independence Square with protesters bent on ousting the same man.
Gridlock in the Senate, progress in the HouseThu, 12 Dec 2013 03:16:30 -0500WASHINGTON (AP) — A budget agreement between key Republicans and Democrats. Even President Barack Obama was on board. All without anyone threatening to repeal this or shut down that.
Kerry back to Mideast to push peace talksThu, 12 Dec 2013 03:15:50 -0500WASHINGTON (AP) — Continuing a furious pace of shuttle diplomacy aimed at securing an elusive Israeli-Palestinian peace deal by spring, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in the Middle East on Thursday on his ninth trip of the year.
Vatican gets mixed report card from evaluatorsThu, 12 Dec 2013 03:14:50 -0500VATICAN CITY (AP) — European evaluators have given the Vatican a mixed report card in its efforts to comply with international norms to fight money laundering and terror financing, praising progress over the past year while highlighting delays and shortcomings at the Holy See's financial watchdog agency. Chief among them: its failure to inspect the embattled Vatican bank.
Senate pulls all-nighter over Obama nomineesThu, 12 Dec 2013 03:12:57 -0500WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is churning through a round-the-clock session over President Barack Obama's nominees, the latest chapter in the chamber's saga of partisan warfare.
Libya PM expects ports to reopen, rejects autonomy chiefThu, 12 Dec 2013 03:11:22 -0500By Ulf Laessing TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libya's government expects eastern tribes to reopen three oil ports this weekend as pledged but refuses to deal with an autonomy movement demanding a share of oil exports, Prime Minister Ali Zeidan said on Wednesday. On Tuesday, tribal leaders blocking three eastern ports that had shipped around 600,000 barrels per day (bpd) of oil said they would end the stoppage on Sunday but some also demanded the government share oil exports. Such seizures have slashed Libya's oil exports to 110,000 bpd, from more than 1 million bpd in July, and added to chaos in the North African country two years after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi.
Apple wins court battle against SamsungThu, 12 Dec 2013 03:09:44 -0500South Korea's Samsung on Thursday lost its latest claim in a long-running global copyright battle against bitter rival Apple, a surprise blow to the electronics giant in its home market. A court rejected Samsung's claims that some Apple products had infringed on three of its patents covering messaging technology for mobile devices. Samsung expressed disappointment at the decision -- the first time a South Korean court has ruled against it in its battles with Apple -- and said it would continue to take "measures necessary to protect our intellectual property rights". In November, a US federal jury ordered Samsung to pay $290 million in damages to Apple in a partial retrial of a blockbuster patent case.