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    German consumer confidence on the rise
    Dec19

    German consumer confidence on the rise

    BERLIN (AP) — German consumer confidence is continuing to improve, supported by expectations of increasing economic strength and a greater willingness to make purchases. The GfK research group said Friday its forward-looking consumer climate index rose to 9 points for January from 8.7 points in December. GfK says consumers still have uncertainty...

    EU Leaders Warn Of Long-Term Confrontation If Russia Doesn’t Retreat From Ukraine
    Dec19

    EU Leaders Warn Of Long-Term Confrontation If Russia Doesn’t Retreat From Ukraine

    European Union leaders said Thursday that they are ready to use their combined power over a long confrontation with economically struggling Russia, if the country’s President Vladimir Putin refuses to back off from Ukraine. The warning from EU leaders comes after Putin criticized the Western sanctions on Russia, and accused the U.S. and EU...

    The 10 Most Important Things In The World Right Now
    Dec19

    The 10 Most Important Things In The World Right Now

    Good morning! Here’s what you need to know for Friday. 1. Eight children died Friday morning in a mass stabbing in Australia. 2. The United Nations has requested more than $8.4 billion for 2015 to help nearly 18 million people affected by the war in Syria. 3. British police are looking into the murders of three young boys as part of an...

    10 Things You Need To Know Before European Markets Open
    Dec19

    10 Things You Need To Know Before European Markets Open

    Good morning! Here’s what you need to know in markets today. The Dow Had Its Best Day In Three Years. For the second day in a row, stocks had their best day of the year. After a huge rally on Wednesday, stocks topped these gains on Thursday, with the Dow gaining more than 400 points. This was the biggest two-day rally for stocks since 2011...

    Revenge of the Ruble
    Dec19

    Revenge of the Ruble

    What the Crisis Means for Putin December 18, 2014 …read more Source: Foreign...

    Asian markets extend gains after Fed statement
    Dec19

    Asian markets extend gains after Fed statement

    Hong Kong (AFP) – Asian markets rallied for a second straight session Friday, boosted by another strong performance on Wall Street while renewed confidence helped push the dollar back towards the 100 yen mark.Tokyo jumped 1.59 percent thanks to the weaker yen, while Sydney climbed 1.66 percent, Seoul rose 1.29 percent and Hong Kong added...

    Tusk: Russia Biggest EU ‘Challenge’
    Dec19

    Tusk: Russia Biggest EU ‘Challenge’

    European Council President Donald Tusk says the European Union needs a strategy dealing with Russia that last years not months. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    France abandons billion-dollar ship deal with Russia
    Dec19

    France abandons billion-dollar ship deal with Russia

    In 2011 France agreed to make two Mistral navy ships for Russia, but with increased military tension and Russia’s involvement with the Ukraine crisis, France is backing out of the deal. …read more Source:...

    Putin Says Russian Economy Will Emerge Stronger
    Dec19

    Putin Says Russian Economy Will Emerge Stronger

    RussianPresident Vladimir Putin has said his country’s sinking economy will not only recover but also become stronger, despite falling oil prices and Western sanctions over Ukraine. VOA’s Daniel Schearf reports. …read more Source: Voice of...

    35 tragic photos from the Malaysia Airlines disasters
                            
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    Dec19

    35 tragic photos from the Malaysia Airlines disasters [Photos]

    Tragedy struck Malaysia Airlines twice in 2014, with the disappearance of flight MH370 in March and flight MH17 being shot down over eastern Ukraine in July. These photos captured the devastation and the heartache of those affected. …read more Source: The Toronto...