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Hezbollah chief Nasrallah makes rare public appearance, warns of ‘war’ if no Iran deal

BEIRUT: Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah warned in a rare public appearance on Wednesday that failure to strike a deal with ally Iran over its nuclear programme would spell “war in the region.” Nasrallah, who normally appears via video link for fear of assassination by arch…

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Starbucks to pay US$2.8b to Kraft

Starbucks must pay Kraft Foods US$2.76 billion ($3.36 billion) after it ended the companies’ grocery deal at least three years early, the coffee chain said on Tuesday. Mondelez International spun off Kraft Foods, its North American grocery operations as an independent company in October 2012. Under an agreement between those two companies,…

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Afghan opium crop hits record high ahead of Western withdrawal: U.N.

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghan opium cultivation has hit a record high as international forces prepare to leave the country, the United Nations said on Wednesday, with concern that profits will go to warlords jockeying for power ahead of a presidential election next year. The expansion of poppy to 209,000 hectares (516,000 acres), will embarrass Afghanistan’s aid donors after more than ...

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Netanyahu halts plans to build 24,000 more settler homes

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered on Tuesday a reassessment of plans to build nearly 24,000 settler homes, saying he feared an international outcry that would divert attention from Israel’s lobbying against a nuclear deal with Iran. The right-wing Israeli leader announced the reversal in the face of stiff U.S. opposition to settlement expansion in the occupied West ...

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Hawaii Governor to Sign State’s Gay Marriage Bill

Comment () Tweet Proponents of gay marriage rally outside House chambers at the Hawaii Capitol in Honolulu on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013. Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie is expected to sign a bill Wednesday legalizing gay marriage. By OSKAR GARCIA, Associated Press HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie is expected to sign a bill Wednesday legalizing gay marriage, expanding the ...

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Why Starbucks Is About To Pay Mondelez $2.7 Billion [THE BRIEF]

Good morning, AdLand. Here’s what you need to know today: Starbucks has been ordered by an arbitrator to pay $2.7 billion to Mondelez International for improperly terminating a deal through which Mondelez marketed Starbucks brand coffee in grocery stores. Starbucks tried to terminate the deal in 2010 before it was contractually stipulated to end on the grounds that Mondelez’s predecessor ...

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Violence across Iraq kills 23 on eve of Ashura

BAGHDAD: Violence across Iraq, including bombings against Shias killed 23 people on Wednesday as worshippers massed in a shrine city on the eve of major commemoration rituals often targeted by militants. The bloodshed was the latest in a months-long surge in unrest that has forced Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to appeal for Washington’s help in combatting militancy as Iraqi action ...

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Caroline Kennedy sworn in as ambassador to Japan

Caroline Kennedy, taking her first government job The Daily Briefing UPDATED: Just what Fitz needs POTUS to Cleveland with Bush-like approval numbers… Buckeye Forum Podcast The Dispatch public affairs team talks politics and tackles state and federal…

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Ukraine parliament delays vote on ex-PM’s release

KIEV, Ukraine – Ukraine’s parliament has delayed a key vote on the release of jailed former Ukrainian premier Yulia Tymoshenko, which could pave the way for the signing of a landmark integration deal with the European Union. Parliament Speaker Volodymyr Rybak closed Wednesday’s session, attended by two top EU envoys, saying the bill allowing Tymoshenko to travel to Germany for ...

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2013 marked by record sea level, weather extremes: World Meteorological Organization

GENEVA: Sea levels this year posted a record high, making low-lying coastal populations ever more vulnerable to extreme weather like super-storm Haiyan, the UN said Wednesday. In an interim report on the planet’s climate, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) also estimated that 2013 was on course to be one of the hottest since records began. “The Philippines is reeling from ...

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