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BC-US--Cotton, US

New Europe News - Wed, 30/07/2014 - 21:04
by  Associated Press BC-US--Cotton, US Associated Press - 30 July 2014 16:04-04:00

New York (AP) — Cotton No. 2 Futures on the IntercontinentalExchange (ICE) Wednesday:

(50,000 lbs.; cents per lb.)

COTTON NO.2 Open High Low Settle Chg. Oct 63.84 64.76 63.07 63.34 Down 1.10 Dec 64.87 65.25 63.76 64.00 Down 1.01 Mar 65.70 66.08 64.65 64.84 Down 1.07 May 67.09 67.30 65.89 65.99 Down 1.18 Jul 68.21 68.40 66.99 67.10 Down 1.24 Oct 68.46 Down 1.15 Dec 70.27 70.37 69.11 69.21 Down 1.05 Mar 69.18 Down 1.05 May 69.84 Down 1.05 Jul 70.57 Down 1.05 Oct 70.03 Down 1.05 Dec 68.29 Down 1.05 Mar 68.74 Down 1.05 May 69.75 Down 1.05 News Topics: Soft commodity markets, Commodity markets, Financial markets, Business

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Venezuela's opposition coordinator resigns amid divisions over how to challenge government

New Europe News - Wed, 30/07/2014 - 20:52
by  Associated Press Venezuela's opposition coordinator resigns post Associated Press - 30 July 2014 15:52-04:00

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The head of Venezuela's opposition alliance has resigned, delivering a blow to anti-government forces bitterly divided over how best to challenge socialist President Nicolas Maduro as frustrations rise in the country over his handling of the struggling economy.

University professor Ramon Guillermo Aveledo had held the previously fractious opposition together since the creation five years ago of the Democratic Unity alliance, where he has been executive secretary.

Some see Aveledo's resignation as a response to opposition hard-liners who have questioned the coalition's willingness to negotiate with the government. He announced the move Wednesday following a multi-day strategy conference attended by the opposition alliance's top leaders.

No replacement has been announced.

News Topics: General news, Political resignations, Government and politics

People, Places and Companies: Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela, South America, Latin America and Caribbean

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White House says no changes to Africa leaders' summit in US despite Ebola outbreak in Liberia

New Europe News - Wed, 30/07/2014 - 20:47
by  Associated Press Africa summit to proceed despite Ebola outbreak Associated Press - 30 July 2014 15:47-04:00

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says there are no plans to change or cancel an upcoming summit of African leaders in the U.S. despite an Ebola outbreak in Liberia.

More than 40 African leaders are to meet with President Barack Obama in Washington next week.

White House spokesman Eric Schultz says the U.S. is aware of reports that American citizens have been diagnosed with Ebola but notes that the Centers for Disease Control has determined there's no significant risk to the U.S.

Schultz says Obama is getting regular updates on the outbreak. He says U.S. agencies are providing equipment and other support and that the U.S. is working closely with governments in the region to prevent the virus from spreading.

The highly contagious virus is one of the world's most deadly diseases.

News Topics: General news, Health, Summits, Disease outbreaks, Hemorrhagic fever, International relations, Government and politics, Public health, Infectious diseases, Diseases and conditions

People, Places and Companies: Barack Obama, United States, Liberia, Africa, North America, West Africa

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El Salvador charges Spanish priest with smuggling contraband into prisons, helping gangs

New Europe News - Wed, 30/07/2014 - 20:32
by  Associated Press El Salvador charges priest with helping gangs Associated Press - 30 July 2014 15:32-04:00

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Police in El Salvador have arrested a Spanish priest on charges he tried to get favorable treatment for gang members and smuggled contraband into prisons.

Roman Catholic priest Antonio Rodriguez Tercero was detained as part of a sweep that also arrested 12 police officers, three court employees and two prosecutor's office officials who allegedly collaborated with members of "Mara" street gangs.

Some of them were accused of helping expedite or fix judicial rulings for gang members.

National Civil Police Director Mauricio Ramirez Landaverde says the priest was arrested Wednesday but hasn't given any more details on the charges against Rodriguez Tercero.

News Topics: General news, Arrests, Crime, Law and order

People, Places and Companies: El Salvador, San Salvador, Central America, Latin America and Caribbean

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California's governor wraps up trip to Mexico, says he will work to find immigration solution

New Europe News - Wed, 30/07/2014 - 20:21
by  Associated Press California's governor wraps up trip to Mexico Associated Press - 30 July 2014 15:21-04:00

MEXICO CITY (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown has wrapped up a three-day visit to Mexico, saying he will work with the U.S. government upon his return home to find a long-term solution to the immigration crisis.

Brown said Wednesday that he "will make plain that California will not hesitate to do what it can to help."

He says his state is willing to shelter more migrant children if needed.

The governor says his trip to Mexico focused on improving California's relationship with its southern neighbor. Brown signed several non-binding agreements with Mexico on trade, education, environmental cooperation and labor.

Brown says California agreed to help Mexico find ways to build renewal energy plants in Baja California and to find ways to shorten long waits at the Tijuana-San Diego international border crossing.

News Topics: General news, State governments, Immigration, Government and politics, Social issues, Social affairs

People, Places and Companies: Jerry Brown, Mexico, California, North America, Central America, Latin America and Caribbean, United States

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Negotiations with actors delays start of 'The Big Bang Theory' production

New Europe News - Wed, 30/07/2014 - 20:18
by  Associated Press Contract dispute delays 'Big Bang' production Associated Press - 30 July 2014 15:18-04:00

NEW YORK (AP) — Production on a new season of "The Big Bang Theory" is being delayed due to a contract dispute with its top actors.

The Warner Brothers Television studio, which makes television's most popular comedy for CBS, said that Wednesday's scheduled first day of work after the summer hiatus has been postponed.

The series is heading into its eighth season, and the studio is trying to hammer out new deals with actors Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar.

Contract disputes aren't unusual at popular, long-running TV series. It's unclear how long the impasse would have to take before it would cause a delay in episodes getting on the air.

News Topics: Arts and entertainment, Television programs, Entertainment, Sitcoms

People, Places and Companies: Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar

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BC-US--Coffee, US

New Europe News - Wed, 30/07/2014 - 20:18
by  Associated Press BC-US--Coffee, US Associated Press - 30 July 2014 15:18-04:00

New York (AP) — Coffee futures trading on the IntercontinentalExchange (ICE) Wednesday:

(37,500 lbs.; cents per lb.)

Open High Low Settle Chg. COFFEE C Sep 180.20 183.20 179.75 182.50 Up 1.80 Dec 184.50 187.00 183.60 186.35 Up 1.75 Mar 187.65 190.20 187.15 189.70 Up 1.75 May 190.05 191.90 189.60 191.60 Up 1.65 Jul 191.20 193.00 191.20 192.70 Up 1.45 Sep 191.80 193.40 191.80 193.05 Up 1.20 Dec 193.00 193.40 192.20 193.40 Up 1.00 Mar 193.65 Up .95 May 193.85 Up .95 Jul 194.00 Up 1.10 Sep 194.15 Up 1.05 Dec 194.45 Up 1.05 Mar 195.45 Up 1.05 May 198.05 Up 1.05 News Topics: Soft commodity markets, Coffee markets, Commodity markets, Financial markets, Business

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BC-US--Cocoa, US

New Europe News - Wed, 30/07/2014 - 20:18
by  Associated Press BC-US--Cocoa, US Associated Press - 30 July 2014 15:18-04:00

New York (AP) — Cocoa futures trading on the IntercontinentalExchange (ICE) Wednesday: (10 metric tons; $ per ton)

Open High Low Settle Change Sep 3182 3214 3180 3205 Up 28 Dec 3158 3188 3156 3180 Up 28 Mar 3146 3165 3129 3154 Up 17 May 3135 3152 3118 3141 Up 15 Jul 3123 3139 3106 3129 Up 15 Sep 3112 3120 3102 3119 Up 16 Dec 3111 Up 16 Mar 3095 3102 3095 3102 Up 16 May 3102 Up 15 News Topics: Soft commodity markets, Cocoa markets, Commodity markets, Financial markets, Business

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BC-US--Silver, US

New Europe News - Wed, 30/07/2014 - 20:18
by  Associated Press BC-US--Silver, US Associated Press - 30 July 2014 15:18-04:00

New York (AP) — Silver futures trading on the NY Merc Wednesday:

(5,000 troy oz.; cents per troy oz.)

Open High Low Settle Change Aug 2055.0 2055.0 2055.0 2055.0 Down .8 Sep 2060.0 2076.0 2048.0 2059.7 Up 1.4 Dec 2065.0 2081.0 2055.0 2065.9 Up 1.5 Jan 2067.9 Up 1.6 Mar 2076.0 2085.0 2063.5 2071.8 Up 1.7 May 2090.0 2090.0 2075.2 2075.2 Up 1.6 Jul 2080.5 2081.0 2078.5 2078.9 Up 1.8 Sep 2082.8 Up 2.0 Dec 2091.5 2098.0 2089.2 2089.2 Up 2.3 Jan 2091.8 Up 2.5 Mar 2096.8 Up 2.8 May 2102.1 Up 3.1 Jul 2107.4 Up 3.3 Dec 2123.2 Up 3.8 Jul 2149.2 Up 4.3 Dec 2169.0 Up 4.3 Jul 2197.7 Up 4.3 Dec 2218.2 Up 4.3 News Topics: Silver markets, Precious metal markets, Metal markets, Commodity markets, Financial markets, Business

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BC-US--Gold, US

New Europe News - Wed, 30/07/2014 - 20:18
by  Associated Press BC-US--Gold, US Associated Press - 30 July 2014 15:18-04:00

New York (AP) — Gold futures trading on the NY Merc Wednesday:

(100 troy oz.; dollars per troy oz.)

Open High Low Settle Change Aug 1298.60 1303.00 1291.00 1294.90 Down 3.40 Sep 1299.70 1303.20 1292.40 1295.50 Down 3.50 Oct 1300.10 1304.00 1292.20 1295.90 Down 3.50 Dec 1300.50 1305.20 1293.20 1296.90 Down 3.60 Feb 1301.40 1305.20 1295.50 1297.80 Down 3.50 Apr 1302.50 1302.50 1298.30 1298.50 Down 3.50 Jun 1303.50 1303.50 1299.00 1299.30 Down 3.40 Aug 1300.60 1300.60 1300.30 1300.30 Down 3.30 Oct 1301.30 Down 3.30 Dec 1306.70 1306.70 1301.00 1302.80 Down 3.20 Feb 1304.50 Down 3.10 Apr 1306.50 Down 3.00 Jun 1308.70 Down 2.90 Dec 1317.30 1317.30 1317.30 1317.30 Down 2.80 Jun 1329.30 Down 2.10 Dec 1343.70 Down 1.30 Jun 1360.20 Down .60 Dec 1378.90 Down .60 Jun 1400.00 Down .60 Dec 1420.60 1426.10 1420.60 1426.10 Down .60 Jun 1456.10 Down .60 News Topics: Precious metal markets, Gold markets, Metal markets, Commodity markets, Financial markets, Business

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BC-US--Sugar, US

New Europe News - Wed, 30/07/2014 - 20:18
by  Associated Press BC-US--Sugar, US Associated Press - 30 July 2014 15:18-04:00

New York (AP) — Sugar futures trading on the IntercontinentalExchange (ICE) Wednesday:

(112,000 lbs.; cents per lb.)

SUGAR-WORLD 11 Open High Low Settle Change Sep 16.64 16.73 16.52 16.63 Up .01 Feb 18.32 18.46 18.27 18.37 Up .03 Apr 18.50 18.64 18.46 18.56 Up .05 Jun 18.53 18.67 18.49 18.60 Up .06 Sep 18.83 18.99 18.79 18.91 Up .07 Feb 19.21 19.40 19.20 19.35 Up .09 Apr 19.32 19.32 19.32 19.32 Up .08 Jun 19.29 Up .09 Sep 19.48 Up .09 Feb 19.83 Up .08 Apr 19.72 Up .09 News Topics: Sugar markets, Soft commodity markets, Commodity markets, Financial markets, Business

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Air Force: Stowaway death triggers security review; boy climbed into compartment in Mali

New Europe News - Wed, 30/07/2014 - 19:51
by  Associated Press US Air Force: Stowaway triggers security review by ROBERT BURNS, Associated Press - 30 July 2014 14:51-04:00

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Air Force secretary says something obviously "fell through the cracks" in the security of a military cargo plane that allowed a young boy to stow away and die in a compartment near the landing gear.

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James says officials will review security protocols and what was actually done to protect the plane. She and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh say it's too soon to tell what may have happened.

Welch says it appears the boy died of asphyxiation, and that initial reports suggest he climbed into the compartment in Mali.

The boy's body was found Sunday during a detailed inspection after the C-130 cargo plane landed at Ramstein Air Base in Germany.

News Topics: General news

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Turkish women share laughter online to protest against deputy PM's appropriate behavior tip

New Europe News - Wed, 30/07/2014 - 19:51
by  Associated Press Turkish women protest deputy PMs no laughter quip Associated Press - 30 July 2014 14:51-04:00

ISTANBUL (AP) — Women in Turkey have taken to social media to protest against comments by the country's deputy prime minister that "women should not laugh aloud in public."

Women were sharing photos on Twitter of themselves laughing Wednesday after Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc's comments that not laughing out loud in public is among requirements of being an honorable woman.

Arinc said Monday both men and women should be moral, and that women should be aware of what is appropriate behavior.

Canan Arin, a prominent women rights' activist, said it was a pity Turkish women have to respond to such "silly comments" when they have more serious problems to deal with, including frequent male violence against women.

News Topics: General news

People, Places and Companies: Turkey, Middle East, Western Europe, Europe

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Vast Israeli support for Gaza war eclipses and silences dissenting voices

New Europe News - Wed, 30/07/2014 - 19:42
by  Associated Press Dissent quieted with most Israelis behind Gaza war by ARON HELLER and TIA GOLDENBERG, Associated Press - 30 July 2014 14:42-04:00

JERUSALEM (AP) — Despite Israeli casualties and world criticism, a near-consensus in Israel supports the government's conduct of the Gaza war, views Hamas as the aggressor and considers outsiders' moralizing as hypocritical, ignorant or both. And in an echo-chamber fed by ubiquitous updates on Hamas rocket and tunnel attacks, the minority of local voices that do agonize over Gazans' suffering are being silenced in a way rarely seen in a country long proud of its spirited, democratic debate.

A series of recent opinion polls have shown robust support for the war, reflecting years of frustration over rocket fire from Gaza and a new fear of Hamas' network of tunnels that stretch well into Israel and imperil communities along the border. Opposing views, coming primarily from leftist activists and intellectuals, have been met with threats, insults and charges of treason both in social media and face-to-face.

"We are faced with the false, anti-democratic equation that argues that aggression, racism and lack of empathy means love of the homeland," wrote Israeli author Etgar Keret in the Yediot Ahronot newspaper. Opinions that do not encourage "the use of power," he added, are derided as "nothing less than an attempt to destroy and annihilate Israel as we know it."

"They want to kill us. We have no choice," said 39-year-old Jerusalemite Gil Yair, referring to Hamas. "They are holding a gun to our head and we have to take control of the situation."

More than 1,300 Palestinians have been killed in the fighting since July 8, according to the Hamas-run Gaza health ministry. On the Israeli side, 56 soldiers have been killed as well as three civilians. Still, several polls this week have shown strong majorities in Israel supported the war and prepared to go on.

It all stands in stark contrast to the deep divisions over most issues here — from the large questions of peace with the Palestinians to economic policy and the role of religion in public life. The deep schisms can bedevil policymaking and create bad karma, but they are also a source of satisfaction over how genuine a democracy Jews have built under difficult conditions in the harsh Middle East.

A number of anti-war protests held in Israel's liberal hub, Tel Aviv, have been met by hard-line counter-protesters, who pelted insults and shouted calls for the doves to leave for Gaza. A popular comedian who expressed sympathy for Gazan women and children was unceremoniously dropped from a cruise line's ad campaign. And a public service announcement created by an activist group was rejected by Israel's state-owned broadcaster, even though the group was paying for the airtime.

In the ad by the group B'Tselem, a solemn voice reads the names and ages of Palestinian children who were killed in the war. Hagai El-Ad, B'Tselem's director, said it was meant to "re-humanize" Palestinians in the eyes of Israelis. He said the ad was rejected because it was deemed controversial. "We are living in such an atmosphere where the Israel Broadcasting Authority feels it needs to block even something as straightforward as saying the names of Palestinian children who were killed in Gaza," El-Ad said. "That's extreme."

The broadcasting authority could not be reached for comment. B'Tselem has in the meantime uploaded the video to YouTube and is appealing the broadcaster's decision in the Supreme Court.

One blogger named Aric Doron addressed the critics in this way: "I recommend (they) go and live in Gaza! If they are killed unintentionally we promise to read their names."

The vast support for the war can be attributed to the tunnel threat, the extent of which — some 30 deep tunnels — has spooked Israelis, and the veritable exasperation with continued rocket fire. It began in 2001 or so with minor projectiles aimed at the sparsely populated border area; now millions of people including those in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv are facing serious missiles.

Tellingly, even the leftist opposition by and large supports the war and has not complained too loudly about tactics that have led to the deaths of Palestinian civilians. Tzipi Livni, the Cabinet's leading dove, recently put it this way: "This is the time for us to unite around the understanding that terror must be fought. This is a tough war, but a necessary one."

In a country where military service is mandatory, Israelis have rallied around the young soldiers fighting in Gaza. The deaths of those in uniform is considered just as tragic as those of civilians, and the media have extensively covered heartbreaking scenes from the funerals of young servicemen.

Israeli reporters — who are prevented by law from entering Gaza for fear of their abduction — have not focused as much as outside media on the suffering of Gazans. Although such suffering is mentioned and foreign agency video is broadcast, it is less prominent than in foreign accounts of the situation.

The official narrative — that terrorists are hiding among Palestinian civilians and therefore are to blame — is accepted virtually without question. While there is little doubt that Hamas does fire rockets from some built-up areas, Israeli military spokesman have not responded to repeated Associated Press requests to explain precisely why any given building — among the hundreds destroyed — was hit.

In three consecutive surveys, the Israel Democracy Institute, a nonpartisan think-tank, found that 95 percent of Israeli Jews considered Operation Protective Edge to be justified; less than 4 percent believed the military was using excessive firepower. The poll surveyed a combined 647 people; the institute did not provide a margin of error because of results were a combination of three different surveys.

Veteran Israeli pollster Mina Zemach said her research has shown similar trends, with 86 percent of Jewish Israelis supporting the war. Of those she found 57 percent saying Israel should carry on fighting until it destroys all the Hamas tunnels and eliminates its ability to fire rockets, 18 percent said it must go on until Hamas is toppled and 23 percent said Gaza must be reoccupied as well.

Her Midgam surveys polled 300 Israelis. She said some surveys had a margin of error of 3 percentage points and others as high as 5.6 percentage points. In 40 years as a pollster, she said she hasn't seen such consensus in the Israeli public since the 1982 Lebanon war. She said she noticed the shift after the first Hamas tunnel attack hours before Israel launched its ground offensive on July 17. "People started to realize that we were living next to a volcano and that we couldn't go on like this," she said.

Tom Segev, an Israeli historian, said that Israel's typically fragmented society unites in times of war and freedom of expression is usually the first victim.

"There is an accepted norm in Israel that goes 'when the cannons open fire, the people shut up,'" he said.

That situation is probably exacerbated by the ubiquity of any war in today's connected world. There are now numerous competing broadcast channels as opposed to in the past, and the war dominates the waves. On mobile phones, every hour brings new updates, buzzing and vibrating, of rockets attacks wherever they may be. That is what the media assumes the market wants to receive, but it feeds upon itself, amplified by social media. People speak of little else, and a national sense grows deeper that Israel is alone, needing to circle the wagons, and sadly misunderstood.

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News Topics: General news, War and unrest, Public opinion, Territorial disputes, War casualties, Social affairs

People, Places and Companies: Tzipi Livni, Jerusalem, Palestinian territories, Israel, Tel Aviv, Gaza Strip, Middle East

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Not guilty plea to new racketeering charge in San Francisco Chinatown investigation

New Europe News - Wed, 30/07/2014 - 19:32
by  Associated Press Not guilty plea in San Francisco Chinatown case by PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press - 30 July 2014 14:32-04:00

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The man prosecutors say led a crime syndicate based in San Francisco's Chinatown has pleaded not guilty to a new charge of racketeering.

Raymond Chow was in federal court Wednesday to enter the plea to a newly filed indictment that carries all the previous charges but also includes a racketeering count.

The indictment says he served as gang leader of a corrupt Chinatown community organization that bribed a state senator and laundered money, among other crimes.

The racketeering count alleges that Chow orchestrated a wide range of alleged criminal activity, including the bribing of state Sen. Leland Yee.

Yee is also charged with racketeering in the new indictment in addition to bribery charges. He is scheduled to enter a plea Thursday.

News Topics: General news, Racketeering, Bribery, graft and conflicts of interest, Crime

People, Places and Companies: Raymond Chow, Leland Yee, San Francisco, California, United States, North America

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Smugglers cut garage-sized hole through US-Mexico border fence

New Europe News - Wed, 30/07/2014 - 19:26
by  Associated Press Smugglers cut through US-Mexico border fence by ASTRID GALVAN, Associated Press - 30 July 2014 14:26-04:00

TUCSON, Arizona (AP) — Suspected smugglers have cut a garage-sized hole through a steel fence that divides the United States and Mexico.

The U.S. Border Patrol says agents discovered the hole east of Nogales, Arizona, on Saturday.

The next day, they discovered that runoff water from rainstorms over the weekend had also knocked down 60 feet (18 meters) of the rebar-reinforced steel fence just west of the Nogales-Mariposa Port of Entry.

The Border Patrol says it is working on repairs for both fences and has agents monitoring the area.

News Topics: General news

People, Places and Companies: United States, Arizona, North America

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A look at how the Fed's views have changed on inflation and the economy

New Europe News - Wed, 30/07/2014 - 19:20
by  Associated Press Comparing US Fed's views on inflation, job market by The Associated Press, Associated Press - 30 July 2014 14:20-04:00

A comparison of the Federal Reserve's statements from its two-day meeting that ended Wednesday and its meeting June 17-18:

JOB MARKET:

Now: The Fed sees a better job market, but has added new qualifications: "Labor market conditions improved, with the unemployment rate declining further. However, a range of labor market indicators suggests that there remains significant underutilization of labor resources."

Then: "Labor market indicators generally showed further improvement. The unemployment rate, though lower, remains elevated."

INFLATION:

July: Fed policymakers acknowledge that inflation has reached its 2 percent objective: The Fed "judges that the likelihood of inflation running persistently below 2 percent has diminished somewhat."

June: The Fed "recognizes that inflation persistently below its 2 percent objective could pose risks to economic performance, and it is monitoring inflation developments carefully for evidence that inflation will move back toward its objective over the medium term."

News Topics: Business, General news, Inflation, Economy, Employment figures, Central banking, Prices, Labor economy, Leading economic indicators, Banking and credit, Financial services, Industries

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Michelle Obama calls on African leaders to rid traditions that harm girls, women

New Europe News - Wed, 30/07/2014 - 19:08
by  Associated Press First lady asks leaders to change gender attitudes by STACY A. ANDERSON, Associated Press - 30 July 2014 14:08-04:00

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama is calling on young African leaders to change longtime "attitudes and beliefs" that harm girls and women.

The U.S. first lady said Africa has made great strides such as more girls attending school, women starting businesses and more women serving in parliaments. But she said serious work remains when female genital mutilation, forced child marriage and domestic violence against women continue in some countries.

She said these "are not legitimate cultural practices" but "serious human rights violations." Mrs. Obama spoke Wednesday to a crowd of young African leaders who are a part of the Mandela Washington Fellowship.

After Mrs. Obama addressed the crowd, she held a discussion with more than 30 African leaders to discuss girls' education.

News Topics: General news, Abuse of women, Human welfare, Social issues, Social affairs, Women's rights, Human rights and civil liberties

People, Places and Companies: Michelle Obama, West Africa, East Africa, United States, Africa, North America

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Vatican takes action in Paraguay diocese where accused Argentine priest removed

New Europe News - Wed, 30/07/2014 - 19:04
by  Associated Press Vatican taking action in divisive Paraguay diocese Associated Press - 30 July 2014 14:04-04:00

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is taking action in a divisive diocese in Paraguay where an Argentine priest, accused by a former superior of being a "serious threat to young people," has been removed as the No. 2.

The Rev. Carlos Urrutigoity is still an active priest in the Ciudad del Est diocese, however, in a sign that he remains in good standing with his bishop.

Urrutigoity's case re-emerged after Francis sent a team of Vatican investigators to the diocese this month to look into criticisms against its bishop by other Paraguayan prelates.

The bishop, Monsignor Rogelio Livieres, allowed Urrutigoity to join his diocese in 2005 after Urrutigoity's then-superior in Scranton, Pennsylvania, warned Livieres and the Vatican that he was a threat and unsuitable for the priesthood.

News Topics: General news, Christianity, Roman Catholicism, Religion, Social affairs

People, Places and Companies: Pope Francis, Vatican City, Paraguay, Western Europe, Europe, South America, Latin America and Caribbean

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Fed slows bond buying further but provides no clear signal on timing of first rate hike

New Europe News - Wed, 30/07/2014 - 19:04
by  Associated Press Fed makes sixth reduction in bond buying by MARTIN CRUTSINGER, Associated Press - 30 July 2014 14:04-04:00

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is further slowing the pace of its bond purchases because it thinks an improving U.S. economy needs less help. But it's offering no clearer hint of when it will start raising its benchmark short-term interest rate.

In a statement after a policy meeting, the Fed says it's paring its monthly purchases by another $10 billion to $25 billion. The bond purchases have been intended to keep long-term borrowing rates low and are set to end in October.

The Fed is reiterating its plan to keep short-term rates low "for a considerable time" after its bond purchases end. Most economists think a rate increase is about a year away despite a strengthening economy. The government says the economy grew at a fast 4 percent annual rate last quarter.

News Topics: Business, General news, Central banking, Banking and credit, Financial services, Industries

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