Bahrain holds elections as Shi’ite opposition boycotts vote

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By Farishta Saeed MANAMA (Reuters) – Bahrainis voted on Saturday in elections boycotted by the Shi’ite Muslim opposition over accusations that constituency changes would still favor the Sunni Muslim majority represented by the ruling family. Bahrain has been shaken by low-level unrest since Shi’ite protesters took to the streets in February 2011 asking for greater democracy. The country’s Shi’ites have long complained of political and economic marginalization, an accusation the government denies. …

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Officials prepare for Ferguson grand jury decision, urge calm

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Protesters gather for candle light vigil, protesting over the August 9 police shooting of Michael Brown, outside the Ferguson Police Department in FergusonBy Daniel Wallis FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) – Police and protest organizers laid the groundwork on Friday for steps to avert street violence once a St. Louis-area grand jury decides whether to indict the white police officer who fatally shot unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in August. Against the backdrop of heightened tension, the FBI arrested two men suspected of buying explosives they intended to detonate during demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri, a law enforcement official told Reuters. …


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Committe clears CIA over Benghazi attack

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A two-year investigation by the Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee has found that the CIA and the military acted properly in responding to the 2012 attack on a US diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, and asserted no wrongdoing by Obama administration appointees. Debunking a series of persistent allegations hinting at dark conspiracies, the investigation determined that there was no intelligence failure, no delay in sending a CIA rescue team, no missed opportunity for a military rescue, and no evidence the CIA was covertly shipping arms from Libya to Syria.

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Shares soar as China cut rates, Draghi drives for QE

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A trader looks at computer screens at Madrid's bourseBy Marc Jones LONDON (Reuters) – World shares surged on Friday as China surprised markets with its first interest rate cut in more than two years and the European Central Bank's Mario Draghi threw the door wide open to full scale money printing. European shares , oil and other growth sensitive commodities all leapt as China's move to cut rates to 5.6 percent gave markets a welcome lift after a week where data has shown its giant economy heading for its worst year in almost quarter of a century. …


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More arrests as protesters await Ferguson grand jury decision

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A protester, who was among dozens demanding the criminal indictment of a white police officer who shot dead an unarmed black teenager in August, holds a U.S. flag outside the Ferguson Police Station in MissouriBy Daniel Wallis FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) – Riot police arrested at least two demonstrators in Ferguson, Missouri, for a second night running as tensions simmer ahead of a grand jury decision in the case of a white officer who shot dead an unarmed black teenager in August. The grand jury is deciding whether to charge officer Darren Wilson in the slaying of 18-year-old Michael Brown in the St. Louis suburb in a case that has exposed fresh strains in often-troubled race relations in the United States. …


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Obama’s plan: ‘Deport felons, not families’

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President Barack Obama will order immigration officers to deport “felons not families” as he wields executive power to shield five million undocumented immigrants in the most sweeping overhaul of the immigration system in decades. Obama will reject claims he is offering a free pass to undocumented immigrants and argue that “the real amnesty” would be leaving a broken system as it is now, according to excerpts of his remarks released by the White House.

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UK retail sales rebound, set to counter growth slowdown

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A shopper looks at goods in a furniture shop clearance sale in HackneyBy William Schomberg and Kate Holton LONDON (Reuters) – British retail sales jumped in October, suggesting that shoppers will take the edge off an end-of-year economic slowdown as Europe's weak growth takes its toll on Britain's factories. Sales volumes rose by a much stronger-than-expected 0.8 percent on the month, helped by purchases of furniture after the housing market surged earlier this year and by falling prices, data from the Office for National Statistics showed on Thursday. …


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Arizona sues General Motors, says it hid safety defects

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Arizona Attorney General Horne speaks about weapons and drugs seized from Sinaloa cartel during "Operation Pipeline Express" at a news conference in Phoenix(Reuters) – Arizona State filed a lawsuit against General Motors Co , claiming the carmaker put the public at risk by concealing safety defects to avoid the cost of recalls.


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