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Fed removes 'patient': Prepare for an interest rate hike

Fed removes 'patient': Prepare for an interest rate hike

Get ready for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates. The Fed dropped the key word “patient” from its statement Wednesday, signaling that it could increase interest rates in June for the first time in nine years. The stock market ...

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UNICEF flies aid to Tuvalu

UNICEF flies aid to Tuvalu

UNICEF is sending emergency supplies to cyclone victims in Tuvalu where nine of its 11 atolls are under a state of emergency. UNICEF readies aid for cyclone victims Assessments show 42 percent of households in the northern islands of Tuvalu ...

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Singapore dismisses Lee Kuan Yew death report as hoax

Singapore dismisses Lee Kuan Yew death report as hoax

A top government spokesman dismissed as a hoax Wednesday a report that Singapore’s founding father had died. Former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew is alive, said Farah Rahim, senior director for the Singapore Ministry of Communications and Information. The 91-year-old, ...

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Reports: Death threats against Amb. Caroline Kennedy in Japan

Reports: Death threats against Amb. Caroline Kennedy in Japan

Japanese authorities are investigating death threats against the American ambassador to Japan, Caroline Kennedy, according to Japanese media reports and international wire services. Local police are looking into phone calls placed last month to the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo threatening ...

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Aid co-ordination difficult says Vanuatu government

Aid co-ordination difficult says Vanuatu government

The Vanuatu government says time has been lost trying to coordinate the delivery of aid provided by a large number of organisations to victims of Cyclone Pam. Adrian Banga surveys his shattered Port Vila house. Its disaster management authorities say ...

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Cheap oil is costing 100,000 jobs

Cheap oil is costing 100,000 jobs

A year ago, the oil industry’s biggest problem was finding a way to deal with the “retirement tsunami” about to crash down on it as older oilfield workers hung up their cork boots to enjoy freedom at 55. Now, with ...

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1 dead and 5 wounded in Mesa, Arizona; suspect in custody

1 dead and 5 wounded in Mesa, Arizona; suspect in custody

The suspect who fatally shot one man and wounded five others in Mesa, Arizona, is in custody, authorities said Wednesday. The series of shootings took place Wednesday morning in several locations, Detective Esteban Flores of the Mesa Police Department said. ...

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Mass immunisation in Vanuatu

Mass immunisation in Vanuatu

UNICEF aid workers in Vanuatu are aiming to immunise 1000 children a day over the next ten days. One year old Creg, living in Taunono on the outskirts of Port Vila. One of up to 60,000 children affected. Follow our ...

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Air Force veteran tried to join ISIS, U.S. alleges

Air Force veteran tried to join ISIS, U.S. alleges

A U.S. Air Force veteran tried to join ISIS in Syria but was turned back by Turkish authorities before he could get to the war-torn country, U.S. authorities allege in a two-count indictment announced Tuesday. Tairod Nathan Webster Pugh, accused ...

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Cooks MP joins the government

Cooks MP joins the government

A member of the Cook Islands Democratic Party, the MP for Avatiu, Albert Nicholas, has swapped allegiance and joined the governing Cook Islands Party. The Cook Islands News reports the government says this will provide political certainty. The country has ...

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