Archive For January 2008

Obama to Iowans: Pick me at least as 2nd choice

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As the January 3 vote in Iowa to choose U.S. presidential nominees nears, Democratic Sen. Barack Obama is making an unusual plea to voters — pick me second if you don’t pick me first.

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Republicans spar in New Hampshire over immigration

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Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani favors building a fence to keep them out and wants them to speak English, Sen. John McCain wants at least 2 million of them deported and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney thinks McCain is soft on the issue.

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Bush signs into law Sudan divestment measure

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President George W. Bush on Monday signed into a law a measure aimed at allowing states, local governments, mutual funds and pension funds to divest from Sudan businesses, particularly its oil sectors.

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Speculation mounts of Bloomberg presidential bid

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New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg may simply be promoting bipartisanship or he may be plotting his own independent presidential campaign.

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Kenya election violence kills more than 100

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Kenyan police battled protesters in blazing slums on Monday after disputed elections returned President Mwai Kibaki to power and triggered turmoil thought to have killed more than 100 people.

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Champagne and fireworks greet euro in Cyprus

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With a burst of fireworks and popping champagne, Cyprus ushered in the euro on Tuesday after ditched its pound at the stroke of midnight.

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Abbas urges Hamas to agree to early elections

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas urged Hamas Islamists on Monday to agree to early elections and to open a “new page” by ceding control of the Gaza Strip and holding reconciliation talks with his Fatah faction.

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North Korea misses deadline for nuclear declaration

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North Korea missed a year-end deadline to give a full account of its nuclear weapons under a disarmament-for-aid deal struck with regional powers and the United States.

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Colombia hostage deal close to collapse

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A delicate mission to free three hostages held by Colombian guerrillas was close to collapse on Monday as the government and rebel leaders accused each other of trying to kill the deal.

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M/I Homes sells land, exits a Florida market

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Single-family home builder M/I Homes Inc. (MHO.N: Quote, Profile, Research) said on Monday it has sold some Florida land to reduce debt, and is exiting the West Palm Beach market in that state, sending shares up 3 percent in early trading.

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