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  • A view of a petrochemical complex in Assaluyeh seaport, south of Tehran, in a 2006 file photo

    European governments have agreed in principle to ban imports of Iranian oil, EU diplomats said on Wednesday, dealing a blow to Tehran that crowns new Western sanctions months before an Iranian election.

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    04 Jan 12
  • Maldives lifts ban on luxury resort spas

    A ban on luxury spas at hotels and massage parlors in the Maldives was lifted on Wednesday under pressure from the country’s key tourism industry a week after it was imposed as part of an effort to curb perceived vice.

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    04 Jan 12
  • U.S. twin births have doubled in three decades

    The number of twins born in the United States has doubled in the last three decades largely as a result of fertility treatments, with one in 30 infants born in 2009 a twin, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday.

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    04 Jan 12
  • Mitt Romney and his wife Ann talk to reporters and aides on his plane in Des Moines before leaving for New Hampshire, January 4, 2012

    After his razor-thin victory in Iowa, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney on Wednesday predicted “fast and furious” attacks from rivals seeking to oust him from his front-runner perch in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

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    04 Jan 12
  • Iran threatens U.S. Navy as sanctions hit economy

    Iran threatened on Tuesday to take action if the U.S. Navy moves an aircraft carrier into the Gulf, Tehran’s most aggressive statement yet after weeks of saber-rattling as new U.S. and EU financial sanctions take a toll on its economy.

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    03 Jan 12
  • A flag hangs on the wall of the JP Morgan company stall on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York July 15, 2010.

    JPMorgan Chase & Co has been sued for $95 million by the trustee for securities marketed in 2005 by the former Bear Stearns Cos over alleged misrepresentations regarding the underlying mortgage loans.

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    03 Jan 12
  • New Year’s Day to come early as Samoa leaps ahead

    Friday, December 30, has been cut this year for the tiny South Pacific island nation as it ditched a time-zone alliance with the United States and moved its time zone 24 hours ahead to catch up with Asia, New Zealand and Australia.

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    03 Jan 12
  • Residents of the home escaped without harm but the fire caused extensive damage, police said.

    New York police are investigating as bias crimes four Molotov cocktail attacks on Sunday night including one against a mosque with 75 people inside and another against a Hindu place of worship.

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    02 Jan 12