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  • EBRD bank slashes outlook for Russian economy
    EBRD bank slashes outlook for Russian economy

    London (AFP) - Russia's economy will contract next year as a result of the crisis with Ukraine, the EBRD development bank forecast on Thursday after slashing its prediction for growth.

  • Vigilante on Motorcycle Throws Trash Back in Litterbugs' Face
    Vigilante on Motorcycle Throws Trash Back in Litterbugs' Face

    Litter is an eyesore that most people would rather live without. It's especially galling to see someone in broad daylight toss a piece of trash on the ground. Apparently, this occurrence happens often enough in Russia that one GoPro-toting citizen decided to become a vigilante, of sorts. In a video shot using her helmet cam, a woman on a motorcycle rides around city streets sticking it to litterbugs — literally. She spots one person throwing a bit of trash out a car window. The woman picks up the trash, swiftly catches up with the person, and delivers the item back, which is usually greeted with fury from the driver. The video is called, naturally, "Elusive Girl on a Motorcycle Against Debris."

  • House grudgingly approves arms for Syrian rebels
    House grudgingly approves arms for Syrian rebels

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled House voted grudgingly Wednesday to give the administration authority to train and arm Syrian rebels as President Barack Obama emphasized anew that American forces "do not and will not have a combat mission" in the struggle against Islamic State militants in either Iraq or Syria.

  • New al Qaeda wing in South Asia claims major attack
    New al Qaeda wing in South Asia claims major attack

    By Maria Golovnina ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Al Qaeda's South Asia wing has claimed responsibility for hijacking a Pakistani naval ship and trying to use it to fire rockets at U.S. vessels in the Arabian Sea, in the first major assault by the newly created group. The SITE monitoring service quoted its spokesman, Usama Mahmoud, as saying a group of militants had succeeded in seizing control of the Pakistani frigate PNS Zulfiqar and tried to use it to attack nearby U.S. vessels. ...

  • Tycoon buys 30 Rolls-Royces for Macau hotel
    Tycoon buys 30 Rolls-Royces for Macau hotel

    HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong tycoon has placed the biggest ever order for Rolls-Royce cars, agreeing to buy 30 Phantoms to chauffeur guests at a luxury resort he's building in the global gambling capital of Macau.

  • Texas executes woman for starvation of boy, 9
    Texas executes woman for starvation of boy, 9

    A Texas woman convicted of the starvation and torture death of her girlfriend's 9-year-old son a decade ago was executed Wednesday evening.

  • Iran rules out cooperating with US in Iraq
    Iran rules out cooperating with US in Iraq

    NEW YORK (AP) — Iran's foreign minister on Wednesday ruled out cooperating with the United States in helping Iraq fight Islamic State militants and warned that the terrorist group poses a much broader global threat that needs new thinking to eradicate.

  • Rushed evacuations as Philippine volcano spews lava
    Rushed evacuations as Philippine volcano spews lava

    Lava cascaded down the Philippines' most active volcano on Wednesday as authorities rushed to evacuate thousands ahead of a possible deadly eruption.

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