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  • Midday Glance: Gold companies

    Shares of some top gold companies are mixed at 1 p.m.: Barrick Gold Corp. rose $.01 or .1 percent, to $13.46. Gold Fields Ltd ADS rose $.09 or 2.5 percent, to $3.70. GoldCorp. rose $.21 or .9 percent, ...

  • Putin accuses United States of damaging world order
    Putin accuses United States of damaging world order

    By Alexei Anishchuk LAURA Russia (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the United States on Friday of endangering global security by imposing a "unilateral diktat" on the rest of the world and shifted blame for the Ukraine crisis onto the West. In a 40-minute diatribe against the West that was reminiscent of the Cold War and underlined the depth of the rift between Moscow and the West, Putin also denied trying to rebuild the Soviet empire at the expense of Russia's neighbors. ...

  • Police prepare for grand jury decision in Ferguson
    Police prepare for grand jury decision in Ferguson

    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Missouri police have been brushing up on constitutional rights and stocking up on riot gear to prepare for a grand jury's decision about whether to charge a white police officer who fatally shot a black 18-year-old in suburban St. Louis.

  • New York police brand hatchet attack 'terrorist' act
    New York police brand hatchet attack 'terrorist' act

    A hatchet attack on New York police officers was a "terrorist act" carried out by a self-radicalized Muslim convert who had been in the military and browsed Al-Qaeda websites, police said Friday. "This was a terrorist act," police commissioner Bill Bratton told a news conference on Friday, one day after the attack, saying he was "very comfortable" describing it as a "terrorist attack." Police said Zale Thompson, who was 32, unmarried and unemployed, appeared to have acted alone and was not affiliated to a particular group, but that the investigation was ongoing. A loner who spent hours locked away in his bedroom, he had looked at websites about groups such as Al-Qaeda and Islamic State, and watched beheadings and Wednesday's deadly attack in Canada.

  • Gunman in Canada attack complained about mosque
    Gunman in Canada attack complained about mosque

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The gunman who shot and killed a soldier in plain daylight then stormed Canada's Parliament once complained that a Vancouver mosque he attended was too liberal and inclusive, and was kicked out after he repeatedly spent the night there even though officials told him to stop, Muslim leaders said Friday.

  • US officials: Israel defense chief denied meetings

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Still miffed over negative comments that Israel's defense minister made about Secretary of State John Kerry's Mideast peace efforts and nuclear negotiations with Iran, the Obama administration this week refused his requests to meet several top national security aides, U.S. officials said Friday.

  • Canada PM 'hid in a closet' during attack
    Canada PM 'hid in a closet' during attack

    Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper was shoved into a closet when a gunmen stormed parliament, local newspapers said Friday. According to MPs cited anonymously by the daily Globe & Mail and others, Harper spent as much as 15 minutes in the tiny space off a meeting room where he and his Conservative caucus were meeting. "Someone knew there was a closet there, so they stuck him in there," a source told the Globe & Mail.

  • Suarez sought help to end biting impulse
    Suarez sought help to end biting impulse

    Barcelona striker Luis Suarez has admitted he has sought help to end his habit of biting opponents ahead of making his debut for the Catalans against Real Madrid on Saturday. The most expensive player in Barca's history is finally free to play for his new club at the Bernabeu after serving a four-month ban for biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup in June. As well as his latest bite on Chiellini, the 27-year-old received lengthy suspensions for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic last year and Otman Bakkal of PSV Eindhoven whilst playing for Ajax.

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