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Israel, Hamas To Negotiate New Gaza Deal In Cairo
The outlines of a solution for battered, blockaded Gaza are emerging after Tuesday's tentative Israel-Hamas cease-fire: Norway is organizing a donor conference and Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas aims to oversee rebuilding and reassert his authority in the territory, lost to Hamas in 2007. Forces loyal to Abbas would be deployed at Gaza's crossings to encourage Israel and Egypt to lift the closure they imposed after the Hamas takeover. Indirect Israel-Hamas talks in Cairo are to tackle the details.
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Futures Little Changed As Fed Statement Awaited
U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Wednesday ahead of a key statement by the Federal Reserve which is expected to provide clues on the next monetary policy move by the U.S. central bank. The S&P posted its best performance in a month Tuesday and the Dow industrials set a record intraday high amid wavering expectations regarding the Fed's stance. The Fed is expected to offer fresh indications on how soon it plans to begin lifting interest rates as it prepares for a shift in stance after years of easy monetary policy.
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Apple Bars IPhone 6, 6 Plus Wait Time Tool From App Store
Apple has long boasted that there's an app for just about everything. The company even trademarked the phrase. But not when it comes to finding an app to locate the shortest line to buy an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. Apple has barred from its App Store the handicraft of a San Francisco startup called Miego Apps that crowdsourced the dissemination of iPhone 6 line wait times so that people could choose where to go to buy Apple's latest smart phone, according to the developer. The app, called MiQueue, was designed to work by letting anyone waiting in line at an Apple Store share the wait time for buying an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus.
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Biography Of Late Comedian Joan Rivers To Be Published In 2016
A biography of legendary comedian Joan Rivers, who died earlier this month, will be published in 2016. "Joan Rivers: A Life" will be penned by Vanity Fair and New York Times journalist Leslie Bennetts and will also be available as an audio and e-book. Rivers died on Sept. 4 at a New York hospital after she stopped breathing a week earlier during an outpatient throat procedure at a Manhattan clinic.
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French Government Calls For End To Air France Strike
The French government called for an end to the Air France pilots strike, now in its third day, as the dispute over cost cuts threatened 60 percent of the airline's flights on Wednesday. During an interview with France Inter radio, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said, "This strike is weighing heavily on Air France, as well as on its finances, and on the attractiveness and the image of our country.
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Bangladesh Top Court Commutes Islamist Leader's Death Sentence
Bangladesh's Supreme Court on Wednesday commuted to life imprisonment a death sentence for a top Islamist leader convicted of war crimes during the country's war of liberation in 1971. The decision against Delawar Hossain Sayedee, a leader of the main Islamist party, the Jamaat-e-Islami, prompted strike calls by his party, and provoked scattered violence in the capital, Dhaka, and the northern district of Rajshahi.
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France's Hollande Heads For Showdown Over Job Deregulation Drive
France's President Francois Hollande has angered everyone from medics to taxi drivers enough to drive them onto the streets in recent months but there is one profession few expected to see on the march: France's well-heeled "notaires". Roughly the equivalent of Britain's solicitors or U.S. notaries public, notaires typically take home a net $17,000 a month and are better known for their gilded offices and iron-clad professional status than for demonstrations.
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Want To Murder Someone? Pennsylvania’s About To Make It Easier
Pennsylvania legislators are poised to pass into law an organ-transplant-donation bill that will make it easier for murderers to avoid detection and prosecution. Two bills, almost identical, Senate Bill 850 (SB 850) and House Bill 30 (HB 30), according to its many bipartisan sponsors, will greatly increase the number of organ donors. There are currently 121,000 people on the national waitlist for organ transplants, and laws to increase the organ supply are perennially popular in many states. Those opposing such laws are commonly accused of condemning to death people on the waitlist.
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Russia And West At Odds Over Syria At U.N. Nuclear Meeting
Diplomats said on Wednesday, Russia is pushing for the issue of Syria's alleged past nuclear activities to be removed from the agenda of the U.N. atomic agency's board. The diplomats said, western members of the 35-nation board of the International Atomic Energy Agency are against the Russian initiative as they believe Damascus should be kept under pressure to cooperate with the IAEA's long-stalled inquiry. As in previous meetings over the last six years, Syria will be debated by the IAEA board later this week during a quarterly meeting of the governing body, even though there has been little movement on the file since 2011.
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Nick Jonas No Longer Wearing His Purity Ring
A promise is a promise—until it's broken. The Jonas Brothers famously wore purity rings as a sign of chastity when they first rose to stardom. About four years ago, rumors began to swirl that Nick Jonas and Joe Jonas had reneged their pledges. During a HuffPost Live interview Tuesday, Nick confirmed that he's no longer wearing the finger bling. The 22-year-old "Jealous" singer explained, "This is a real growth in me and not something I'm doing anymore. But I've got my set of values, things that are important to me now at this point in my life and that's all that matters." He went on to say,"I grew up in a church environment and still have love for the church. What's important now is my relationship with God, and that I not judge and that I not be judged." Nick, who's dating former Miss Universe Olivia Culpo, previously dated Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez.