KIEV, Dec 11- Ukrainian protesters stood their ground on Wednesday after an overnight sweep by riot police and their leaders dismissed an offer of talks from a president they say must quit for favouring ties with Russia over the European Union.» Read More
*Letta wins confidence vote in lower house, expected to win in Senate. ROME, Dec 11- Italy's Prime Minister Enrico Letta won a confidence vote in parliament's lower chamber on Wednesday after urging lawmakers to back his government or risk chaos.
MADISON, Wis.-- Democrats in the Wisconsin Legislature, including possible gubernatorial candidate Sen. Kathleen Vinehout, called on Republicans Tuesday to hold a public hearing on a bill to increase the minimum wage. The request for a hearing comes as President Barack Obama and Democrats nationally have been calling for an increase in the minimum wage.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill.-- A major credit-rating house took a more positive outlook Tuesday on Illinois' ability to pay its debts, a rare economic bright spot for the state one week after lawmakers approved major pension-reform legislation.
ROME, Dec 11- Prime Minister Enrico Letta called on parliament on Wednesday to back his government or risk chaos as he sought to push through long-avoided reforms intended to revive Italy's economy after two years of recession.
*India cenbank gov says tackling inflation a priority. NEW DELHI, Dec 11- Tackling inflation will be a key priority, India's finance minister and central bank governor said on Wednesday, after high consumer prices contributed to painful losses for the ruling Congress Party in recent state elections.
NEW DELHI, Dec 11- India's industrial production is expected to have contracted for the first time in four months in October, a Reuters poll showed, a sign the economy remains fragile despite a modest rebound in the September quarter.
DETROIT, Dec 11- A decade ago Les Cadman stopped making improvements to his small house in Detroit's declining Delray district because it stood in the path of a proposed bridge to Windsor, Ontario, the bustling Canadian city just across the Detroit River.
*Nominee Koskinen vows to restore public trust in IRS. WASHINGTON, Dec 10- A Senate panel hearing on President Barack Obama's nominee to head the Internal Revenue Service was set to resume Wednesday after it was abruptly halted on Tuesday at a Republican senator's request, committee aides said.
*Nominee Koskinen vows to restore public trust in IRS. Afterward, Baucus and Senator Orrin Hatch, the panel's top Republican, issued a joint statement saying they were "working to reconvene the Senate Finance Committee hearing to consider the nomination of John Koskinen to be IRS Commissioner."
WASHINGTON, Dec 10- President Barack Obama's nominee to be the new head of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service on Tuesday pledged to restore the public's trust in the tax agency and called on Congress to stop cutting the beleaguered IRS's budget.
MEXICO CITY-- Two international press groups are calling for a full investigation into the death of Honduran journalist Juan Carlos Argenal Medina, who was found shot to death at his home in the southeastern city of Danli.
WASHINGTON, Dec 9- The U.S. government sold its last shares of automaker General Motors Co on Monday, marking an end to a historic bailout of one of America's most storied companies. The money pumped into the industry came from a $700 billion pool of funds Congress had assembled to shore up the banking system and fight a growing panic on Wall Street.
Pavin Chachavalpongpun, Associate Professor, Centre for Southeast Asian Studies at Kyoto University, explains why snap elections would offer only a short term solution.
NEW YORK, Dec 9- Stock markets worldwide rose on Monday and the euro climbed to a six-week high against the dollar after encouraging trade and inflation data from China, but uncertainty about the outlook for U.S. monetary policy limited moves.
WASHINGTON, Dec 9- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday extended the time it will take to hear a case challenging White House recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board and granted the Senate's top Republican 15 minutes during the Jan. 13 oral arguments.
CARACAS, Dec 8- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro pledged to deepen his "economic offensive" to force businesses to cut prices after his ruling Socialist Party won the most votes in weekend municipal elections.
MUMBAI, Dec 9- Indian shares rose to a record high on Monday after the main opposition party, widely seen by investors as being more business friendly, swept recent state elections, even as doubts persist about how long the rally can last.
CARACAS, Dec 8- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro pledged to deepen his "economic offensive" to force businesses to cut prices after his ruling Socialist Party won most votes in Sunday's municipal elections.
MUMBAI, Dec 9- Indian shares rose to a record high on Monday and the rupee hit a four-month high after the main opposition party, widely seen by investors as being more business friendly, swept three out of four key state elections held since last month.
CARACAS, Dec 8- President Nicolas Maduro's government won a majority of votes in Venezuela's local elections on Sunday, disappointing the opposition and helping his quest to preserve the late Hugo Chavez's socialist legacy.