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  • MOSCOW, Sept 23- A meeting between Russia and Ukraine's finance ministers on the sidelines of the International Monetary Fund annual meeting in Washington next month is still being negotiated, Russia Deputy Finance Minister Sergei Storchak said on Friday. Germany's Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble is brokering a meeting between Finance Minister...

  • HAVANA, Sept 23- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Friday that his visit to Communist-ruled Cuba, the first ever by a Japanese leader, had turned a new page in bilateral relations and the two countries would now deepen their economic relationship. "This visit has turned a new page in 400 years of Japan- Cuba friendship," Abe said. "Cuba is an extremely...

  • SEATTLE— The U.S. Forest Service is taking steps to prevent future mining at about 340,000 acres of federal lands in Washington's Methow Valley. Such a process would likely delay a permit decision on a proposed project to explore for copper in Okanogan County, said Michael Liu, Methow Valley district ranger for Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.

  • ATHENS, Greece— The International Monetary Fund on Friday painted a bleak outlook for bailout-dependent Greece, where it said it expects unemployment to stay in the double digits for more than three decades. Greece's economy is under constant scrutiny from its bailout creditors, the IMF and European governments and institutions. They include an energy...

  • HAVANA, Sept 23- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Friday that his visit to Communist-ruled Cuba, the first ever by a Japanese leader, had turned a new page in bilateral relations and the two countries would now deepen their economic relationship. "This visit has turned a new page in 400 years of Japan- Cuba friendship," Abe said. "Cuba is an extremely...

  • BRUSSELS— Talks for a massive free trade deal between the United States and European Union, the world's biggest economies, appear to be on the rocks. An accord was supposed to breathe new life into global trade, setting a shining example for other countries as they debate whether to knock down barriers to commerce or insulate their home industries.

  • BRUSSELS— The outlook for a vast free trade pact between the European Union and the United States was bleak Friday, with EU ministers discussing whether to change their approach after conceding that a deal cannot be sealed before President Barack Obama leaves office. So it is not realistic to reach final agreement by the end of President Obama' s administration, "...

  • WASHINGTON— Hundreds of for-profit colleges could close, leaving up to 600,000 students scrambling to find other schools, after the Education Department withdrew recognition of the nation's largest accreditor of for-profit schools. The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools said it would appeal Thursday's decision to Education...

  • WASHINGTON— A new study that examines some major health care proposals from the presidential candidates finds that Donald Trump would cause about 20 million to lose coverage while Hillary Clinton would provide coverage for an additional 9 million people. Republican candidate Trump would repeal "Obamacare" and replace it with a new tax deduction, insurance...

  • Chief Executive Officer Marissa Mayer is under pressure to shore up the flagging fortunes of the site founded in 1994, and the company in July agreed to a $4.83 billion cash sale of its internet business to Verizon Communications Inc.. "This is the biggest data breach ever," said well-known cryptologist Bruce Schneier, adding that the impact on Yahoo and its...

  • The San Francisco Fed said Thursday that John Stumpf is giving up his position as representative from the central bank's San Francisco region on the advisory council. The announcement came two days after Stumpf faced bipartisan outrage from a Senate panel over the alleged misconduct, believed to have gone on at the second-largest U.S. bank for years.

  • Sept 22- Wells Fargo& Co Chief Executive John Stumpf, under fire over problematic sales tactics, resigned from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco's advisory council on Thursday. "John made a personal decision to resign as the Twelfth District's representative to the Federal Advisory Council. Maine Senator Angus King, a political independent, wrote a...

  • WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Sept 22- Aboriginal tribes from Canada and the northern United States signed a treaty on Thursday to jointly fight proposals to build more pipelines to carry crude from Alberta's oil sands, saying further development would damage the environment. The move came as Native American tribes on Thursday took their fight to Washington to stop...

  • Sept 22- Yahoo Inc said on Thursday that information from at least 500 million of its user accounts was stolen in 2014 by what it believed was a state-sponsored actor, a theft that appeared to the biggest cyber breach ever. "This is the biggest data breach ever," said well-known cryptologist Bruce Schneier. The Yahoo breach, which follows a rising number of other...

  • SAN FRANCISCO/ WASHINGTON, Sept 22- A U.S. investigation into a leak of hacking tools used by the National Security Agency is focusing on a theory that one of its operatives carelessly left them available on a remote computer and Russian hackers found them, four people with direct knowledge of the probe told Reuters. The public release of the tools coincided with...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 22- Native American tribes took their fight to Washington on Thursday to stop development of a $3.7 billion oil pipeline, as Democrats in the U.S. Congress urged the federal government to scrap construction permits and reconsider the project. Representative Raul Grijalva, the senior Democrat on the House of Representatives Natural...

  • *Europe expects Boeing to face pressure in next WTO rulings. GENEVA/ PARIS, Sept 22- The World Trade Organization said on Thursday the European Union had failed to rein in billions of dollars in subsidies to planemaker Airbus, ratcheting up tensions in the battle for airliner orders worth trillions of dollars a decade. The WTO said the EU and four nations- Britain,...

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  • WASHINGTON— Donald Trump's campaign says a government plan to give up managing key operations of the internet poses a threat of outside censorship of online information. The upcoming Oct. 1 transition, which will result in no immediate discernible change for internet users, is the result of planning that started under President Bill Clinton in 1998 and...

  • Sept 22- Yahoo Inc said on Thursday that information for at least 500 million user accounts was stolen from its network in 2014 by what it believed was a state-sponsored actor, a theft that appeared to the biggest cyber breach ever. "This is the biggest data breach ever," said well-known cryptologist Bruce Schneier. The FBI said it was aware of the matter, and the U.S.