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| Kerry says Israeli, Palestinian deal possible by end of April|
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday Israel and the Palestinians were still on schedule to reach a full Middle East peace deal by the end of April, and both sides were committed to the talks. Speaking at the end of his second visit to the region in a week, Kerry said the two sides were discussing a framework of core issues that lay at the heart of the decades-old conflict and would lead to the final status accord. "Both parties remain committed to fulfilling their obligations to stay at the table and negotiate hard during the nine-month period that we set for that," Kerry told reporters after separate talks with Palestinian and Israeli leaders. "We're not talking at this point about any shifts (in the schedule," he said, alleviating Palestinian concerns that Israel would delay a planned release of Palestinian prisoners at the end of the year.
Fri, 13 Dec 2013 10:35:43 -0500
| Gunmen shoot dead 18 oil workers in northeast Iraq: medical, local sources|
BAQUBA, Iraq (Reuters) - Masked gunmen shot dead 18 oil and gas workers, most of them Iranians, outside the northeastern Iraqi town of Muqdadiya on Friday, medical and local sources said. The workers, 15 of them from Iran and three from Iraq, were attacked as they dug a trench to extend a gas pipeline, Muqdadiya's mayor told Reuters. (Editing by Andrew Heavens)
Fri, 13 Dec 2013 13:31:59 -0500
| U.S., Chinese warships narrowly avoid collision in South China Sea|
A U.S. guided missile cruiser operating in international waters in the South China Sea was forced to take evasive action last week to avoid a collision with a Chinese navy ship maneuvering nearby, the U.S. Pacific Fleet said in a statement on Friday. The incident on December 5 involving the USS Cowpens came at a time of heightened tensions between the United States and China following Beijing's declaration of an Air Defense Identification Zone in the East China Sea. But it did say the incident underscored the need for the "highest standards of professional seamanship, including communications between vessels, to mitigate the risk of an unintended incident or mishap." Beijing declared the air defense zone over the East China Sea late last month and demanded that aircraft flying through the area provide it with flight plans and other information. The United States and its allies rejected the Chinese demand and have continued to fly military aircraft into the zone, which includes air space over a small group of islands claimed by China but currently administered by Tokyo.
Fri, 13 Dec 2013 13:24:35 -0500
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| Chargers stun Broncos 27-20 (Yahoo Sports)|
Now, Peyton Manning gets a chance to rest. Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers kept Manning on the sideline most of the game and handed the Denver Broncos and unexpected and harmful 27-20 loss Thursday night. Rivers threw two touchdown passes to Keenan Allen and kept the Chargers' offense on the field for nearly 39 minutes, keeping their playoff hopes alive while turning Denver's supposedly easy road to the AFC West title and top seeding in the conference into something much different. The Broncos gained 13 yards on the 13 plays they ran after taking a 10-3 lead late in the first quarter.
Thu, 12 Dec 2013 21:35:50 PST
| Redskins' K. Shanahan: 'Disappointing' RG3 benched (Yahoo Sports)|
The father benched Robert Griffin III. The son would rather have him on the field. Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said Thursday he wasn't consulted on coach Mike Shanahan's decision to sit Griffin, adding that he finds it ''a little disappointing'' that the franchise quarterback won't be playing for the rest of the season. ''If it was about really football, I think you would talk to the offensive coordinator,'' Kyle Shanahan said. That's out of my realm.'' Kyle Shanahan said he made out two game plans this week for at Atlanta while waiting for Mike Shanahan to announce that Kirk Cousins will start the final three weeks.
Thu, 12 Dec 2013 14:04:13 PST
| Aldridge leads Trail Blazers past Rockets, 111-104 (Yahoo Sports)|
LaMarcus Aldridge's big night against the Houston Rockets wasn't about the stats, the All-Star votes or the fans chanting ''MVP! MVP!'' ''This was a 'we needed a win' night for me,'' said Aldridge, who had 31 points and a career-high 25 rebounds in the Trail Blazers' 111-104 victory Thursday. For Aldridge, it was important that Portland (19-4) come away with a win after losing to the Rockets earlier this season - a rare blip for the Western Conference leaders. It was the first time in franchise history that a Blazers player scored 30 or more points with 25 or more rebounds. ''(But) I felt tonight, it was needed.'' Dwight Howard had 32 points and 17 rebounds for the Rockets, who beat the Blazers 116-101 on Nov. 5.
Thu, 12 Dec 2013 23:45:40 PST
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| Qualcomm names COO Mollenkopf CEO, ending Microsoft talk|
Qualcomm Inc promoted Chief Operating Officer Steve Mollenkopf to chief executive in a surprise move that follows investor pressure on the phone chipmaker to return capital and speculation that he might be poached to run Microsoft. The replacement of current CEO Paul Jacobs, the 51-year-old son of a Qualcomm co-founder, comes a day after Bloomberg News reported that Microsoft has been considering Mollenkopf as a candidate to replace retiring CEO Steve Ballmer. "I think the consideration of Microsoft of Mollenkopf may have prompted a bit of a speedier announcement." Mollenkopf, 41, will take the reins at the world's biggest maker of cellphone chips in March, as Qualcomm faces an antitrust investigation in China, its largest market.
Fri, 13 Dec 2013 12:03:59 -0500
| Charter readies Time Warner Cable bid below $135/share: source|
By Nadia Damouni NEW YORK (Reuters) - Charter Communications Inc is preparing to send an offer letter to acquire Time Warner Cable Inc as soon as next week, a source close to the matter said on Friday. The offer is expected to be less than $135 per Time Warner Cable share and will be a combination of cash and stock, said the source, who asked not to be named because the matter is not public. Charter declined to comment. Time Warner could not be immediately reached for comment.
Fri, 13 Dec 2013 13:19:10 -0500
| Wall St. rises after three-day drop; set for weekly loss|
By Chuck Mikolajczak NEW YORK (Reuters) - Stocks gained slightly on Friday as investors were cautious after a three-day drop and ahead of the Federal Reserve's final policy meeting of the year next week. Investors have been trying to gauge the timing of when the U.S. central bank may begin to scale back its stimulus measures, with many market participants expecting the Fed to announce a tapering of its monthly bond purchases in March. However, recent signs of strength in economic data have led some investors to be wary of the possibility of an earlier pullback by the Fed, which holds a two-day policy meeting next week. "The last couple of days selloff with (bond) yields rising a little bit definitely tells you the taper talk is back, and people are starting to build a little of that into it," said Joe Saluzzi, co-manager of trading at Themis Trading in Chatham, New Jersey.
Fri, 13 Dec 2013 13:29:49 -0500