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Fire causes evacuation of French state radio

Friday, October 31, 2014 5:57am

Police officers and rescue worker stand by the burning state radio headquarters, known as Maison de la Radio, in Paris, France, Friday, Oct.31, 2014. The massive building was undergoing renovations when the fire began. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)PARIS (AP) — A fire at the Paris headquarters of French state radio is sending columns of thick black smoke out of more than a dozen windows


Iran hits back after West condemns its human rights record

Friday, October 31, 2014 5:52am

Larijani, secretary of Iran's High Council for Human Rights and advisor to chief of judiciary on international affairs, who is leading Iran's delegation, speaks at U.N. European headquarters in GenevaBy Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Iran defended its human rights record on Friday, after a wave of Western criticism of its execution of a woman for murdering a man she said had tried to rape her. Mohammad Javad Larijani, secretary general of Iran's High Council for Human Rights, was speaking at a more than three hour-long debate in the U.N. Human Rights Council to review Tehran's record. Reyhaneh Jabbari was hanged on Saturday in Tehran's Evin prison for the killing. ...


Russia central bank in surprisingly big rate hike

Friday, October 31, 2014 5:51am

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's central bank on Friday raised its main interest rate more than anticipated in its latest attempt to shore up the plummeting national currency.

Global stocks get big boost from Bank of Japan

Friday, October 31, 2014 5:49am

A man walks past an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. Japan's Nikkei 225 stock average surged 5 percent and the yen slid against the dollar after the Bank of Japan unexpectedly announced new stimulus to boost a flagging economic recovery. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)LONDON (AP) — Global stocks spiked sharply higher Friday after the Bank of Japan unexpectedly announced a fresh stimulus to boost the country's flagging economy.


U.S. third-quarter wage gains largest since 2008

Friday, October 31, 2014 5:47am

A "Help Wanted" sign in the window advertises a job opening at a dry cleaners in BostonWASHINGTON, Oct 31 (Reuters) - - U.S. labor costs rose more than expected in the third quarter as wages recorded their largest gain since 2008, a sign that a long-awaited pick-up in wage growth was underway. The Employment Cost Index, the broadest measure of labor costs, increased 0.7 percent after advancing by the same margin in the second quarter, the Labor Department said on Friday. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast the employment cost index increasing 0.5 percent in the July-September period. Wages and salaries, which account for 70 percent of employment costs, rose 0. ...


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