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  • Japan may expand air bag recalls; worried about impact on industry
  • By Mari Saito and Maki Shiraki TOKYO (Reuters) - Honda Motor and Mazda Motor may have to recall another 200,000 cars in Japan to replace Takata Corp air bags if Takata complies with a U.S. order to recall cars across the United States rather than just in humid regions. Several automakers in the U.S. have issued regional recalls of certain models to investigate what is causing some Takata air bags to explode with excessive force. U.S. safety regulators have ordered Takata to have those recalls expanded nationwide. Takata has so far resisted a wider U.S. ...

  • Despite OPEC blow, Venezuela says to push until oil at $100
  • CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela will keep campaigning until oil prices rebound to $100 per barrel, president Nicolas Maduro said on Thursday night after OPEC refused to cut output as the cash-strapped South American country had aggressively pushed for.

  • Italy minister says EU accepts exceptional circumstances on budget
  • ROME (Reuters) - The European Union recognizes that "exceptional circumstances" will cause Italy to delay reducing its structural budget deficit, Italian economy minister Pier Carlo Padoan said on Friday. Italy has been pushing the European Commission, which published its assessment of euro zone countries' budgets on Friday, to give it more time to reduce its deficit due to extreme economic weakness. ...

  • Russian warships enter English Channel for drills: RIA
  • MOSCOW (Reuters) - A squadron of Russian warships entered the English Channel on Friday to hold exercises, RIA news agency reported, the latest apparent show of military might since ties with the West plunged to Cold War lows over Ukraine. RIA quoted the Northern Fleet as saying its vessels, led by anti-submarine ship Severomorsk, had passed through the Strait of Dover and were now in international waters in the Seine Bay to wait for a storm to pass. "While it is anchored the crew are undertaking a series of exercises on how to tackle ... ...

  • Eurozone inflation dips again as energy costs tank
  • German Economy Minister and Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel, right, and French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron, pose before a press conference in Paris, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, to present a report promoting deepened integration with common social reforms entitled Reforms, Investment and Growth. The economic ministers presented their report to propose economic reforms for France, Germany and for Europe, to avoid the "stagnation trap" where growth is barely noticeable and inflation is dangerously low. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)LONDON (AP) ? A sharp fall in energy costs as a result of dramatic declines in oil markets has pushed inflation across the 18-country eurozone down to 0.3 percent in the year to November, official figures showed Friday.



  • 2 officers killed, 107 Islamists arrested in Egypt
  • CAIRO (AP) ? Two senior Egyptian army officers were killed early Friday morning as security forces arrested more than 100 Islamists ahead of planned anti-government demonstrations.

  • France, Italy, Belgium promise reform in letters to EU: Dombrovskis
  • By Jan Strupczewski BRUSSELS (Reuters) - France, Italy and Belgium have sent letters to the European Commission pledging structural reforms and possible extra fiscal steps to win more time before a ruling on whether their budget policies break EU rules, the EU's top euro official said. France, which is already under an EU disciplinary procedure for running a budget deficit that is way above the EU ceiling of 3 percent of GDP, is facing a fine of up to 4.2 billion euros if by March the Commission decides that it has not taken steps agreed with EU finance ministers to consolidate its finances. ...

  • New Burkina PM vows investigations into Compaore-era deaths
  • Burkina Faso PM Zida stands as an official reads the names of transitional government ministers in OuagadougouBy Mathieu Bonkoungou OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - Burkina Faso's interim prime minister has pledged to open enquiries into the deaths of a revered former president and an investigative journalist -- key demands of protesters who swept veteran ruler Blaise Compaore from power last month. Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Zida, who seized power after Compaore fled and was then named prime minister, also said audits would be carried out at state firms and those suspected of corruption would be held to account. ...



  • EU plans to streamline but not change key budget rules
  • A picture illustration of Euro banknotes taken in central Bosnian town of ZenicaBy Jan Strupczewski BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission wants to streamline the European Union's complex rules governing economic policy-making, but won't change the two key laws that sharpened budget policy control during the debt crisis, a top official responsible for the euro zone said. Over the past four years the EU has come up with new ways to coordinate fiscal policy, set limits on borrowing and push for structural reforms to prevent another debt crisis and limit the chances of economic crises originating in Europe in general. ...



  • EU postpones ruling on French, Italian fiscal policy till March
  • BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission postponed until March its decision on whether French, Italian and Belgian fiscal policy was in line with European Union rules, saying their 2015 draft budgets were at risk of breaking them but it needed more data to decide. The Commission assesses draft national budgets of the 18 countries sharing the euro under new powers it gained last year, to make sure the draft plans are in line with EU agreements. ...

  • Updates: Black Friday from start to finish
  • Cashier Ryan Gray helps customers during a Thanksgiving day sale at a Best Buy store in Broomfield, Colo., on Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)NEW YORK (AP) ? Before some people opened their eyes, Black Friday was already well underway.



  • A glance at Ferguson: Then, now and the future
  • Protesters of the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown shooting march through the St. Louis Galleria mall Wednesday evening, Nov. 26, 2014, in Richmond Heights, Mo., chanting slogans. They stayed in the mall for about 15 minutes and then left peacefully without confrontation with a large police presence. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, J.B. Forbes)ST. LOUIS (AP) ? During a quiet holiday night in Ferguson, a small group of protesters demonstrated inside St. Louis-area retail stores, speaking out about a grand jury's decision not to indict the officer who fatally shot Michael Brown.



  • Growers grateful for higher Christmas tree prices
  • Christmas trees sit covered in snow on the family-run Howell Tree Farm, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, in Cumming, Iowa. After several tough years, the nation?s Christmas-tree growers are happy to see higher prices, but customers shouldn?t worry too much. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) ? Christmas tree likely will cost a little more this year, and growers like John Tillman say it's about time.



  • Immigrants' chances tied to their state's polices
  • FILE - In this June 24, 2014, file photo, community organizers Lucia Lin, left, and Carlos Amador join about 100 people during a California Department of Motor Vehicles hearing in downtown Los Angeles held to take public comments on proposed rules by which immigrants in the country illegally may obtain driver's licenses. In January, California joins nine other states in allowing immigrants who can?t prove they?re in the U.S legally to get a driver?s license. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)PHOENIX (AP) ? If Christian Avila lived a few hundred miles to the west, he would have a driver's license, qualify for in-state college tuition and a host of other opportunities available to young people granted legal status by President Barack Obama two years ago.



  • Russian warships wait out storm in English Channel
  • MOSCOW (AP) ? The Russian defense ministry says its warships have entered the English Channel to wait out a storm following a week of maneuvers in the North Sea.

  • Sherman's big night leads Seattle past 49ers again
  • Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman takes a bite out of a turkey leg after the Seahawks beat the San Francisco 49ers 19-3 in an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) ? At midfield, Richard Sherman cradled a game ball in his right hand and took a chomp out of a turkey leg with his left.



  • EU won't sanction France, Italy on budget yet
  • President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker delivers his statement on growth, jobs and investment package for Europe, Wednesday Nov 26, 2014 at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France. (AP Photo/Christian Lutz)BRUSSELS (AP) ? The head of the European Union's executive is opting not to sanction France or Italy just yet over their failure to meet targets on their public finances.



  • ECB's Nouy says banks must show they can make profits
  • Chair of the Supervisory Board of the single supervisory mechanism Nouy attends news conference at ECB in FrankfurtBy Huw Jones and Eva Taylor LONDON (Reuters) - Euro zone banks that failed or barely passed this year's health checks will have to demonstrate they can make sustainable profits and may need to sell off loss-making units, the European Central Bank's top supervisor said. Daniele Nouy told Reuters on Friday that simply finding more capital to plug shortfalls uncovered by the stress test may not be enough. "Partly because of the financial situation in Europe and partly because of the structure of the banking systems in Europe ... ...



  • Syria denies targeting civilians, tells U.S. to criticize militants instead
  • Children play in front of damaged buildings along a deserted street in Maaret al-Naaman town in Idlib provinceBEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria rejected as "fabricated" U.S. accusations that its forces are targeting civilians with air strikes and said Washington would do better to criticize hardline Islamic State militants who have killed American citizens. The U.S. State Department said on Wednesday it was "horrified" by Syrian government bombings in Raqqa province which it said had killed "dozens of civilians and demolished residential areas". "The Syrian Arab Army does not target civilians and will not do so," state news agency SANA quoted Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi as saying late on Thursday. ...



  • Energy shares slide after OPEC decision
  • A man uses a smartphone in front of an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. A raft of data releases gave mixed signs about the state of Asia's second biggest economy but Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 index rose 1.1 percent. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)HONG KONG (AP) ? Crude oil and energy shares tumbled Friday as OPEC's decision to keep production steady rippled across the globe. Japanese stocks rose after a slew of uninspiring economic data raised hopes that more stimulus was in the pipeline while other global indexes were mixed.



  • US shoppers go in for the kill on 'Black Friday'
  • Shoppers look for bargains at a store at Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets, in Leesburg, Virginia, on November 27, 2014The traditionalists don't like it, but the "Black Friday" shopping frenzy is as much a part of the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States as turkey and pumpkin pie. There was hardly time for the roast turkey and stuffing to settle when most shops opened there on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, for a 28-hour bonanza of breathless consumerism that was to stretch overnight and drag on nonstop until 10:00 pm Friday. After a tentative start, many shops were packed by midnight: nearly 100 people queued to get into Kate Spade New York as the clock ticked into Black Friday and the cold night air dropped a degree or two further. The long Thanksgiving weekend is the kickoff to the US holiday shopping season, and Black Friday has long been considered the critical day that turns retailers' books from red to black.



  • Eagles top Cowboys 33-10, may have to do it again
  • Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy (25) is tackled by Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker Bruce Carter (54) during the first half of an NFL football game Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/The Waco Tribune Herald, Jose Yau)ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) ? LeSean McCoy said beating Dallas with the NFC East lead on the line felt a lot like last year, when Philadelphia wrapped up a playoff berth in the Cowboys' $1.2 billion stadium.



  • Gophers, Badgers meet for axe, Big Ten West title
  • Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon scores on a 6-yard touchdown run during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Iowa, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, in Iowa City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)MADISON, Wis. (AP) ? For once, elusive running back Melvin Gordon got stuck in a crowd on the field.



  • Lions begin crucial homestand with win over Bears
  • Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81), defended by Chicago Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller (23), pulls in a 6-yard pass for a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)DETROIT (AP) ? The Detroit Lions began the homestand that could make or break their season with the type of offensive performance their fans have been waiting for.



  • Ferguson protests move to Target, Wal-Mart stores
  • Protesters of the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown shooting chant slogans at the St. Louis Galleria mall on Wednesday evening, Nov. 26, 2014, in Richmond Heights, Mo. They stayed in the mall for about 15 minutes and then left peacefully without confrontation with a large police presence. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, J.B. Forbres)MANCHESTER, Mo. (AP) ? Dozens of people have interrupted holiday shopping at major retail stores around the St. Louis area to speak out about a grand jury's decision not to indict the officer who fatally shot Michael Brown.



  • Feyenoord leave holders Sevilla facing final game drama
  • Karim El Ahmadi of Feyenoord (L) fights for the ball with Grzegorz Krychowiak of Sevilla during their Europa League soccer match in RotterdamBy Toby Davis LONDON (Reuters) - Feyenoord's Karim El Ahmadi scored a superb goal to help them into the Europa League last 32 with a 2-0 win over Sevilla on Thursday that left the holders facing a winner-takes-all final game to stay in the competition. The former European champions led nine teams -- Everton, Napoli, Trabzonspor, Celtic, Tottenham Hotspur, Dynamo Kiev, Besiktas and Inter Milan -- into the knockout stage of Europe's second tier competition, setting up a nervy finale for others. ...



  • Russian doctor rebellion causes headache for Putin
  • In this photo taken on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, Dr. Semyon Galperin speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at Hospital 11 in Moscow, Russia. Dr. Galperin spent a decade in medical research in Russia and as much time in the United States, working at top hospitals and research companies. Despite his expertise, Galperin was recently given a stark ultimatum from the Moscow hospital where he works: Leave or stay on as a lowly hospital attendant. Galperin?s job is being eliminated as part of a sweeping reform in which at least 28 Moscow hospitals are to be closed and up to 10,000 medical staff fired, an overhaul that officials say is needed to modernize a decrepit Soviet-era health system. At the hospital, Galperin is vowing to stay on even if that means working as an attendant: ?I can?t leave work because we decided to fight till the end,? he said. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)MOSCOW (AP) ? Dr. Semyon Galperin spent a decade in medical research in Russia and as much time in the United States, working at top hospitals and research companies. Despite his expertise, Galperin was recently given a stark ultimatum from the Moscow hospital where he works: Leave or stay on as a lowly hospital attendant.



  • UK house price inflation slows to 11-month low - Nationwide
  • A terrace of residential houses is seen in LondonBy David Milliken LONDON (Reuters) - The annual rate of increase in British house prices fell to its lowest level in nearly a year this month as the property market continued to lose momentum, figures from mortgage lender Nationwide showed on Friday. Nationwide said house prices rose 8.5 percent in the year to November, the smallest increase since December last year, and well below June's near 10-year peak of 11.8 percent. ...



  • Ginsburg back at home, expected at court next week
  • FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2013 file photo, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg smiles while speaking to the Northern Virginia Technology Council in Reston, Va. A Supreme Court spokeswoman says Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been released from the hospital after having a heart stent implanted to clear a blocked artery. Spokeswoman Kathy Arberg says the 81-year-old jurist was sent home Thursday and is expected to be at work when the court hears its next round of oral arguments on Monday, Dec. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)WASHINGTON (AP) ? Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has returned home after undergoing an operation to implant a heart stent to clear a blocked artery and is expected to hear oral arguments on Monday.



  • Southern Democrats urge a return to party basics
  • FILE- In this Oct. 27, 2014 file photo, Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter speaks during a campaign stop in Columbus, Ga. Many Democrats say the way to recover lost ground in the conservative South is to reclaim the party?s lost identity as a champion of the middle class. Georgia Democrats thought legacy candidates were the answer, but Senate hopeful Michelle Nunn, former Sen. Sam Nunn?s daughter, and gubernatorial challenger Jason Carter, former President Jimmy Carter?s grandson, each lost by about 8 percentage points even after well-funded campaigns and ambitious voter-registration drives. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)ATLANTA (AP) ? Southern Democrats are joining others in the party who say that a return to advocating to lift people out of economic hardship and emphasizing spending on education and public works will re-energize black voters and attract whites as well.



  • McIlroy to cut out 'bad stuff' after rollercoaster round
  • Northern Ireland's McIlroy plays out of a bunker during the first round of the Australian Open golf tournament in SydneyBy Nick Mulvenney SYDNEY (Reuters) - World number one Rory McIlroy said all he needed to do was cut the "bad stuff" out of his game for a really low score at the Australian Open after managing to par only five holes in a rollercoaster second round on Friday. The Northern Irishman hit an eagle, six birdles and six bogeys for a second successive two-under-par 69 at The Australian Golf Course to finish the day a shot behind leader Greg Chalmers on four-under. ...



  • Rebels push forward in southern Syria
  • FILE - In this March 18, 2013, file image taken from video obtained from the Shaam News Network, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, free Syrian Army fighters fire at Syrian army soldiers during a fierce firefight in Daraa al-Balad, Syria. Syrian rebels backed by the United States are making their biggest gains yet south of the capital Damascus, capturing a string of towns from government forces and aiming to carve out a swath of territory leading to the doorstep of President Bashar Assad's seat of power. (AP Photo/Shaam News Network via AP video, File)BEIRUT (AP) ? Syrian rebels backed by the United States are making their biggest gains yet south of the capital Damascus, capturing a string of towns from government forces and aiming to carve out a swath of territory leading to the doorstep of President Bashar Assad's seat of power



  • Pope wades into Mideast turmoil with Turkish visit
  • FILE - In this May 25, 2014 file photo, Pope Francis stands with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I as they meet outside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, in Jerusalem's Old City. Pope Francis travels to Turkey on a three day visit beginning Friday Nov. 28, 2014, amid new Muslim-Christian tensions and a violent war next door, with Islamic State militants seizing chunks of territory in Iraq and Syria and sending 1.6 million refugees across the border into Turkey. Francis is due to visit the spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians, Patriarch Bartholomew I. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, File)ANKARA, Turkey (AP) ? Pope Francis is visiting Turkey at a sensitive moment for the Muslim nation, as it cares for 1.6 million refugees and weighs how to deal with the Islamic State group as its fighters grab chunks of Syria and Iraq across Turkey's southern border.



  • Energy revolution spells doom for German village
  • Vattenfall spokesperson Thoralf Schirmer walks in front of a bucket-wheel excavator after an AP interview at the Vattenfall lignite open-cast mine in Jaenschwalde, eastern Germany, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. Lignite, as this form of compressed peat is known, is becoming an increasingly important part of Germany?s effort to phase out nuclear energy. It?s also the reason why Atterwasch, a village that survived the Thirty Years? War, a Soviet onslaught during the final months of World War II and four hard decades of communist rule will soon be razed. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)ATTERWASCH, Germany (AP) ? Five days a week, a giant machine eats its way through soil at the Jaenschwalde open-cast mine in eastern Germany, exposing the brown coal buried beneath.



  • Mali and rebels fail to reach deal in third round of peace talks
  • BAMAKO (Reuters) - Negotiations between the Malian government and mostly Tuareg rebel groups, held in Algiers, broke up on Thursday without an agreement on northern Mali, officials for both sides said. Mali's vast desert north - called Azawad by the Tuareg rebels - has risen up four times in the last five decades, with various groups fighting for independence or a form of self-rule from the government in the south. "The negotiations are suspended without a preliminary agreement," said Cherif Kanoute, spokesman for Mali's foreign ministry, without elaborating on the reason for the failure. ...

  • Nigeria says too much boom time oil savings spent on state governors
  • Nigeria's Finance Minister Okonjo-Iweala speaks during an interview in AbujaBy Camillus Eboh and Julia Payne ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigeria's finance minister said on Thursday that a significant portion of the billions of dollars drained from the oil savings account over the past two years was distributed to powerful governors instead of being saved for a rainy day. Nigeria, Africa's biggest oil producer, is grappling with financial difficulties owing to a 30 percent fall in the price of oil since June, which has added pressure on the government's already depleted fiscal buffers. ...



  • Tanzania PM sidesteps calls to quit over graft claims
  • Mizengo Pinda, Prime Minister of the United Republic of Tanzania, speaks during the Millennium Development Goals Summit at United Nations headquarters in New YorkDAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - Tanzania's prime minister on Thursday sidestepped calls from a parliamentary committee to resign over accusations that he had approved illegal payments to a private power company. Tanzania has discovered massive gas reserves off its coast, but the energy sector has long been dogged by allegations of graft, causing delays in disbursement of aid by donors. ...



  • Oil plunge a panacea for crude-reliant Asia
  • People wait to cross a street in front of a Shell filling station with the electric indicator showing a liter of regular gas price, top, at 148 yen, or $1.25, per liter (554 yen, or $4.69 per gallon) in Tokyo Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. A renewed plunge in oil prices is a worrying sign of weakness in the global economy that could shake governments dependent on oil revenues. It is also a panacea as pump prices fall, giving individuals more disposable income and lowering costs for many businesses. Partly because of the shale oil boom in the U.S., the world is awash in oil but demand from major economies is weak so prices are falling. The latest slide was triggered by OPEC?s decision Thursday to leave its production target at 30 million barrels a day. Member nations of the cartel are worried they?ll lose market share if they lower production. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)A renewed plunge in oil prices is a worrying sign of weakness in the global economy that could shake governments dependent on oil revenues. It is also a panacea as pump prices fall, giving individuals more disposable income and lowering costs for many businesses.



  • Northeast Nigeria bus station blast kills 40 people - sources
  • YOLA, Nigeria (Reuters) - A roadside bomb tore through a bus station near a busy junction in northeast Nigeria on Thursday, killing 40 people including five soldiers, witnesses and a security source on the scene said. The security source and witness Abubakar Adamu, a mechanic who narrowly avoided being blown up himself, said the blast set several buses on fire at the Marabi-Mubi junction, in a part of the country plagued by violence linked to the Boko Haram Islamist insurgency.

  • Canada to deploy military health staff to Sierra Leone in Ebola fight
  • By David Ljunggren OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada will send up to 40 military staff to Sierra Leone to help battle Ebola, the government said on Thursday as it also launched a campaign to recruit healthcare workers to help operate treatment centers in three West African countries. The death toll in the world's worst Ebola epidemic had risen to 5,689 out of 15,935 cases reported in eight countries as of Nov. 23, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday. ...