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- France's central bank raises growth forecast
France should post economic growth of 0.5 percent in the last quarter of this year, the central bank said Monday, citing a "clear" rise in manufacturing and deliveries in most sectors. The Bank said there had also been a "slight increase" in November in the performance of the services sector, citing IT and transport.
- Man who amputated arm arrested on assault charges
DENVER (AP) — A man who cut off his forearm to free himself after becoming trapped by a dislodged boulder in a Utah canyon is in jail after being arrested in Denver over allegations of domestic violence.
- German economic engine stalls as it pulls eurozone
The German economic engine, one of the key drivers of recovery in the 17-country eurozone, appears to be stalling, with industrial output declining and exports nearly grinding to a halt, data showed on Monday. Amid repeated criticism that Germany is not doing enough to help pull its eurozone partners out of the economic doldrums, new trade data on Monday showed that German imports from the single currency area grew by 3.4 percent in October, while its exports to that region slipped by 0.1 percent. Germany has come under increasing fire for its persistently high trade surplus recently, with critics arguing that its economic robustness came at the expense of the eurozone's weaker members. In seasonally adjusted terms, Germany exported goods worth 92.9 billion euros ($127 billion) in October, up only fractionally from 92.7 billion euros in September, Destatis said in a statement.
- Stocks edge higher after Sysco acquisition
- Torre, La Russa, Cox elected to baseball Hall
- LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Retired managers Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox have been unanimously elected to the baseball Hall of Fame by the expansion era committee.
- Invisible in prison, Mandela was kept in spotlight by music
- By Marius Bosch JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - For nearly three decades, very few people except prison guards and fellow inmates knew what Nelson Mandela looked like. But his imprisonment and the fight against the apartheid government in South Africa was kept on the world stage by music - from ska and reggae songs to jazz - with one common message: Free Nelson Mandela. They are being played and replayed as South Africa commemorates its first black president with a memorial ceremony on Tuesday to be attended by a host of global leaders. "It is music and dancing that makes me at peace with the world and at peace with myself," Mandela said in 1999 after joining South African singer Johnny Clegg - the "White Zulu" - on stage in France.
- Riot police encircle protest camps in Kiev
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian police in full riot gear have encircled tents and barricades erected by anti-government protesters that are blocking city buildings in Kiev and have begun to dismantle some of them.
- Yanukovich backs Ukraine compromise talks as riot police take up positions
By Richard Balmforth and Alissa de Carbonnel KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich backed a call for talks with the opposition on Monday to end weeks of protests in Kiev, but tension was high with pro-Europe demonstrators barricading their protest camp in preparation for police intervention. As riot police took up new positions in the capital, heavyweight boxing champion-turned-opposition politician Vitaly Klitschko called on the protesters to stand their ground, and warned Yanukovich that he would have blood on his hands if security forces tried to end the stand off violently. With pressure growing on a shaky economy, the presidential website said Yanukovich supported a proposal for round-table talks involving the authorities and the opposition as a possible "platform for mutual understanding", the website said. Nor was it clear what the united opposition's reaction to Yanukovich's proposal would be.
- Delays possible in Syria chemicals weapons mission
- Torre, La Russa, Cox elected to Hall of Fame
- LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Retired managers Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox were unanimously elected to the baseball Hall of Fame by the expansion era committee on Monday.
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