Dutch finance ministry prepared for a scenario in which the Netherlands could return to its former currency – the guilder. They hosted meetings with a team of legal, economic and foreign affairs experts to discuss the possibility of returning to the Dutch guilder in early 2012, confirmed that Germany also discussed such scenarios.
Citigroup Inc. Chief Economist Willem Buiter report advising the initiative requiring the Swiss National Bank to hold a fixed portion of its assets in gold makes no sense, “There is no economic or financial case for a central bank to hold any single commodity, even if this commodity had intrinsic value.”
The Health and Human Services Department is partnering with Westfield Shopping Centers this weekend to provide deal-seekers with information on health insurance ahead of a Feb. 15 deadline for Americans without coverage to purchase it or pay a fine.
U.S. Treasury has been forced to issue $1,040,965,000,000 in new debt since fiscal 2015 started just eight weeks ago in order to raise the money to pay off Treasury securities that were maturing and to cover new deficit spending by the government.
Wisconsin lawmaker State Rep. Bill Kramer, 49, (R-Waukesha accused of shoving a woman into a car and groping her following a Republican event has been sentenced to five months in jail for sexual assault, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
FBI: gun sales increased in the United States during busiest shopping day of the year, Black Friday. FBI spokesman Stephen Fischer; federal background check system expects to set record of 144,000 background checks Friday, average of three checks per second, nearly three times daily average.
consumption tax on gasoline will increase from one yuan (USD 0.16) per liter to 1.12 yuan (USD 0.18). The tax on diesel will rise from t 0.8 yuan (USD 0.13) per liter to 0.94 yuan (USD 0.15.) China ranks first among the world’s net oil importers with Beijing importing around two-thirds of its oil needs.
The United States will arm Israel, a key ally in the Middle East, with 3,000 smart bombs as part of Washington’s military aid to Tel Aviv. The United States provides Israel with some $8.5 million in military aid per day.
Russia’s national currency, the ruble hit historic low following decision by Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to maintain its current oil output level of 30 million barrels per day. Approximately half of Russia’s federal budget revenues are generated by oil and natural gas exports.
Global crude oil prices dropped to a four-year low following decision by Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to maintain crude output in an oversupplied market. OPEC was under pressure from some of its members, notably Venezuela and Ecuador, to cut output to reduce supplies and push prices back up, rejected by Persian Gulf members, including Saudi Arabia.
Republican Senator John McCain has rejected a possible conflict between the United States and Russia due to the escalating tensions over the crisis in Ukraine. The Arizona senator, however, criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The effects of fracking could be as dangerous as asbestos, thalidomide, or tobacco toxins, the UK’s leading scientist has warned, claiming the government has adopted the process without considering the side effects.
A pregnant St. Louis woman is now blind in one eye after St. Louis County Police shot a bean-bag round at a vehicle she was riding in as the car drove away from a gas station near Ferguson, Missouri early Tuesday.
A UN report Released by the UN Committee Against Torture condemned the United States for violating terms of an international anti-torture treaty. The panel took Washington to task for police brutality, military interrogations, and capital punishment protocols.
Russia’s Northern Fleet has been conducting naval training near Dover. Two battleships and two supply vessels worked on operations and communications in conditions of adverse weather and heavy marine traffic.
Electronic equipment, including hard drives and a device operating the helicopter carrier’s communications system, has been stolen off the Mistral ship built for Russia in the French port of Saint-Nazaire. An investigation has been launched.
An extract of the spice turmeric, curcumin has been found to help patients with bronchial asthma and other related issues. Curcumin, the yellow pigment that gives turmeric its golden color, has varied pharmacological activities, widely recognized for its ability to inhibit inflammation.
New York state health officials stopped nonprofit group from providing free medical care to thousands lacking health insurance during four-day dental conference. The nonprofit, Remote Area Medical, raised $3 million, enlisted hundreds of volunteer doctors, other medical workers to offer health services, including dental care, new eyeglasses, other services, planned to treat 7,000 patients.
Off-duty Texas deputy shot a 20-year-old woman in the head for honking her horn at him in a road rage incident, it's claimed. The woman, survived the shooting after the bullet grazed the left side of her head.
Demonstrators temporarily shut down two large malls in suburban St. Louis on one of the busiest shopping days of the year Friday, as rallies were held nationwide to protest a grand jury's recent decision not to indict the police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown in nearby Ferguson.
A renewed plunge in oil prices is a worrying sign of weakness in the global economy that could shake governments dependent on oil revenues. Yet it is also a bonus for consumers as prices fall at the pump, giving individuals more spending money and lowering costs for many businesses.
In Pamplona, Spain the yearly tradition is to throw yourself into an arena and run for your life as bulls chases you. America, has a similar tradition, bulls are replaced with human sheeple who will stop at nothing to ensure they walk away with the best consumer deals they can find. People often hurt in both events, sometimes lead to death as weaker sheep are trampled during the commotion. 100 million Americans will head out for their annual running and spend upwards of $13 billion in a single day.
Ukraine’s president has announced plans to change the nation's legislation to make it possible to appoint foreigners to top government positions. This has been dubbed “unprecedented,” and may indicate that the country is being governed “from outside.”
Flying robotic waiters, known as Infinium-Serve, will be launched in Singapore restaurant chain by end of 2015, believed to be world’s first commercial attempt at replacing humans with machines in this field. “This will result in an enhanced dining experience, lead to increased sales and revenue for the restaurants; Woon Junyang, chief executive officer at Infinium Robotics.
White House is focused on releasing its massive regulatory agenda, the fifth time the Obama administration has released its regulatory road map on the eve of a major holiday.
The 22-foot oak table was specially manufactured by a company in China, where Kean recently opened a campus, and serves as the centerpiece of a new conference center. School officials have reportedly dismissed criticism of the purchase.
Police bashed in face and head of David Nelson Flores, sweeps 25-year-old Mayra Lazos-Guerroro’s legs out from under her. The obviously pregnant woman falls hard onto her stomach and face,she begins to scream in agony.
European Parliament's Vice President Saryusz-Wolski: "Russia's pressure on Ukraine is mounting high, further war imminent," Ukraine's President Poroshenko a "third world war does not scare us.
FBI data released the past month reveals so-called “justifiable homicides” reached record high last year, number of officers killed in line of duty fell to lowest level in decades. According to the data, 461 Americans killed by police officers in 2013, 27 police officers killed by civilians.
Ideas include aircraft spraying out sulphur particles at high altitude to mimic reverse decline of sea-ice or using artificial "trees" to absorb CO2. Effort would have to be maintained for years, implications for rainfall patterns
Air Force: “The Predator system will be used to carry out reconnaissance missions, surveillance and the acquisition of targets,” no details of where the drones will be used. Could use Predators for the surveillance of protests, drones able to stay in the air for more than 20 hours.
The United States continues to escalate its aerial campaign against ISIL terrorists in Iraq and Syria, shifting more attack and surveillance aircraft from Afghanistan to a base in Kuwait.
The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has decided to maintain the amount of the oil it produces at the current level, amid an oversupply of crude and plummeting prices.
Two opposition lawmakers want an official list of “undesirable foreign organizations” and criminal responsibility for Russians who assist the activities of these entities inside the country, to prevent any foreign groups to harm the “basic values of the Russian state.”
At least 400 protesters arrested over the past three days across the US, 200 activists were detained in Los Angeles. 2,000 National Guard forces were sent to step up security in Ferguson.
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Donetsk and Lugansk banks are closed and cash machines and credit cards aren’t working. Disrupted social payments to the elderly, after local banks received an order from Ukraine’s central bank this week to “suspend” operations. Kiev is cutting economic ties with rebel-held areas by freezing bank accounts and stopping social payments.
South Korea could fine citizens $27,000 or put them in prison three years for using unregistered version of a ‘selfie-stick ’allowing the user to take a picture remotely without a timer. They are technically communication devices using radio waves for the wireless connection, need to be tested and certified to ensure they don’t interfere with other devices.
French President Francois Hollande under terrific pressure from President Obama to renege on the contract announced France, which has missed two deadlines to deliver to Russia two Mistral helicopter-carriers to Russia, won’t deliver either ship until Washington has no further complaints about Russia’s support of rebels in Ukraine. Russia already paid for both ships in full. Russian Government: if matter extends beyond a third deadline at end of this month, will activate non-delivery penalty for ship, around a billion dollars.
On November 22 Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy in Moscow that Washington treats Russia as “subhumans” and has forced Russia into a “game of chicken” in order to determine whether Russia will blink or defend its national interests. As Russia will not blink, Washington is driving the world to war.
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