Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, accused of planting bombs at the 2013 Boston Marathon, made a brief appearance in court Thursday, quietly telling the judge that he was satisfied with his lawyers. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/19/us/man-charged-in-boston-marathon-bombings-to-appear-in-court.html?ref=us  When the hearing was over, Mr. Tsarnaev was handcuffed and led away. At that point, a woman who had been seated in the area reserved […]

Turkey has issued an arrest warrant for U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, who President Tayyip Erdogan accuses of seeking to overthrow him, state broadcaster TRT Haber reported on Friday. http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2014/12/19/world/europe/19reuters-turkey-cleric.html?ref=world Gulen, who has lived in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania since 1999, has been in open conflict with Erdogan since a corruption probe targeting the then-prime […]

Switzerland is introducing a negative interest rate on the deposits it holds for lenders, its central bank said on Thursday, moving to hold down the value of the Swiss franc amid the turmoil in global currency markets.  http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/19/business/switzerland-central-bank-interest-rate.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&smid=tw-nytimes&_r=0 The Swiss National Bank said in a statement from Zurich that it would begin charging banks 0.25 […]

For over half a century, the U.S. government’s schemes to overthrow the Castro government were, if not successful, always creative: the poisonous cigars, the exploding seashell, the secret Twitter-like service in Cuba.  http://bigstory.ap.org/article/7054b6291e5f41d29e4eb38fa3e989da/ill-fated-schemes-upend-castro President Barack Obama said Wednesday the U.S. will re-establish diplomatic ties with Cuba and bring change to the longstanding trade embargo. But […]

A pair of jeans containing material that blocks wireless signals is being developed in conjunction with anti-virus firm Norton. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-30513497 The trousers are intended to stop thieves hacking into radio frequency identification (RFID) tagged passports or contactless payment cards. According to security experts this type of theft is a growing problem. The jeans are designed […]

The Obama administration overturned a ban preventing a wealthy, politically connected Ecuadorean woman from entering the United States after her family gave tens of thousands of dollars to Democratic campaigns, according to finance records and government officials. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/17/world/americas/ecuador-isaias-obama-campaign-robert-menendez-hillary-clinton.html?ref=us The woman, Estefanía Isaías, had been barred from coming to the United States after being caught fraudulently […]

With Russia already staggering under the weight of one of its worst financial crises in years, the United States signaled on Tuesday that it would further increase the economic pressure with a new raft of sanctions targeting the Russian defense, energy and banking industries. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/17/world/europe/obama-signing-russia-ukraine-sanctions-bill.html?ref=us President Obama said through a spokesman that he would sign […]

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