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  1. EU's Alpine tourism hubs brace for fewer Russian visits amid Ukraine, ruble and oil-price painSun, 21 Dec 2014 19:45:48 GMT
    Russia's tensions with the West over Ukraine and the slump for the ruble are echoing through the French Alps - and unfortunately for some businesses, just in time for ski season. Hoteliers, taxi drivers and ski stations in France's wintertime hotspots and beyond say a tourism boom by big-spending Russians in recent years is about to melt away because of Russia's economic crisis, Western sanctions and a drop in oil prices that is keeping both uber-rich and middle class Russians away as the year ends. More...
  2. 2014 frustrates US hopes for Israeli-Palestinian peaceSun, 21 Dec 2014 15:31:44 GMT
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is ending 2014 much in the same way he started it, frustrated in efforts to push Israel and Palestinians toward peace. With a diplomatic showdown looming this past week over Arab plans to force Israel from occupied Palestinian lands within three years, Kerry prepared for a quick trip to Jordan in hopes of finding a calmer alternative. More...
  3. Tunisians head to elect president in runoffSun, 21 Dec 2014 11:15:52 GMT
    Tunisians voted on Sunday for a new president in a runoff between a symbol of the country's previous regimes and a veteran human rights activist that came to power after the revolution of 2011. The runoff between the two candidates is the third election in the last two months and represents the final stage in the country's democratic transition since the Arab Spring revolution that overthrew long-ruling President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. More...
  4. Tsunami: Scenes of grief, viewed from van of deathSun, 21 Dec 2014 07:11:14 GMT
    Some 230,000 people were killed in the Indian Ocean tsunami set off by a magnitude 9.1 earthquake on Dec. 26, 2004. A dozen countries were hit, from Indonesia to India to Africa's east coast. More...
  5. Sources: 2 NYPD police officers fatally shot; suspect deadSun, 21 Dec 2014 02:56:49 GMT
    Two New York City police officers were shot and killed ambush-style Saturday afternoon as they sat in their patrol car in Brooklyn, according to two law enforcement sources. The families of the fallen officers were at Woodhull Medical Center on Saturday, as dozens of police officers gathered in a show of support. More...
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