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Fed offers no hint of stimulus pullback

(Reuters) – The Federal Reserve said on Wednesday the economy continues to recover but is still in need of support, offering no indication that a reduction in the pace of its bond-buying stimulus program is imminent.

Telangana: new Indian state closer to reality after government approval

India’s ruling coalition government, led by the Congress party, has backed demands for the creation of a new state called Telangana in southern India, immediately spurring activists to repeat other long-standing demands for similar measures elsewhere in the vast country.

Zimbabwe elections free and fair, says Robert Mugabe after casting vote

Robert Mugabe was in a jocular mood as he cast his vote in Zimbabwe‘s elections on Wednesday, talking to reporters and saying the poll would be free and fair.

Aaron Swartz report from MIT fails to assuage family’s criticism of university

The family and friends of Aaron Swartz remain critical of MIT’s role in the internet activist’s prosecution following the release of a university reportclaiming the school maintained a neutral position during court proceedings.

Middle East peace talk negotiators agree that ‘all issues are on the table’

Palestinian and Israeli negotiators have agreed that “all issues are on the table” in their renewed effort to resolve the Middle East conflict, the US secretary of state John Kerry said on Tuesday.

San Diego city council votes to sue mayor facing sexual harassment charges

San Diego‘s city council made it clear it wants the city to have no part in the legal dealings of mayor Bob Filner, who is the subject of a sexual harassment lawsuit, allegations of unwanted advances and a chorus of calls to resign.

Obama proposes ‘grand bargain’ on jobs amid visit to Amazon warehouse

President Barack Obama, seeking to break Washington’s fiscal stalemate, is proposing cutting corporate tax rates in exchange for more spending on jobs programs. But his offer was immediately panned by congressional Republicans, casting doubts about its prospects.

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