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‘It’s a kill box. There’s nowhere left to hide,’ say Syrians as war enters deadly new phase

“Mosques blared announcements in the Douma neighbourhood of Eastern Ghouta on Wednesday, warning people not to gather in the street for fear of attracting the attention of jets overhead” writes Josie Ensor for telegraph.co.uk. Syria is suffering one of its bloodiest weeks of the nearly seven-year war as government and Russian jets pound rebel-held areas, with the United Nations saying it will “no longer stay silent”. Source: telegraph.co.uk Share This:

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S&P 500 poised to rise, lifted by eBay surge

“U.S. stock-index futures on Thursday were little changed as a new month kicked off, with gains for eBay and Facebook offset by drops for PayPal and other names” writes Markets Writer for marketwatch.com. Gold GCG8, +0.00%  were little changed, as oil futures CLH8, +0.76%  advanced.Dow Jones Industrial Average futures YMH8, -0.19% dipped by 4 points, or less than 0.1%, to 26,132, while S&P 500 futures ESH8, +0.08%  rose by 5.20 points, or 0.2%, to 2,831. Source: marketwatch.com Share This:

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US attorney Dana Boente appointed to FBI as general counsel

“At one point, Boente was acting attorney general after Sally Yates was fired and was also acting deputy attorney general before the appointment and confirmation of Rod Rosenstein” writes Kelly Cohen for washingtonexaminer.com. Boente is still the U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia and the acting head of the Justice Department’s national security division. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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Dollar bounces after touching 3-year low, with Bank of Canada meeting in focus

“Versus the Canadian dollar USDCAD, -0.1287% the greenback fetched C$1.2418, slightly down from C$1.2435 on Tuesday, as traders are looking toward the Bank of Canada interest rate decision at 10 a.m” writes Markets Reporter for marketwatch.com. The dollar was in recovery mode after the ICE index hit a three-year low on Monday. Source: marketwatch.com Share This:

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Dow futures point to triple-digit gain and fresh push toward 26,000

“U.S. stock futures on Wednesday pointed to a rally at the open, setting up the Dow for a fresh move toward 26,000 after the index failed to close above that milestone” writes Markets Writer for marketwatch.com. A January figure for a housing market index is slated to arrive at 10 a.m.Dow Jones Industrial Average futures YMH8, +0.50% were up by 100 points, or 0.4%, to 25,919, while S&P 500 futures ESH8, +0.31%  added 5.15 points, or 0.2%, to 2,787.75. Gold futures GCG8, +0.14%  were little changed, oil futures CLG8, -0.46%…

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Food Bank of Eastern Michigan names acting president following resignation

“Given the recent changes, board president Claude High said the food bank’s mission “remains focused and steadfast.”” writes Roberto Acosta for mlive.com. Kara Ross has been named the acting president of the nonprofit organization in light of the Jan. 2 resignation of Kerr “following a personal decision” after serving with the food bank for more than 20 years.Ross has spent 20 years with the food bank. Source: mlive.com Share This:

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Massive winter storm bringing snow, cold to huge swath of eastern United States

“The snowstorm shut down much of eastern Virginia, but some people were taking it in stride” writes Associated Press for suntimes.com. They include the Delmarva Peninsula, which includes parts of Delaware, Virginia and Maryland; coastal New Jersey; eastern Long Island, New York; and coastal eastern New England.HARTFORD, Conn. — A massive winter storm swept from the Carolinas to Maine on Thursday, dumping snow along the coast and bringing strong winds that will usher in possible record-breaking cold.Up to 18 inches of snow was expected in eastern New England. Source: suntimes.com Share…

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Suspected Russian jets kill at least 20 civilians in Syria

“The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a war monitor based in Britain, said 11 women and a child were among the dead in the strike in Misraba” writes Samuel Osborne for independent.co.uk. Suspected Russian jets have killed at least 20 people, including 11 women and a child, and wounded dozens more in bombing raids on a besieged rebel enclave east of the Syrian capital, residents and a war monitor said. Source: independent.co.uk Share This:

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