WASHINGTON - The U.S. Federal Reserve announced plans to trim its aggressive bond-buying program, but sought to temper the long-awaited move by suggesting its key interest rate would stay lower for even longer than previously promised. Full Article
BANGKOK - Anti-government protesters marched in Bangkok on Thursday in a bid to force Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra from office but their numbers appeared far smaller than earlier in the month, when she called a snap election to try to defuse the crisis.
Dec. 19 - The Federal Reserve surprises some investors with an early move to reduce the pace of bond buying, but equities and the dollar shrug off predictions of a big selloff.
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