WASHINGTON - The U.S. economy grew faster than initially estimated in the third quarter but weak demand and a pile-up in business inventories buoyed the case for the Federal Reserve to keep up its bond-buying stimulus for now.
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WASHINGTON - The White House said on Thursday that the air defense zone declared by China over parts of the East China Sea is provocative and not consistent with the behavior of a major power, and again urged Beijing not to implement it.
KIEV - Ukrainian police on Thursday warned pro-Europe protesters they faced a "harsh" crackdown if they did not end their occupation of public offices in Kiev, while President Viktor Yanukovich's prime minister denounced them as "Nazis and criminals".
BANGUI - Rival militia forces fought fierce battles in Central African Republic's capital on Thursday and the U.N. authorized French military action to halt Muslim-Christian sectarian violence that threatens to escalate into widespread civilian massacres.
STOCKHOLM - Sweden has been a key partner for the United States in spying on Russia, Swedish television reported on Thursday, citing leaked documents from the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA).
SANAA - A suicide bomber and gunmen wearing army uniforms attacked Yemen's defense ministry, killing 52 people including foreign medical staff on Thursday, government sources said, in the worst single militant assault in Yemen in 18 months. | Video
NEW YORK - Bill Bratton, a veteran police chief who has led departments across the country, was named on Thursday as New York City's next police commissioner, taking over a force credited with a sharp drop in violent crime but criticized for its tactics.
AMMAN - Opposition activists again accused President Bashar al-Assad's forces of using poison gas in Syria's civil war on Thursday, and said victims had been discovered with swollen limbs and foaming at the mouth.