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U.S. factory activity at five-month high in March: Markit

Growth in the U.S. manufacturing sector rose to a five-month high in March as output and employment gained, according to an industry report released on Wednesday.

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Nigeria's Buhari says to 'spare no effort' in squashing Boko Haram

ABUJA - A day after becoming the first politician in Nigerian history to succeed a sitting leader by ballot, president-elect Muhammadu Buhari promised on Wednesday to "spare no effort" to defeat Islamist militant group Boko Haram. | Video

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Poll finds rising exile support for Obama's Cuba policy

- A poll of Cuban-Americans shows support for the White House's new Cuba policy has risen in the three months since it was announced, with 51 percent now in favor of closer engagement with Cuba, up from 44 percent in December.

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Simon Property ends pursuit of Macerich

- Simon Property Group Inc scrapped its attempt to buy Macerich Co, ending what could have been the largest deal between U.S. shopping mall operators after Macerich rejected its sweetened offer of $23.2 billion including debt.

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Prosecutor dies of wounds after Istanbul hostage shootout

ISTANBUL - An Istanbul prosecutor died from his wounds after security forces stormed the office where members of a far-left Turkish group took him hostage on Tuesday, killing his two captors. | Video

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Greece sets sights on deal, denies to delay IMF payment

ATHENS - Greece hopes to reach a deal with its international lenders next week and has no plans to delay a repayment to the IMF, the government said on Wednesday, seeking to calm mounting fears that the country will default. | Video

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Exclusive: Republican White House hopefuls attack Obamacare but take money

WASHINGTON - Several Republican governors likely to run for president have secured hundreds millions of dollars under Obamacare while working to dismantle the healthcare law, according to a Reuters review of federal spending records. | Video

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Greek anti-establishment protesters occupy buildings, enter parliament grounds

ATHENS - Anti-establishment protesters occupied several public buildings in Greece and briefly entered the grounds of parliament in Athens on Wednesday, calling for the release of jailed members of a Marxist group.