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Thailand protesters plan more rallies

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Press TV - 12/18/13, MM/HJL


Anti-government protesters rally on a main road leading toward the Government House in Bangkok. (File photo)

Anti-government protesters rally on a main road leading toward the Government House in Bangkok. (File photo)

Anti-government protesters in Thailand have planned to increase rallies in an attempt to push through electoral reforms before general elections are held in the country.

The protesters in Thailand said on Tuesday that they would step up their rallies against the government to force Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to leave office, explaining that electoral reforms are needed before any elections are held.

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CRASH: Bitcoin Collapses After Major Blow From China

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Business Insider - 12/18/13, Joe Weisenthal


The latest is that BTC China, the big Bitcoin startup there, announced that it could no longer accept deposits in the local currency.

This makes sense. One of the big things that everyone was talking about was how Bitcoin made for the perfect tool to circumvent capital controls (restrictions on getting money out of the country).

More: businessinsider.com



Corruption scandal swirls around Argentine leader

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Salon - Michael Warren, AP, 12/17/13


New corruption allegations are swirling around the Argentine president, who ordered her personal secretary to read a blistering statement Tuesday accusing the nation’s leading newspapers of lying and defaming her “in the best style of fascism.”

The scandal centers on Lazaro Baez, an old friend and business partner of President Cristina Fernandez and her late husband, President Nestor Kirchner. “Austral Construcciones” and other Baez companies have won many public works contracts during the Kirchners’ decade in office.

More: Salon.com

Akerson: GM won't pay any more back to the government

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Detroit Free Press - 12/16/13, Todd Spangler

GM Chairman And CEO Dan Akerson Speaks At National

General Motors Chairman and CEO Dan Akerson speaks at the National Press Club on Dec. 16, 2013, in Washington, DC. Akerson spoke on GM's designing, selling and building of vehicles during his remarks. / Win McNamee/Getty Images


General Motors Chairman and CEO Dan Akerson rejected any suggestion that the company pay an extra $10 billion to cover the gap between taxpayers’ investment and what the U.S. Treasury recovered from selling its GM stock.

In short, Akerson contended Treasury officials took the same risk assumed by anyone who purchases stock.

Amazon website workers strike in Germany over pay

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Press TV - 12/16/13, GMA/SS

File photo of Amazon.com German factory in Leipzig.

File photo of Amazon.com German factory in Leipzig.

Hundreds of workers at Internet retailer, Amazon.com, in Germany have gone on strike to protest against low wages just as pre-Christmas sales are starting to peak.

Up to 700 workers joined a nationwide strike in Amazon.com's center in the German district of Bad Hersfeld, plus more than 200 people in Leipzig on Monday, the Verdi union said.

More: PressTV.ir


Lawyer who won ruling against NSA claims the government has been harassing him

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RT - 12/17/13

Larry Klayman (Reuters)

Larry Klayman (Reuters)

The conservative American attorney who was awarded a partial victory against the United States National Security Agency in federal court on Monday claims that the NSA began harassing him since he filed suit.

In a memorandum released on Monday by US District Court Judge Richard Leon, lawyer Larry Layman was told he could have an injunction against the NSA’s bulk telephone data collection program pending the results of a federal appeal.

More: RT.com


Swiss banks urge U.S. tax dodgers to come clean to beat deadline

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Politico - 12/16/13, Rachael Blade

The UBS logo is shown. | AP Photo

The U.S. started its crackdown when it raked in $780 in a settlement with UBS. | AP Photo

Swiss banks are quietly warning wealthy U.S. clients with secret accounts to come clean with the tax man in the next two weeks — or risk jail time, according to several letters obtained by POLITICO.

The letters come ahead of a New Year’s Eve deadline the U.S. government set for about 300 Swiss banks to take deals protecting them from prosecution. In exchange for confessing and shelling out mountains of Americans’ account information, they’ll get immunity. It is a new twist to the traditional bank-client relationship.

More: Politico.com


No Amnesty For Edward Snowden, White House Says

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NPR - 12/16/13, Krishnadev Calamur

Edward Snowden, seen during a video interview with The Guardian.

Edward Snowden, seen during a video interview with The Guardian.
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Looks like Edward Snowden won't get amnesty after all.

"Mr. Snowden is accused of leaking classified information and faces felony charges here in the United States," Caitlin Hayden, a spokeswoman for the National Security Council, said, . "He should be returned to the U.S. as soon as possible, where he will be accorded full due process and protections."

More: NPR.org


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