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Iraq PM drops lawsuits against journalists

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi orders the withdrawal of all lawsuits filed by previous governments against journalists and media outlets, marking a departure from his predecessor Nouri al-Maliki, who was widely accused of using state institutions to target his political enemies.

Hotels see rise in bookings over holidays

Despite the political stalemate in the country, most of Beirut’s hotels have started feeling the joyful spirit of Christmas and New Year’s Eve, with many witnessing a high rate of bookings while others expect reservations to pick up soon.

Hotels see rise in bookings over holidays

Despite the political stalemate in the country, most of Beirut’s hotels have started feeling the joyful spirit of Christmas and New Year’s Eve, with many witnessing a high rate of bookings while others expect reservations to pick up soon.

Fed opens door to rate hike

The Fed Reserve Wednesday offered a strong signal that it was on track to raise interest rates sometime next year, altering a pledge to keep them near zero for a “considerable time” in a show of confidence in the U.S. economy.

EU coal in Israel’s sock

The bad news for Israel keeps on coming, and judging by the reactions of Israeli and U.S. politicians, more is yet to come.

EU coal in Israel’s sock

The bad news for Israel keeps on coming, and judging by the reactions of Israeli and U.S. politicians, more is yet to come.

Australian police conduct counter-terrorism raids

Australian police lsearch several properties across Sydney, reportedly as part of a ongoing counter-terrorism investigation but not related to the deadly cafe siege earlier this week, officials say.

San Lorenzo through to final against Madrid

South American champions San Lorenzo needed extra-time to see off the gallant challenge of Auckland City as they beat the New Zealand part-timers 2-1 in the Club World Cup semifinal Wednesday.

San Lorenzo through to final against Madrid

South American champions San Lorenzo needed extra-time to see off the gallant challenge of Auckland City as they beat the New Zealand part-timers 2-1 in the Club World Cup semifinal Wednesday.

Djokovic, Federer resist surge of new wave

Stan Wawrinka and Marin Cilic enjoyed breakthrough triumphs at the Australian and U.S. Opens, but at the end of 2014 it was business as usual for Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.

Tag Heuer changes tune, looking at smartwatches

Barely a few months after dismissing Apple’s smartwatch, the new chief executive of luxury Swiss watchmaker Tag Heuer conceded Tuesday that such a high-tech gadget might after all have a place in his firm’s lineup.

N. Korea-linked hack may be costliest ever

The fallout from the hack that exposed a trove of sensitive documents, and this week escalated to threats of terrorism, forced Sony to cancel the release of the North Korean spoof movie “The Interview.”

Bon Iver frontman to curate new festival

The frontman of Bon Iver, who won critical acclaim for his emotionally resonant indie folk rock, has announced a festival that promises to throw a spotlight on new music.