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Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, speaks during his annual news conference in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. Putin says Russia has sufficient currency reserves and the ruble will recover.  (AP Photo/RIA Novosti Kremlin, Mikhail Klimentyev, Presidential Press Service)
Putin accuses West of trying to sideline RussiaPutin voices confidence ruble will recover, accuses West of trying to corner Russia
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Iraq PM drops lawsuits against journalistsIraq's premier drops lawsuits filed against journalists by previous governments
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Shareholders back DP World's London delistingShareholders back DP World's London delisting, deal to buy Dubai free-trade zone operator
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FILE - In this May 18, 2014 file photo the Swiss central bank is reflected in a fountain in Bern, Switzerland. The bank has imposed negative interest rates on commercial bank deposits, with the aim of preventing the Swiss franc from gaining more strength against other currencies. In a statement Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, the central bank said it was introducing a rate of minus 0.25 percent on sight deposit account balances of more than 10 million Swiss francs ($12.5 million). (AP Photo/Keystone, Peter Klaunzer, File)
Swiss central bank imposes negative interest ratesSwiss central bank introduces negative interest rates to keep franc from gaining more strength
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European court rules obesity can be disabilityEuropean Court of Justice rules that obesity can be a disability
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FILE -In this Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014 file photo, soldiers accused of refusing to fight in the country's northeastern Islamic uprising appear before a court martial in Abuja, Nigeria.  On Wednesday Dec. 17, 2014, the court-martial sentenced 54 soldiers to death for mutiny, assault, cowardice and refusing to fight Islamic extremists, connected to the soldiers' refusal to deploy to recapture three towns seized by Nigeria's home-grown Boko Haram in August, according to the charge sheet. The lawyer for the condemned men, Femi Falana, said the 54 soldiers were convicted and sentenced to death by firing squad. He said five soldiers were acquitted.(AP Photo/Olamikan Gbemiga FILE)
Nigeria sentences 54 soldiers to death by firing squadNigeria sentences 54 troops to death for refusing to fight extremists; officers to be tried
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FILE - In this May 5, 2012 file photo, South Korean cyber activists listen to North Korean defector Lee Mi-yeon, back to camera, during her lecture on national cyber security at Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs in Suwon, South Korea. Most North Koreans have never even seen the Internet. But the country Washington suspects is behind a devastating hack on Sony Pictures Entertainment has managed to orchestrate a string of crippling cyber infiltrations of South Korean computer systems in recent years, officials in Seoul believe, despite North Korea protesting innocence. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)
A look at North Korea's cyberwar capabilitiesA look at North Korea's cyberwar capabilities, and what could be next, after link to Sony hack
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In this Nov.9, 2014 photo, stadium builders from Southeast Asia wait for food from their free canteen after a day’s work in Doha, Qatar. Following widespread criticism of labor abuses in Qatar, the World Cup host nation for 2022 is giving better treatment to those who work on projects directly linked to the football tournament. (AP Photo/John Leicester)
Two-speed labor system in Qatar for 2022 World CupTo assuage critics, Qatar builds two-speed labor system of haves, have-nots for 2022 World Cup
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FILE - In this Friday, July 27, 2012 file photo, FIFA Ethics Committee member Michael Garcia attends a press conference in Zurich, Switzerland. Garcia, an American lawyer who led the investigation into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bid process resigned from the FIFA ethics committee on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014,  in protest over the handling of his findings. (AP Photo/Keystone, Walter Bieri, File)
FIFA meets amid crisis over Garcia's resignationA day after ethics prosecutor resigns, FIFA meets amid crisis on squashed probe
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  • Mass. Fugitive Wanted for Intent to Murder Located in Sterling

    A man wanted on charges in Massachusetts, including intent to murder, was apprehended Sunday in Sterling, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office. Patch.com, Wed, Dec 17 2014 @ 03:03 PM
  • 85% of arrests, details about investigations go unreported in Loudoun and Leesburg

    The six men knew exactly what they were looking for when they broke into businesses in Ashburn's Piccadilly Plaza on Sept. Loudoun Times, Wed, Dec 17 2014 @ 06:07 AM
  • Winchester man charged with breaking and entering in Leesburg

    Stephen Price, 54, of Winchester broke into a residential home Dec. 15, according to a report released by the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office. Loudoun Times, Tue, Dec 16 2014 @ 01:00 PM
  • Leesburg boy aims to donate 1,000 toys to Toys for Tots

    LEESBURG, Va. A 12-year-old Loudoun County boy has had the spirit of giving since he was very young. WJLA-TV Arlington, Thu, Dec 18 2014 @ 01:27 AM
  • Principal at Va. charter school could get provisional license

    A principal who has been running Northern Virginia's first charter school without proper credentials has moved closer to obtaining a state license. Barbara Smith was hired in the spring to lead Middleburg Community Charter School in Loudoun County and applied for a principal's license. The Washington Post, Wed, Dec 17 2014 @ 07:50 PM
  • Candland's proposal passed; Prince William County property tax increase capped at 1.7%

    The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a plan from Gainesville Supervisor Peter Candland to cap the maximum property tax increase to 1.7%, down from an annual 4% tax increase approved last April. Under the old 5-year tax plan approved in April, the average tax bill was to increase by at least 4% every year. Potomac Local, Wed, Dec 17 2014 @ 01:04 PM
  • Loudoun County crime report

    These were among incidents reported by the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office and the Leesburg, Middleburg and Purcellville police departments. For information, contact your police or sheriff's department. The Washington Post, Wed, Dec 17 2014 @ 12:14 PM
  • Loudoun County Animal Watch

    These were among cases received by the Loudoun County Department of Animal Services. For information on the county animal shelter's hours and location, adoption and licensing, rabies clinics and low-cost neutering, call 703-777-0406 in eastern Loudoun or 540-882-3211 in western Loudoun. The Washington Post, Wed, Dec 17 2014 @ 12:12 PM
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