Gunfire Paves Bloody Way To Thai Elections – TIME

TIMEGunmen opened fire on pro-government demonstrators in Bangkok, Thailand on Saturday, wounding at least six people and ratcheting up tensions just one day before Sunday’s key national elections. Around eight … Read More

Thai Election Commission Says Blocking of Ballots to Hamper Vote – Businessweek

BusinessweekThailand’s Election Commission warned that voting in tomorrow’s general election may be called off in parts of the country’s southern provinces because protesters are blocking the distribution of ballots. The … Read More

Google Sales Top Estimates as Retail Offsets Ad-Price Drop (1) – Businessweek

BusinessweekA pedestrian walks past Google Inc. signage displayed in front of the company’s headquarters in Mountain View, California. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg. Google Inc. (GOOG:US) posted fourth-quarter sales that topped … Read More

Ukraine’s President Goes on Sick Leave as Protests Roil – New York Times

New York TimesKIEV, Ukraine — Viktor F. Yanukovych, the president of Ukraine, went on sick leave on Thursday, leaving negotiated efforts to resolve the country’s political crisis hanging. A statement … Read More

Ukraine unrest: President Yanukovych offers ‘concessions’ – BBC News

BBC NewsUkrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has offered what appear to be concessions to the opposition as anti-government protests spread. Mr Yanukovych pledged to amend recently approved tough anti-protest laws, reshuffle … Read More

French President Francois Hollande meets with Pope Francis amid scandal – CNN

CNNRome (CNN) — French President Francois Hollande met with Pope Francis privately Friday amid media speculation over his alleged affair with an actress. Hollande also plans to meet the Vatican … Read More

Qualcomm Buys Palm Patents From Hewlett-Packard – ABC News

ABC NewsCell-phone chip maker Qualcomm Inc. said Thursday it has acquired patents once owned by smartphone maker Palm Inc. from Hewlett-Packard for an undisclosed amount. Qualcomm says the purchase covers … Read More

Ukraine unrest: Crisis talks ‘raise hope for solution’ – BBC News

BBC NewsAn opposition leader in Ukraine has said hopes to end the deadly unrest there have risen, after crisis talks with President Viktor Yanukovych. Arseniy Yatsenyuk said there was “a … Read More

Khordorkovsky associate Platon Lebedev to be released – BBC News

BBC NewsRussia’s Supreme Court has ordered the release of Platon Lebedev, the former business partner of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, with whom he was jailed in 2005. Platon and Khodorkovsky were convicted … Read More

Clash of the liberals in New York – USA TODAY

USA TODAYNEW YORK — When he ran for mayor last year, Democrat Bill de Blasio thrilled liberals when he promised universal pre-kindergarten funded by taxing rich New Yorkers whose wealth … Read More

New York child aid officials missed signs that boy was at risk, review finds – CNN

CNN(CNN) — On nine occasions, New York City child welfare caseworkers visited the home of 4-year-old Myls Dobson without even realizing that the boy’s father was in jail, according to … Read More

Sundance Day 2: Guantanamo, Somali Pirates Steal the Stage from Kristen … – TheWrap

TheWrapOn the second day of the Sundance Film Festival, Guantanamo Bay detainees and Somali pirates upstaged movie stars like Kristen Stewart and Philip Seymour Hoffman, as the politics of terrorism … Read More

Ugandan president slams gays while refusing to sign anti-gay bill – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles TimesJOHANNESBURG, South Africa — Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni refused to sign into law a tough anti-homosexual bill passed by parliament last month. But the tone of his remarks … Read More

Nightengale: MLB’s PR offensive faces backlash – USA TODAY

USA TODAYMajor League Baseball, carrying paper bags full of cold, hard cash and hanging out with the low-lifes in Miami, finally get their man. Alex Rodriguez is banned for the … Read More

60 Minutes’ A-Rod piece incites MLB, union fight – USA TODAY

USA TODAYMajor League Baseball and the players association, which previously had maintained a tone of respect and cooperation through the messy Alex Rodriguez ordeal, appear ready to get down into … Read More

Central African Republic: Fears of sectarian genocide – BBC News

BBC NewsThe UN has warned that the Central African Republic is heading toward a humanitarian disaster, as people fleeing conflict between Muslim and Christian militias pack into overcrowded camps with … Read More

T-Mobile will pay early-termination fees for families – CNET

CNETCEO John Legere says the company is addressing yet another pain point in its aggressive “UnCarrier” strategy: it’ll pay early-termination fees for customers who want to jump to T-Mobile from … Read More

‘Frozen’ grips No. 1 spot on Billboard album chart – USA TODAY

USA TODAYBeyoncé’s hot, but Frozen is hotter. According to Nielsen SoundScan, the soundtrack’s sales jumped 55%, making it a grand total of 165,000 in the week ending Jan. 5. It … Read More

Trial of former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy postponed – CNN International

CNN International(CNN) — The trial of former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy has been postponed until February 1, according to multiple state-owned media outlets. Morsy and 14 other members of the … Read More

Nets’ Williams sidelined after ankle treatment – Washington Post

Washington PostNEW YORK — Deron Williams will miss the Brooklyn Nets’ game against Golden State on Wednesday after receiving treatment for his chronically injured ankles. Williams was diagnosed Monday with … Read More

Hong Kong media mogul Run Run Shaw dies at 106 – Reuters

ReutersHONG KONG (Reuters) – Run Run Shaw, the Hong Kong mogul who created a media empire in Asia spanning movies to television, died on Tuesday at the age of 106. … Read More

14 killed in China mosque stampede — reports – gulfnews.com

gulfnews.comBeijing: Fourteen people, some of them children, were killed and 10 injured in a stampede during a gathering at a mosque in China’s Ningxia region, state media reported on Monday. … Read More

Hospital says former Israeli PM Ariel Sharon fighting for his life – Fox News

Fox NewsThe director of the Israeli hospital treating former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said Sunday that the 85-year-old is fighting for his life and doctors are pessimistic about his prognosis. … Read More

Al-Qaida Group Says Responsible for Beirut Bombing – ABC News

ABC NewsAn al-Qaida linked group claimed responsibility on Saturday for a suicide car bombing last week in a Shiite-dominated neighborhood in Lebanon, as its fighters fought other rebels in neighboring … Read More

BCS National Championship props – Florida State, Auburn ready to unleash … – SportingNews.com

SportingNews.comAuburn RB Tre Mason has rushed for over 1,600 yards and scored 22 TDs for the Tigers this season. By: The Linemakers | More Experts Published: Jan 04, 2014. This … Read More

At Least 13 Dead In Clashes Between Egypt Protesters, Police – RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty

RadioFreeEurope/RadioLibertySupporters of Egypt’s deposed President Muhammad Morsi run for cover from tear gas fired by riot police during clashes in the northeastern part of Cairo’s Nasr City district on January … Read More

Cambodia clears protest park after deadly clashes – Reuters

ReutersPHNOM PENH Jan 4 (Reuters) – Cambodian security guards and city workers, watched over by riot police, dismantled a camp occupied by anti-government demonstrators on Saturday, a day after a … Read More

Things could get wild this weekend – ESPN

ESPNA high-scoring game is expected Saturday night when the New Orleans Saints visit the Philadelphia Eagles. An Ice Bowl-like game is expected when the San Francisco 49ers visit the Green … Read More

Cambodian forces open fire on protesters, at least three dead: witnesses – Reuters

ReutersPHNOM PENH (Reuters) – At least three people were killed on Friday when Cambodian military police opened fire to try to quell a protest by garment factory workers, two witnesses … Read More

Chinese cook crashes on balloon to disputed isles – USA TODAY

USA TODAYTOKYO (AP) — A Chinese cook who crashed into the sea while trying to fly on a hot-air balloon to islands claimed by both China and Japan has been … Read More

Chinese Man Crashes Hot-Air Balloon Near Disputed Islands – Voice of America

Voice of AmericaThe Japanese Coast Guard has rescued a Chinese man who crashed while trying to land a hot-air balloon on islands at the center of a territorial dispute between … Read More

Chinese Man Lands Hot-Air Balloon Near Disputed Islands – Voice of America

Voice of AmericaThe Japanese Coast Guard has rescued a Chinese man who crashed while trying to land a hot-air balloon on islands at the center of a territorial dispute between … Read More