Animated Polar Bear On The Loose In LondonAn 8ft-long polar bear has turned up at some of London's most famous sights. The animated animal was constructed by 19 prop specialists, who spent two months designing and building the replica bear.
S&T Bancorp meets 4Q profit forecastsThe bank, based in Indiana, Pennsylvania, said it had earnings of 49 cents per share. The results matched Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research ...
Exclusive - ICC backers defy Israeli call to cut funding to war crimes courtBy Thomas Escritt and Anthony Deutsch THE HAGUE (Reuters) - Many leading backers of the International Criminal Court will ignore Israel's call for them to cut funding in response to an inquiry into possible war crimes in the Palestinian territories, officials told Reuters. The continued support from countries which provide more than a third of the court's cash, including Germany, Britain and France, averts the risk of paralysis at the world's first permanent war crimes tribunal. It would have struggled to move ahead with cases such as those against Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto, former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo and Ugandan rebel commander Dominic Ongwen. Prosecutors incurred Israel's wrath this month when they said they would examine any crimes that may have occurred since June in the Palestinian territories, opening a path to possible charges against Israelis or Palestinians.
Russia dismisses U.S. espionage charges against alleged NYC spy ringRussia's foreign ministry on Tuesday dismissed charges by the U.S. against three men for their alleged involvement in a Russian spy ring operating in New York City. The U.S. government on Monday announced criminal charges against three men who are accused of conspiring to gather economic intelligence on behalf of Russia, including information about U.S. sanctions against the country. Prosecutors said Evgeny Buryakov, Igor Sporyshev and Victor Podobnyy were trying to recruit New York City residents as intelligence sources. Russia's foreign ministry dismissed the claims and said the United States had not provided any evidence to support the allegations against Buryakov and two other men.
Credit Card Compensation Scheme AnnouncedUp to two million holders of a credit card insurance product could secure compensation. The City regulator made the announcement following discussions with eleven card issuers, including major banks, and the insurance provider Affinion but it stopped short of any enforcement action. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) said it had reached agreement on a compensation scheme after card customers were sold security products costing up to £25 annually to cover fraudulent use in the event of a card being lost or stolen. The FCA said some elements of the packages - sold between 4 January 2005 and August 2013 - were unnecessary because of the card issuer's existing obligations to protect holders.
Police, protesters fight running battles in Kosovos capitalBy Fatos Bytyci PRISTINA (Reuters) - Riot police and protesters fought running battles in Kosovo's capital Pristina on Tuesday as anti-government protests erupted into the worst unrest since the former Serbian province seceded in 2008. A drone flew over the city but there was no sign that any of the 5,000 NATO peacekeepers stationed in Kosovo, or hundreds of European Union police officers, would be deployed to help quell the violence. It was the second bout of unrest since Saturday, set off by popular anger over a government climbdown over the fate of a huge mining complex claimed by Serbia. The government of Isa Mustafa, which took office in early December, had pledged to take control of the mine, which has been held in trust by a United Nations-created privatisation body since Kosovo's 1998-99 war and threatened by myriad creditor claims.
Greek cabinet unveiled, Varoufakis confirmed finance ministerATHENS (Reuters) - Newly elected Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras named Yannis Dragasakis, a veteran of his leftwing Syriza party as deputy premier and confirmed economist Yanis Varoufakis as finance minister as he unveiled a cabinet on Tuesday. Panos Kammenos, leader of the Independent Greeks, Tsiprass right-wing coalition partners, was named to the defence portfolio in the line-up announced by longtime Tsipras aide Nikos Pappas, who was named as state minister, a role similar to a chief of staff. ...
Hollande tells French Jews: Your place is herePARIS (Reuters) - President Francois Hollande promised on Tuesday to protect French Jews and, in an apparent riposte to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus invitation for them to emigrate after attacks in Paris, told them: Your place is here. You, French people of the Jewish faith, your place is here, in your home. France is your country, Hollande said in a speech to mark 70 years of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp. (Reporting by Julien Ponthus, Andrew Callus and Marine Pennetier; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)