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The two-day bank strike has hit banking services across the country. Nearly 15 crores cheques worth Rs 14 lakh crore remained uncleared as 10 lakh PSU bank employees stayed away from work. Unions say cash dried up at various ATMs and all government transactions came to a halt. Public sector bank employees' union called for a strike to press for an immediate revision in wages higher than what is proposed by the banks. The Indian Banks' Association which is the industry body of banks has agreed to offer a 10 percent wage hike which is an outgo of over Rs 3000 crore for PSU banks.

New leadership seeks to rebuild EU self-confidence

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New leadership seeks to rebuild EU self-confidence

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Short, snappy and focused on two priorities - reviving sagging investment in Europe and standing firm towards Russia, the first European Union summit under new leadership was a de...


Lebanon says it needs French helicopters quickly to fight jihadis

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Lebanon says it needs French helicopters quickly to fight jihadis

PARIS (Reuters) - Lebanon hopes France will deliver helicopters to its army faster than planned so it can fight jihadis encroaching from neighbouring Syria, Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam said i...

Obama vows "do everything I can" to close Guantanamo - CNN interview

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Obama vows "do everything I can" to close Guantanamo - CNN interview

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. president Barack Obama said in a TV interview set for broadcast on Sunday that he will do "everything I can" to close the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, ...

Economic issues whip up Israelis in chocolate pudding election

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Economic issues whip up Israelis in chocolate pudding election

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's high cost of living is set to dominate a March 17 election that could shake up Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition, with voter anger symbolised by an overprice...

Obama does not consider Sony hack an act of war - CNN interview

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Obama does not consider Sony hack an act of war - CNN interview

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama does not consider the cyber attack on Sony Corp to be an act of war, he said in an interview, remarks apparently aimed at limiting U.S. anger over th...

Obama says Sony hack not an act of war

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Obama says Sony hack not an act of war

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama moved to prevent U.S. anger at North Korea from spiraling out of control on Sunday by saying the massive hacking of Sony Pictures was not an act of w...

Corrected - Two N.Y. police officers slain in apparent retribution attack

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Corrected - Two N.Y. police officers slain in apparent retribution attack

NEW YORK (Reuters) - (Corrects third paragraph to show suspect shot and wounded, not killed, his girlfriend)A gunman shot dead two New York City police officers in what officials called an "assas...