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Chocolate prices skyrocket

The world's growing love of chocolate means more expensive treats for the Easter holiday.<p>Demand is rising at the fastest pace in three years, according to Euromonitor International Ltd., and farmers in West Africa aren't growing enough cocoa to keep up. The cost of beans used to make chocolate …

Rail workers' health issues are a growing safety concern

Visibility was 10 miles and the morning sun had pushed the temperature close to 90 as Danny Joe Hall guided his mile-long Union Pacific freight train east through the grasslands of the Oklahoma Panhandle.<p>Near the farming town of Goodwell, federal investigators said, the 56-year-old engineer sped …

Japan to build military site near disputed Senkaku islands

<b>Japan has begun construction work on a military radar station near a string of islands that is at the centre of a territorial dispute with China.</b><p>Correspondents say the move will anger Beijing as it may allow Japan to expand surveillance near the Chinese mainland.<p>The new base - on Yonaguni island - …

Maduro's image cracks under protest pressure | US & Canada

<b>Caracas, Venezuela</b> <b>-</b> Antonio Guerrero works for Venezuela's state oil company. He is standing before a shrine dedicated to late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in Caracas' 23 de enero barrio, a staunchly pro-government neighbourhood near the presidential palace.<p>The socialist leader's face is …

Iran says it watered down, converted over 200 kg of enriched uranium

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran said on Saturday it had completed watering down and converting more than 200 kilograms (440 lb) of enriched uranium under a deal reached in Geneva last November with world powers over its disputed nuclear program.<p>Former Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi reacts upon …

Dozens killed in series of blasts in Iraq

At least 25 people were killed in the latest wave of attacks across Iraq, including a series of bombings targeting shoppers in a Sunni neighbourhood in Baghdad, authorities have said.<p>Four people were killed in a twin bomb attack on busy commerical streets in the Dora neighbourhood in the capital on …

Newsbeat app reads you stories from hundreds of newspapers

Apps that read the day's news aloud aren't exactly a new concept, but Newsbeat — launched today by Tribune Co. — is among the sleekest we've seen yet. Newsbeat pulls in thousands of articles every day from hundreds of newspapers including <i>The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times</i>, and websites like …

Don't Look Now: The Digital Ad Economy Is Heading For a Correction

It's been "the year of mobile" since 2008. But you could make a pretty good case for 2014. After all, by the end of 2013, more people spent more time …

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Scottish independence campaign is gaining ground, polls show

The campaign for Scottish independence appears to be gaining ground, according to new polls.<p>With five months to go before the referendum that could lead to Scotland leaving the UK, the gap between the yes and no camps has narrowed, suggesting a two-point swing could be enough to secure independence …

Ukraine PM Yatsenyuk: 'Putin trying to restore Soviet Union'

Ukraine's interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of trying to "restore the Soviet Union", in an interview on US television.<p>Speaking on NBC's Meet the Press, Mr Yatsenyuk says that if Mr Putin is successful, it will be "the biggest disaster of this …

Facebook to share ads based on location history with advertisers -- but won't say when

With its brand-new Nearby Friends feature, Facebook is collecting a log of your travels so that it can one day pass that data along to advertisers, CNET can confirm.<p>Facebook trotted out Nearby Friends on Thursday. The optional feature, currently rolling out to US users of the native Facebook …

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