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General assembly fails to vote for Russia to be one of 14 new members after campaign by rights groups over its bombing of Syria<p>Russia has lost its bid to become a member of the UN’s human rights council, in a defeat that reflects the diplomatic cost of its war in Syria.<p>Russia was beaten on Friday …

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<b>China could be downgraded at S&P.</b> S&P cut its outlook for China's sovereign credit rating to negative from stable but kept its rating at AA-. The rating agency referred to "economic imbalances in China that are unlikely to diminish at the pace we previously expected." S&P added: "However, it should …

Obama Returns to Where It All Began With Speech in Springfield, Ill.

Returning to the place where his political career — and his first presidential campaign — began, President Obama visited the Illinois capital Wednesday, renewing his call for healing the nation’s partisan discord and building a better electoral system.<p>Bemoaning a “poisonous political climate” that …

See Microsoft's New Flagship Store Compared to an Apple Store

Apple Store The Arndale Centre store in Manchester, England.<br>Hufton + Crow<p>1 of 18<p>Microsoft opened a new flagship retail store on New York City's Fifth …