Rosneft scraps purchase of Morgan Stanley's oil trading business

Moscow (AFP) - Russian oil major Rosneft, hit by US sanctions over Moscow's role in the Ukraine crisis, said Monday it had to abandon plans to purchase the oil trading business of US bank Morgan Stanley after failing to win regulatory approval.

Zimbabwe's president fires more cabinet members

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's festive season is marked by continued political infighting and financial austerity, as the president fired two more cabinet ministers and the country's civil servants learned they will not get annual holiday bonuses.
Neighbor talks about shooting before NYPD killings

TOWSON, Md. (AP) — The ex-girlfriend of the man who ambushed two NYPD officers screamed for help after she was shot, banged on a neighbor's door and said: "I can't die like this, please please help me," according to the neighbor who said she saw the woman and called for help.
Russia's Sberbank suspends taking new requests on car loans, mortgages: RIA

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's Sberbank , the country's largest lender, has suspended until the end of February taking new requests from retail clients on loans for automobiles and mortgages, RIA news agency reported.
U.S. leads 22 more air strikes against Islamic State: task force

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S.-led coalition conducted 12 air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria on Monday and 10 strikes Iraq, the U.S. military said in a statement. In Syria, the dozen strikes centered around the border town of Kobani as well as Aleppo, Hasaka and Raqqa, destroying various fighting positions, vehicles and a group of fighters, the Combined Joint Task Force said. In Iraq, the strikes hit near the cities of Sinjar, Asad, Tal Afar, Ramdi, Mosul and Falluja, it said. (Reporting by Washington Newsroom; Editing by Bill Trott)

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