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Schlumberger Cuts 9-Thousand Jobs

Posted On January 16, 2015

(Houston) -- Nine-thousand people employed by the world's biggest oilfield-services company are about to be out of a job. Schlumberger said Thursday they're reducing their workforce in response to plummeting oil prices. The company's net income dropped to 23-cents a share for the quarter, down from a dollar-26 a year earlier. Schlumberger's CEO says the…

UN: Ebola Outbreak Slowing Down

Posted On January 15, 2015

(New York, NY) -- A UN official says the Ebola outbreak in West Africa appears to be slowing down. Dr. David Nabarro is the UN special envoy on Ebola and he says progress has been made against the outbreak because treatment facilities and safe burials are available everywhere. He cautions that while the outbreak is…

2 Dead, 1 Arrested In Belgium Anti-Terror Raid

Posted On January 15, 2015

(Undated) -- Two people are dead and another is in custody after a counter-terrorism raid in eastern Belgium.   A Belgian prosecutor says the dead were part of an active terror cell that was planning attacks in Belgium. No police officers were injured in the operation, which took place Thursday about a half-hour's drive from…

White House Plays Down Concerns About Rift With Canada

Posted On January 15, 2015

(Washington, DC) -- White House spokesman Josh Earnest is playing down concerns about relations with Canada as U.S. officials continue to fight over the Keystone XL oil pipeline.   Earnest said there is no apparent link between the Keystone flap and Canada's postponement of a North American leaders' summit in February. The Obama administration is…

U.S. Revises Cuba Trade & Travel Rules

Posted On January 15, 2015

(Washington, DC) -- The U.S. is easing trade and travel restrictions on Cuba.   White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Thursday that the long policy of isolation was not working. He argued that allowing increased flow of information to-and-from Cuba may push Cuban leaders to improve the lives of their citizens. President Obama recently started…