Ivory Coast general strike called

Political parties loyal to Ivory Coast presidential claimant Alassane Ouattara call a general strike from Monday to force incumbent Laurent Gbagbo to cede power.

Banks And WikiLeaks

The whistle-blowing Web site WikiLeaks has not been convicted of a crime. The Justice Department has not even pressed charges over its disclosure of confidential State Department communications. Nonetheless, the financial industry is trying to shut it down.

Visa, MasterCard and PayPal announced in the past few weeks that they would not process any transaction intended for WikiLeaks. Earlier this month, Bank of America decided to join the group, arguing that WikiLeaks may be doing things that are “inconsistent with our internal policies for processing payments.”

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Gene codes cracked for strawberries and chocolate

LONDON (Reuters) – Teams of scientists have cracked the genetic codes of the wild strawberry and a certain type of cacao used to make fine chocolate, work that should help breeders develop better varieties of more mainstream crops.

Ivory Coast in civil war warning

A spokesman for Ivory Coast’s incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo warns that foreign intervention to oust him could ignite an “interior war”.

China again hikes interest rate in inflation fight

China’s central bank has raised its interest rate for the second time in just over two months as the nation fights to keep inflation in check.

Obama seen naming new economic adviser in January: official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama likely will announce a replacement for key economic adviser Lawrence Summers by mid-January, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said on Sunday.