By Jeffrey Goldfarb
The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.
The Palestinian Authority and the Palestinian Liberation Organization are scheduled to go to trial in federal district court in Manhattan next month to defend against claims by more than 40 U.S. citizens (or their survivors) who were injured or killed in attacks in Israel between 2000 and 2004. U.S. District Judge George Daniels has set jury selection to begin on Jan. 7 and opening statements to be presented on Jan. 13.
Just like grandma used to make? Maybe not.
Now you can get your cookie fix from the cloud: A Spanish company has built a 3-D cookie printer that customers can use at home. The "Foodini" offers a way to avoid prepackaged, processed foods, company reps say, by creating elaborate treats that would be difficult to make by hand -- all using fresh ingredients.
The decision by U.S. Congress last week reverse the so-called swaps ''pushout'' rule for certain derivatives contacts will put a greater responsibility on regulators to demonstrate they have effective oversight over bank activities of the sort that played a role in the 2008 financial crisis and 'London whale' trading debacle.
How important is the Keystone XL pipeline really?
When it comes to moving petroleum through the United States, the Keystone XL pipeline is the rock star of transportation modes, garnering an extra large share of attention from politicians, activists and the press. Just this week, Senate Majority Leader-elect Mitch McConnell announced that passage of a bill approving the pipeline will be his first order of business when the 114th Congress convenes in January. Opponents, meanwhile, point to environmental and safety concerns, often citing the adverse impact that the pipeline would have on climate change and fossil fuel dependency.
President Barack Obama has inverted U.S. policy on Cuba. His Wednesday speech adopted the proposals of those who have spent a half-century arguing for a rethinking of Cuba policy. The president recognized Washington’s failure to achieve its goal of bringing political and economic openness to Cuba.
With a deep recession looming and the nose-diving rouble poised to push inflation through the roof, Russia’s Vladimir Putin faces the music at his end-of-year news conference when he will field questions from a studio audience as well as television viewers.