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|KABUL Cheap Mens Nike Air Presto ISLAND BLUE Shoes , Aug. 23 (Xinhua) -- Up to 84 armed militants were killed and 17 injured amid operations launched by Afghan security forces over the last 24 hours, the Defense Ministry said on Wednesday.
"Afghan National Security and Defense Forces have conducted 18 clean up operations, 18 special operations and one night raid operation in 14 of the country's 34 provinces, killing 84 terrorists and wounding 17 others," the ministry said in a statement.
Those among the killed were six members of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group, the statement added.
The Afghan security forces have beefed up security operations as the militants have been attempting to take territory and consolidate their positions.
The Taliban and IS militants fighting Afghan government have yet to make comment.
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NEW YORK, Oct. 30 (Xinhua) -- U.S. stocks rallied Thursday after data showed the U.S. economy grew stronger than expected in the third quarter.
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The U.S. real gross domestic product (GDP) increased at an annual rate of 3.5 percent in the third quarter, according to the advance estimate released by the U.S. Commerce Department Thursday, beating analyst estimates of 3 percent.
The upbeat data came one day after the Federal Reserve decided to end the third round of quantitative easing (QE), as it sees the economy is improving on track from the worst financial crisis in decades.
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With the conclusion of QE, investors' attention now shifts to the timing of the Fed's first rate hike.
Other data showed the number of Americans who initially applied for jobless benefits in the week ending Oct. 25 inched up 3,000 to 287,000, the U.S. Labor Department reported Thursday. The latest figure remained at historically low levels Cheap Nike Air VaporMax Plus , indicating continued improvement of the labor market.
Encouraging corporate earnings also provided some upward jolts to the market, lifting the three major indices to positive territory by the closing bell from a mixed opening.
Visa shares jumped 10.24 percent to close at 236.65 dollars apiece, the top gainer among Dow components, as the world's largest credit and debit card company posted stronger-than- expected third-quarter results late Wednesday and announced a new 5-billion dollar share repurchase program.
MasterCard said early Thursday that its third-quarter net income grew 15 percent from last year to 1 billion dollars, while net revenue increased 13 percent to 2.5 billion dollars, both above market estimates. MasterCard shares rose 9.40 percent to close at 83.13 dollars per share.
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Coffee chain Starbucks posted quarterly earnings in line with expectations, while revenue slightly missing estimates.
The CBOE Volatility Index, a gauge of fear of the market, slipped 4.16 percent to end at 14.52.
In other markets, the dollar climbed against most major currencies as stronger-than-expected U.S. GDP fueled speculation that the Fed may raise interest rates earlier than forecast given the upward momentum of economy.
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Crude prices retreated as global supply glut and a strong greenback led to bearish market sentiment.
Light, sweet crude for December delivery move down 1.08 dollars to settle at 81.12 dollars a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, while Brent crude for December delivery lost 88 cents to close at 86.24 dollars a barrel.
Gold futures on the COMEX division of the New York Mercantile Exchange fell sharply.
The most active gold contract for December delivery lost 26.3 dollars, or 2.15 percent, to settle at 1198.6 dollars per ounce, the lowest level in nearly four weeks.
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The Nordic country is renowned for its sound pension system, where the purchasing power of pensioners has been partially protected with annual increases based on salaries and prices.
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Complaining about rising heating bills and automobile insurance, Saarela was worried that her immunity against inflation may no longer exist.
Pensioners seem to be the first casualty as Finland, already grappling with an aging population, tries to adjust its social safety net in the context of current economic challenges.
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