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McDonald's worker charged with selling heroin in happy meal boxes

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - A McDonald's worker accused of dealing heroin in Happy Meal boxes to customers using the code phrase "I'd like to buy a toy" was being held on bail on Thursday in Pittsburgh, a spokesman for a local prosecutor said. Police arrested Shantia Dennis, 26, on Wednesday on charges of drug distribution after undercover officers conducted a controlled buy under the Golden Arches, according to a statement from the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office.

What we learned at (and about) Davos this year

Iran's charm offensive is working, China and Japan really are not getting on very well and bankers still have a hard time saying sorry. As far as the serious stuff was concerned, those were the main things this reporter took away from the 2014 World Economic Forum (WEF14). Less important but just as memorable on a debut outing at Davos was the scene just after 2:00 am on Friday morning on a packed dance floor at the Belvedere Hotel.

Ex-Syria envoy Annan says Iran should play regional role

By Stephen Adler DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - Former U.N. secretary general Kofi Annan said on Friday that Iran had an essential role to play in guaranteeing stability in the Middle East and urged U.S. lawmakers to give a diplomatic detente with Tehran a chance. Annan's successor as U.N. chief, Ban Ki-moon, this week issued and then withdrew an invitation to Iran to join international peace talks on Syria in Switzerland.

McDonald's Twitter link proves magnet for protesters

LONDON (Reuters) - Protesters have latched on to an online marketing campaign run by McDonald's to vent their anger over the treatment of gays by Olympic host Russia. Olympic sponsor McDonald's launched the #CheerstoSochi campaign which allows fans to send greetings to athletes and teams via Twitter. However, the link has proved a magnet for activists opposed to Russia's "gay propaganda" law. "CheerstoSochi let's think about all the gays over there that are suffering while everyone else has fun," said one message posted on Friday.

McDonald's profit edges up despite slowdown in customer traffic

NEW YORK, N.Y. - McDonald's reported disappointing quarterly sales Thursday as fewer customers visited the world's biggest hamburger chain. The Oak Brook, Ill.-based company says global sales slipped 0.1 per cent at established locations for the last three months of the year. In the U.S., where it recently revamped its Dollar Menu to include items that cost a little more, the figure fell 1.4 per cent.

Think tanks create global advisory group that will review Internet freedom, governance

STOCKHOLM - A global commission has been created to investigate how to ensure Internet freedom and security at a time of growing concerns over privacy breaches. Sweden's foreign minister, Carl Bildt, will head a group of some 25 experts from various backgrounds, including academia, government and civil society. They will work together over the coming two years to create "a strategic vision for the future of Internet governance." The creation of the Global Commission on Internet Governance was announced Wednesday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Japan PM seeks limelight as global elite gathers in Davos

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, currently embroiled in a diplomatic spat with China, takes centre stage at Davos Wednesday as 2,500 political and business leaders kick off their annual brainstorming blitz. With landmark Syrian peace talks opening just down the road and both Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu due to drop into the Swiss Alpine resort later in the week, the volatile situation in the Middle East will weigh heavily on this year's World Economic Forum.

McDonald's suspected of tax evasion in France

McDonald's is facing a probe in France on suspicion of trying to avoid paying taxes on 2.2 billion euros ($3 billion) it funnelled from its 300 French eateries to Swiss and Luxembourg subsidiaries, L'Express magazine reported in its Wednesday edition. According to the weekly, the practice, which allegedly has been going on since January 2009, meant the US fast-food giant did not pay a higher value-added tax and corporate profits tax applicable in France. "The loss for the French state is likely to be several hundred million euros," the magazine said.

Pope to Davos elite: use your skills for the poor

Pope Francis on Tuesday called on the world's political and business elite gathered in Davos to use their spirit of entrepreneurship to alleviate crushing global poverty. In a message read out at the opening ceremony of the annual World Economic Forum, Francis said: "Those who have demonstrated their ability to be innovative and for improving the lives of many people by their ingenuity and professional expertise can further contribute by putting their skills at the service of those who are still living in dire poverty."

Bloodied Syria, resurgent Iran set to dominate at Davos

The bloody civil war in Syria and Iran's efforts to come in from the diplomatic cold will drive the agenda next week as world leaders, business chiefs and celebrities gather in the swanky Swiss ski resort of Davos. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani tops the bill of more than 40 leaders and 2,000 of the world's most powerful economic players expected at the mountainside gathering in the annual shindig that starts Tuesday.
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