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South Sudan President Salva Kiir said Wednesday he is willing to hold talks with his arch-rival former deputy he accuses of leading a coup bid against him. Kiir has accused soldiers loyal to Riek Machar of staging a coup attempt in the oil-rich but deeply impoverished nation, which has struggled with instability since becoming independent in 2011.
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks were modestly higher in early trading on Wall Street Wednesday as the Federal Reserve ends its last two-day policy meeting of 2013. Homebuilder stocks rose sharply after the government reported that construction of new homes surged in November.