Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) - Manchester United manager David Moyes says his team need to sharpen up their act before they can be considered one of the favourites to win the Champions League. United will avoid several European heavyweights in next week's draw for the last 16 after edging Shakhtar Donetsk 1-0 at Old Trafford on Tuesday to finish top of Group A. Phil Jones scored the game's only goal -- the first United had scored at Old Trafford in exactly a month -- as they got back to winning ways following successive home defeats by Everton and Newcastle United.
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union finance officials spent all day Tuesday roughing out key aspects of a new agency that would clean up broken banks and keep the costs of doing that from hitting taxpayers — but fell short of a firm and final agreement just days before a year-end deadline.
By Richard Cowan and David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bipartisan budget deal announced in the U.S. Congress on Tuesday, while modest in its spending cuts, would end nearly three years of partisan stand-offs between Democrats and Republicans that culminated in October with a partial government shutdown. Democratic Senator Patty Murray and Republican Representative Paul Ryan appeared before reporters to announce the $85 billion budget accord, which still must be approved by the full Senate and House of Representatives. "For far too long compromise has been considered a dirty word," Murray said, adding that the uncertainties created by three solid years of Washington bickering "was devastating to our economic recovery." Ryan, the Republican Party's 2012 failed vice presidential candidate who has his eye on either a 2016 presidential campaign or potentially a House leadership job, wasted no time in trying to blunt criticisms of the pact, especially from fellow conservatives. This agreement makes sure that we don't have a government shutdown scenario in January.