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BOJ Kuroda Vows to Calm JGBs, Guide Recovery

Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda on Friday expressed confidence the central bank can stem bond market volatility with flexible market operations and engineer a steady recovery in the world’s third-largest economy. Kuroda said the central bank’s aggressive monetary stimulus launched in April was a “necessary and sufficient” step to achieve its 2 percent inflation target, and…

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Chinese media: North Korea envoy offers talks

BEIJING (AP) — A North Korean envoy, on the second day of his fence-mending visit to ally China, heeded Beijing’s wishes by offering to renew nuclear disarmament talks, Chinese state media said. The accounts depicted Thursday’s meeting between North Korean Vice Marshal Choe Ryong Hae and Chinese Communist Party leader Liu Yunshan as paying Beijing the deference it sought after ...

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Cameron: Britain won’t succumb to terror

LONDON — Prime Minister vowed Thursday that his nation would not succumb to fear and promised a vigorous investigation into the brutal slaying of a British soldier by alleged Islamic extremists on a London street. The killing appeared to be the first successfully executed terror attack since the coordinated transit system bombings in 2005. Amid reports that at least one ...

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John Kerry reaches out in effort to restart Middle East peace talks

United States secretary of state John Kerry is pushing ahead with efforts to resume Middle East peace talks despite no signs of a diplomatic breakthrough. Yesterday he met Israeli and Palestinian leaders separately. It is his fourth trip to the region since embarking on a round of shuttle diplomacy aimed at restarting direct peace negotiations that were broken off in ...

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Obama’s drone policy at a glance

President Barack Obama defended the United States’ use of drone attacks as an important part of the U.S. counterterrorism policy on Thursday but signed new presidential policy guidelines to spell out for Congress and the public the standards that the U.S. will use before carrying out drone attacks. The guidelines include not using strikes when the targeted people can be ...

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Obama Lifts Ban on Guantanamo Transfers to Yemen

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is lifting his self-imposed ban on transferring Guantanamo Bay detainees to Yemen, where a leadership upheaval has improved the country’s security but not eliminated the terrorist organization trying to recruit jihadists. Lifting the ban is a step toward Obama’s goal of closing the Navy-run prison in Cuba since nearly 100 of the 166 terrorist suspects ...

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New Trayvon Martin Case Evidence: Defense Team Releases Photos, Texts Of Teen Had On His Phone

ORLANDO, Fla. — George Zimmerman’s defense attorneys on Thursday released photos and text messages from 17-year-old Trayvon Martin’s cellphone ahead of a hearing that will determine whether they can be used at Zimmerman’s murder trial. Zimmerman is charged with fatally shooting Martin last year during a confrontation at a gated community in Sanford. He is pleading not guilty, claiming self-defense. ...

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Egypt leader claims victory in captives’ release

SARAH EL DEEB Associated Press= CAIRO (AP) — The safe release Wednesday of seven conscripts kidnapped by suspected militants in Sinai brought a victory for Egypt’s Islamist president after months of criticism that his government is mismanaging the country. Seated with top military brass and senior officials, an animated Mohammed Morsi lauded the release as a show of how unified ...

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Amnesty report condemns ‘inaction’ over rights abuses

Amnesty International has accused governments of using state sovereignty as an “excuse” for failing to intervene in emergencies such as in Syria. In its annual report, the human rights group also blames world leaders for prioritising immigration control over the rights of people. The study documents torture in at least 112 countries. It also criticises the UN for what it ...

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Cruise Ship Captain to Be Tried for Manslaughter

ROME — An Italian judge on Wednesday ordered the captain of the cruise ship Costa Concordia to stand trial on manslaughter and other charges related to the deadly capsizing of the vessel off the coast of Tuscany in January 2012. The judge set a July 9 trial date for the captain, Francesco Schettino, 52. He is accused of causing the ...

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