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Japan’s reconstruction minister resigns after offending tsunami victims

Ryu Matsumoto steps down after threatening funding would be withheld unless local leaders came up with workable plans Ryu Matsumoto was filmed criticising the governor of tsunami-hit region and saying the government would not help the north-west unless local leaders came to a consensus over reconstruction. Photograph: Franck Robichon/EPA Japan’s minister in charge of overseeing the reconstruction of the country’s ...

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Telangana lawmakers head for Parliament to submit resignations

New Delhi, July 4 (ANI): Congress lawmakers from the Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh left for Parliament on Monday to submit their resignations to the Speaker of the Lok Sabha Meira Kumar and the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha Mohammad Hamid Ansari.  The lawmakers are demanding the creation of a separate state of Telangana out of Andhra Pradesh….

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Back in Venezuela, Chavez vows to win cancer battle

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s ever-theatrical President Hugo Chavez made a surprise homecoming on Monday after cancer surgery in Cuba, thrilling supporters with an emotional pledge to win the fight to regain his health. His voice straining at times, Chavez told a crowd of thousands gathered outside the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas he still needed strict medical treatment. “Let nobody ...

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Mladic to ‘boycott war crimes hearing’

Ratko Mladic plans to boycott the UN war crimes court on Monday when he is scheduled to enter a plea against charges of genocide during the Bosnian war Ratko Mladic in his first appearance before a UN judge after 16 years on the run. Photograph: Ho/AFP/Getty Images Former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic plans to boycott the UN war ...

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Poland to challenge EU partners during presidency

WARSAW: Poland painted itself as a saviour of the European project, while accusing fellow member states of selfishness and short-sightedness, as it began its six-month presidency of the EU. Times have changed since this nation of 38 million people was led by twin brothers Jaroslaw and Lech Kaczynski of the conservative Right and Justice party, a government considered hostile to ...

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Colombia rebel head narrowly eludes capture: Santos

BOGOTA (Reuters) – The leader of Colombia’s largest guerrilla group narrowly eluded capture, fleeing hours before the army seized his jungle hideout, President Juan Manuel Santos said on Sunday. Alfonso Cano, leader since 2008 of the Revolutionary Armed Force of Colombia (FARC), escaped at most 12…

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Black July and Gradual Genocide

Article by WorldNews.com Correspondent Dallas Darling. Another festering wound of colonization exploded in July of 1983 when angry mobs attacked, maimed and murdered thousands of Tamil people. While over 3,000 Tamils, including women and children, lay bleeding to death in the streets of Sri Lanka, Sinhalese prisoners conveniently were allowed to kill fifty-two Tamil political prisoners in Colombo’s jail. What ...

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Yingluck to Form Coalition Government in Thailand

By PHISANU PHROMCHANYA BANGKOK—Thailand’s prime minister-elect, Yingluck Shinawatra, said Monday her For Thais Party will form a coalition government with four smaller parties. Thailand could have its first woman prime minister following an election victory for the younger sister of ousted Thai leader Thaksin Shinawatra. Will this mark a turning point for a historically unstable government, and how will investors ...

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A Rebel Offer to Qaddafi: ‘Resign’ and Remain in Libya

AL RUJBAN, Libya — The leader of Libya’s opposition movement said Sunday that rebel leaders had offered Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi the option to leave power and remain in his country, but he said that the offer, which seemed to represent a considerable softening of the rebel position, had not elicited a reply. The opposition leader, Mustapha Abdul-Jalil, the chairman of ...

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Thaksin party wins Thai election by a landslide

BANGKOK: Thailand’s opposition swept to power in a surprise election landslide on Sunday, led by the sister of former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra in a victory for the rural and urban poor red-shirt protesters who clashed with the army last year. Exit polls showed Yingluck Shinawatra’s Puea Thai (For Thais) party winning a clear majority of parliament’s 500 seats, ...

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