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US: Edging closer towards war with Iran?

Suddenly the struggle to stop Iran is not about saving Israel from nuclear annihilation. After a decade of scare-mongering about the second coming of Nazi Germany, the Iran hawks are admitting that they have other reasons for wanting to take out Iran, and saving Israeli lives may not be one of them. Suddenly the neo-conservatives have discovered the concept of ...

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Violence continues in Syria with Arab League deadline looming

DAMASCUS – The Arab League on Sunday awaited Syria’s response to a deadline to allow in observers to monitor the country’s unrest, a day after the pan-Arab body slapped sanctions on senior Syrian officials. The new deadline came as 23 people were reported killed on Saturday across Syria, and after the UN Human Rights Council urged tougher action against Damascus, ...

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Protesters block trains in Bhopal

Bhopal: Thousands of survivors of the world’s worst industrial accident blocked trains through a central Indian city yesterday to demand more compensation. The protest came on the 27th anniversary of the disaster in Bhopal, where a Union Carbide pesticide plant leaked lethal gas that killed an estimated 15,000 people and maimed tens of thousands more. Activist Rachna Dhingra said police ...

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After weeks of allegations and stumbles, Cain shifts to ‘Plan B’

December 4, 2011 — Updated 0427 GMT (1227 HKT) Herman Cain: make this order to go Washington (CNN) — In the waning days of his embattled presidential campaign, Herman Cain sounded like a man crafting his own political obituary. Cain suspends presidential bid Talking about “the American dream” at an event in Ohio Wednesday, Cain drew inspiration from his alma ...

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A decade on, what can U.S. accomplish in Afghanistan?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As senior U.S. officials head to a major meeting on Afghanistan next week, underlying their talks will be a simple question: what can Washington hope to accomplish there with fewer troops, less money, and less time? U.S. objectives in Afghanistan are far more modest than they were in the months following the September 11 attacks, when the ...

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British envoy blames Iran for embassy storming

London, December 03: The expelled British ambassador to Iran, Dominick Chilcott, has accused the Iranian government of supporting Tuesday’s storming of British embassy compounds by Iranian students. “That sort of activity is only done with the acquiescence and the support of…

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Serbia and Kosovo reach border deal

Serbia and Kosovo have struck a key deal on the controversial issue of border management, European Union mediators said after the third consecutive day of negotiations in Brussels. In a statement late on Friday, the EU said Serbia and Kosovo agreed to joint management of their border points, but indicated that the deal “will be gradually implemented as soon as ...

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Jacques Delors: Euro was flawed from beginning

One of the main architects of the single European currency, Jacques Delors, has said the eurozone was flawed from the beginning. He told Britain’s Daily Telegraph that the lack of central powers to co-ordinate economic policies allowed some members to run up unsustainable debt. As head of the European Commission from 1985 to 1995, he…

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Chavez touts new Latin America, Caribbean bloc

CARACAS, Venezuela — What if they threw a giant party for the Americas and didn’t invite the United States or Canada? That’s what Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is doing with a two-day, 33-nation summit starting Friday, welcoming nations from Brazil to Jamaica in what he hopes will be a grand alliance to counter U.S. influence. Many presidents have less sweeping ...

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