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Iran tells Turkey: change tack or face trouble

TEHRAN (Reuters) – A key aide to Iran’s supreme leader said on Saturday Turkey must radically rethink its policies on Syria, the NATO missile shield and promoting Muslim secularism in the Arab world — or face trouble from its own people and neighbours. In an interview with the semi-official Mehr news agency, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s military adviser described Prime Minister ...

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Poles to vote in parliamentary elections

Poles will vote in parliamentary elections that will determine whether the country continues on its conciliatory course with Russia and Germany, or whether it returns to a more combative stance with those historic foes. Before Sunday’s voting, polls showed Prime Minister Donald Tusk’s centrist and pro-EU party in the lead, but  outspoken former premier Jaroslaw Kaczynski’s conservative-nationalist Law and Justice ...

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Protesters Clash With Police in Bahrain

Security forces clashed with demonstrators on Friday in what appeared to be among the largest protests in months along a central highway west of Bahrain’s capital, Manama. The Interior Ministry acknowledged that security forces had moved to clear the area but blamed “vandals” for blocking the highway after the funeral. “This led to interference of security forces to bring situation ...

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Assad should reform or quit over Syria uprising, says Dmitry Medvedev

Russian president breaks ranks with Bashar al-Assad for the first time since the start of protests in Syria six months ago Russian president Dmitry Medvedev insisted that any change in leadership should be decided upon in Syria and was not a matter for Nato or ‘certain European countries’. Photograph: Dmitry Astakhov/AP The Russian president, Dmitry Medvedev, has urged his Syrian ...

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New Zealand navy joins oil spill cleanup

New Zealand’s navy has joined efforts to contain pollution from a stricken container ship off the North Island that threatens the country’s worst environmental disaster. Four ships were deployed on Saturday to assist efforts to contain pollution from the Rena, Maritime New Zealand said. Five hundred defence personnel were also placed on standby for shoreline clean up, the agency said. ...

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Changing science as we know it?

“We don’t allow faster-than-light neutrinos in here,” says the bartender. A neutrino walks into a bar. — Joke circulating on the Internet The world as we know it is on the brink of disintegration, on the verge of dissolution. No, I’m not talking about the collapse of the euro, of international finance, of the Western economies, of the democratic future, ...

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Mormonism takes center stage at conservative event

The uneasy relationship between Mitt Romney and the evangelical wing of the Republican Party over his Mormon religion has been part of the quiet subtext of the primary contest so far. On Friday, the quiet ended. At the Values Voters summit in Washington, Southern Baptist Convention leader Robert Jeffress told reporters that Mormonism was a cult and that Romney was ...

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Dutch to reclassify high-strength cannabis

The famous cannabis-selling coffee shops of the Netherlands are facing new tighter restrictions. The Dutch government is reclassifying high-strength cannabis to put it in the same category as hard drugs. It says the amount of the main active chemical in the…

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New charges filed in Politkovskaya’s killing probe

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian investigators marked the 5th anniversary of journalist Anna Politkovskaya’s killing on Friday by filing new charges against suspects involved in the slaying, but they have remained silent about who might have ordered her murder. Politkovskaya, a sharp critic of the Kremlin and its policies in Chechnya, was gunned down in the elevator of her Moscow apartment ...

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