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Swedish poet Transtromer wins Nobel in literature

STOCKHOLM — The 2011 Nobel Prize in literature was awarded today to Tomas Transtromer, a Swedish poet whose surrealistic works about the mysteries of the human mind won him acclaim as one of the most important Scandinavian writers since World War II. The Swedish Academy said it recognized the 80-year-old poet “because, through his condensed, translucent images, he gives us ...

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Why Kosovo but not Palestine?

In his September 21 speech to the United Nations, President Obama announced that he would veto UN recognition of a Palestinian state, because its independence was not a result of a negotiated settlement with Israel. He said that “peace depends upon compromise among people who must live together long after our … votes have been tallied … That’s the lesson ...

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Sarah Palin explains decision not to run for president

The other shoe, this one a stiletto, has dropped. One day after New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced he would not vie for the Republican presidential nomination, perhaps the only other Republican with the power to shake up the field announced that she would not run either. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, 47, released a letter to supporters Wednesday telling ...

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Japan political strongman Ozawa faces trial

One of Japan’s most influential political powerbrokers, ruling party ex-leader Ichiro Ozawa, who has long faced graft allegations, goes on trial Thursday over a political funding scandal. Three of Ozawa’s aides have already been convicted on charges they falsified reports about…

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Roman Abramovich paid oligarch to be his political godfather, court hears

Roman Abramovich funded French palaces and a private jet for fellow oligarch Boris Berozovsky to act as his “political godfather”, a High Court judge heard yesterday. By Tom Whitehead, Home Affairs Editor 7:00AM BST 05 Oct 2011 The Russian billionaire also bought valuable paintings and jewellery for Mr Berozovsky’s girlfriend in a string of “exuberant” expenses to gain his influence ...

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NATO ministers to discuss Afghanistan, Libya

SLOBODAN LEKIC Associated Press= BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO defense ministers meet Wednesday and they are expected to discuss ways of ending the alliance’s aerial campaign in Libya and training Afghan security forces for a larger role in their country’s war. U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, who took over from Robert Gates as Pentagon chief in July, will be making his ...

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Amanda Knox heads for home after acquittal

American student Amanda Knox headed for home today after spending four years in an Italian jail, leaving the family of Meredith Kercher to express their anguish at being no closer to the truth about her murder. Knox left Rome shortly before midday for London where she and her family were due to board a connecting flight to their home in ...

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