Carla Bruni-Sarkozy gives birth to baby girl

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French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy gave birth to a baby girl on Wednesday night – the first infant born to a sitting president of modern-day France, the French media reported. President Nicolas Sarkozy, finishing up a meeting in Frankfurt on the euro debt crisis, was…

UN official urges ban on solitary confinement

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Photo illustration. Governments should ban solitary confinement for juvenil… Governments should ban solitary confinement for juveniles and for people with mental disabilities, a special UN envoy said. The UN special rapporteur on torture Juan Mendez told a UN General Assembly panel that…

Philippine police seek witnesses in priest killing

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OLIVER TEVES Associated Press= MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines has created a special police unit to investigate the killing of an Italian missionary priest in the country’s south, while the president vowed Tuesday that those responsible would be brought to justice. The Special Investigation Task Group will ask permission […]

Citigroup’s earnings rise to $4.8b

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Citigroup’s earnings rose 74 per cent in the third quarter as more of its customers paid their bills on time, leading to lower losses from loans. An accounting gain also boosted income. It was the seventh straight quarter of income growth for Citi, America’s third-largest bank by assets. The New […]

Milan court throws out Berlusconi tax fraud case

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MILAN – A Milan court on Tuesday refused to indict Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi in a tax fraud case involving his Mediaset media company. The court, however, indicted Berlusconi’s eldest son, Pier Silvio Berlusconi, Mediaset chairman Fedele Confalonieri and nine other defendants. Trial is set for Dec. 22….

Clinton arrives in Libya on unannounced visit

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updated 7:53 AM EST, Tue October 18, 2011 U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with Maltese Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi before travelling to Libya today Tripoli, Libya (CNN) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton landed in Tripoli on Tuesday, making her the first Cabinet-level American official to visit […]