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Osama bin Laden death: secret emails give details of burial at sea

Body referred to as ‘Fedex package’ in cryptic military dispatches arranging disposal of al-Qaida leader’s remains Osama bin Laden’s burial at sea was carried out amid high secrecy, US military emails reveal. Photograph: AP…

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Brazil’s first black Supreme Court president is worn in

BRASILIA, Brazil — Brazil’s Supreme Court is now headed by a black justice for the first time. Joaquim Barbosa was sworn in on Thursday. He’d already become the only black to have served on the court when he joined it in 2003, even though more than half of the country’s 192 million people identify themselves as having African descent. Loading… ...

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Russia Opposes NATO Missiles on Turkey-Syria Border

Russia has warned against NATO's possible deployment of Patriot missiles near Turkey's border with Syria. Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said Thursday that Turkey's request for deployment to the Western military alliance "would not foster…

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Technology used to track Saudi women’s movements

DENIED the right to travel without consent from their male guardians and banned from driving, women in Saudi Arabia are now monitored by an electronic system that tracks any cross-border movements. Since last week, Saudi women’s male guardians began receiving text messages on their phones informing them when women under their custody leave the country, even if they are travelling ...

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Cyprus says close to bailout deal with EU/IMF lenders

NICOSIA (Reuters) – Cash-strapped Cyprus is close to agreeing a bailout package with the European Union and International Monetary Fund, President Demetris Christofias said on Thursday as officials from the lenders left the country after the latest round of talks. The Mediterranean island sought financial aid, expected to top 10…

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China rules out new climate ‘regime’, setting up US conflict

China, India, South Africa and Brazil say a climate agreement expected to take effect in 2020 won’t be a “new regime,” potentially setting up a confrontation with the United States, which is seeking to eliminate a firewall in negotiations between developed and developing nations. The four countries are reining in expectations for the Durban Platform, according to a statement released ...

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Livestock trade thriving in war-torn Somalia

At Hargeisa’s dusty livestock market two men quietly size each other up, haggling over animal prices by placing fingers on their chequered headscarves to indicate how much they would pay. “If I press one finger, it means 100 shillings, the whole hand, 500, a bit of a finger, 90 shillings…we want to hide negotiations from other traders,” said animal trader ...

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France ends combat mission in Afghanistan

France ended its last combat mission in Afghanistan today, withdrawing troops from a strategic province northeast of Kabul as part of an accelerated departure from the war-torn country. Paris has said all French combat soldiers will leave next month, two years before allied nations contributing to the 100,000-strong International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) led by the United States…

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Former Croat PM jailed for corruption

ZAGREB, Croatia – A court has found former Croatian Prime Minister Ivo Sanader guilty on corruption charges and has sentenced him to 10 years in prison. The 59-year-old, who served as prime minister from 2004 to 2009, is the highest ranking former official tried for graft in Croatia which has pledged to root out corruption as it becomes a European ...

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Some US cities find small steps key to storm protection

SACO, Maine (Reuters) – In the aftermath of the historic floods caused by Superstorm Sandy, some city leaders have begun to argue for the construction of sea walls capable of shielding the U.S. coastline from ever more intense storms. But in Saco, Maine, storm protection comes in a far less glamorous package. Along what used to be Surf Street, owners ...

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