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French presidential hopefuls in final battle

The two French presidential candidates have headed into the last round of their campaign battles with both of them threatened by the shadow of scandal, a week ahead of the country’s runoff. As he struggled to catch up with his Socialist rival and front runner Francois Hollande, incumbent President Nicolas Sarkozy called for tougher borders and a stronger national. Sarkozy, ...

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Sudan Ready for Peace Talks with South Sudan – Lavrov

MOSCOW, April 30 (RIA Novosti) – Sudan has informed Moscow of its readiness to start negotiations with South Sudan to settle their conflict, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday. Lavrov’s statement came after his talks on Monday with his Sudanese counterpart Ali…

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Huge rally raises question on Malaysia poll timing

Kuala Lumpur: A massive street rally demanding electoral reforms in Malaysia raised questions on Sunday about whether the long-ruling coalition government will delay calling elections in the face of such a strong show of force by the opposition. Police used tear gas and chemical-laced water on Saturday against some 50,000 people and arrested more than 450 at the demonstration. Officials ...

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Sarkozy says Socialists using Gaddafi as distraction

PARIS (Reuters) – French President Nicolas Sarkozy dismissed a report that deposed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi sought to fund his 2007 campaign as a ploy by opponents to distract from the weakness of their candidate in next weekend’s presidential election. A week ahead of the decisive second round vote on May 6, investigative website Mediapart said it had uncovered a ...

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Syria: UN chief encourages terrorism

Syria has accused the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of bias and encouraging terrorism, after he blamed government forces for violating a ceasefire it agreed to earlier this month. An editorial in the state-run Tishreen newspaper said on Saturday that Ban had avoided discussing violence by opposition fighters in favour of “outrageous” statements against the Syrian government. “He encourages these ...

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Soldier says deployment eased by having dad along

OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) — Soldiers will tell you that one of the hardest parts of military service is leaving family behind. This year, an Ottumwa man got to bring his dad along to Afghanistan. Senior Airman Cory LaRue, 22, of Ottumwa, shipped out with the 132nd Fighter Wing of the Iowa Air National Guard. It was his first combat deployment. ...

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Malaria: Less Investment = More Suffering, More Death

If we needed more evidence that the funding cuts at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria were going to be detrimental to people’s lives, a new study published this week makes it clear: Providing funding to fight malaria makes malaria go away. Cutting funding for malaria makes malaria come back. The study, was published on April 24 ...

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Security Council Welcomes Conviction of Charles Taylor

Saturday, 28 April 2012, 3:38 pm Press Release: United Nations Security Council Welcomes Conviction in War Crimes Trial of Charles Taylor New York, Apr 27 2012 6:10PM The Security Council today joined welcomed the guilty verdict handed down against former Liberian President Charles Taylor for crimes against humanity and war…

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Louis Armstrong’s last trumpet recording now a CD

WASHINGTON (AP) — A live recording of Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong playing his trumpet for one of the last times is being released to the public for the first time. On Jan., 29, 1971, Armstrong was a featured performer at the National Press Club in Washington, celebrating the inauguration of fellow Louisiana native Vernon Louviere as the club’s president. On Friday, ...

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