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China’s Vice President Xi Jinping returns to public eye amid anti-Japan unrest

THE Chinese leader-in-waiting, Xi Jinping, has appeared in public after a two-week absence that had intensified the speculation about a renewed struggle for power at the top of the Communist party. An affable, smiling Mr Xi, 59, walked around the China Agricultural University, speaking off the cuff for 10 minutes and waving his arms vigorously to acknowledge applause. The state ...

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Netanyahu: Containment policy for Iran won’t work

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s prime minister says a policy of containment for Iran will not work because Tehran is guided by a “leadership of fanaticism.” In an interview on NBC News’ “Meet the Press” to be aired Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also says he disagrees with those who argue that going to war with Iran would be worse than ...

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"The dire economic situation makes it easy to mobilize angry young people"

Protesters on Friday stormed the German embassy in Sudan, setting fire to the building. DW spoke with Florian Dähne in Khartoum, resident representative of Germany’s Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Sudan. Sudan’s police force used tear gas on Friday in a bid to stop more than 5,000 demonstrators from storming the German and British embassies. Protesters threw stones at the two ...

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A continuing risk for the Sunshine State

Although a large portion of Florida remained in the cone of uncertainty as Isaac spun in the Atlantic, this time the Sunshine State was spared a direct hit. However, the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season isn’t over, and Floridians have good reason to remain vigilant as we are not in the clear with regard to storm damages both from a structural ...

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West urges end to film protests

Western countries have appealed for an end to violent protests targeting their embassies, sparked by a film mocking the Prophet Muhammad. The EU urged leaders in Arab and Muslim countries to "call immediately for peace and restraint". The US is sending marines to defend its embassy in Khartoum and has called on Sudan to protect foreign diplomats. At least seven ...

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EU condemns attacks on German, British embassies

Tweet Brussels, Sep 15 (IANS) The European Union (EU) Friday condemned the attacks against German and British embassies in Khartoum. “We condemn it in the strongest terms. This is unacceptable, and it is against all the rules of the civilized world. Nothing justifies these kinds of attacks,” Xinhua quoted European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso as saying….

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NATO soldier killed in Afghanistan

Kabul: A NATO soldier was killed in an insurgent attack in Afghanistan on Thursday, the coalition forces said in a statement. “An…

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Troops May Come Home Early From Afghanistan

Plans to bring back some British troops from Afghanistan earlier than expected are being considered, the Defence Secretary has revealed. Philip Hammond said there was "a bit of rethinking" about soldier numbers after military commanders reported that Afghan forces were taking on the "lion's share" of the combat role. The Prime Minister has repeatedly said he is keen to avoid ...

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Pope Benedict travels to Lebanon

Pope Benedict XVI is due in Lebanon for the first papal trip to the country for 15 years. During his three-day visit he will meet politicians and leaders from Lebanon's 18 religious groups. Christians make up 40% of the country's population. The visit comes as Lebanon – including the Christian community – is increasingly divided over the conflict in neighbouring ...

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US defence chief heading for Asia

Washington: In a bid to strengthen partnerships, US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta would embark on his third trip to Asia since he took office 11 months ago. The visit comes at a time when tension between China and Japan is high over the sovereignty of the Diaoyu Islands. The trip beginning this weekend would take Panetta to Japan, China and ...

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