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Britain could back Angela Merkel’s bid for European fiscal union

Downing Street supports ‘new set of rules’ for eurozone after German chancellor’s call for more integration The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, addresses a press conference on the eurozone crisis. Photograph: John Macdougall/AFP/Getty Images Downing Street has signalled that Britain could support Angela Merkel’s bid to remedy the eurozone debt crisis by creating a “fiscal union” at the heart of Europe. ...

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United Nations condemns Syria as violence kills 13

Beirut – At least 13 people were killed in fresh clashes across Syria on Friday as the United Nations Human Rights Council condemned Damascus for human rights violations. The council said Syria had committed violations ‘that may amount to crimes against humanity,’ but stopped short of directly calling on the Security Council to take up the matter. The Geneva-based body ...

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DR Congo election: Kabila guards ‘shot UDPS supporters’

Guards loyal to Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila shot opposition protesters, killing 14, ahead of Monday’s election, a human rights group says. Human Rights Watch says at least four more people were…

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UK spy agency asks hackers to crack code

LONDON – Can you crack the code? That’s the question Britain’s electronic listening agency, GCHQ, is asking in an online campaign to find the next generation of cyber specialists. GCHQ quietly launched a cryptic website last month featuring a box of code made up of numbers and letters. There is no branding on the site, only the phrase “Can you ...

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How to be in opposition in Russia

– When Russians head to the polls this Sunday to elect a new parliament, they will have a lot on their minds. Well, at least those who have decided not to vote for the ruling party, United Russia. And, judging by the latest opinion polls, that could be at least 60 per cent of voters, as only about 30 to ...

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This Week in the Civil War

—– This Week in The Civil War, for week of Sunday, Dec. 4: The Union moves to enforce its blockade. President Abraham Lincoln announced a blockade of Southern seaports months earlier in 1861. Enforcing it is another matter, requiring many more Union warships to police thousands of miles of coast against gunrunners and profiteers aiming to supply the less industrialized ...

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Clinton, Suu Kyi promote closer US-Burma ties

YANGON, Myanmar – In a striking display of solidarity and sisterhood between two of the world’s most recognizable women, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi vowed on Friday to work together to promote democratic reforms in Suu Kyi’s long-isolated and authoritarian homeland. Wrapping up a historic three-day visit to Myanmar, the ...

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Signs of hope in Myanmar, Suu Kyi tells Clinton

Aung San Suu Kyi voiced guarded hope Friday that democracy will come to Myanmar as the opposition leader warmly welcomed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the home that was her prison for years. In scenes unthinkable before Myanmar’s recent reforms, Suu Kyi took Clinton by the arm and escorted her through the garden of her crumbling lakeside villa in ...

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Signs of hope in Myanmar, Suu Kyi tells Clinton

Aung San Suu Kyi voiced guarded hope Friday that democracy will come to Myanmar as the opposition leader warmly welcomed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the home that was her prison for years. In scenes unthinkable before Myanmar’s recent reforms, Suu Kyi took Clinton by the arm and escorted her through the garden of her crumbling lakeside villa in ...

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Chavez touts new Latin America, Caribbean bloc

CARACAS, Venezuela — What if they threw a giant party for the Americas and didn’t invite the United States or Canada? That’s what Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is doing with a two-day, 33-nation summit starting Friday, welcoming nations from Brazil to Jamaica in what he hopes will be a grand alliance to counter U.S. influence. Many presidents have less sweeping ...

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