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Italy’s shadow economy moves into political spotlight

NAPLES, Italy (Reuters) – In the busy Naples square where she works, 18-year-old Arianna is a familiar sight as she darts back and forth from a cafe bearing trays with espresso and pastries. With a bright blue apron, lip stud and cheerful smile, she is known to all except the Italian taxman — for whom the Neapolitan waitress has never ...

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FIFA’s Blatter calls racism row ‘closed’

PRINT EMAIL FACEBOOK Tweet RSS SHARE KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — FIFA president Sepp Blatter reckons he has apologized enough for his recent comments on racism that triggered a furor and considers the matter “closed.” Blatter expressed regret last week for the uproar caused by his claim that racial incidents between players on the field could be settled by a ...

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Landmine use ‘highest since 2004’ despite record clearances

More countries deployed anti-personnel mines last year than in any year since 2004, an international survey of landmines has found. The Landmine Monitor report says use of the weapons increased despite record areas of land being cleared of them. Four countries which have not signed an international treaty banning the weapons…

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Iraqi civilians win inquiry appeal

The group appealed against a High Court decision upholding the Government’s refusal to order an immediate, wide-ranging investigation into whether there was systemic abuse, as opposed to ill treatment by "a few bad apples". Some 128 Iraqis complain that ill treatment occurred between March 2003 and December 2008 in British-controlled detention facilities in the aftermath of the invasion of Iraq. ...

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When Will Bangkok Be Completely Flood-Free?

Bangkok’s floods have been the worst natural disaster to hit Thailand’s capital in decades. For Thais, and visitors, who are sick to death of wading through flood water and living in it too, the main question on everyone’s mind is “When will Bangkok be flood-free?” Floods first hit northern areas of outer Bangkok almost six weeks ago. At that time, ...

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Super-committee failure triggers blame game

The super-committee’s failure to reach agreement on reducing the US deficit means we are now deep into the blame game, positioning for next year’s presidential election. President Barack Obama blames Republicans, hell-bent on…

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Insight – "The Lady" media splash presents new face of Myanmar

YANGON (Reuters) – As Myanmar loosens media controls, one woman’s image is everywhere, from newspapers to magazines to television programmes: pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, or simply “The Lady” as she is known here. “The Lady is good for business,” said Ko Lynn, a senior editor at a Yangon weekly journal, one of many publications enjoying the slight relaxation ...

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Western states step up sanctions on Iran

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States, Britain and Canada announced fresh plans Monday to sanction Iran’s financial and energy sectors, steps analysts said would raise pressure on Tehran but were unlikely to halt its atomic program. A shield of arms adorns a wall inside the Treasury in central London, October 20, 2010. REUTERS/Chris Ratcliffe/Pool The United States named Iran as ...

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Prosecutors Describe Khmer Rouge Leaders’ ‘Organized and Systematic’ Atrocities

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — Opening statements in the most significant stage of a United Nations-backed trial of Khmer Rouge leaders began here on Monday with a horrifying and detailed account of the atrocities of a regime that a prosecutor said was responsible for the deaths of one-fourth of…

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The World Bank says weak demand has hit Asian economies

Growth in the developing economies of East Asia is moderating because of weakening external demand, said the World Bank in a report. It projects that growth in the region will increase by a strong 8.2% in 2011, and by 7.8% in 2012. However, it warns that uncertainties in Europe and a slowdown in global growth will affect…

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