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Recalling 1812 battle, Putin calls for unity in Russia

BORODINO, Russia (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin made a rousing call for unity among Russia’s diverse ethnic and religious groups on Sunday as he led commemorations of a battle 200 years ago that led to the defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte. Standing by a monument at the scene of the 1812 Battle of Borodino, 120 km (75 miles) west of Moscow, ...

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Election 2012: Now it’s Democrats’ turn to make presidential case

WASHINGTON (AP) — On the opening day of the Republican National Convention, the party chairman said the American people “need to prosecute the president on what he promised and what he delivered.” That’s just what the GOP tried to do this past week in Florida. Reince Priebus, and speaker after speaker, took to the stage to make the case that ...

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David Cameron prepares economic growth plan

David Cameron has said he will show "fighting spirit" as he prepares to announce a series of measures designed to promote economic growth. The government will outline details of housing and infrastructure projects to coincide with the return of MPs to Parliament after the summer break. The PM said he wanted to "cut through the dither" that holds Britain back. ...

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Syria conflict: Jordan ‘needs more money’ for refugees

Jordan has sharply increased the amount of money it says it requires from the international community to cope with the influx of refugees from Syria. In a joint appeal with the UN's refugee agency, Jordan said it now needs $700m (£440m) to deal with the crisis. Only a few days earlier, it asked for $400m. The request comes as fighting ...

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A man for all reasons

Defense Minister Ehud Barak is opposed to attacking Iran in the two upcoming months before the U.S. presidential elections. And in anticipation of Knesset elections in Israel, he does not exclude the possibility of joining forces with Tzipi Livni, the former Kadima leader, and appearing as No. 2 on her list. These deductions – which Barak has not permitted to ...

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Rushed Afghan exit ‘bad for image’: Australia

AFP – Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr on Sunday acknowledged the nation’s weariness with the Afghan conflict after five more troop deaths but warned of “enormous” damage to its image if it pulled out now. Carr said an accelerated Australian withdrawal would also put other coalition nations under significant pressure from their own citizens to follow suit,…

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Could a state for Greater Kurdistan be on the horizon?

Millions of Kurds, observing the meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in Tehran last week, must have thought: “What about us? What about our non-aligned nation to be? We should be there. Maybe next time…” It may be just possible that Kurds – which themselves admit their notoriety for internal squabble – are finally getting their act together; after all, ...

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SE Louisiana swamped in 62-10 loss to Missouri

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — This week has hardly been fair for Southeastern Louisiana. Hurricane Isaac dumped more than 16 inches of rain on its campus, and the storm’s remnants greeted the football team as it played Missouri on Saturday. The game was no picnic, either. Southeastern Louisiana turned the ball over four times, with two returned for touchdowns, and gave ...

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Islamists seize control of key Mali town

ISLAMIC extremists have seized control of the strategic town of Douentza, moving much closer to government-held territory in central Mali. Residents say that early on Saturday morning, a convoy of pick-up trucks carrying bearded men entered the town, about 800 kilometres northeast of the capital, Bamako. Although far from the capital, Douentza is…

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As Isaac drifts north, Gulf Coast attempts to recover

NEW ORLEANS — As the remnants of Hurricane Isaac pushed their way up the Mississippi Valley on Saturday, spinning off severe thunderstorms and at least two tornadoes, some on the Gulf Coast were impatient with the pace of restoring power days after the storm dragged through the region. While New Orleans streets were…

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