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French court approves Noriega extradition

PARIS — A French court ruled Wednesday that former dictator Manuel Noriega can be extradited to Panama to serve time for past crimes, more than 20 years after being ousted and arrested in a U.S. invasion. The elderly former Panamanian strongman hasn’t seen his homeland in more than two decades, years he spent behind bars in Florida, on drug charges, ...

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US rejects destroying chemical weapons

Washington, November 24: The United States plans to keep its arsenal of chemical weapons for many years to come, as it seeks to extend the deadline set by the international Chemical Weapons Convention. The US has asked for a decade-long extension to the convention deadline,…

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US urges Bahrain to tackle abuses, sees path forward

WASHINGTON: The United States urged its ally Bahrain, home to the U.S. Fifth Fleet, to quickly address abuses laid out in a report on Wednesday that alleged that Bahraini security forces used torture to obtain confessions. A Bahraini government-commissioned panel charged with investigating abuses found that Bahrain’s security forces used excessive force to suppress pro-democracy protests this year, saying five ...

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Brazil suspends Chevron’s drilling activities

The Brazilian government has suspended Chevron’s drilling rights in the country until it clarifies the causes of an offshore oil spill ,those responsible for the disaster are identified and safety conditions are restored in the area. The decision was announced as the chief executive of Chevron’s Brazilian unit was testifying before the Brazilian Congress on Wednesday, where he publicly apologised ...

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Climate Scientist Calls Hacked ‘Climategate’ Emails ‘Truly Pathetic’

Climate scientist Michael Mann blasted the release of new leaked emails and documents taken from the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit as “truly pathetic” and a “shameless effort to manufacture a false controversy” on Tuesday (Nov. 22) Mann, along with other prominent climate scientists, features in the emails, which consists of conversations among researchers about data and public ...

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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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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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