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Barroso warns EU parliament of eurozone breakup

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso has called on the EU parliament to give up its national sovereinty posture in the face of the eurozone debt crisis and tackle the problems together. The European commission president is watching the clock. The EU is at a “decisive moment” of crisis management, he said. High unemployment is a “social emergency” requiring both ...

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UN review lashes SA over secrecy Bill

South Africa has received widespread international condemnation of its secrecy Bill during a UN review of the country’s human rights record. (Lisa Skinner, M&G) The United States, Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Sweden and Switzerland all expressed concerns that the proposed laws could threaten media freedom. The intervention – the biggest collective stand yet taken by foreign governments ...

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Children without borders

Working towards a vision of a region free from violence against children, representatives from South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) renewed their commitment to end atrocities against the children in their region at the meet of the member countries in Colombo recently. The countries unanimously adopted the South Asia Call for Action on Ending Violence against Children. Representatives from ...

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Argentina’s president to press claim to Falklands

EDITH M. LEDERER Associated Press= UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Argentina’s president is pressing her country’s claim to the Falkland Islands with a high-profile appearance Thursday before a little-known U.N. committee on the 30th anniversary of Britain’s ouster of an Argentine invasion force. President Cristina Fernandez’s attendance at the annual meeting of the world body’s Decolonization Committee is the first by ...

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US prosecutors drop case against John Edwards

The US justice department has dropped its criminal case against former senator John Edwards, closing the book on a prosecution that had threatened the two-time presidential hopeful with prison and a further fall from grace. “We knew that this case – like all campaign finance cases – would be challenging,” Lanny Breuer, assistant attorney-general, said in a statement on Wednesday. ...

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U.S. troops return to Afghanistan’s "lost province"

KAMDESH, Afghanistan (Reuters) – – U.S. troops returned to the area in Afghanistan they call the “dark side of the moon” this week, a remote Hindu Kush region that controls several access routes to Kabul and where the coalition suffered one of its biggest reverses in the decade-long war. This part of Nuristan province, in the mountainous far east of ...

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UN says Congo rebellion threatens region

United Nations – The UN envoy to Congo warned Tuesday that a rebellion led by an ex-warlord indicted for war crimes threatens to uproot millions of civilians and destabilise the surrounding region. Roger Meece told the UN Security Council it is important to quickly put an end to the mutiny by Bosco Ntaganda, who has been sought by the International ...

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Panetta warns of ‘disaster’ from defense cuts

WASHINGTON – Defense Secretary Leon Panetta pleaded with Congress Wednesday to avoid the disaster of automatic defense cuts even as he criticized lawmakers’ affection for protecting aging ships and aircraft. Ramping up the pressure, Panetta and Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, painted a bleak picture of the and its power if the across-the-board ...

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