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Libya’s Jibril calls for grand coalition

TRIPOLI/BENGHAZI (Reuters) – Libya’s wartime rebel prime minister Mahmoud Jibril called for the some 150 political parties in the North African nation to back the creation of a grand coalition government, as election results were due to come in on Monday. The call came as Libyans celebrated Saturday’s largely peaceful national assembly election, the first free national poll in Libya ...

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China’s inflation rate slows to 2.2% in June

Tweet BEIJING: China’s inflation rate slowed to 2.2 percent in June, official data showed Monday, giving the government further room to move as it seeks to reignite growth in the world’s second biggest economy. The country’s consumer price index ( CPI) rose by 2.2 percent year-on-year in June, the National Bureau of Statistics said,…

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Protect coral reefs, say scientists

Tweet Sydney, July 9 (IANS) Top marine scientists have sounded an alarm over the plight of coral reefs worldwide and the livelihood of millions of people dependent on them. In an unprecedented move, more than 2,000 of the world’s leading marine researchers released in Cairns, Australia, their Consensus Statement on Climate Change and Coral Reefs. They are attending the 12th ...

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China premier warns of economic pressure

HONG KONG — China's Prime Minister Wen Jiabao warned Sunday of “huge downward pressure” on the Chinese economy, in the clearest expression yet of concern at the top of the country's leadership about a sharp slowdown. During a weekend inspection tour of east-central China, Mr. Wen called for the government to “preset and fine-tune its policies in a more aggressive ...

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Angela Merkel marks anniversary with Francois Hollande as war graves vandalised

German military graves have been desecrated in France as the two countries commemorated a historic act of reconciliation after two world wars. Finland’s Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen (left), President Sarkozy, Angela Merkel and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso (right) chat during Summit talks 12:46PM BST 08 Jul 2012 Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, met Francois Hollande, the French president, ...

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Ernest Borgnine acted for some of the all-time great directors

Ernest Borgnine , who died Sunday at age 95, worked with some of the greatest directors of the 20th century. He first caught the eye of moviegoers in 1953 in Fred Zinnemann’s Oscar-winning best film “From Here to Eternity,” in which he played the savage Fatso Judson, the sergeant of the guard of the stockade who beats Angelo Maggio (Frank ...

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Clinton calls for Afghan women’s rights as adultery execution video emerges

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has made a powerful plea for the rights of women in Afghanistan, using a global forum to insist they must be part of the country's future growth. Her comments came as a horrific video emerged showing the public execution of a 22-year-old woman accused of adultery, amid fears that recent gains for women are ...

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Wimbledon 2012: Roger Federer’s win puts him back on top of the world

Roger Federer celebrates winning the men’s singles final against Andy Murray at Wimbledon. Photograph: Anja Niedringhaus/AP As Roger Federer took on Andy Murray here, he was wearing a vest under his shirt to protect a back injury which had cropped up earlier in the tournament. By the time Murray’s final forehand flew wide, the only surprise was that he did ...

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Clinton looks for better US-Pakistani cooperation

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton expressed hope Sunday that Pakistan’s recent reopening of NATO supply lines into Afghanistan might lead to a broader rapprochement in U.S.-Pakistani relations after a difficult period for the reluctant allies. After attending a 70-nation Afghan aid conference in Tokyo, Clinton met privately with Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar to discuss reviving the ...

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Envoy Annan calls Syria mission a ‘failure’

International envoy Kofi Annan acknowledged the failure so far of his mission to bring peace to Syria, as more than 60 people were killed in violence that also spilled over into Lebanon. In comments published by French newspaper Le Monde on Saturday, Annan was quoted as saying that significant efforts had been made to try to resolve the crisis peacefully ...

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