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Italy’s president expresses concern about Berlusconi government

ROME (Reuters) – Italian President Giorgio Napolitano Wednesday expressed deep concern about whether the squabbling government of Silvio Berlusconi was capable of taking vital decisions for the country, including measures to combat an economic…

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Bout trial: lawyers to present their case

New York – Opening arguments were due on Wednesday at the start of the New York trial of Viktor Bout, an alleged Russian arms dealer described by the United States as “one of the most dangerous men” in the world. The former Soviet military officer is accused of attempting to sell a huge arsenal, including hundreds of surface-to-air missiles to ...

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Ex-Ukraine Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko guilty

Moscow — A Ukrainian judge sentenced a former prime minister to seven years in prison Tuesday, harming the nation’s prospects for democracy and confronting the United States and Europe with a serious challenge. Both have been warning Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych against pursuing the prosecution of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko,…

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Kashmir unmarked graves: Parents of missing demand accountability

Srinagar, India, Oct 11, IRNA – The Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) in Kashmir Tuesday said “accountability must begin to bring those involved (in enforced disappearances) to justice.” “APDP holds the Indian government and army responsible for these disappearances and wants them to answer directly about the fate…

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Afghanistan: Operation Enduring Musery

The renowned military strategist, Maj. Gen. J.F.C Fuller, defined war’s true objective as achieving desired political results, not killing enemies. Operation Enduring Freedom — the dreadfully misnamed ten-year US occupation of Afghanistan — has turned into Operation Enduring Misery. After ten years of military and civil operations costing at least $450 billion, over 1,600 dead and 15,000 seriously wounded soldiers, ...

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Tourism can play a key role in tackling climate change – UN-backed report

The tourism sector contributes around 5 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions10 October 2011 – Countries should strengthen their incentives for the tourism sector to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and adopt environmentally friendly policies as it has the potential to play a key role in combating climate change, according to a United Nations-backed report released today. The report, ...

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Myanmar gives amnesty to some 6,300 prisoners

Myanmar state radio and television announced Tuesday that the country’s president as granted amnesty to more than 6,300 prisoners in what appears to be the biggest step so far in a series of reform actions undertaken by the new elected government. The broadcasts said the releases would…

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Steve Jobs cause of death officially revealed as respiratory arrest

Steve Jobs died as a result of respiratory failure, it has been confirmed. Apple’s co-founder passed away last Wednesday at the age of 56. His death certificate was released by the Santa Clara County Public Health Department on Monday. The documents also confirmed that Jobs had a metastatic pancreas neurooendocrine tumour for five years and that the cancer had spread. ...

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BlackBerry services collapse in 4 continents

NEW DELHI/LONDON: Large numbers of BlackBerry users across Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa were cut off from the internet and messaging services, phone companies in the affected regions said on Monday. India is estimated to have one million users of BlackBerry. “We are working to resolve an issue…

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Eurozone bailout fund faces key Slovakian vote

Slovakia will vote later on measures to bolster the powers of the eurozone bailout fund, seen as vital in combating the bloc’s debt crisis. After Malta approved the plans late on Monday, Slovakia is now the last of the 17-member states to vote. All other members have approved the measures. But doubts remain about the outcome of the…

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