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Syria: Kofi Annan warns that peace plan will not be available ‘forever’

Kofi Annan gave warning that his peace plan for Syria would not be available “forever” after the massacre of another 12 people was disclosed. Yet Mr Annan candidly admitted that the UN Security Council might choose to call off his efforts, adding that he was “more frustrated” than anyone by the failure to implement his plan Photo: AP 4:56PM BST ...

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Barack Obama re-election hopes hit by rise in unemployment

President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign has been hit by a poor new economic report that said American employers created just 69,000 jobs in May, the fewest in a year, and the unemployment rate rose for the first time in 11 months. While imprecise and a typically lagging indicator of economic performance, the unemployment number is nevertheless an undeniable marker of ...

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John Edwards walks free: judge rules mistrial in case of the ex-senator’s sex scandal

For now, at least, Mr Edwards, 58, who has in any event fallen from public grace at a velocity rarely seen in American politics, has eluded both heavy fines and prison time that could have extended to 30 years. The outcome represents a sharp setback for prosecutors who had tried to prove that private donations of nearly $1m from wealthy ...

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Panetta to stress commitment to Asia-Pacific

— Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is traveling through Asia this week, determined to show the U.S. is serious about shifting its focus to the region, amid growing worries about China’s increasingly aggressive posture and North Korea’s nuclear ambitions. In a series of meetings at a Singapore conference and in a major speech Saturday, Panetta is expected to lay out more ...

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Suu Kyi calls for ‘healthy skepticism’ on Myanmar

BANGKOK: Myanmar’s opposition leader and former political prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi urged the international community Friday to exercise “healthy skepticism” about her country’s reforms as it sheds a half-century of military rule. Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi delivers a speech at the World Economic Forum on East Asia in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, June 1, 2012. AP/ Sakchai ...

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Egypt’s notorious emergency law expires

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s notorious emergency law expired Thursday, ending more than 30 years of broad powers to arrest and detain for a police force accused of widespread human rights abuses. The military rulers who took charge from ousted President Hosni Mubarak indicated they have no intention to renew the law, saying they will continue to be in charge of ...

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Family and Friends Honors Hit and Run Victim

Remembering the dead is always a solemn occasion. For two particular Topeka families, this 2012 Memorial Day had to have been particularly solemn. According to the TopekaCapital-Journal’s Sunday, May 27th report, on Friday, May 25, Dustin Leftwich, 20, hit Brenna Leanne Morgart, 18, in his car as she jogged on a country road a few miles from her home. According ...

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Kenya bombards Shabab-held Kismayo in Somalia, renews long-delayed attack on al Qaida affiliate

Kenya has renewed its long-stalled offensive against al Qaida’s affiliate in Somalia, just days after the Kenyan government blamed the Somali Islamists for an apparent terrorist attack in downtown Nairobi. For the second day in a row, Kenyan naval forces on Wednesday bombarded the Somali seaport of Kismayo, a key stronghold of Somalia’s al Qaida-linked Shabab insurgents, while ground troops ...

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UN chief welcomes withdrawal of Sudanese troops from border flashpoint area

UN peacekeepers in Abyei, which is contested by Sudan and South Sudan. UN Photo/Stuart Price30 May 2012 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomes the full withdrawal of Sudan’s military from the disputed Abyei area yesterday and calls on its Government to withdraw all remaining armed police forces, his spokesperson said today. “He urges the Governments of Sudan and South Sudan to ...

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