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Royal, French leader’s ex, loses parliament race

PARIS — French former presidential candidate Segolene Royal is decrying “political treason” against her after she lost her controversial campaign for a parliamentary seat — quashing her hopes of becoming speaker of the National Assembly. French former Socialist presidential candidate Segolene Royal holds her ballot for the elections Sunday, June 17, 2012, in La Rochelle, west of France. Royal is…

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Greek polls: Pro-bailout conservatives in first

ATHENS, Greece – Updated exit polls predict that Greece’s conservative New Democracy party will come in first in an election that is crucial for Europe and the world. Although no party appears to have won enough seats in Sunday’s election to form a new Greek government on its own, the polls indicate the country’s two traditional parties , New Democracy ...

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Egypt votes for 2nd day to pick Mubarak successor

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptians voted for a second day Sunday in a presidential runoff pitting ousted President Hosni Mubarak’s last prime minister against a conservative Islamist. A sense of gloom hung over many at the polls over the choice and the prospect that the ruling military still will hold most power even after their nominal handover of authority to civilians ...

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June is gay pride month for the U.S. military and the homosexuals are loving it!

“June is gay pride month in the U.S. This is the first time the Pentagon could participate, since September’s repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell”, said one official, who declined to be named in this report. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta feels it’s important to recognize the service of gays in the armed forces in the U.S. Military, as such he ...

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EU leaders pretend to see the light

HONG KONG — The endless euro soap opera has run helter-skelter through new twists and turns: Spain accepted a €100 billion bailout package to fix its rotten banking system, while Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy pretended it was only a line of credit; Cyprus suggested it might want money; Spanish and Italian bond rates rose again; and several European leaders declared ...

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Make example of Croatia, says anti-racism group

By Justin Palmer WARSAW, June 17 (Reuters) – UEFA must make an example of Croatia by punishing them heavily for the racism charges levelled at their fans during Euro 2012, the head of Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) said on Sunday. European soccer’s governing body has charged Croatia’s Football Federation (HNS) for racist chants and symbols displayed by the ...

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Europe’s strongest economy can only bear so much

As the debt crisis continues, Germany is becoming more exposed, writes STEVE WOOD Beset with crisis, the European Union is awash with buzzwords, acronyms, plans and politics, ostensibly oriented to providing solutions. Greece, Ireland, Portugal, Greece again, and Spain – which, it is widely speculated in Europe, delayed its rescue application for reasons of ”national pride” – have received bailouts. ...

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Earth Summit 2012 convenes June 20-22 in Rio

Earth Summit 2012 will be held Wednesday June 20,2012 through Friday June 22, 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The United Nations (UN) Conference on Sustainable Development is also referred to as ‘Rio+20’ because it has been 20 years since the original Earth Summit in Rio in 1992. Over 130 heads of state and many more ministers of member countries ...

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Hollande seeks parliamentary majority in French election

June 17, 2012 — Updated 0646 GMT (1446 HKT) (CNN) — French President Francois Hollande looked to solidify his Socialist Party’s majority in runoff parliamentary elections Sunday, which would allow him to push through an anti-austerity agenda. His party is widely expected to win a majority of the 577 parliamentary seats…

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Extraordinary tales from the dreaded frontier

It is hard for most of us to imagine the borders of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran without thinking of turbaned Taliban, wielding missile-launchers. Therefore, Jamil Ahmad’s debut, The Wandering Falcon, strikes us harder. This collection of inter-linked short stories set in that region brings to life the harsh beauty of the place and its honour-bound tribes. The author, 78-year-old Ahmad, ...

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