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Berlusconi ‘boasts of sleeping with eight women in one night’

More trouble seems to be brewing for Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, with the local media publishing transcripts of the 74-year-old allegedly boasting of sleeping with eight women in one night. The conversations, wire-tapped as part of a probe into…

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Martin McGuinness: From Provo to President?

Martin McGuinness, Sinn Fein’s candidate for the presidency of Ireland, has come a long, long way since his role was to assure IRA hardliners that the organisation would never give up its arms and abandon its “armed struggle”. In the early days of the peace process, his task was to reassure militant doubters suspicious that Gerry Adams and other republican ...

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Adebayor still bears the scars from Togo tragedy

Emmanuel Adebayor wants to be loved. That makes it hard to explain his decision to join Tottenham Hotspur, whose supporters have abused him for scoring against them regularly and often, particularly for Arsenal – but he has come through far worse ordeals. He survived an armed attack on the Togo team bus in Angola during the 2010 African Cup of ...

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US says evidence ties militant group to Pakistan

ISLAMABAD-The U.S. ambassador to Islamabad said in remarks broadcast Saturday that there is evidence linking the Haqqani insurgent network to the Pakistani government, a charge that could raise tensions in an already strained anti-terror alliance between Washington and Islamabad. The U.S. and NATO blame the Haqqani network for many of the attacks in Afghanistan, including this week’s strike on the ...

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Irish presidency – Sinn Fein to put Martin McGuinness forward

Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness is on the verge of running in the Irish presidential election. It is understood Northern Ireland’s deputy first minister has been approved by the party’s officer board. It will now go before the party executive, or ard chomhairle, for formal approval. Last weekend, Mr McGuinness said it would be up to the party…

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Useful Turkey: America’s ally playing a bigger Mideast role

Turkey is playing an increasingly important role in Middle East and world affairs and, because of its virtually unique characteristics, is becoming an even more important, although independent, ally to the United States than it has been in the past. Turkey is a well-functioning democracy with an Islamic-majority population, alone in its region in that regard. It has a firmly ...

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Palestinians to seek full U.N. membership: Abbas

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) – President Mahmoud Abbas said on Friday he would demand full membership of the United Nations for a Palestinian state when he goes to the U.N. General Assembly next week, setting up a diplomatic clash with Israel and the United States. “We are going to the United Nations to request our legitimate right, obtaining full membership ...

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Hamid Karzai: In the shadow of terror, a meeting with the world’s loneliest president

Hamid Karzai lives dangerously. As President of Afghanistan, he has survived four assassination attempts. His half-brother, Ahmed Wali Karzai, was murdered recently. His father, too, was assassinated, in 1999. Whenever he ventures outside his office in the Presidential Palace in Kabul he is accompanied by seven black-suited bodyguards – part of the 800-strong, CIA-trained cordon that surrounds the Afghan leader ...

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Togo Leader Jails Brother 20 Years In Prison

A half-brother of Togo’s President Faure Gnassingbe has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for plotting a coup. The Supreme Court convicted Kpatcha Gnassingbe, the former defence minister, of trying to depose the president in 2009. Another half-brother, Essolizam, a businessman, was acquitted. Faure Gnassingbe…

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