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Malaysia’s Anwar says opposition can win elections

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim says he is confident his three-party alliance can win a “comfortable” majority in upcoming elections. National polls are not due until 2013 but speculation has been rife that Prime Minister Najib Razak will dissolve Parliament soon. Najib’s coalition has led Malaysia since independence in 1957 but suffered its worst electoral ...

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Rare transit of Venus unfolds in morning sky

SHARE AND DISCUSSTweetA rare celestial spectacle — transit of Venus — the last for this century, unfolded in the morning sky all across the country on Wednesday, enthralling the astro enthusiasts. NEW DELHI: A rare celestial spectacle — transit of Venus — the last for this century, unfolded in the…

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Envoys of the Dalai Lama have resigned

Hopes for a peaceful resolution to the conflict in Tibet appear less likely the longer the tensions persist between the Tibetans and the Chinese government. The frutrations over this matter has lead to the resignations of two envoys of the Dalai Lama. Lobsang Wangyal has reported for the Tibet Sun “Dalai Lama envoys resign.” Lodi Gyari and Kelsang Gyaltsen recently ...

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Energy to dominate Russia President Putin’s China visit

Russian President Vladimir Putin is due to begin a three-day visit to China, with energy and foreign policy expected to dominate the agenda. Mr Putin said ahead of the trip that he wanted to further boost booming bilateral trade, which reached $84bn (£55bn) last year. The Syrian crisis is also expected to be discussed during the talks. Russia and China ...

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Hungry flee Sudan war

Khartoum – A gunfight outside a police station one year ago on Tuesday marked the start of a war that has forced increasing numbers of hungry people to flee Sudan’s South Kordofan and Blue Nile states. Despite months of international concern over malnutrition and food shortages, the government, citing security factors, continues to tightly control access by foreign aid agencies ...

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NATO signs deals to remove Afghan gear via Central Asia

NATO has concluded agreements with Central Asian nations allowing it to evacuate vehicles and other military equipment from Afghanistan and completely bypass Pakistan, which once provided the main supply route for coalition forces. Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Monday that Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan had agreed to allow the reverse transport of alliance equipment. Since NATO already…

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Diggers wounded in drug lab raid in Helmand province, Afghanistan

TWO Diggers and an Afghan interpreter were shot during a fierce 14-hour assault on an insurgent drug lab in Helmand province. One of the Australian special forces troops is in a serious condition and is being transferred to the Landstuhl regional military…

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Ahmadinejad critic Larijani re-elected Iran speaker

Iran's parliament has re-elected a conservative critic of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as speaker. Ali Larijani will serve for another year after beating Gholam Ali Haddad Adel…

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Canadian fugitive Magnotta to appear in Berlin court

The Canadian porn actor wanted for the murder and dismemberment of his lover is to appear in court in Berlin a day after his arrest in the German capital. Germany's justice ministry said it was awaiting a request from the Canadian authorities for the extradition of Luka Rocco Magnotta, 29. He faces charges in Canada of murder and threatening Canadian ...

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G7 to hold emergency euro zone talks, Spain top concern

TORONTO/BERLIN (Reuters) – Finance chiefs of the Group of Seven leading industrialized powers will hold emergency talks on the euro zone debt crisis on Tuesday in a sign of heightened global alarm about strains in the 17-nation European currency area. With Greece, Ireland and Portugal all under international bailout programs, financial markets are anxious about the risks from a seething ...

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