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ASEAN must cooperate to lure investment

In its attempts to lure businesspeople and boost investment against the backdrop of the global economic slowdown, ASEAN must work together with a complimentary instead of competitive spirit, a top official says. Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) chairman Gita Wirjawan, who is also the Trade Minister, said the weakening of rich countries — the United States and European nations — would ...

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Sri Lanka trial: Verdict due in Sarath Fonseka case

The verdict is due in the third and most serious case brought by Sri Lankan authorities against former army chief Sarath Fonseka. He is charged with “spreading disaffection” after he gave…

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Obama to send Clinton to Myanmar next month

BALI, Indonesia — President Barack Obama says Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will travel to Myanmar (mee-an-MAWR’) as the U.S. looks…

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Merkel Urges Monti to Take Quick Steps

By MARY M. LANE BERLIN—German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday urged new Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti to take immediate action to implement reforms and restore market confidence in his country, the euro zone’s third-largest economy. “You have taken office at a difficult time for your country and for the euro…

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How could German neo-Nazi killers have evaded police for 13 years?

Officials face difficult questions over how fugitives were able to carry out 10 murders, 14 bank robberies and two nailbomb attacks A CCTV frame purportedly show the suspected ‘doner murderers’ – Uwe Mundlos and Uwe Böhnhardt – during a bank raid in Arnstadt in September 2011. Photograph: Handout/Reuters At 9.15am on Friday 4 November, two men stormed into a building ...

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Is liberalism killing the copts?

– On ‘bloody’ Sunday October 9th, about 20 Copts were crushed flat on the pavement by berserk military police and their armoured vehicles, seven shot dead, and 300 wounded in a bleak and larger-than-life take on Grand Theft Auto. Although endless streams of squashed brains and dismembered corpses lying in pools of blood inundated the social media landscape in what ...

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Is Israel preparing an assault against Iran?

Skimming the newspapers as I rushed to get my children ready for school, I suddenly understood that Israel might actually be preparing for a military attack against Iran. “[United States Secretary of Defence Leon] Panetta Demanded Commitment to Coordinate Action in Iran” read one headline, and “A Bomb at Arm’s Length” read another. Feeding this hype were a series of ...

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Los Angeles police reopen actress Natalie Wood inquiry

US police have reopened an inquiry into the mysterious death of film star Natalie Wood, who drowned in 1981. Police in Los Angeles said they had received new information relating to the case, but have not given…

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Cambodia tribunal declares Khmer Rouge ‘first lady’ unfit to stand trial

Judges say Ieng Thirith, 79, suffering from symptoms consistent with Alzheimer’s and trial ‘would not serve interests of justice’ Ieng Thirith, was minister of social affairs under the Khmer Rouge and stood accused of crimes against humanity and genocide. Photograph: Mark Peters/AP The international tribunal trying the top commanders of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge regime has ruled that former minister Ieng ...

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Bank of England slashes UK economic growth forecast

Growth is grinding to a halt and GDP will only rise 1% in 2012, according to the Bank’s latest forecast David Freeman from the Office for National Statistics breaks down the unemployment figures Link to this video The Bank of England has warned the economy is grinding to a halt and has slashed its growth forecast for the coming year, ...

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