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Biden apologises to Obama for getting ‘over his skis’

Washington: US Vice President Joe Biden has apologised to President Barack Obama for putting him in “awkward spot” that led him to expedite his announcement on the marriage by same sex people, which was earlier planned closer to the election. US media yesterday reported that Biden apologised to Obama on Wednesday before the US President gave an interview to the ...

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Value of respect

I was so pleased to read the April 30 article “Boys into Men” because of its emphasis on “preventing violence in relationships between men and women,” rather than waiting for an incident to happen and then trying to heal the wounds (mentally and physically)…

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‘Save the planet’, science leaders urge G8 governments

Leaders of the global science community have issued joint statements to world leaders meeting at the G8 summit later this month in the US. National science academies from 15 countries have called on the leading industrialised economies to pay greater heed to science and technology. The academies include those from the US, China, India and the UK. The organisations agreed ...

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UN envoy: Libya unstable but moving to democracy

EDITH M. LEDERER Associated Press= UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The top U.N. envoy in Libya said Thursday there are positive signs that the country is moving toward democracy but longstanding tensions have escalated into armed conflicts, detainees are still being tortured, and there is rising discontent among former revolutionary fighters. Less than seven months after the end of Moammar Gadhafi’s ...

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Anders Breivik trial interrupted by spectator throwing shoe

It was the first outburst from the normally subdued crowd watching the terror trial in Oslo’s district court since the proceedings began in mid-April. Journalists watching the proceedings in the court room and through a live broadcast at the court’s press center said the man got up and took of his shoe and threw it at Breivik, but missed. The ...

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Is India a dumping ground for drugs?

India has more than 10,500 drug makers with a domestic turnover of nearly $9bn. Yet, something is rotten with the way drugs are tested and sold in the country. A has found serious issues with the way approvals for foreign drugs are given and clinical trials are being carried out. Here are some of the startling findings: Of the 42 ...

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Thousands remain in secret Libya militia prisons

UNITED NATIONS – About 4,000 people are still being held in militia detention centres in Libya, often in secret and many are tortured, a UN envoy said Thursday. Ian Martin, head of the UN mission to Libya, said good progress was being made toward holding the country’s first democratic election, but militia prisons were one of a number of “serious ...

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Cost of travel calls and texts brought back to earth as mobile phone roaming charges …

Extortionate roaming charges for using your mobile phone abroad will be slashed from next month. The European Parliament has approved a new series of caps on the cost of making calls or browsing the internet when travelling within the EU. The move is designed to put an end to the so-called ‘bill shock’ many experience when they arrive home from ...

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Chinese defence minister in US to boost military ties

Washington, May 11 (IANS) Chinese Defence Minister Liang Guanglie Thursday visited the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point, presenting to its library more than 200 copies of Chinese history and strategy books to boost military…

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Egypt to air first ever televised presidential debate

May 10, 2012 — Updated 0836 GMT (1636 HKT) After ‘Arab Spring’, what now for Egypt? (CNN) — Two candidates will square off Thursday in Egypt’s first-ever televised presidential debate – just two weeks ahead of the elections. Secular candidate Amre Moussa, Egypt’s former foreign minister and the former head of the Arab League, enjoys a considerable lead in a ...

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