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Norway killer found sane in new examination

Click photo to enlargeThe public prosecutor Svein Holden, right, during the presentation of the second report, of some 300 pages, regarding the mental health of Anders Behring Breivik, stacked onto a table inside the court in Oslo, Norway, Tuesday, April 10, 2012. According to the new psychiatric assessment report, the right-wing extremist, Anders Breivik, who confessed to killing 77 people ...

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Syria shells towns despite ceasefire deadline

Syrian tanks shelled the central city of Hama in the early hours of Tuesday morning, an activist said, and tanks continued to patrol the streets on the day President Bashar al-Assad has agreed to start withdrawing government forces from urban areas. Image 1 of 2 Syrian troops patrol the streets of Saqba on the outskirts of Damascus Photo: AFP/Getty Images ...

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South Ossetia Elects ex-KGB Head as New President

Former South Ossetian KGB head Leonid Tibilov has been elected new president of the breakaway republic in a vote condemned by Georgia and welcomed by Russian officials and lawmakers. Tibilov, 60, won over 54 percent of the vote in the Sunday runoff against human rights ombudsman David Sanakoev, 42, who gained almost 43 percent. Less than 1 percent of South ...

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Polls in Indonesia’s Aceh province test peace deal

, Jakarta:Indonesians in the archipelago’s westernmost province of Aceh voted for a new governor Monday, testing the strength of a peace deal signed by separatists and the government after the 2004 tsunami. There were five candidates, including Zaini Abdullah, a former rebel who appeared headed for victory, according to quick count results which are based on samples of votes at ...

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US gives Iran ‘last chance’ warning over shutting down nuclear facility

Other "near term" concessions which must be met in the early stages of talks to avoid a potential military conflict, include the suspension of higher level uranium enrichment, and the surrender by Tehran of existing stockpiles of the fuel, senior US officials said yesterday. The demands were outlined as Iranian state TV announced that crucial negotiations over its disputed nuclear ...

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The age of gold is not over just yet

Until the rising reserve powers of Asia, Russia, and the Gulf regain trust in the shattered credibility of the world’s two great fiat currencies – if they ever do – gold is unlikely to crash far or for long. “Peak gold” cements the price floor in any case. It has been an unsettling experience for late-comers who joined the gold ...

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Turkish PM makes first trip to China in 27 years

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was to arrive in Beijing on Monday on an official visit to boost business and political ties between the rising powers with booming economies, despite differences over Syria and China’s ethnic Uighur region. The…

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US experts to aid Pakistan rescue effort

The US has sent a team of experts to help Pakistan search for 135 people buried since Saturday by a massive avalanche that engulfed a military complex in a mountain battleground close to the Indian border. The team of eight experts sent to Islamabad on Sunday will provide technical assistance, the Pakistan army said. At least 240 Pakistani soldiers and ...

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Egypt’s former spy chief says not backed by Army

Cairo: Hosni Mubarak’s former intelligence chief said his bid for the presidency does not have the support of Egypt’s military rulers and accused Islamists of sending him death threats, an Egyptian newspaper reported on Monday. Omar Suleiman, 74, announced his candidacy on Friday and showed he still wields political clout by collecting around 72,000 signatures of eligible voters in one ...

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Mali’s president hands in resignation

BAMAKO, Mali — From one of the hiding places where he has been holed up since last month’s coup, Mali’s president penned a resignation letter and in the presence of reporters handed it to an emissary to deliver to the country’s new leaders. Dioncounda Traore, left, Mali’s parliamentary head who was forced into exile after last month’s coup, sits with ...

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