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Germany’s Merkel faces biggest test in euro vote

BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel faces a battle for her political survival on Thursday when some of her coalition, worried about throwing good money after bad by bailing out Greece, could humiliate her in a parliament vote on euro-zone rescue schemes. Support from the center-left opposition will ensure Germany passes the bill on new powers for the European ...

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Iraq regime tries to silence corruption whistleblowers

The Iraqi government is seeking to silence critics who accuse it of rampant corruption by removing officials who try to prosecute racketeers and intimidating politicians and journalists who support them. This month alone it has forced the head of its anti-corruption watchdog to resign. And a prominent Iraqi journalist, who had been threatened for leading anti-government protests, was shot dead ...

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Saudi King ‘Revokes’ Woman Driver’s Lashing Sentence

Saudi King Abdullah has revoked a sentence of 10 lashes imposed on a woman for breaking the ban on women driving in the conservative kingdom, a Saudi princess said on Wednesday on her Twitter account. “Thank God, the lashing of Sheima is canceled. Thanks to our beloved King. I’m sure all Saudi women will be so happy, I know I ...

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Yemen: Succession Plan May Be Near

An agreement between Yemen’s government and its opponents on how to carry out a transfer of power has overcome setbacks caused by the outbreak of violence in the capital last week and is near completion, Yemeni officials said. One of the high-ranking officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the negotiations were continuing, said some details were pending, ...

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US Can Still Win in Afghanistan, Military Expert Claims in NY Times Op-Ed

Although his recent New York Times polemic slamming Afghan war critics is entitled “This War Can Still Be Won,” Army Special Forces Major Fernando M. Luján makes an interesting admission near the end of his piece when he concedes that “winning” is a meaningless word when it comes to this type of war, a concept acquired — no doubt — ...

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Planes diverted as Mexico City airport power fails

MEXICO CITY (AP) — An unspecified number of flights have been diverted from Mexico City because a power failure darkened the capital’s international airport. Airport managers say power and flight service is expected to be restored before midnight. Officials say the apparent failure of a transformer threatened to start a fire at the facility. But they stress that passengers and ...

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UK ready to veto £40bn EU ‘transaction tax’ plan as row brews over further European integration

Britain has pledged to veto a £40billion ‘transaction tax’ on the City that the EU is planning as a means to make firms repay their debts after receiving huge state support. The UK Treasury said it will ‘resist’ European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso’s plan to impose a transaction tax on share dealing across the EU. The haul would raise ...

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Afzal Guru’s clemency resolution in J&K assembly’s next session

SRINAGAR: The clemency resolution for 2001 Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru will come up for discussion in the next session of the Jammu and Kashmir assembly as it could not be taken Wednesday as the house was adjourned for the day. A clash between Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislators led to a…

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China warns US against ‘interfering’ over Tibet

Beijing ‘ China on Wednesday warned the United States against interfering in its affairs after two Buddhist monks set themselves on fire and the US called for Beijing to respect the rights of Tibetans. The US State Department said Tuesday it was ‘seriously concerned’ by attempts by two monks at the Kirti monastery in southwest China’s Sichuan province to burn ...

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