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Angela Merkel’s coalition loses on her home turf

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative-liberal coalition has suffered a debacle in her home state of Mecklenburg Western Pomerania in an election which was widely seen as a popularity test. Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) lost 5.5 per cent…

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Life after Assad looks ominous for Syria’s Christian minority

In the gift shop of Damascus’ Chapel of Ananias, a middle-aged Christian man called Sari explained who he thought was to blame for the stories of government brutality emerging from his country. “All the international media are liars,” he said. “Al Jazeera, BBC, CNN – they are all lying. There is no trouble here in Damascus.” Syria’s more than 2 ...

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Iran plugs first nuclear power plant into grid

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran’s first nuclear power plant has finally begun to provide electricity to the national grid, official media reported on Sunday, a long-delayed milestone in the nuclear ambitions of a country the West fears is covertly try to develop atomic bombs. A view of the reactor at the nuclear power plant in Bushehr, 1200 km (746 miles) south ...

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Dominique Strauss-Kahn arrives back on French soil

Former IMF chief faces uncertain political future after New York prosecutors drop charges of sexually assaultinghotel maid Dominique Strauss-Kahn and his wife Anne Sinclair arrive at Charles de Gaulle airport. Photograph: Eric Gaillard/Reuters Dominique Strauss-Kahn has returned to France for the first time since attempted rape accusations by a New York hotel maid dashed the former International Monetary Fund chief’s ...

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Tropical Storm Lee soaks New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – Tropical Storm Lee was drenching New Orleans on Sunday as the Southern city, inundated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, faced a test of its flood defenses from the slow-moving system. Jeannie Breuer and her husband George walk by the Mississippi River as Tropical Storm Lee slowly makes landfall in New Orleans, Louisiana September 3, 2011. (REUTERS/Dan ...

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Mass rallies revive Israel protest movement

The rally was by far the summer’s largest, with Tel Aviv’s main square overflowing with demonstrators [Reuters] An estimated 500,000 people took to the streets of coastal Tel Aviv on Saturday night, by far the largest demonstration in the social protest movement that has swept the country for two months. Protesters marched down Rothschild Boulevard, a fashionable street which has been the ...

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Libya intervention: British forces played key role, says Cameron

Prime minister suggests further military actions may lie ahead as Arab League members ‘toughen stance’ against Syria Libyan rebels stand on a missile at a military base destroyed by a Nato airstrike this week. Photograph: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters David Cameron has said “armchair generals” who criticised the government’s strategy in Libya had been proved wrong as he hailed Britain’s role in ...

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Brits likely to get away on European holidays during Olympics

travelmatch.co.uk say that many British tourists will avoid London during the month of the 2012 Olympics because of the high rates hotels in the capital are charging. Instead the company believe that people will be looking for a range of cheap holidays to Majorca or other…

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Exiled Tibetans Celebrate their 51st Tibetan Democracy Day

Article by Yeshe Choesang, WN Correspondent Dharamshala. Dharamshala:- Dharamshala: Thousands of Tibetans including officials, students, monks and nuns living in exile celebrated their 51st Democracy Day Friday, September 2. The ceremony was graced by Prem Kumar Dhumal, India’s Himachal Pradesh State chief minister at the main temple, the Himalayan town of McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala.Other guests who attended the occasion are ...

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Obama backs down over plans to impose cleaner air laws

In a surprise move which risks consolidating the growing perception of him as a back-down, back-off leader, President Barack Obama announced yesterday he was giving up his plans to impose stricter air quality regulations for fear it would add to the country’s economic and employment woes. Waving the white flag to the business lobby and to Republicans who had vowed ...

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