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Obama campaign urges fundraisers to back super PAC

KEN THOMAS Associated Press= WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is urging his top fundraisers to support a Democratic super political action committee which can spend unlimited amounts of cash to influence elections. Obama campaign manager Jim Messina says in an email to supporters Monday that the president’s campaign “can’t allow for two sets of rules” in which the Republican ...

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Suu Kyi hits the campaign trail in Myanmar

AYE AYE WIN Associated Press= PATHEIN, Myanmar (AP) — Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi hit the campaign trail Tuesday as an official candidate for upcoming elections, traveling to the Irrawaddy delta for the first time in two decades. Cheering crowds greeted Suu Kyi’s convoy at every major town and city along her four-hour drive south from Yangon to ...

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Intelligence chief appointed Romania’s new PM

Romanian president Traian Basescu named intelligence chief Mihai Razvan Ung… Romanian president Traian Basescu on Monday named intelligence chief Mihai Razvan Ungureanu as the new prime…

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All eyes on Russian minister’s Syria trip

As Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov heads to Syria for talks with President Bashar al-Assad, BBC Moscow correspondent Daniel Sandford assesses what he might hope to achieve from his visit. Tuesday’s visit by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and the director…

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Phone hacking: Met Police failed to warn victims, says review

The Metropolitan Police failed to warn people that they had been the victims of possible phone hacking by the News of the World, a judicial review has said. Ex-deputy prime minister Lord Prescott, Labour MP Chris Bryant and ex-Scotland Yard deputy assistant commissioner Brian Paddick had all pushed for the review, along with Ben Jackson, the former assistant to actor ...

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British outrage as radical cleric gets bail

BRITAIN’S Home Office has clashed openly with judges after a court decision to free on bail the radical Islamist cleric Abu Qatada, who is accused of posing a grave threat to British national security. The decision by judge Sir John Edward Mitting will see Abu Qatada (pictured), once described by Spanish judge Baltasar Garzon as Osama bin Laden’s right-hand man ...

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Bombardment of Syria’s Homs resumes – activists

AMMAN (Reuters) – Heavy bombardment of the Syrian city of Homs resumed on Tuesday after at least 95 civilians were killed on Monday in an offensive to put down a popular revolt against President Bashar al-Assad’s rule, activists and residents said. “The bombardment is again concentrating on Bab Amro. A doctor tried to get in there…

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Phoenix rejects utility regulator’s gas price plans

Phoenix Natural Gas has rejected proposed controls by the utility regulator which would have slashed the price of gas for big business in Northern Ireland. It means regulator Shane Lynch is likely to refer the matter to the Competition Commission. The proposals would slash how much money Phoenix is allowed to invest and spend on running its network. The savings…

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Phoenix rejects utility regulator’s gas price plans

Phoenix Natural Gas has rejected proposed controls by the utility regulator which would have slashed the price of gas for big business in Northern Ireland. It means regulator Shane Lynch is likely to refer the matter to the Competition Commission. The proposals would slash how much money Phoenix is allowed to invest and spend on running its network. The savings…

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Giants, Manning win ‘wild game’ in Super Bowl

INDIANAPOLIS — Despite winning a second Super Bowl in five seasons, the New York Giants should not be recognized as one of the greatest champions in NFL history. Sunday’s 21-17 victory over New England at Lucas Oil Stadium made the Giants the first 9-7 team in NFL history to win a Super Bowl. The Giants are the first champion to ...

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