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Libya’s Jibril calls for grand coalition

TRIPOLI/BENGHAZI (Reuters) – Libya’s wartime rebel prime minister Mahmoud Jibril called for the some 150 political parties in the North African nation to back the creation of a grand coalition government, as election results were due to come in on Monday. The call came as Libyans celebrated Saturday’s largely peaceful national assembly election, the first free national poll in Libya ...

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China’s inflation rate slows to 2.2% in June

Tweet BEIJING: China’s inflation rate slowed to 2.2 percent in June, official data showed Monday, giving the government further room to move as it seeks to reignite growth in the world’s second biggest economy. The country’s consumer price index ( CPI) rose by 2.2 percent year-on-year in June, the National Bureau of Statistics said,…

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China premier warns of economic pressure

HONG KONG — China's Prime Minister Wen Jiabao warned Sunday of “huge downward pressure” on the Chinese economy, in the clearest expression yet of concern at the top of the country's leadership about a sharp slowdown. During a weekend inspection tour of east-central China, Mr. Wen called for the government to “preset and fine-tune its policies in a more aggressive ...

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Protect coral reefs, say scientists

Tweet Sydney, July 9 (IANS) Top marine scientists have sounded an alarm over the plight of coral reefs worldwide and the livelihood of millions of people dependent on them. In an unprecedented move, more than 2,000 of the world’s leading marine researchers released in Cairns, Australia, their Consensus Statement on Climate Change and Coral Reefs. They are attending the 12th ...

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Angela Merkel marks anniversary with Francois Hollande as war graves vandalised

German military graves have been desecrated in France as the two countries commemorated a historic act of reconciliation after two world wars. Finland’s Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen (left), President Sarkozy, Angela Merkel and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso (right) chat during Summit talks 12:46PM BST 08 Jul 2012 Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, met Francois Hollande, the French president, ...

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Ernest Borgnine acted for some of the all-time great directors

Ernest Borgnine , who died Sunday at age 95, worked with some of the greatest directors of the 20th century. He first caught the eye of moviegoers in 1953 in Fred Zinnemann’s Oscar-winning best film “From Here to Eternity,” in which he played the savage Fatso Judson, the sergeant of the guard of the stockade who beats Angelo Maggio (Frank ...

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Mali interim government urged by Ecowas

A summit of Western African leaders has called for a national unity government to end the political crisis gripping Mali since a military coup in March. The regional bloc, Ecowas, also urged Mali to request international military intervention to win back the country's rebel-held…

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