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China to pump $47 bln into Tibet to 2015

BEIJING, Sept 14 (Reuters) – The Chinese government will pump 300 billion yuan ($47 billion) into restive Tibet over the next five years, with 90.5 billion yuan to finance roads, railways, hydropower stations and other infrastructure, state media said on Wednesday. The 226 projects the money will support are “aimed at achieving…

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Census report: U.S. poverty rate swells to nearly 1 in 6

The ranks of the nation’s poor swelled to nearly 1 in 6 people last year, reaching a new high as long-term unemployment woes left millions of Americans struggling and out of work. The number of uninsured edged up to 49.9 million, the biggest in over two decades. The Census Bureau’s annual report released today offers a snapshot of the economic ...

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Prime minister presents Turkey as model for Arabs

Turkey’s prime minister presented his country as a model for an Arab world in turmoil, giving advice on everything from balancing secularism and Islam to challenging Israel during a high-profile visit to Egypt on Tuesday aimed at advancing his growing status as a regional leader. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan received a hero’s welcome among Egyptians, impressed by his tough ...

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Kabul attack ends after 20 hours, 6 attackers dead

KABUL (Reuters) – An assault by Taliban insurgents on the heart of Kabul’s diplomatic and military enclave has ended after 20 hours, when security forces killed the last of six attackers, a spokesman for the Ministry of the Interior said on Wednesday. A NATO helicopter flies next to the building which the Taliban insurgents took over during an attack near ...

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Amid China boom, job search for many grads goes bust

BEIJING: Yan Minglong, one of millions of recent Chinese college graduates, is not impressed with the doors opened by higher education. “Jobs? What jobs?” the 23-year-old said, whiling away his Saturday afternoon in a billiards hall in Shigezhuang, a gritty neighbourhood on Beijing’s northern outskirts where cheap rent is the main draw for some of China’s white-collar hopefuls. Students from ...

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Argentina’s Menem acquitted of arms smuggling

Argentina’s former President Carlos Menem has been acquitted of smuggling arms to Croatia and Ecuador in the 1990s. The 81-year-old senator smiled as a judge read out the “not guilty” verdicts on him and 17 others, including former ministers, retired military personnel and arms makers, on Tuesday. During the…

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Islamists take aim at Libya rebels’ secular leaders

Reporting from Tripoli, Libya— A struggle between secular politicians and Islamists seeking to define the character of the new Libya burst into the open Tuesday, highlighting the challenge authorities face with reconciling demands repressed for decades by Moammar Kadafi that are now suddenly coming to the surface. Even as the Transitional National Council tries to establish itself in the capital, ...

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James Murdoch faces new phone-hacking grilling

Reporting from London— Media executive James Murdoch has been recalled to face further questioning by British lawmakers after two former subordinates told Parliament last week that he knew more about illegal phone hacking by his company’s reporters than he previously disclosed. Media executive James Murdoch has been recalled to face further questioning by British lawmakers after two former subordinates told ...

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In the line of fire: A date with despots at Britain’s arms fair

As a Peruvian army captain in full uniform looks on, I am squinting down the viewfinder of the “Serpent”, the first shoulder-launched multipurpose assault weapon I have ever handled, its crosshair fixed on a tank 291 metres in the far distance, my thumb poised on the fire button. “Just send that right down and give someone a bad day,” says ...

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Israel under pressure

Israel is under pressure. The decline of American influence in the Middle East has combined with the Arab revolutions, Turkey’s regional ascendancy and the Palestinians’ statehood bid at the UN, to erode its global position. Additionally, an increased awareness of Israeli apartheid around the world has worked to undermine the historically sufficient “security” argument used to justify the occupation of Palestine. It has been a ...

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