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Christine Lagarde to start at IMF

Christine Lagarde, France’s former finance minister, takes over as head of the International Monetary Fund later. The first woman to head the IMF, she was picked by its 24-member board. The post became vacant after the resignation of Dominique Strauss-Kahn following his arrest in New York in May. He denies sexual assault charges. Ms Lagarde beat Mexico’s Agustin Carstens to ...

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The ‘changing’ face of al-Qaeda

According to terrorism expert Rohan Gunaratna, Ayman al-Zawahiri is even more lethal than Osama bin Laden. ‘Goal-orientated, systematic, secretive and forward thinking’, Zawahiri’s accession as al-Qaeda’s leader marks the return of al-Qaeda with a vengeance. Certainly, Zawahiri has applied his discipline and notable intellect to the cause of jihad since he was 16 years old. A prolific propagandist, he has ...

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Srebrenica victims win case against Netherlands

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Appeals judges have ruled that the Dutch state was responsible for the deaths of three Bosnian Muslim men during the Srebrenica massacre and ordered the government to pay compensation to their relatives. The landmark ruling could open the path to other compensation claims by victims who claim they should have been protected by Dutch United Nations ...

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Japan’s reconstruction minister resigns after offending tsunami victims

Ryu Matsumoto steps down after threatening funding would be withheld unless local leaders came up with workable plans Ryu Matsumoto was filmed criticising the governor of tsunami-hit region and saying the government would not help the north-west unless local leaders came to a consensus over reconstruction. Photograph: Franck Robichon/EPA Japan’s minister in charge of overseeing the reconstruction of the country’s ...

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Telangana lawmakers head for Parliament to submit resignations

New Delhi, July 4 (ANI): Congress lawmakers from the Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh left for Parliament on Monday to submit their resignations to the Speaker of the Lok Sabha Meira Kumar and the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha Mohammad Hamid Ansari.  The lawmakers are demanding the creation of a separate state of Telangana out of Andhra Pradesh….

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Back in Venezuela, Chavez vows to win cancer battle

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s ever-theatrical President Hugo Chavez made a surprise homecoming on Monday after cancer surgery in Cuba, thrilling supporters with an emotional pledge to win the fight to regain his health. His voice straining at times, Chavez told a crowd of thousands gathered outside the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas he still needed strict medical treatment. “Let nobody ...

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Poland to challenge EU partners during presidency

WARSAW: Poland painted itself as a saviour of the European project, while accusing fellow member states of selfishness and short-sightedness, as it began its six-month presidency of the EU. Times have changed since this nation of 38 million people was led by twin brothers Jaroslaw and Lech Kaczynski of the conservative Right and Justice party, a government considered hostile to ...

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Mladic to ‘boycott war crimes hearing’

Ratko Mladic plans to boycott the UN war crimes court on Monday when he is scheduled to enter a plea against charges of genocide during the Bosnian war Ratko Mladic in his first appearance before a UN judge after 16 years on the run. Photograph: Ho/AFP/Getty Images Former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic plans to boycott the UN war ...

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Colombia rebel head narrowly eludes capture: Santos

BOGOTA (Reuters) – The leader of Colombia’s largest guerrilla group narrowly eluded capture, fleeing hours before the army seized his jungle hideout, President Juan Manuel Santos said on Sunday. Alfonso Cano, leader since 2008 of the Revolutionary Armed Force of Colombia (FARC), escaped at most 12…

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