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Skype hires 400 staff but Yahoo may be set to axe 2,000

Skype has announced plans to create about 400 new jobs across five cities. The internet video-calling business – which is owned by Microsoft – said it is initially looking to take on staff in London and Stockholm. Other posts will later be created in Tallinn, Estonia; Prague, Czech Republic and Palo Alto in California, USA. The news coincides with an ...

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Tycoon Xu Ming held in China scandal

A BILLIONAIRE tycoon closely entwined with Bo Xilai, the deposed Communist Party boss of the city of Chongqing, is understood to have been arrested for economic crimes amid China’s worst political crisis for 20 years. Word of the arrest confirms a tightening of the net around Mr Bo and comes as the British government is demanding a fuller investigation into ...

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India inducts Russian made nuclear submarine into Navy

SHARE AND DISCUSSTweetNuke powered submarine to join Indian Navy VISHAKHAPATNAM: After a gap of two decades, India has joined the elite club of nations having nuclear-powered submarines with the induction of the Russian-origin ‘Nerpa’ into the Navy on Wednesday. Defence minister A K Antony commissioned the Akula II class Nerpa rechristened INS Chakra into the Navy. India had earlier leased ...

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Ex-Turkish president to go on trial

General Kenan Evren, who went on to serve as Turkey’s president, is set to go on trial for his role in leading a 1980 coup that shaped the country until reforms cut back the power of the generals. An Ankara court will begin hearing the case on Wednesday against 94-year-old Evren as well as the other surviving architect of that ...

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ICC rejects bid for Gaza war crimes tribunal

The International Criminal Court has halted a Palestinian Authority bid to clear the way for the permanent war crimes tribunal to investigate an Israeli military offensive in the Gaza Strip that began in December 2008. “The office [of the prosecutor] has assessed that it is for the relevant bodies at the UN or the Assembly of State Parties to make ...

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Qatar refuses to hand over Iraq’s fugitive VP

BARBARA SURK Associated Press= DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar on Tuesday rejected Iraq’s request to hand over the nation’s fugitive Sunni vice president to face terror charges in Baghdad, a decision that will likely further strain ties between Shiite-led Iraq and Sunni Gulf Arab states. On Monday, Iraq asked Qatar to extradite Tariq al-Hashemi, the top Sunni official ...

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Ecuador’s president to boycott Americas summit

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa says he’s decided to boycott this month’s Summit of the Americas in Colombia because Cuba is not invited. Correa made the announcement in a letter he sent Monday to the host president, Juan Manuel Santos. He took a swipe at the United States, which had rejected Cuban attendance. Correa called that veto ...

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Nancy Pelosi: Hillary Clinton Should Run For President In 2016

Though the 2012 presidential election is months away, a growing number of public figures have in recent weeks thrown their support behind a Hillary Clinton candidacy in 2016. Add Nancy Pelosi’s name to that list. Pelosi was in New York for a Q&A session with veteran journalist Jeff Greenfield on Sunday, when she was asked what she thought about speculation ...

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Hungary’s president steps down after plagiarism scandal

The president of Hungary has quit after being stripped of his university doctorate in a plagiarism scandal. Hungarian President Pal Schmitt announces his resignation at Parliament in Budapest Photo: MTI, Laszlo Beliczay/AP 3:38PM BST 02 Apr 2012 Pal Schmitt, a former Olympic fencing champion, announced his resignation during an address to the lower house of the Hungarian parliament, after days ...

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