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Netanyahu: Israel has right to defend itself

AMY TEIBEL Associated Press= WASHINGTON (AP) — Israel’s prime minister on Monday vigorously asserted his country’s right to defend itself against the nuclear threat emanating from Iran, warning that time was growing short and declaring he wouldn’t “gamble with the security of the state of Israel.” Benjamin Netanyahu’s tough talk in a speech to thousands of American Jewish supporters was ...

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India’s ruling Congress party loses key state poll

LUCKNOW, India (AP) — India’s governing Congress party was badly beaten in a key state election Tuesday, a sharp rebuke that could cripple the already embattled national government over the final two years of its term. With early returns showing Congress coming in fourth place in the Uttar Pradesh polls, party icon Rahul Gandhi admitted defeat. Gandhi, seen as his ...

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Eastern Libya declares semiautonomous region

RAMI AL-SHAHEIBI Associated Press= BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Tribal leaders and militia commanders declared a semiautonomous region in oil-rich eastern Libya on Tuesday, a unilateral move that opponents fear will be the first step toward outright dividing the country six months after the fall of Moammar Gadhafi. The thousands of representatives of major tribal leaders, militia commanders and politicians who ...

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As gas prices soar, 70 lawmakers push for curbs on speculation

Reporting from Washington— With gas prices continuing to soar, 70 members of Congress on Monday pushed federal regulators to stop excessive oil speculation. The House and Senate lawmakers — all Democrats — wrote to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to urge the agency to immediately put in place limits on traders in crude oil markets and take whatever steps necessary ...

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Tibet group says mother of 4 sets self on fire

BEIJING (AP) — A Tibetan activist group says a mother of four has become the latest person to burn herself to death to protest government policies in Tibetan areas of China. London-based Free Tibet said Sunday that Rinchen set herself on fire in front of a police station by the main gate to the Kirti Monastery in Aba prefecture in ...

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EU’s Van Rompuy warns over complacency in euro debt crisis

* Interest rates may rise if budget rules not met-Van Rompuy * Taking sanctions has to be credible – Van Rompuy * Dutch euro exit would be end of EU – Van Rompuy AMSTERDAM, March 4 (Reuters) – European Council President Herman Van Rompuy warned against complacency in handling the euro zone debt crisis and stressed the need for meeting ...

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