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Tusk sets out ambitious agenda for presidency

Historic handover: Poland takes up rotating leadership of EU for first time WARSAW – Polish prime minister Donald Tusk promised “energetic engagement” as he took over the rotating presidency of the European Union yesterday and said the 27-country bloc was facing one of its most difficult moments. Poland, Europe’s sixth most populous country and a powerhouse…

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Libya: Muammar Gaddafi threatens Europe

Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has threatened to attack Europe in revenge for Nato’s operations in Libya. Col Gaddafi said Libya would target European “homes, offices, families” unless Nato stopped its campaign. He spoke via an audio message broadcast to tens of thousands…

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Gadhafi says he’ll take the battle to Europe

BIR AYAD, LIBYA – In a defiant speech broadcast to an unusually large gathering of his supporters on Friday, Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi threatened attacks on Europe if NATO did not halt its bombing campaign, even as he also seemed to leave open a door to negotiations. In the speech, delivered by telephone to thousands of people marching in Green ...

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Bahrain Shiites Enter Talks

By ALEX DELMAR-MORGAN MANAMA, Bahrain—Bahrain’s largest Shiite opposition group, al Wefaq, said Friday it will participate in talks with the government, after the king said he would set up an independent inquiry into the violent crackdown on protesters earlier in the year. But al Wefaq warned it will withdraw from the so-called national dialogue if its core demands, including a ...

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Syria defies Assad with largest protests so far

The Syrian regime was looking increasingly isolated yesterday as hundreds of thousands of protesters took to the streets in some of the largest rallies of the uprising, despite an unprecedented attempt by President Bashar al-Assad to reach out to his political opponents. Click to upload graphic: Arab Spring Survival Guide: How many regimes have defied unrest so far (310.28kB) Marchers ...

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China’s Communist Party faces ‘growing pains’: Hu

Chinese President Hu Jintao on Friday warned on the 90th birthday of the ruling Communist Party that it still faced “growing pains” and that rampant corruption could lead to a loss in public confidence. Hu made the comments in a keynote address at a ceremony in the Great Hall of the People — the heart of political power in Beijing ...

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Polls open in Morocco referendum on new constitution

RABAT – Moroccans voted Friday in a referendum on curbing the near absolute powers of King Mohammed VI, who has offered reforms in the wake of protests inspired by pro-democracy uprisings around the Arab world. Faced with demonstrations modelled on the Arab Spring protests that ousted long-serving leaders in Tunisia and Egypt, Mohammed VI announced the referendum last month to ...

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‘War on terror’ set to surpass cost of Second World War

The total cost to America of its wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, plus the related military operations in Pakistan, is set to exceed $4 trillion – more than three times the sum so far authorised by Congress in the decade since the 9/11 attacks. This staggering sum emerges from a new study by academics at the Ivy-league Brown University that ...

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