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Largest protests yet in Syria’s biggest city

ZEINA KARAM Associated Press= BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian forces on Friday fired on protesters holding the largest opposition marches yet in Aleppo, a sign of rising anti-regime sentiment in the country’s biggest city, which has largely remained supportive of President Bashar Assad throughout the 15-month uprising. The head of the U.N. observer mission in Syria warned that neither his team ...

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David Cameron threatens veto on French plan for bankers tax

David Cameron held his first meeting with Francois Hollande and threatened to veto the new French president’s plan for a European tax on financial transactions. Downing Street said Mr Cameron delivered a strong message to Francois Hollande over a financial transactions tax Photo: Getty Images 7:00AM BST 19 May 2012 The Prime Minister met the president in Washington before a ...

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Huge economic challenge awaits Egypt’s next leader

When Egyptians joined a popular revolt last year, many were demanding economic change. They were suffering from high unemployment and prices, low wages, widespread poverty and crippling corruption. Over the last 15 months little has changed and many have even seen their finances worsen. On a bustling street in the Mohandisseen area of Cairo, people come from all walks of ...

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Gay African refugees face abduction, violence and rape in Uganda and Kenya

LGBTI people fleeing persecution in home country among most vulnerable and isolated of all refugees, finds study In Uganda, ‘public rhetoric demonising homosexuality has been particularly vicious’ since an anti-gay bill was introduced, says the study. Photograph: Dai Kurokawa/EPA African homosexuals who flee persecution in their own countries are abducted, beaten and raped in the places where they seek asylum, ...

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Facebook stock closes nearly flat in debut

It was barely a “like” and definitely not a “love” from Facebook investors as the online social network’s stock failed to live up to the hype in its trading debut Friday. One of the most anticipated IPOs in Wall Street history ended on a flat note, with Facebook’s stock closing at $38.23, up 23 cents from Thursday night’s pricing. That ...

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Will Being on the Stock Market Change Facebook?

After the IPO, users may see changes to the site Facebook began trading on the Nasdaq today, priced at $38 a share. This puts the total value of the company at $104 billion, the third largest initial public offering ever after Visa and General Motors. CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg started Facebook in 2004 from his dorm room at Harvard ...

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US to announce food security plan for Africa

US President Barack Obama is set to announce a $3bn (£1.9bn) plan to boost food security and farm productivity in Africa, US officials say. They say the initiative is aimed at alleviating shortages as world food supplies are being stretched by rising demand in Asia's emerging markets. Food security is expected to be on the agenda of this weekend's G-8 ...

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Greek caretaker government sworn in

Athens: The Greek caretaker government, which will lead the country to the second round of national polls in June, was sworn in on Thursday morning at a ceremony held at the Presidential mansion in Athens. Headed by Panayiotis Pikrammenos, top judge of the Greek Supreme Administrative Court until his appointment to the post on Wednesday, it is tasked to “preserve ...

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