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Israelis reject Clinton remarks on their democracy

JERUSALEM: Israeli Cabinet ministers on Sunday criticized Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton over remarks attributed to her in which she expressed concerns over Israel’s democracy. Clinton made the comments at a closed-door session over the weekend at the Saban Forum, a Mideast policy seminar sponsored by the Brookings Institution think tank….

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Violence continues in Syria with Arab League deadline looming

DAMASCUS – The Arab League on Sunday awaited Syria’s response to a deadline to allow in observers to monitor the country’s unrest, a day after the pan-Arab body slapped sanctions on senior Syrian officials. The new deadline came as 23 people were reported killed on Saturday across Syria, and after the UN Human Rights Council urged tougher action against Damascus, ...

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As vote nears, Russians tiring of Putin and of his competitors

Reporting from Moscow— When Russian leader Vladimir Putin climbed into the martial arts ring in the Olimpiysky Palace in downtown Moscow recently to congratulate a Russian wrestler who had quite convincingly beaten his American opponent, he was greeted by an unfamiliar sound. The crowd, which, given the high ticket price, consisted mostly of wealthy and middle-class Russians, booed, with some ...

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Protesters block trains in Bhopal

Bhopal: Thousands of survivors of the world’s worst industrial accident blocked trains through a central Indian city yesterday to demand more compensation. The protest came on the 27th anniversary of the disaster in Bhopal, where a Union Carbide pesticide plant leaked lethal gas that killed an estimated 15,000 people and maimed tens of thousands more. Activist Rachna Dhingra said police ...

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After weeks of allegations and stumbles, Cain shifts to ‘Plan B’

December 4, 2011 — Updated 0427 GMT (1227 HKT) Herman Cain: make this order to go Washington (CNN) — In the waning days of his embattled presidential campaign, Herman Cain sounded like a man crafting his own political obituary. Cain suspends presidential bid Talking about “the American dream” at an event in Ohio Wednesday, Cain drew inspiration from his alma ...

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British-made tear gas was used on Egypt’s protesters

The IoS can reveal. CS gas canisters fired at civilians during recent clashes [Sat 19 – Thursday 24 Nov] were produced by British defence contractor Chemring Defence, formerly known as PW Defence, the company confirmed this weekend. A spokesman said the gas is thought to have been sold to the Egyptian army more than a decade ago or, alternatively, reached ...

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Jacques Delors: Euro was flawed from beginning

One of the main architects of the single European currency, Jacques Delors, has said the eurozone was flawed from the beginning. He told Britain’s Daily Telegraph that the lack of central powers to co-ordinate economic policies allowed some members to run up unsustainable debt. As head of the European Commission from 1985 to 1995, he…

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A decade on, what can U.S. accomplish in Afghanistan?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As senior U.S. officials head to a major meeting on Afghanistan next week, underlying their talks will be a simple question: what can Washington hope to accomplish there with fewer troops, less money, and less time? U.S. objectives in Afghanistan are far more modest than they were in the months following the September 11 attacks, when the ...

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United Nations condemns Syria as violence kills 13

Beirut – At least 13 people were killed in fresh clashes across Syria on Friday as the United Nations Human Rights Council condemned Damascus for human rights violations. The council said Syria had committed violations ‘that may amount to crimes against humanity,’ but stopped short of directly calling on the Security Council to take up the matter. The Geneva-based body ...

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