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Egypt: Security forces clash with Cairo protesters

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian security forces firing tear gas clashed with more than 5,000 rock-throwing protesters in central Cairo late Tuesday, leaving dozens injured in the latest unrest to rattle the country, witnesses and medical officials said. Clouds of tear gas and the wail of police sirens engulfed Tahrir Square as lines of security forces in riot gear battled to ...

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Children living near Fukushima plant to be given radiation monitors

JUSTIN McCURRY in Tokyo TENS OF thousands of children living near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant are to be given personal radiation monitors, as concern grows over the long-term health effects of exposure to radiation. Dosimeters will be given to 34,000 children aged between four and 15 living in Fukushima city, 72km (45 miles) from the plant, after abnormally ...

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Fighters attack top Kabul hotel

Two helicopters from the NATO-led coalition in Afghanistan fired on and killed three fighters on the rooftop of a hotel in Kabul after they launched an attack. “Two International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) helicopters have just engaged three individuals on the roof,” coalition spokesman Major Tim James told Reuters news agency. “The indications are that the three individuals on the roof ...

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Next US commander in Kabul supports troop-cut plan

ROBERT BURNS and LOLITA C. BALDOR The Associated Press WASHINGTON – The Marine general expected to carry out President Barack Obama’s order to begin withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan in July said Tuesday he supports the plan but cautioned that successfully winding down the war will require new progress on a wide front, including more help from allies and less ...

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Decision on Bulger’s public defender postponed

FILE – This undated file booking photo, obtained by WBUR 90.9 – NPR Radio… BOSTON (AP) – A federal judge in Boston has postponed a decision on whether mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger will have tax-funded attorney. U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf said in court Tuesday he would hold up on ruling on the public defender issue after prosecutors moved ...

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Christine Lagarde named IMF head

French finance minister, who succeeds Dominique Strauss-Kahn, becomes first woman to hold top IMF job Christine Lagarde said she was ‘honoured and delighted’ to become the new head of the IMF. Photograph: Georges Gobet/AFP/Getty Images French finance minister Christine Lagarde has become the new head of the IMF after the fund’s board confirmed her appointment following a meeting in Washington. ...

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General Greek Strike Protesting New Austerity Met With Tear Gas

ATHENS, Greece — Riot police fired tear gas at youths hurling rocks near the Greek finance ministry Tuesday, trying to quell the anger unleashed by a general strike as parliament debated new cost-cutting measures. The latest austerity measures must pass in two parliamentary votes Wednesday and Thursday if Greece is to receive bailout funds from the EU and the IMF ...

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Tepco under pressure to shut reactors

The utility at the heart of Japan’s nuclear crisis, Tokyo Electric Power Co, faced pressure today from angry shareholders to shut all its reactors in a sign of growing Japanese opposition to nuclear energy. Activist shareholders may struggle, however, to convince long-term institutional investors, which own most of the stock, to approve a resolution to abandon atomic energy. Dai-ichi Life ...

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Libya rejects Gaddafi arrest warrant

Libya has rejected the arrest warrants issued for its leader Muammar Gaddafi, his son Saif al-Islam, and the country’s intelligence chief for alleged atrocities committed against political opponents. The ruling is a “cover for NATO which is still trying to assassinate Gaddafi”, Mohammed al-Gamudi, Libya’s justice minister, said. Deputy foreign minister Khaled Kaaim said the International Criminal Court (ICC)  “functions as a European foreign policy vehicle. ...

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