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China’s Wen: govt debt risk "controllable", sets reforms

* Premier Wen says nation’s govt debt at controllable level * Vows economic management won’t cause risks to financial system * Comments from speech to financial work conference (Adds quotes, details, context) BEIJING, Jan 30 (Reuters) – China’s Premier Wen Jiabao said the nation’s government debt is at an “overall safe and controllable” level, that funding for key projects would ...

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Novak Djokovic wins epic thriller over Rafael Nadal

NOVAK Djokovic's extraordinary juggernaut rolls on after the Serb this morning claimed the longest Grand Slam final in history. Condemning Rafael Nadal to a record third consecutive major final loss, exhausted Djokovic posted a 5-7 6-4 6-2 6-7 (5-7) 7-5 Australian Open triumph – a victory for the ages. On rubbery legs and fighting mental and physical exhaustion, Djokovic clambered ...

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Etta James remembered as triumphant trailblazer

Updated: January 28, 2012 4:25PM GARDENA, Calif. — Rhythm & blues legend Etta James was remembered at a service Saturday attended by hundreds of friends, family and fans as a woman who triumphed against all odds to break down cultural and musical barriers in a style that was unfailingly honest. The Rev. Al Sharpton, a civil rights activist, eulogized James ...

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8000 protest conservative Islam in Tunisia

AP More than 8,000 Tunisians marched on Saturday through Tunis denouncing violence committed by ultraconservative Islamist groups in recent months. Since the fall of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali’s secular dictatorship in a popular uprising a year ago, small groups of ultraconservative Muslims known as Salafists have risen in Tunisia calling for greater piety, attacking unveiled women and secular intellectuals ...

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African leaders hold first post-Gadaffi summit

Addis Ababa – African Union leaders meet on Sunday, January 29, 2012 for their first summit since the death of the bloc’s founder Muammar Gadaffi, with intense lobbying for its new top officials overshadowing the run-up to the talks. The leaders will choose the next head of the AU Commission, the 54-nation bloc’s executive council, but South Africa’s Home Affairs ...

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When Tibetan Despair Leads to Self-Immolation

FacebookTwitterLinkedinShareShareCloseRedditTumblrDigg E-mailPrint HONG KONG — Why do they do it, these Buddhist monks and nuns and other young Tibetans? Why would they drink a cup of kerosene, then douse themselves and strike a match? What is behind these horrifying self-immolations, especially since Buddhism forbids suicide and the Dalai Lama himself has preached against it? “The blame lies with the Chinese ...

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Police use tear gas on Occupy Oakland protesters

Police said they used tear gas after protesters pelted them with bottles, rocks, burning flares and other objects Members of the Oakland Police department form a line during a confrontation with Occupy Oakland demonstrators near the Oakland Museum of California Photograph: Stephen Lam/REUTERS Police have used tear gas and “flash” grenades to break up hundreds of Occupy protesters after some ...

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With violence rising, Arab League suspends Syria mission

CAIRO – The Arab League suspended its Syria observation mission Saturday, saying it was too dangerous to continue, as battles between security and opposition forces raged just outside the capital, Damascus. The Arab League has joined the United States and other powers in calling for Syrian President Bashar Assad to resign, but the embattled leader shows no signs of budging ...

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