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US welcomes peaceful rise of China: Barack Obama

Tweet WASHINGTON: While setting a firm tone for future relations between the two world powers, US President Barack Obama Tuesday told visiting Chinese Vice-President Xi Jinping that the US welcomes peaceful rise of China. “We believe that it’s critically important that the United…

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Santorum even with Romney in new polls

This is Rick Santorum’s week — in the polls, that is. It was his week last week, at least Tuesday night, when he won contests in Minnesota, Missouri and Colorado. He got no guaranteed delegates from those victories, but they surely turned him into the latest matinee idol of conservatives and gave him a tremendous boost in the polls. Four ...

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US biotech giant guilty of poisoning French farmer

A court in Lyon decided the agro-business multinational had ruined the health of Paul François, 47, a cereal farmer from western France who accidentally inhaled fumes from its Lasso weed-killer in 2004. Monsanto, a dominant player in the global agriculture industry, now faces a multi-million euro compensation ruling later this year. The company, which claimed the farmer ignored safety procedures, ...

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Obama proposes $2.8M for Savannah port expansion

President Barack Obama on Monday proposed $2.8 million towards deepening the shipping channel to the Port of Savannah — far less than the $105 million supporters wanted, but they say the amount is enough to keep the effort on the federal radar. More Atlanta area news » Judge halts elephant bullhook ban Church group volunteer charged Forest Park man dies ...

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Another Tibetan monk sets himself on fire in China

BEIJING – A Tibetan monk set himself on fire in western China and was beaten by security forces as they put out the flames, a rights group said, marking the latest in a series of dramatic protests against China’s handling of its vast Tibetan areas. Lobsang Gyatso, a 19-year-old monk from the Kirti monastery in Sichuan province’s Aba prefecture,…

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Panetta defends military budget plan

FILE – In this Defense Secretary Leon Panetta Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen…. LOLITA C. BALDOR (AP) – Associated Press WASHINGTON Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is defending his department’s slimmed-down, $614 billion budget plan, telling senators that it’s time to step up and show they are serious about reducing the deficit. In testimony prepared for a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing ...

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Prosecutors seek to reinstate Knox conviction

MILAN — Italian prosecutors appealed Tuesday to Italy’s highest criminal court against the overturning of the murder convictions of American Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend in the brutal slaying of a British student. Perugia prosecutors filed the 111-page appeal more than four months after an appeals court in Perugia threw out the convictions against Knox, 24, and…

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Chinese Vice President Xi begins White House talks

Washington – Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping began a series of meetings with US officials in Washington Tuesday with talks with US Vice President Joe Biden at the White House. Xi, who is expected to ascend to the presidency in 2013, is to later meet with US President Barack Obama at the White House, visit the Pentagon and listen to ...

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Election ahead, France’s Sarkozy faces crunch time

PARIS (AP) — It’s make or break time for Nicolas Sarkozy if he wants another term as French president. Polls show the brash, risk-taking and unabashedly pro-American French president, who took center stage in the Libya war and the battle to save the euro, almost needs a miracle to get re-elected. French media buzzed Tuesday that he will at last ...

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