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Israeli air strikes kill 12 in Gaza

AFP – Twelve Palestinians, most of them fighters, were killed and at least 20 wounded in a series of Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip, Palestinian medics said early Saturday. The Israeli raids came as Palestinians fired dozens of rockets and mortar rounds into southern Israel starting Friday morning, injuring four people, one seriously, Israeli military sources said. One ...

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Though One More Rally Is Set, a Protest Wanes in Post-Election Russia

MOSCOW — Excessive cheerfulness is not a trait generally associated with Russians, and Russian intellectuals in particular, which is one reason this city’s three-month-old opposition movement has been so unusual. The rallies that began in December were undergirded by a joyful confidence, as if the participants knew deep down that they had already triumphed over Vladimir V. Putin. Two weeks ...

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Job growth signs of economic rebound: Obama

President Barack Obama seized on news of another burst of job growth as proof the U.S. economy is rebounding on his watch from a disastrous recession. The struggling economy has haunted the president as he seeks a second four-year term in November, and his Republican opponents have hammered the issue in their campaigns. But Obama’s approval ratings have been rising ...

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U.S. economy adds 227,000 jobs in February

U.S. employers added 227,000 jobs in February to complete three of the best months of hiring since the recession began. The unemployment rate was unchanged, largely because more people streamed into the work force. The Labor Department said Friday that the unemployment rate stayed at 8.3 percent last month, the lowest in three years. Also Voters focused on the economy, ...

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LEAKED STRATFOR EMAILS: Russia Was Deliberately Trying To Disrupt Plane Landing That Killed Polish President

An email released by WikiLeaks as part of their Global Intelligence Files suggests that Russia may have deliberately refused landing to the plane of Poland’s President Lech Kaczynski in 2010 — a plane that later crashed and killed Kacsynski and 100 others. Kaczynski had been flying into Smolensk in Western Russia in order to attend a memorial service for those ...

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Obama: New jobs report a sign economy on rebound

KEN THOMAS Associated Press= PRINCE GEORGE, Va. (AP) — President Barack Obama on Friday praised another month of added jobs as a sign the economy is building strength in this election year. But with millions still looking for work, Obama warned of the challenges ahead and urged Congress to rally behind his agenda to boost American manufacturing. “Day by day, ...

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Greece eyes bailout after debt deal

Following weeks of intense discussions, the Greek government said today that 83.5% of private investors holding its government bonds were participating in a bond swap. Of the investors holding the 177 billion euro (£148 billion) in bonds governed by Greek law, 85.8% joined. "We have achieved an exceptional success… and I believe everyone will soon realise that this is the ...

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Was Osama betrayed by his wife in Zawahiri plot?

New York: Osama bin Laden, the world’s most wanted fugitive who spent his last days being sidelined from al Qaeda despite having created the terror outfit, was probably betrayed by one of his jealous wives and his deputy. It seems all was not well in Osama bin Laden’s safe house in Pakistan towards the end, the New York Times reported ...

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