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Germany’s Angela Merkel vows support for Sarkozy

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has pledged her support for President Nicolas Sarkozy’s re-election bid, 80 days before French voters go to the polls. In a joint TV interview, Mrs Merkel said it was “natural” to back a fellow conservative. Mr Sarkozy said he was pleased to receive her endorsement. He is yet to confirm he will stand in April, and ...

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Obama campaign urges fundraisers to back super PAC

KEN THOMAS Associated Press= WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is urging his top fundraisers to support a Democratic super political action committee which can spend unlimited amounts of cash to influence elections. Obama campaign manager Jim Messina says in an email to supporters Monday that the president’s campaign “can’t allow for two sets of rules” in which the Republican ...

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‘No contradiction in India’s ties with Iran, US’

Washington: Amid mounting pressure from the US to reduce its dependence on Iranian oil, New Delhi has said its ties with Tehran do not contradict its relationship with Washington and stressed that it was opposed to the spread of nuclear weapons in West Asia. “Our relationship with Iran is neither inconsistent with our non-proliferation objectives, nor is it in contradiction…

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Phone hacking: Met Police failed to warn victims, says review

The Metropolitan Police failed to warn people that they had been the victims of possible phone hacking by the News of the World, a judicial review has said. Ex-deputy prime minister Lord Prescott, Labour MP Chris Bryant and ex-Scotland Yard deputy assistant commissioner Brian Paddick had all pushed for the review, along with Ben Jackson, the former assistant to actor ...

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British outrage as radical cleric gets bail

BRITAIN’S Home Office has clashed openly with judges after a court decision to free on bail the radical Islamist cleric Abu Qatada, who is accused of posing a grave threat to British national security. The decision by judge Sir John Edward Mitting will see Abu Qatada (pictured), once described by Spanish judge Baltasar Garzon as Osama bin Laden’s right-hand man ...

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Bombardment of Syria’s Homs resumes – activists

AMMAN (Reuters) – Heavy bombardment of the Syrian city of Homs resumed on Tuesday after at least 95 civilians were killed on Monday in an offensive to put down a popular revolt against President Bashar al-Assad’s rule, activists and residents said. “The bombardment is again concentrating on Bab Amro. A doctor tried to get in there…

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Phoenix rejects utility regulator’s gas price plans

Phoenix Natural Gas has rejected proposed controls by the utility regulator which would have slashed the price of gas for big business in Northern Ireland. It means regulator Shane Lynch is likely to refer the matter to the Competition Commission. The proposals would slash how much money Phoenix is allowed to invest and spend on running its network. The savings…

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Giants, Manning win ‘wild game’ in Super Bowl

INDIANAPOLIS — Despite winning a second Super Bowl in five seasons, the New York Giants should not be recognized as one of the greatest champions in NFL history. Sunday’s 21-17 victory over New England at Lucas Oil Stadium made the Giants the first 9-7 team in NFL history to win a Super Bowl. The Giants are the first champion to ...

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Protesters continue to battle police in Egypt

Clashes have continued in Egypt with police firing tear gas at demonstrators hurling rocks and broken tiles, as the protesters demanded swift presidential election and an early handover of power by the ruling military. Thousands of people protested outside the interior ministry in Cairo, the capital, accusing the ruling Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF) of failing to prevent the ...

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Sauli Niinisto wins Finnish Presidential Elections

Helsinki: A former finance minister won Finland’s Presidential Election on Sunday and will become the country’s first conservative head of state in five decades. Sauli Niinisto took 63 percent of the votes, compared to 37 percent for his rival, Greens candidate Pekka Haavisto, official results showed with 100 percent of ballots counted. The 63-year-old Niinisto will be the first president ...

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