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Obama says his policies are extension of his faith

JULIE PACE Associated Press= WASHINGTON (AP) — Blending politics and religion, President Barack Obama said his Christian faith is a driving force behind his economic policies, from Wall Street reform to his calls for the wealthy to pay higher taxes. Obama’s remarks Thursday at the National Prayer Breakfast were his most explicit account of how his personal religious beliefs factor ...

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A look at major terror attacks in Southeast Asia

The Associated Press= A look at major attacks in the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia attributed to the al-Qaida-linked Abu Sayyaf group and their allies from the regional terrorist network Jemaah Islamiyah. — April 1995: Abu Sayyaf militants raid the mostly Christian town of Ipil in southern Philippines, killing more than 50 people after robbing banks and stores and burning the ...

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World digest

Russia renews its support for Syria Russia remained firm Wednesday in its pledge to veto any U.N. Security Council resolution that could open the door for international military intervention in Syria, as fighting raged anew in the troubled Middle East nation. With diplomats attempting to craft a compromise, Moscow also continues to oppose any U.N. move that calls for Syrian ...

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Deadly Egyptian riots go beyond football

February 2, 2012 — Updated 0346 GMT (1146 HKT) Fans storm on to the pitch during riots that erupted after the football match between Al-Masry and Al-Ahly. Editor’s note: James Montague is the author of When Friday Comes: Football in the War Zone, a book about football and politics in the Middle East. (CNN) — The deaths of 73 football ...

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Egypt soccer violence kills 74, fans turn on army

* Anger over security forces’ failure to prevent unrest * Most victims killed in crush, say witnesses * Parliament to meet to discuss the violence * Remnants of Mubarak regime want more bloodshed-Brotherhood (Updates) By Yusri Mohamed PORT SAID, Egypt, Feb 2 (Reuters) – Seventy-four people were killed when supporters clashed at an Egyptian soccer match, prompting fans and politicians ...

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EU official: Greece needs extra $20 billion

BRUSSELS – Greece’s international debt inspectors have discovered that the debt-ridden country still needs an extra euro15 billion ($20 billion) in help – on top of a promised euro130 billion bailout and a euro100 billion debt relief from private investors, a European official said Thursday. The European Commission, the executive arm of the European Union, has asked the rest of ...

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Death toll from Europe’s deep freeze rises to 112

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Officials reported 20 more deaths from the cold in Ukraine and nine more in Poland, bringing the overall toll from a week of frigid weather in Eastern Europe to 112. Emergency crews were working overtime across the region as temperatures sank to minus 32.5 C (minus 26.5 F). Polish government spokeswoman Malgorzata Wozniak says the victims ...

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American Airlines aims to cut 13,000 jobs

DALLAS — The parent of American Airlines wants to eliminate about 13,000 jobs — 15 percent of its workforce — as the nation’s third-biggest airline remakes itself under bankruptcy protection. The company proposes to end its traditional pension plans, a move strongly opposed by the airline’s unions and the U.S. pension-insurance agency, and to stop paying for retiree health benefits. ...

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