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Iran’s nuclear ambitions could lead to ‘Middle East cold war’, says Hague

Foreign secretary said the world would face most serious round of nuclear proliferation since invention of atomic bomb Foreign secretary William Hague has warned of the dangers of Iran acquiring nuclear weapons. Photograph: Gianluigi Guercia/AFP/Getty Images The Middle East could be the battleground for a new cold war, if Iran succeeds in acquiring nuclear weapons, Britain’s foreign secretary has warned. ...

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Gaza rally for Palestinian hunger striker in Israeli jail

AFP – Thousands of Palestinians in Gaza City held a rally on Friday in solidarity with an Islamic Jihad member, detained without trial by Israel, on the 62th day of a hunger strike. “We stand by the heroic symbol of prisoners, brother Khader Adnan, in his unlimited hunger strike,” head of the Hamas government in Gaza Ismail Haniya, just back ...

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Newark gathers to bid Whitney Houston farewell

NEWARK, N.J. – Fans and celebrities are now streaming into the neighborhood surrounding the New Hope Baptist Church where pop icon Whitney Houston will be memorialized today in the church where she was discovered. “She had such a beautiful spirit, and it will show today,” said Unique Redd, 34, of Long Island, N.Y., who began standing a block away from ...

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Murdoch flies in to confront growing crisis at Wapping HQ

The media mogul is expected to address staff at the News International headquarters in Wapping today amid rising anger among them that they are being thrown to the wolves to protect senior executives. Several experienced members of staff, or former employees, have been arrested as part of police inquiries into allegations that police and other officials were paid to pass ...

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‘China detaining Tibetans returning from India’

Beijing: The Chinese government has detained several hundred Tibetans who returned from India after attending teaching sessions overseen by the Dalai Lama, and is forcing them to undergo political re-education, a human rights group said. New York-based Human Rights Watch said it believed it was the first time since the late 1970s authorities had detained Tibetan laypeople in such large ...

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Nigerian "underwear" bomber gets life in prison in U.S.

DETROIT (Reuters) – A federal judge on Thursday sentenced a Nigerian man to life in prison for trying to blow up a U.S. airliner bound for Detroit on Christmas Day in 2009 with a bomb hidden in his underwear. “This was an act of terrorism that cannot be quibbled with,” said U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds, who imposed the maximum ...

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German president resigns in setback for Merkel

BERLIN – Angela Merkel’s hand-picked choice for the ceremonial post of president resigned on Friday in a scandal over political favours, dealing a blow to the German chancellor in the midst of the euro zone debt crisis. In a curt five-minute statement at the Bellevue presidential palace, Christian Wulff acknowledged that he had lost the trust of the German people, ...

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US spy chief says al-Qaeda involved in Syria

The US intelligence chief says al-Qaeda’s branch in Iraq may have carried out recent bombings in Syria and infiltrated armed opposition groups fighting President Bashar al-Assad’s forces. Bombings in Damascus and Aleppo since December targeting intelligence buildings “had all the earmarks of an al-Qaeda-like attack,” James Clapper told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday. “And so we believe al-Qaeda ...

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