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It’s risky to attack Iran: Obama

Washington: US President Barack Obama said on Sunday there were important risks to consider before any military strike against Iran and made clear he does not want to see more conflict in the oil-producing Gulf region. In a television interview, Obama also said he did not believe Tehran had the “intentions or capabilities” to attack the United States, playing down ...

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Italy’s Monti warns against deepening resentment in debt crisis, Soros fears lost decade

MUNICH — Italian Premier Mario Monti said Saturday that the eurozone must avoid stoking deeper resentment among its members as it tackles the debt crisis, while philanthropist George Soros said German-backed austerity measures risk pushing Europe into “a lost decade” or worse. The chairman of an international group of creditors, meanwhile, warned that Europe must fix Greece’s problems or risk ...

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Fidel Castro presents his memoirs — "Time Guerrilla"

Cuban leader Fidel Castro presented two volumes of his memoir entitled “Time Guerrilla” in a ceremony that marked his first public appearance since last April, Cuban media reported. The memoirs trace his life from infancy until 1958, when he succeeded in leading a revolution that turned Cuba into a communist country aligned with the Soviet Union. Castro’s recollection of events ...

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Russia, China veto U.N. plan for Syria

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Russia and China vetoed on Saturday a U.N. resolution that backed an Arab plan calling on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to quit, stalling global efforts to end his bloody crackdown on unrest after hundreds were reported killed in the city of Homs. Syrian Ambassador to the United Nations Bashar Jaafari passes a piece of paper during ...

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More than 220 dead as big freeze grips Europe

Temperatures have plunged to new lows in Europe where a week-long cold snap has now claimed more than 220 lives as forecasters warned that the big freeze would tighten its grip over the weekend. A total of 223 people have died from the cold weather in the last seven days according to an AFP tally, with Ukraine suffering the heaviest ...

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UN council meeting Saturday to consider Syria

ANITA SNOW Associated Press= UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council will meet Saturday morning to take up a much-negotiated resolution on Syria, said a diplomat for a Western nation that sits on the council. The diplomat spoke Friday on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to be quoted by the press. The confirmation came after the ...

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Deadly clashes as anger with Egypt military boils over

AFP – A second day of clashes with Egyptian police left five more people dead as anger against the ruling military boiled over amid fury at the recent deaths of 74 people in football-related violence. Marchers took to the streets across the country to demand that the generals cede power immediately after a night of violence in several cities. Two ...

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Syria: over 200 dead after ‘massacre’ in Homs

Observers claim deaths came after shelling by security forces on eve of UN vote on removal of Bashar al-Assad Houses apparently damaged during a military crackdown on protesters near Homs. This picture has been provided by unverified sources and distributed by Reuters More than 200 people were reported to have been killed yesterday in the Syrian city of Homs as ...

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