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BP seeks spill costs from Halliburton

BP called on its contractor Halliburton on Monday to pay all costs and expenses the oil major incurred to clean up the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, according to a court filing by BP’s lead trial attorney. BP has spent $14 billion in the Gulf Coast region in its response to the spill and set aside $20…

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Egypt in last phase of parliamentary poll

Egypt is all set for the third round of a parliamentary election after the uprising that unseated President Hosni Mubarak in February last year. The run-up to Tuesday’s poll has been overshadowed by the deaths of 17 people last month in clashes between the army and protesters demanding the military step aside immediately. But the ruling generals have insisted the ...

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Gordon Brown’s Downing Street emails ‘hacked’

Mr Brown’s private communications, along with emails belonging to a former Labour adviser and lobbyist, Derek Draper, have been identified by Scotland Yard’s Operation Tuleta team as potentially hacked material. They are currently looking at evidence from around 20 computers which hold data revealing that hundreds of individuals may have had their private emails hacked. The links discovered from the ...

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Palestinian-Israeli negotiators to meet

Palestinian and Israeli negotiators will meet for the first time in more than a year in Jordan on Tuesday to discuss stalled peace talks, the Jordanian foreign ministry said on Sunday. “Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh on Tuesday will host a meeting including the Quartet as well as Israeli and Palestinian officials,” ministry spokesman Mohammad Kayed said. “The minister will also ...

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Thousands Welcome His Holiness the Dalai Lama In Bodhgaya

Article by Yeshe Choesang, WN Correspondent Dharamshala. Bodhgaya, India: – The spiritual leader of Tibet, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, arrived in Bodhgaya amid tight security Saturday, December 31st, to a traditional welcome by more than two hundred thousand devotees from all over the world. The Tibetan spiritual leader arrived at one of Buddhism’s holiest sites from Himachal…

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Obama signs defense bill despite ‘reservations’

HONOLULU – President Barack Obama signed a wide-ranging defense bill into law Saturday despite having “serious reservations” about provisions that regulate the detention, interrogation and prosecution of suspected terrorists. The bill also applies penalties against Iran’s central bank in an effort to hamper Tehran’s ability to fund its nuclear enrichment program. The Obama administration is looking to soften the impact ...

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Occupy Wall Street movement: The tale of 99% versus 1%

WASHINGTON: There was no brutal crackdown by a tyrant, no runaway tanks that mowed down demonstrators, no trigger-happy police firing, and no self-immolation by any protestor. Even flash mobs require more organization and coordination, so innocuously did the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement begin. And unlike the civil rights and anti-war movements, it wasn’t even all-American to start with. On ...

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China prepares for lift-off with mission to land on the Moon

Its ambitions reflect those of the US more than 40 decades ago, and have similar goals. Just as the US space programme came at a time of major economic expansion, so China’s drive comes as it grows in economic power and global influence. Details of the programme include building space labs and manned spaceships, launching high-tech satellites and space freighters ...

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Recession ‘to return’ to Europe, say economists

The vast majority of leading economists polled by the BBC believe recession will return to Europe next year. One fifth said the eurozone would not exist in its current 17-member form, while the majority put the possibility of a eurozone break-up at 30%-40%. The poll also found that most…

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