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Jamaica’s opposition party wins big in elections

Jamaica’s opposition capitalized on discontent over the economy to return to power Thursday, as voters gave the country’s first female leader a second chance to govern the island. Supporters of former Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, 66, shimmied and shouted in the capital, Kingston, as they heard that the center-right government of Prime Minister Andrew Holness had been defeated and ...

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Two aid workers shot dead in Somalia

Two international aid workers have been shot and killed in the Somali capital, a police and medical officials said. The workers were employees of the aid group Doctors Without Borders (known by its French acronym, MSF), and were shot by a disgruntled former employee of the same organisation during an incident on Thursday. Ahmed Ali, a security guard for the ...

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Cuba well into process of freeing 2,900 pardoned prisoners

HAVANA – Cuba appeared to be making quick progress in meeting a pledge to free 2,900 pardoned prisoners, most of them convicted of minor crimes, even as a top human rights official on the island criticized the year-end amnesty as a "media show." Human rights official Elizardo Sanchez and dissidents on the Communist-run island said Wednesday that authorities had released ...

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Book: Petraeus almost quit over Afghan drawdown

WASHINGTON — Four-star general-turned-CIA director David Petraeus almost resigned as Afghanistan war commander over President Barack Obama’s decision to quickly draw down surge forces, according to a new insider’s look at Petraeus’ 37-year Army career. FILE – In this June 23, 2011 file photo, CIA Director nominee Gen. David Petraeus testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the Senate Intelligence ...

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Mubarak returns to court in Cairo

CAIRO – Hosni Mubarak, the former president of Egypt ousted in the revolution last February, was wheeled back into a courtroom here on a hospital gurney on Wednesday to resume his trial amid reports from supporters and opponents that the proceedings appeared to be going in his favor. It was the fifth session of the trial and the first since ...

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Emotions must not affect verdict, Lawrence jurors told

Mr Justice Treacy told the jury at the Old Bailey they had to ignore the "enormous publicity" over the years about the murder. Gary Dobson, 36, and David Norris, 35, are accused of being part of group of five or six youths who shouted racist abuse at Mr Lawrence and then chased, surrounded and attacked him. "Emotions such as sympathy ...

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Funeral seeks to unite N Korea

The handing on of power from an old dictator to a new one can be a moment of great tension, especially if the new one is under 30 and has no political or administrative experience of any kind. Hence the…

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