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UK Supreme Court to hear Assange appeal

London: Britain’s Supreme Court will on Wednesday hear WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s appeal against extradition to Sweden over sex crimes allegations. Britain’s highest court has said seven justices will hear the arguments because of the “great public importance of the issue raised” by the case. Even as Assange’s long-running battle against extradition reaches to a climax today, legal experts say ...

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Al Qaeda weakened, Iran a threat, U.S. intelligence officials say

Reporting from Washington— Al Qaeda’s ability to conduct terrorist operations against the United States has diminished in the last year, but U.S. intelligence agencies said Tuesday that they now believe Iranian leaders are willing to launch attacks against American targets. The top U.S. intelligence official, James R. Clapper, told a Senate hearing that a purported Iranian plot to assassinate a ...

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Romney takes better than 3-1 lead in GOP delegates

BY STEPHEN OHLEMACHER Associated Press= WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney’s victory in the Florida Republican presidential primary gives him more than three times as many convention delegates as his closet rival, Newt Gingrich. Romney won all 50 delegates in Florida, giving him a total of 87, including endorsements from Republican National Committee members who will automatically attend the convention. Gingrich ...

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Cold Weather Kills Dozens In Eastern Europe

At least 60 people have died due to freezing conditions caused by a cold snap in eastern and central Europe. The drop in temperatures, forcing some countries to deploy the army and set up emergency shelters, is set to continue to Friday, forecasters say. At least 30 people – mostly homeless – have died in…

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IAEA approves Japan nuclear ‘stress tests’

The UN’s nuclear watchdog has given its seal of approval to Japan’s reactor safety checks, but said power companies should step up plans for managing disasters in the wake of the Fukushima meltdowns. A delegation from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is in the country at the government’s invitation as officials look for ways to convince a deeply sceptical ...

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In Brief: Mozambique storms’ death toll rises to 40

Photo: NASATropical Cyclone Funso exiting the Mozambique Channel on January 27 2012JOHANNESBURG, 30 January 2012 (IRIN) – About 40 people have died and more than 100,000 are affected by twin storms that struck Mozambique 18-26 January, according to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Tropical Cyclone…

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Japan cabinet OKs bill to cap nuke reactor life

SHARE AND DISCUSSTweetJapan’s cabinet approved bills on Tuesday aimed at bolstering nuclear safety regulations following last year’s Fukushima disaster. TOKYO: Japan’s cabinet approved bills on Tuesday aimed at bolstering nuclear safety regulations following last year’s Fukushima disaster, including one that would put a 40-year cap on the operational life of nuclear reactors. The approval came as a team of International ...

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Inclusive Cameron tones down EU rhetoric

David Cameron says a new treaty paving the way for closer fiscal co-operation among EU members will not place obligations on the UK. BBC political correspondent Iain Watson examines his manoeuvrings in Brussels, which have upset some euro-sceptic backbenchers. There was a determination that at this summit, the prime minister could not be portrayed as being isolated. Instead he would ...

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AU extends mandate of top executive official

AFP – The African Union on Tuesday extended the mandate of its top official Jean Ping after an election, in which he was challenged by South Africa’s Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, deadlocked. “We have decided to prolong the mandate of the current commission until the next summit in Lilongwe Malawi” in June, bloc chairman, Benin’s President Thomas Boni Yayi, said at the ...

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