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Carla Bruni-Sarkozy gives birth to baby girl

French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy gave birth to a baby girl on Wednesday night – the first infant born to a sitting president of modern-day France, the French media reported. President Nicolas Sarkozy, finishing up a meeting in Frankfurt on the euro debt crisis, was…

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Kenya plans fresh assault in Somalia after hostage dies

Kenya is poised to launch an assault on the port city stronghold of Islamic militants the Shabab in a major escalation of its involvement in Somalia’s protracted civil war. Kenyan forces who crossed into their northern neighbour on Sunday aim to cut off the main commercial base for the Islamists who it blames for a spate of kidnappings inside Kenya. ...

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Floodwaters encroach on Bangkok

BANGKOK — Thailand’s worst floods in decades have now encroached on suburbs of the capital after inundating outlying industrial estates and causing havoc. The government on Oct. 18 called on 220 companies at the Lat Krabang industrial complex in eastern…

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UN official urges ban on solitary confinement

Photo illustration. Governments should ban solitary confinement for juvenil… Governments should ban solitary confinement for juveniles and for people with mental disabilities, a special UN envoy said. The UN special rapporteur on torture Juan Mendez told a UN General Assembly panel that…

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Palestinians celebrate release of prisoners

Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians have celebrated the homecoming of over 400 prisoners released in the first phase of an agreement brokered with Israel for the exchange of Gilad Shalit, the captured Israeli soldier. Hamas, which negotiated the exchange, organised a celebration in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday that turned into a show of strength for the Palestinian resistance group that governs the territory ...

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Tibetan PM Urges Chinese Government to End Repressive Policies in Tibet

Article by Yeshe Choesang, WN Correspondent Dharamshala. Dharamshala: – Dr Lobsang Sangay, the prime minister of the Tibetan government in-exile, this morning said the Tibetan people have been undergoing untold suffering for the last 60 years since communist China’s occupation of Tibet. The Tibetan PM also appealed to the Chinese government to immediately stop its repressive policies in Tibet, and ...

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Vatican: Dalai Lama unable to attend Pope’s interfaith gathering

Vatican City – The Dalai Lama has turned down an invitation by Pope Benedict XVI to attend an interfaith gathering next week in the Italian town of Assisi, a senior Vatican official said Tuesday. Archbishop Pier Luigi Celata, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, made the remark when asked whether the Vatican had bowed to pressure from Chinese ...

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Milan court throws out Berlusconi tax fraud case

MILAN – A Milan court on Tuesday refused to indict Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi in a tax fraud case involving his Mediaset media company. The court, however, indicted Berlusconi’s eldest son, Pier Silvio Berlusconi, Mediaset chairman Fedele Confalonieri and nine other defendants. Trial is set for Dec. 22….

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Citigroup’s earnings rise to $4.8b

Citigroup’s earnings rose 74 per cent in the third quarter as more of its customers paid their bills on time, leading to lower losses from loans. An accounting gain also boosted income. It was the seventh straight quarter of income growth for Citi, America’s third-largest bank by assets. The New York bank’s net income rose 74 per cent to US$3.8 ...

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