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French court to rule in Chirac corruption trial

French judges are to rule Thursday in the unprecedented corruption case aga… French judges are to rule Thursday in the unprecedented corruption case against aged ex-leader Jacques Chirac, the first time a former French president has faced charges in court. The 79-year-old, president from 1995 to 2007, is facing conflict of interest, abuse of power and embezzlement charges and could ...

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Nearly 20% of women in the US are raped, study reveals

Nearly 20% of women in the US are raped or suffer attempted rape at some point in their lives, a US study says. Even more women, estimated at 25%, have been attacked by a partner or husband, the Centers for Disease Control said. The findings form part of the first set of results from a nationwide study surveying sexual violence ...

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UN official: Syria death toll data reliable

The United Nations says that more than 5,000 people are believed to have been killed in the Syrian government’s crackdown on protests since the country’s uprising began in March. Navi Pillay, the UN human rights chief, said on Monday that at least 300 children were among the dead. But Bashar Jaafari, Syria’s UN ambassador, said the UN briefing was part ...

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When America’s Debt Crisis Finally Erupts, Here’s How To Avoid Europe’s Mistakes

Michael Moran URL Michael Moran is Foreign Affairs columnist for GlobalPost, covering global economics, politics and U.S. foreign policy from New York. Recent Posts Business Roundtable survey: No hiring push in early 2012 MacBook Pro soon to come with Retina Display? US-China: Hints of a trade war? Europe’s leaders must be longing for the good old days of 2008, when ...

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Iraq war: timeline of last nine years

Barack Obama welcomed home some of the last US troops from Iraq on Wednesday, marking a symbolic end to a damaging war. US President Barack Obama speaks at Fort Bragg Photo: GETTY 6:04PM GMT 14 Dec 2011 Oct. 11, 2002 – The US Congress votes overwhelmingly to authorise President George W. Bush to use force against Iraq, giving him a ...

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China Needs Respect From The Rest of The World Says Dalai Lama

Article by Yeshe Choesang, WN Correspondent Dharamshala. Prague – Senior and former Czech politicians, including Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg, met the spiritual leader of Tibet, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, in Prague the Czech capital, on the first day of his three day visit (10-12, December), where he gave public lectures, talks and speeches on peace, democracy and Human ...

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Boosted Global Efforts Against Malaria Lead To Fewer Deaths

Wednesday, 14 December 2011, 12:06 pm Press Release: UN News New York, Dec 13 2011 5:10PM The expansion of malaria prevention and control measures have resulted in a decline of more than 25 per cent in the number of deaths caused by the disease in the past decade, and a 33 per cent reduction in mortality rates in Africa, the ...

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Kenyan forces pledge further push into Somalia

RAS KAMBONI, Somalia — Kenyan troops and their Somali allies say they will push deeper into insurgent-controlled territory in Somalia now that rains have stopped, as the U.N. called for $1.5 billion in aid for those hit by famine in the Horn of Africa nation. Mohamed Ibrahim Farah, a spokesman for a Kenyan-allied Somali militia at Somalia’s southern tip, said ...

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