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Elizabeth Taylor auction sets world record

The Elizabeth Taylor Collection sets a new world record for the most valuable private collection of jewels sold at auction, fetching £74million in one night. BY Melissa Whitworth | 14 December 2011 –> A phone bidder signals during the action of The Elizabeth Taylor Collection of jewellery in New York on Tuesday night. Photo: Reuters Elizabeth Taylor’s emerald and diamond ...

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Papua New Guinea’s toppled PM reinstated

Papua New Guinea’s deposed prime minister has been reinstated by the country’s governor-general in an effort to resolve a months-long deadlock which sees two men claiming the top political job. The governor general, Michael Ogio, who represents Papua New Guinea’s head of state Queen Elizabeth II, on Wednesday backed an earlier court ruling supporting Michael Somare’s claim that his rival, ...

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West turning blind eye to torture in Uzbekistan, says report

Human Rights Watch says torture continues to be widespread in the jails of Uzbekistan, but the US and EU have given the brutal regime of Islam Karimov an easy ride, due to the country’s strategic location bordering Afghanistan. The report makes for difficult reading, detailing a litany of torture cases including beatings, electric shocks, asphyxiation and threats of sexual violence. ...

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Abbas raises Palestinian flag at UNESCO, eyes more

PARIS (Reuters) – President Mahmoud Abbas symbolically hoisted the Palestinian flag at the headquarters of the U.N. cultural agency on Tuesday calling it the first step to international recognition for Palestine. The Palestinian flag waves after a flag raising ceremony at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris December 13, 2011. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier Some 50 diplomatic guests watched as Abbas lifted the flag ...

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Marzouki alliance with Ennahda wins him Tunisia’s presidency

Tunisia’s opposition veteran Moncef Marzouki on Tuesday was sworn in as the country’s first elected president since the north African nation’s revolution sparked the Arab Spring. “I will be the guarantor of the national interests, the state of laws and institutions,” Marzouki said with his hand on the Koran as he took his oath before the constituent assembly that elected ...

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European Commission Chief Assails Britain Over Treaty Veto

LONDON — A senior European official blamed Britain directly on Tuesday for making compromise impossible at a summit meeting last week when Prime Minister David Cameron vetoed European Union treaty changes designed to help save the euro currency. In Parliament on Monday, Mr. Cameron said he had acted to protect Britain’s interests and, contrary to criticism, had not consigned the ...

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UN seeks $1.5b to fund aid projects in Somalia

NAIROBI, Kenya The United Nations is seeking $1.5 billion to fund hundreds of lifesaving projects in famine-struck Somalia next year, a top humanitarian official said Tuesday. The 2012 appeal is based on realistic assessments of the emergency needs of four million people who are still in crisis…

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Otumfuo succeeds Gaddafi

The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II the second has been nominated to replace the late Libyan leader, Muamar Gaddafi, as the next chairman of the Kings and Saultans of Africa forum. The decision was taken at a crisis meeting as the powerful made up of respected traditional body leaders drawn from different parts of the African continent. The meeting was ...

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