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China TV blames Dalai Lama for Tibet immolations

ISOLDA MORILLO Associated Press= BEIJING (AP) — China has released a documentary accusing the Dalai Lama of orchestrating a wave of self-immolations by Tibetans, in its most elaborate attempt so far to shape international opinion about the protests against Chinese rule. The documentary shown globally by state broadcaster China Central Television features police surveillance footage of the fiery protests. Mostly ...

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Annan urges Syria to stop delaying humanitarian aid

AFP – UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan on Tuesday urged Syria to stop delaying UN access to more than one million Syrians in need of assistance. The United Nations has been negotiating with President Bashar al-Assad’s government since March and the UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos said…

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Amnesty cites rights abuses in northern Mali

Amnesty International has accused armed Tuaregs and groups fighting to impose Sharia law in northern Mali of carrying out grave rights abuses such as rape, murder and using child soldiers. A report released on Wednesday by the London-based rights group said government soldiers had also carried out extrajudicial killings, branding the crisis Mali’s worst human rights situation in 50 years. ...

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Half of South Sudan facing food shortages, warns UN

More than half the population of South Sudan are facing food shortages due to the continuing conflict with Sudan, the UN is warning. It says fighting on the border between the two countries and the shutdown of oil production have had a devastating impact on the South's economy. It adds there are fears the situation in the South, which gained ...

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Cannes Film Festival to open amid ‘sexism’ row

The Cannes Film Festival opens later with US director Wes Anderson's film Moonrise Kingdom. His movie, which stars Bill Murray, is one of the 22 movies selected to compete for the festival's biggest prize, the Palme d'Or. However, the celebrations have been marred by criticism that no female directors will be in competition. The only woman to have won the ...

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Facebook IPO plan stands to rake in more than $100 billion and mint several new billionaires

A FRENZY for Facebook built Tuesday as the company hiked its expected opening price for shares to about $38 — making the eight-year-old social media site worth $104 billion. The staggering sum set ahead of Friday’s hotly anticipated IPO would instantly make Facebook more valuable than American corporate icons like McDonald’s, Disney and Kraft. “There are more than 2 billion ...

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Merkel, Hollande promise joint growth strategy

BERLIN (Reuters) – New French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel acknowledged differences on Tuesday over how to boost growth in recession-plagued Europe, but pledged to forge a joint approach in time for an EU summit next month. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande gesture after a news conference after their talks in the Chancellery ...

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Obama, Monti agree to intensify growth, job creation

Tweet WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama and Italy’s Prime Minister Mario Monti agreed on Tuesday on the need to “intensify” growth and job creation, as Washington prepared the ground for this week’s G8 summit. The leaders spoke by telephone ahead of the two-day meeting beginning at Camp David, Maryland on Friday, and also discussed strategy in the war in Afghanistan…

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