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EU, Arab Spring favorites for Nobel Peace Prize

OSLO, Norway — Arab Spring or European Union? Speculation ahead of the Nobel Peace Prize announcement on Friday is split after cryptic comments by the award committee’s chairman. Many Nobel watchers have seen the revolutions against autocratic regimes in North Africa and the Middle East as the most likely subject of this year’s prize. An American professor who wrote a ...

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World mourns, pays tribute to Steve Jobs

Apples and flowers: People memorialize Steve Jobs in front of an Apple store in New York. October 6th, 2011 01:40 PM ET Share this on: Facebook Twitter Digg del.icio.us reddit MySpace StumbleUpon Comments (444 comments) Permalink Tweet Editor's note: Apple admirers and competitors alike are mourning the death of Steve Jobs. The man behind the iPhone, iPad and other wildly ...

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Palestinian anger at U.S. rising over UN veto threat

RAMALLAH, WEST BANK — Palestinians have long been skeptical of America’s ability to help them win independence. But low expectations have turned into frustration and in some cases outright anger after the U.S. threatened to derail a bid for U.N. recognition of an independent state and Congress put a hold on $200 million in badly needed aid. Protests have been ...

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Socialists set to crown Hollande in France’s first open primary

French politics will stray into uncharted, transatlantic territory this weekend when left-wing voters will be invited to take part in the country’s first “open” presidential, primary election. If pollsters are correct, little doubt remains about the identity of the centre-left challenger to President Nicolas Sarkozy next spring. In the last few days, the former Socialist party leader, François Hollande, 57, ...

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Why Kosovo but not Palestine?

In his September 21 speech to the United Nations, President Obama announced that he would veto UN recognition of a Palestinian state, because its independence was not a result of a negotiated settlement with Israel. He said that “peace depends upon compromise among people who must live together long after our … votes have been tallied … That’s the lesson ...

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Swedish poet Transtromer wins Nobel in literature

STOCKHOLM — The 2011 Nobel Prize in literature was awarded today to Tomas Transtromer, a Swedish poet whose surrealistic works about the mysteries of the human mind won him acclaim as one of the most important Scandinavian writers since World War II. The Swedish Academy said it recognized the 80-year-old poet “because, through his condensed, translucent images, he gives us ...

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India unveils ‘world’s cheapest’ tablet

NEW DELHI ‘ India on Wednesday launched its long-awaited ‘computer for the masses’, unveiling a $46 tablet device designed to bring the information technology revolution to tens of millions of students. DataWind, the Canada-based manufacturer, said the government was buying 100,000 of the tablets at 2,276 rupees ($46) each to be given away for free to university and college students. ...

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Sarah Palin explains decision not to run for president

The other shoe, this one a stiletto, has dropped. One day after New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced he would not vie for the Republican presidential nomination, perhaps the only other Republican with the power to shake up the field announced that she would not run either. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, 47, released a letter to supporters Wednesday telling ...

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Japan political strongman Ozawa faces trial

One of Japan’s most influential political powerbrokers, ruling party ex-leader Ichiro Ozawa, who has long faced graft allegations, goes on trial Thursday over a political funding scandal. Three of Ozawa’s aides have already been convicted on charges they falsified reports about…

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