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Trayvon Martin shooter charged after weeks of tension

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Amid furious public pressure to make an arrest in the Trayvon Martin slaying, the special prosecutor on the case went for the maximum Wednesday, bringing a second-degree murder charge against the neighborhood watch volunteer who shot the unarmed black teen. George Zimmerman, 28, was jailed in Sanford, Fla. — the site of the Feb. 26 killing that ...

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US Sues Apple Over E-Book Prices

Washington. US government says avid best-seller readers who use electronic books have been getting ripped off. Tina Fey’s “Bossy Pants,” Tim Tebow’s “Through My Eyes” and Keith Richards’ “‘Life” — maybe they should have cost less. The Justice Department and 15 states sued Apple Inc. and major book publishers Wednesday, alleging a conspiracy that raised the price of electronic books. ...

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World Bank Cuts China 2012 Growth Outlook on Exports

China’s economic growth may slide to a 13-year low in 2012 as a sluggish world recovery damps export demand and domestic investment and consumption growth decelerate, the World Bank’s latest forecast shows. The Washington-based lender cut its estimate for China’s expansion this year to 8.2 percent in a report released today in Beijing from a January projection of 8.4 percent. ...

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Ahmed Ben Bella, father of Algerian independence, dies at 95

Algeria’s first post-independence president, Ahmed Ben Bella, who died Wednesday at the age of 95, was a charismatic revolutionary who fought alongside the French during World War II before becoming a hero of his own country’s liberation struggle. Ben Bella was born in the town of Maghnia on the Algerian/Moroccan border in December 1916. Algeria was, at the time, a ...

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Greece to hold snap general election

Greece is to hold a snap general election on May 6 amid popular opposition to European Union imposed austerity measures and deep anger at how the Greek governing coalition has handled the country’s economic crisis. Greece’s Prime Minister Lucas Papademos Photo: AP By Bruno Waterfield 7:48PM BST 11 Apr 2012 The national vote is the first since highly indebted Greece ...

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Hillary Clinton hops onto ‘Texts from Hillary’ meme

Reporting from Washington— In what may be the first approval of a meme by the State Department, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took time to throw her endorsement behind the popular Tumblr account. Based off of photos of Clinton taken by photographers of Time and of Reuters, showing her aboard a military airplane and peeking at her BlackBerry, the site ...

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Syria says it will stop fighting by UN deadline

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria’s state-run news agency says the military will stop fighting in time for Thursday’s deadline for a cease-fire brokered by special envoy Kofi Annan. But the report on Wednesday said Syria reserves the right to respond to any aggression. THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below. UNITED ...

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The Winners and Losers of the Taliban Reintegration Process

In Foggy Bottom, Washington, D.C., the future of Afghanistan regularly features as the theme of intense discussions at the U.S. Department of State and the United States Institute for Peace (USIP). As the 2014 deadline for withdrawal of international forces gets closer and Washington reaches out to the “reconcilable Taliban” for a process of reintegration, many accomplished Afghan professionals do ...

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