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US economy to determine winner

With the effective election of Mitt Romney as the Republican candidate, the US presidential election has started in earnest. The Republican primaries were an ideological war of attrition within the party between its right-wing — who were trying to get it to select a candidate with social and economic policies that would essentially make it unelectable — and more moderate, ...

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G8 Foreign Ministers Discuss Syria, Iran, N.Korea

Foreign ministers from the Group of Eight leading industrialized nations are meeting in Washington for discussions that include the continuing violence in Syria, nuclear talks with Iran, and North Korea’s missile launch plans. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the meeting is an opportunity to discuss the many global issues that require joint leadership from G8…

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Learning From Rwandan Genocide Only Way

Thursday, 12 April 2012, 12:04 pm Press Release: UN News Learning From Rwandan Genocide Only Way To Shape A Better Future – Ban New York, Apr 11 2012 6:10PM Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today honoured the victims of the Rwandan genocide and stressed that the only way to prevent such atrocities from occurring again is to learn from history. “Rwanda has ...

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Wraps come off special operations Afghan war plan

WASHINGTON — Adm. Bill McRaven, the head of U.S. special operations, is mapping out a potential Afghanistan war plan that would replace thousands of U.S. troops with small special operations teams paired with Afghans to help an inexperienced Afghan force withstand a Taliban onslaught as U.S. troops withdraw. While the overall campaign would still be led by conventional military, the ...

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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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Cold wave sweeps Kashmir valley, rains continue for second day

SHARE AND DISCUSSTweet SRINAGAR: Kashmir valley was gripped in a cold wave as the upper reaches of Gulmarg received fresh snowfall while light to moderate rains drenched the region for the second consecutive…

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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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