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Russia: Syria uprising could spread to Lebanon

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s foreign minister says that the conflict in Syria could spread to neighboring Lebanon. Speaking in a televised news conference on Wednesday, Sergei Lavrov said that there is “a tangible threat” of the Syrian uprising spilling over to Lebanon which “could end very badly. He warned about “an artificial escalation” of tensions between two main branches of ...

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Egypt heads to the polls for historic elections

Egyptians have begun casting their ballots in the country’s first free vote for a leader in 5,000 years of history. ‘I will never give you peace’ an artist writes beside picture of Mubarak and candidates Photo: AFP/GETTY By Richard Spencer, Cairo 7:46AM BST 23 May 2012 Polls opened at 8am local time (7am BST) with five candidates from a list ...

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Obama defends foreign policy from Republican criticism

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Wednesday staunchly defended his foreign policy record against Republican election-year criticism that he has overseen a decline in American power in the world. Addressing graduating cadets of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Obama touted his decisions on pulling U.S. forces out of Iraq, winding down the unpopular war in Afghanistan, and ...

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OECD fears euro woe to snap brittle world recovery

PARIS (Reuters) – The United States and Japan are leading a fragile developed world recovery that could be blown off course if Europe fails to contain the damage from its problem debtor states, the OECD said on Tuesday. It urged euro zone leaders to embrace all options for tackling the crisis, potentially including common bonds to go with the common ...

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Ban praises work of commission on access to medicines for women and children

22 May 2012 – While commending the work of a United Nations commission trying to improve access to life-saving medicines, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said that much remains to be done to save the lives of the 800 women and more than 20,000 children who die every day from preventable causes. “Every two minutes, a woman dies at what should ...

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Australia: No deal was made in Indonesia drug case

CANBERRA, Australia-Australia denied Wednesday that it had agreed to treat young Indonesian people smugglers more leniently in return for Indonesia reducing the prison sentence of a high-profile Australian drug trafficker. But Foreign Minister Bob Carr conceded that Indonesians saw a link between the treatment of Australian Schapelle Corby and young Indonesians held in Australian prisons. Corby, 34, learned in a ...

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First private cargo rocket blasts off into space

SHARE AND DISCUSSTweet CAPE CANAVERAL (FLORIDA): A private cargo rocket headed to the International Space Station blasted off early on Tuesday morning. Built by Space Exploration Technologies Corp of Hawthorne , California – commonly known as SpaceX – this rocket is carrying only about 1,000 pounds of cargo,…

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Olympic official suspended over ticket probe

A top Ukrainian Olympic official was suspended today following allegations that he offered to sell thousands of dollars worth of tickets for the London Games on the black market. Volodymyr Gerashchenko, secretary general of Ukraine’s national Olympic committee, was accused in a BBC television report of telling an undercover reporter posing as an unauthorized dealer that he was willing to ...

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Internet politics, policies have rapidly become integral to US international affairs

The study, “From Tunis to Tunis: Considering the Planks of U.S. International Cyber Policy 2005-2011,” investigates how and why the Internet, the wider cyberspace and information technology have come to matter a great deal to the departments of Defense and State as well as other key agencies. “We…

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Strauss-Kahn faces new French rape probe

A French prosecutor has opened a preliminary investigation into allegations of rape in a Washington hotel by Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former IMF chief and one-time French presidential hopeful. The move by the prosecutor in Lille in northern France followed a request by investigating judges earlier this month to broaden a suspected prostitution case to examine the claims of rape in ...

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