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Spanish Regions Agree to Deficit Plan

BARCELONA — Spain’s 17 regional governments agreed Tuesday to stick to budget deficit targets set by the central government, giving Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy some breathing space at a time when he faces pressure from investors and his European partners to clean up Spain’s banks and public finances. Enlarge This Image Sergio Perez/Reuters Artur Mas, the Catalan leader, shown arriving ...

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Waiting for an Arab Spring of ideas

During a recent visit to the United States, I was asked by intellectuals and journalists: Were we misled, during the Arab awakening, into thinking that Muslims could actually embrace democratic ideals? The short answer is no. Participants in the recent violent demonstrations over an Islamophobic video were a tiny minority. They do not represent the millions of Muslims who have ...

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Somalia: Kenyan army says it now controls Kismayo

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Allied African troops have taken full control of Kismayo in Somalia, the last stronghold of Islamist rebels who have been fighting against the country’s internationally backed government, a Kenyan military official said Tuesday. Remnants of the militants, known as al-Shabab, executed seven civilians who did not support them in the southern part of Kismayo on Monday, ...

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Cabinet ministers in Brussels visit

The Government will step up the groundwork for Ireland’s European Union (EU) presidency with a mass contingent of ministers travelling to Brussels. Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore and nine ministers will jet off for a day of…

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Hong Kong Boat Collision Leaves 36 Dead

At least 36 people have been killed and dozens injured in a collision between a ferry and another boat south of Hong Kong during a festival. A vessel, packed with 124 revellers, hired by the Hong Kong Electric company for staff and family, started sinking. Television footage showed the boat half submerged with the bow pointing straight up. More than ...

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Pakistani Taliban offers protection to Imran Khan

LONDON:The Pakistani Taliban has offered protection to Imran Khan who is scheduled to hold a peace march in the violence-prone tribal areas on Sunday, it was reported here. Imran…

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Somali soldiers ‘enter former rebel city’

Somali troops have entered the southern port city of Kismayo, a former rebel stronghold, residents report. There was, however, no official confirmation of the troops entering the city, Somalia’s second largest, which was abandoned by al-Shabab fighters after an earlier Kenyan and Somali air, sea and ground assault. The troops reportedly moved into Kismayo on Monday from the western edge ...

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Eurozone jobless rate stays high

Unemployment across the eurozone remained at its record high of 11.4% in August, renewing concerns that efforts to slash debts have sacrificed jobs. While European leaders have managed to calm financial markets in recent months with promises to cut spending and…

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At UN General Assembly, African leaders call for reform to tackle war, poverty

Print Email 1 October 2012 &#150 Speaking on the last day of General Assembly’s high-level debate, a range of African leaders and government officials today called for greater United Nations help in combating the twin scourges of war and poverty, at the same time seeking greater representation for Africa on the Security Council. “Since 1945 the essential rules governing the ...

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Ban praises contribution of small States to global peace and development

Print Email 1 October 2012 &#150 Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today lauded the contribution of small States to global peace and development, and highlighted the unique challenges they face in the international system. Addressing the meeting to mark the 20th anniversary of the Forum of Small States (FOSS), Mr. Ban stressed their position to serve as bridge-builders and mediators among countries, ...

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