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Maldives ex-president to face trial

The Maldives’ first democratically elected president is due to go on trial on abuse of power charges, seven months after being replaced in what he has called a “coup d’etat”. Mohamed Nasheed was forced out of office by a police mutiny in February, after he detained the country’s chief criminal court judge on corruption allegations. Nasheed is currently on island ...

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Thousands march in Paris against austerity

Paris: Thousands of demonstrators are marching peacefully in Paris to denounce austerity measures in Europe that have sparked violent protests in other EU countries struggling to…

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Gen. John Allen: ‘I’m Mad As Hell’ About Insider Attacks In Afghanistan

The top American commander of troops in Afghanistan showed signs of impatience about the growing spate of insider attacks that have taken a toll on U.S. troops during a blunt interview on “60 Minutes” Sunday night. “I’m mad as hell about them, to be honest with you,” Gen. John Allen said in response to a question about the incidents, which ...

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Canadian held at Guantanamo Bay sent home to finish sentence

OTTAWA — Omar Khadr, the only Canadian citizen held at the Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba, was returned to Canada early Saturday morning, the Pentagon and the Canadian government announced. Unlike other Western countries that brought their detainees home from the prison at the naval base, the Conservative government in Canada had vigorously resisted calls and a court order ...

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UN chief says Burma strife could spread

UN CHIEF Ban Ki-moon warned that Muslim-Buddhist unrest in Burma's Rakhine state could hit the country's landmark reforms and spill across borders. Muslim leaders have made prominent calls at the UN General Assembly for action over the deadly unrest which Mr Ban raised in talks with Burma’s President Thein Sein and the head of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). ...

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Afghanistan War: Death Toll Hits 2,000 For U.S. Military

KABUL, Afghanistan — U.S. military deaths in the Afghan war have reached 2,000, a cold reminder of the human cost of an 11-year-old conflict that now garners little public interest at home as the United States prepares to withdraw most of its combat forces by the end of 2014. The toll has climbed steadily in recent months with a spate ...

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Yulia Tymoshenko, Ukraine Jailed Former Prime Minister, Makes Video Appeal

KIEV, Ukraine — Ukraine’s jailed former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko exhorted her country Saturday to “rise up” against President Viktor Yanukovych’s party in next month’s parliamentary election. In an emotional video appeal, recorded covertly by her lawyer with a cell phone in a hospital where she is undergoing treatment, Tymoshenko accused Yanukovych of turning Ukraine into a “police state” and ...

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Ex-finance minister to challenge Merkel in 2013

GERMANY'S main opposition party embarked on an uphill struggle to oust Chancellor Angela Merkel, choosing a respected former finance minister who helped steer the country through the financial crisis as her challenger in next year's election. Peer Steinbrueck, 65, emerged as the centre-left Social Democrats’ candidate after a months-long guessing game over which of three potential challengers would face Merkel. ...

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Netanyahu draws "red line" on Iran’s nuclear program

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu drew his “red line” for Iran’s nuclear program on Thursday despite a U.S. refusal to set an ultimatum, saying Tehran will be on the brink of a nuclear weapon in less than a year. Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu draws a red line on a graphic of a bomb as ...

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Iceland’s PM, its first female premier, says to quit politics

REYKJAVIK (Reuters) – Iceland’s Social Democrat Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir said on Thursday she would not seek re-election but retire from politics next year after serving out her term as the country’s first female prime minister. Her decision creates political uncertainty in the island nation that has just begun recovering…

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