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Panetta asks Israel for patience on Iran

ROBERT BURNS AP National Security Writer= JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says that U.S. statements of solidarity with Israel and its assurances that military strikes are still an option aren’t working to convince Iran that the West is “serious about stopping” the Islamic republic from developing nuclear weapons. Standing with the visiting U.S. defense secretary, Netanyahu dismissed ...

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India restores power after huge blackouts

NEW DELHI: India restored its power supplies on Wednesday after two days of massive outages that blacked out half the country, but fears remained that the grid could again collapse under the strain of over-demand. India’s electricity network was back at full capacity after three regional grids failed on Tuesday in the country’s worst power crisis that left more than ...

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Syrian rebels execute pro-Assad militiamen in Aleppo

The execution appeared to have been carried out in a schoolyard at an undisclosed location in Aleppo. It took place as Assad’s forces attacked residential neighborhoods with artillery and from the air to try to drive out the rebels. In the video, which could not be independently confirmed, the men were identified as members of the pro-Assad “shabbiha”…

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India’s blackouts: the real power failure

Even as India suffered a huge electricity blackout on Tuesday, with about 700 million people deprived of light, fans (in 30C heat) and trains, it was good to see that Indians had not lost their readiness to crack a joke. Here is one that has been doing the rounds this week: Q. What do you call a power failure in ...

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Olympics 2012: Tourists stay away from London due to Games

Hotels in London have been forced to cut their prices dramatically after businessmen and tourists were put off staying in the City by the Olympics. Museums and theatres are also struggling to compete with the Games, with attendances falling by up to a third. Steve McNamara, the…

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Sudan keeps aid from refugees, rebels say

A SUDANESE rebel leader yesterday charged that, despite agreeing to do so, Sudan was not serious about humanitarian aid in insurgent-controlled areas in two border states and was putting hundreds of thousands of lives at risk. Fighting since last year in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states bordering on newly independent South Sudan, has forced hundreds of thousands of people ...

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Venezuela officially joins Mercosur

BRASILIA, Brazil – VENEZUELA was officially welcomed into the Mercosur trade bloc yesterday, giving that nation’s leader Hugo Chavez a long-awaited political prize and strengthening links among the region’s agricultural and energy powerhouses. The inclusion of Venezuela also deepens a political rift within the South American trade group. Paraguay, which long blocked Venezuela’s entry,…

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Power restored across India after historic failure

NEW DELHI — India’s top electricity official says power has been restored across the country after a major system collapse led to the worst blackout in history. Indian commuters wait for a bus on a street illuminated with street vendor’s kiosks following a power outage in Kolkata, India, Tuesday, July 31, 2012. India’s energy crisis cascaded over half the country ...

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Gore Vidal, renowned author, dies

Gore Vidal, the author, playwright, politician and commentator whose novels, essays, plays and opinions were stamped by his immodest wit and unconventional wisdom, died Tuesday, his nephew said. He was 86. Mr. Vidal died at his home in the Hollywood Hills at about 6:45 p.m. of complications from pneumonia, Burr Steers said. Mr. Vidal had been living alone in the ...

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UN names British PM and Liberian and Indonesian presidents to guide global development panel

The U.N. chief has appointed British Prime Minister David Cameron, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to head a panel of experts advising on ways to promote future global development. They will head a group of 26 international advisers to recommend plans for global growth and development beyond the 2015 Millennium Development Goals, which are ...

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