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Irish presidency – Sinn Fein to put Martin McGuinness forward

Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness is on the verge of running in the Irish presidential election. It is understood Northern Ireland’s deputy first minister has been approved by the party’s officer board. It will now go before the party executive, or ard chomhairle, for formal approval. Last weekend, Mr McGuinness said it would be up to the party…

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Useful Turkey: America’s ally playing a bigger Mideast role

Turkey is playing an increasingly important role in Middle East and world affairs and, because of its virtually unique characteristics, is becoming an even more important, although independent, ally to the United States than it has been in the past. Turkey is a well-functioning democracy with an Islamic-majority population, alone in its region in that regard. It has a firmly ...

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Palestinians to seek full U.N. membership: Abbas

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) – President Mahmoud Abbas said on Friday he would demand full membership of the United Nations for a Palestinian state when he goes to the U.N. General Assembly next week, setting up a diplomatic clash with Israel and the United States. “We are going to the United Nations to request our legitimate right, obtaining full membership ...

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Hamid Karzai: In the shadow of terror, a meeting with the world’s loneliest president

Hamid Karzai lives dangerously. As President of Afghanistan, he has survived four assassination attempts. His half-brother, Ahmed Wali Karzai, was murdered recently. His father, too, was assassinated, in 1999. Whenever he ventures outside his office in the Presidential Palace in Kabul he is accompanied by seven black-suited bodyguards – part of the 800-strong, CIA-trained cordon that surrounds the Afghan leader ...

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Togo Leader Jails Brother 20 Years In Prison

A half-brother of Togo’s President Faure Gnassingbe has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for plotting a coup. The Supreme Court convicted Kpatcha Gnassingbe, the former defence minister, of trying to depose the president in 2009. Another half-brother, Essolizam, a businessman, was acquitted. Faure Gnassingbe…

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Duane Buck spared execution by US Supreme Court

The US Supreme Court has granted a last-minute stay of execution to a double killer whose lawyers argue the case was tainted by race issues. Duane Buck, 48, shot and killed his ex-girlfriend Debra Gardner and Kenneth Butler at her home in Texas in 1995. His…

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Israel ups West Bank forces before Palestinian UN bid

JERUSALEM ‘ Israel has boosted its army presence in the West Bank ahead of a Palestinian recourse to the UN amid fears they may resort to the International Criminal Court over Jewish settlements, reports said on Friday. Public radio reported the build-up and the daily Yediot Aharonot said three battalions of reservists – some 1,500 personnel – have been mobilised ...

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Tibetan PM’s Six Nominated Ministers Approved by Parliament

Article by Yeshe Choesang, WN Correspondent Dharamshala Dharamshala:- The elected political leader of the Tibetan Administration, Dr. Lobsang Sangay nominated six people today to be appointed ministers in his cabinet of the Tibetan administration, mostly former parliamentarians and ministers. Two women were included on the…

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U.S. remains hopeful Iran will release hikers – Clinton

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The United States remains hopeful that Iran will release two U.S. hikers and is not unduly concerned by Tehran’s delay in carrying out a pledge to free them earlier this week, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Thursday. “We continue to hope that the two young Americans will be released as part of a ...

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Studying love, sex now must in China

BEIJING: China’s Ministry of Education has ordered all higher educational institutions to make ‘sex and love’ course compulsory from this year. A psychological course, including sex and…

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