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Cyprus chooses president as bailout deal looms

NICOSIA, Cyprus — Cypriots are voting Sunday for a new president who must tackle a financial crisis that has forced the country to seek international rescue money to stay solvent. The change in leadership comes at a crucial juncture for Cyprus as the other 16 countries that use the euro are expected to decide next month on a financial lifeline ...

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Shiites lash out after Pakistan bombing kills 81

ABDUL SATTAR Associated Press= QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Angry residents on Sunday demanded government protection from an onslaught of attacks against Shiite Muslims, a day after 81 people were killed in a massive bombing that a local official said was a sign that security agencies were too scared to do their jobs. Saturday’s blast at a produce market in the ...

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Mediator Brahimi seeks Syria/opposition talks at U.N

CAIRO (Reuters) – International mediator Lakhdar Brahimi called on Sunday for talks between the Syrian opposition and an “acceptable delegation” from the Damascus government on a political solution to the country’s 23-month-old civil war. After a meeting at Arab League headquarters in Cairo, Brahimi…

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EU launches tests in wake of horsemeat scandal

Berlin: European Union has decided to launch testing for Horse DNA in processed beef foods to establish the dimension of horsemeat scandal that has rocked the region. The tests will also determine whether the processed meals contain the drug Phenylbutazone, which is used to treat horses and is considered harmful to human health. The decision was taken at a special ...

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Mass rallies in Tunisia for Ennahda party

Thousands of members of Tunisia’s ruling Islamist party Ennahda have protested to support their movement’s legitimacy and denounce plans for a government of technocrats aimed at resolving a major crisis. Protesters, many waving party flags and some holding black Salafist banners, on Saturday thronged Habib Bourguiba Avenue, a Tunis boulevard that was the cradle of the 2011 uprising that ousted ...

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Qatar and U.S.: Collusion or Conflict of Interests

In his inaugural address on January 21, U.S. President Barak Obama made the historic announcement that “a decade of war is ending” and declared his country’s determination to “show the courage to try and resolve our differences with other nations peacefully,” but his message will remain words that have yet to be translated into deeds and has yet to reach ...

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Spaniards protest against evictions

MADRID – Demonstrations are being held across Spain to protest harsh repossession laws that have led to hundreds of thousands of evictions during the country’s deep recession. In Madrid – one of 50 cities where such protests were planned Saturday – thousands of people marched to demand that the government amend the laws. More than 350,000 Spaniards have received eviction ...

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Singaporeans protest over population plan

At least 4,000 people have staged one of Singapore’s largest-ever protests, a further sign of discontent over immigration policies and growing income disparities under the long-ruling People’s Action Party (PAP). The chief organiser of the rally, Gilbert Goh, said the protest on Saturday was a display of citizens’ unhappiness over a population plan, which was endorsed in parliament on February ...

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Some Chinese Are Souring on Being North Korea’s Best Friend

YANJI CITY, China — Beds shook and teacups clattered in this town bordering North Korea, less than 100 miles from the site where the North said it detonated a nuclear test that exploded midmorning in the midst of Chinese New Year festivities. Video: Outrage at a North Korean Nuclear Test Multimedia Feature: North Korea’s Nuclear Program Related China Looms Over ...

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