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Venezuela Assassination Plot: Nicolas Maduro, Diosdado Cabello Allegedly Targeted

CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuela’s vice president said Wednesday that the government has uncovered a plot by unidentified groups to attack him and another senior leader. Vice President Nicolas Maduro did not give details about the purported plot but said there are “groups that have infiltrated the country” and the authorities believe they intended to attack him and National Assembly President ...

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Buddhism and Science scholars Discuss Consciousness

Article by Yeshe Choesang, WN Correspondent Dharamshala Karnataka, India: – The spiritual leader of Tibet, His Holiness, the Dalai Lama keenly participated in all the sessions while several scientists and scholars made their presentations at the Drepung University, known as the second Nalanda University of Tibet, on 20 January 2013. The tail-end of the afternoon sessions were given to the ...

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Israeli election ends in dramatic deadlock

Associated Press= JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s parliamentary election has ended in a stunning deadlock between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s hard-line bloc and center-left rivals, forcing the badly weakened Israeli leader to scramble to cobble together a coalition of parties from both camps, despite dramatically different views on Mideast peacemaking and other polarizing issues. Israeli media says that with 99.8 percent ...

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Transaction tax could be levied from 2014-EU’s tax chief

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Germany, France and nine other euro zone countries could levy a tax on financial transactions from January next year if governments quickly agree its design, the EU’s tax chief said on Tuesday. “If there is a political will among participating member states to negotiate it quickly, then there is a possibility that it could enter into force ...

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5,300 soldiers to be made redundant

Up to 5,300 soldiers are to be made redundant from the Army in the summer as part of the latest round of cuts to the armed forces, the Government has announced. Redundancy notices will be issued on June 18. Any personnel preparing for, serving on, or recovering from operations on that date will not lose their jobs…

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Australian Open diary 2013: Day 8

The players are not happy with the thought of the US Open finishing on a Monday – but talk of a boycott is fanciful Roger Federer will more likely swear on camera before these highly paid athletes withdraw their labour. Photograph: David Crosling/EPA Fanciful notions that players might boycott the US Open this year (or any tournament from here until ...

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Report: Strong Quake Kills 1 in Indonesia

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A strong, shallow earthquake has rocked parts of western Indonesia, reportedly killing a young girl. The quake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.9 hit Aceh province around dawn on Tuesday. Local media said it was felt strongly in the capital Banda Aceh and surrounding districts. Serambi newspaper and other local outlets reported that one girl was ...

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China, India must heed call of the times

Doha has never been hospitable for contentious North-South dialogue. The negotiations on climate change that signed off in the Qatari capital in December 2012 have proved that again. And, of course, it is difficult to forget that the negotiations on trade liberalization held under the auspices of the World Trade Organization in Doha remain deadlocked even after about a decade. ...

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‘We Are Made for This Moment, and We Will Seize It’

Following are excerpts from President Obama’s Inaugural Address as provided by the White House. Multimedia Interactive Feature President Obama’s Inaugural Address Slide Show President Obama’s Second Inauguration Related Obama Sketches a Firmly Progressive Agenda (January 22, 2013) News Analysis: A Call for Progressive Values: Evolved, Unapologetic and Urgent (January 22, 2013) Speech Gives Climate Goals Center Stage (January 22, 2013) ...

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