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Taliban peace talks flounder as troops draw down

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Afghan peace effort is floundering, fraught with mistrust and confusion among key players even though the hard-line Taliban militants show signs of softening and their reclusive, one-eyed leader made a surprise offer to share power in a post-war Afghanistan. The U.S. and its allies hope the peace process, which began nearly two years ago, will gain ...

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Israeli president tasks Netanyahu with forming new government

JERUSALEM, Feb. 2 (Xinhua) — Israeli President Shimon Peres tasked incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday evening with the task of forming a new government, amid the results of the Jan. 22 national elections. The two met at the presidential residence in Jerusalem Saturday evening, after Peres received recommendations from 82 members of Knesset (parliament) who named Netanyahu the ...

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South Africa 1-1 Mali (pen. 1-3): Host nations dreams end with three spot kick misses

Mali beat Bafana 3-1 in a penalty shoot-out at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Saturday night. The African nations were locked at 1-1 after extra-time. By Ignat Manjoo More On : Mali, South Africa, South Africa vs Mali Comments Gettyimages South Africa started the game with midfielder Reneilwe Letsholonyane replacing striker Katlego Mphela, to protect the hosts defence ...

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Spain’s Mariano Rajoy Denies Corruption Charges

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoydenied allegations of tax evasion and fraud after documents published in El Pais newspaper detailing a secret web of unofficial payments involving top party officers, including Rajoy, unleashed a political storm in the recession stricken-country. The Spanish PM reportedly received regular cash payments of €250,000 hidden from tax authorities since 1997 according to El Pais. “I ...

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Gay Marriage Bill Wins Support of French Lawmakers

PARIS (AP) — France’s National Assembly has approved a key article of a controversial bill that would legalize gay marriage. The measure, approved by a 249-to-97 vote Saturday, would drop the legal requirement that a marriage in France must be between two people of the opposite sex. To become law, that measure must now be approved by France’s Senate. That ...

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6.9 earthquake shakes northern Japan

A powerful 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck northern Japan on Saturday, causing strong tremors across Hokkaido island but no damage to several nuclear facilities in the region, officials said. The quake, which was preceded by an early warning broadcast on television and radio, hit near the town of Obihiro at a depth of 103 kilometres (64 miles) at 11:17 pm (1417 ...

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The Plan to Get Female Leadership in 21st Century Politics

The White House Project for women leaders closed its doors this week. How will the gap be filled? Hillary Clinton nearly accomplished the White House Project’s goal of electing a female president in 2008. Clinton won the most Democratic primary votes, but party delegates nominated Barack Obama instead. Citing financial reasons, the White House Project closed its doors this week ...

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70th anniversary of battle: Stalingrad gets name back, for 6 days a year

MOSCOW: Lawmakers in the Russian city of Volgograd on Thursday voted to revive its wartime name of Stalingrad for ceremonial purposes six days a year, just ahead the 70th anniversary of Red Army’s defeat of Nazi forces there in World War II. The…

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Hillary Clinton bids farewell as secretary of state

Tweet Washington, Feb 2 (IANS/EFE) Hillary Clinton formally stepped down as US secretary of state Friday with a letter to President Barack Obama and an emotional farewell address to the department she has run for four years. “I leave thinking of the nearly 70,000 people that I was honored to serve and lead…

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Ex-Sen. Scott Brown won’t run for John Kerry’s former seat

Former Sen. Scott Brown will not run for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by John Kerry in Massachusetts, saying Friday he was unsure “of returning to a Congress even more partisan than the one I left.” The decision by Brown, a moderate Republican, means Democrats now have a better chance of keeping the Massachusetts seat. Brown was defeated in November ...

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