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David Cameron wins gay marriage vote as Tories split

David Cameron got his way but saw his party torn in half as gay marriage legislation cleared its first hurdle in the Commons. The Prime Minister hailed a “step forward for our country” after the House backed the proposals by a big margin of 400 to 175. However, Labour and Liberal Democrat support masked a massive show of protest by ...

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Rafael Nadal wins doubles match on comeback at Chilean Open

Rafael Nadal made a successful comeback after a seven-month injury absence with victory in the first round of the Chilean Open doubles on Tuesday. The former world No 1 and Argentine partner Juan Monaco…

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US sues S&P over pre-crisis mortgage ratings

WASHINGTON — The U.S. government says Standard & Poor’s knowingly inflated its ratings on risky mortgage investments that helped trigger the 2008 financial crisis. The credit rating…

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Obama to visit Israel, first time as president

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will go to Israel in the spring, the White House said Tuesday, marking his first visit to the staunch U.S. ally since becoming president. While in the region, Obama will make stops by the West Bank and Jordan. Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed the visit to Israel in late January, when ...

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Japan Protests Chinese Ship’s Alleged Use of Radar to Guide Missiles

Japan has summoned China to protest what Japanese authorities consider actions by Beijing’s forces that threaten to escalate tensions over disputed remote islands. The Japanese Foreign Ministry summoned Chinese ambassador Cheng Yonghua to complain about two recent incidents Tokyo considers provocative. Defense ministry officials…

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Armed gang rapes six Spanish tourists

ACAPULCO, Mexico: Six Spanish tourists were raped by a gang of armed, masked men in the Mexican resort of Acapulco, the latest chapter of violence that has tarnished the once-glamorous Pacific coast resort. The vicious, hours-long attack occurred before dawn Monday at a house that six Spanish men, six Spanish women and a Mexican woman had rented on a quiet, ...

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Cairo Activist Fighting Tear Gas With Tear Gas

CAIRO — As hundreds fled the advancing armored cars of riot police officers, Mohamed Mokbel ran forward. Connect With Us on Twitter Follow @nytimesworld for international breaking news and headlines. Twitter List: Reporters and Editors A veteran of two years of violent street protests, he pulled on his gas mask and charred protective gloves for another long night at his ...

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AP Interview: Egypt’s pope criticizes Islamists

AL-MUHARRAQ MONASTERY, Egypt (AP) — Egypt’s Coptic patriarch delivered a cautious but unusually sharp criticism of the nation’s Islamist leadership in an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday, dismissing the new constitution as discriminatory and rounds of national dialogues sponsored by the president as meaningless. Pope Tawadros II’s dive into politics came as he tried to energize the spiritual ...

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Dell unveils private equity buyout worth $24.4 bn

Dell unveiled plans to go private Tuesday in a a $US24.4 billion deal which would give founder Michael Dell a chance to reshape the former number one PC maker away from the spotlight of Wall Street. “I believe this transaction will open an exciting new chapter for Dell, our customers and team members,” Michael Dell said in unveiling the deal ...

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Iran’s Ahmadinejad on historic visit to Cairo

CAIRO—President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived in Cairo on Tuesday for the first visit by an Iranian leader in more than three decades, marking a historic departure from years of frigid ties between the two regional heavyweights. Egypt’s Islamist President Mohammed Morsi gave Ahmadinejad a red-carpet welcome on the tarmac at Cairo airport, shaking the Iranian’s hand and exchanging a kiss on ...

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