Supporters mourn former Venezuelan President Perez

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Supporters of former Venezuelan President Carlos Andres Perez are paying their last respects before his long-delayed burial. His body is lying in state at the headquarters of his Democratic Action party in Venezuela’s capital, Caracas. A family dispute over whether his…

Why Kosovo but not Palestine?

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In his September 21 speech to the United Nations, President Obama announced that he would veto UN recognition of a Palestinian state, because its independence was not a result of a negotiated settlement with Israel. He said that “peace depends upon compromise among people who must live together long after […]

Sarah Palin explains decision not to run for president

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The other shoe, this one a stiletto, has dropped. One day after New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced he would not vie for the Republican presidential nomination, perhaps the only other Republican with the power to shake up the field announced that she would not run either. Former Alaska Gov. […]

Japan political strongman Ozawa faces trial

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One of Japan’s most influential political powerbrokers, ruling party ex-leader Ichiro Ozawa, who has long faced graft allegations, goes on trial Thursday over a political funding scandal. Three of Ozawa’s aides have already been convicted on charges they falsified reports about…

TB smoking toll ‘could reach 40m’

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Forty million smokers could die from TB by 2050, research suggests. Smokers are about twice as likely to get the lung infection and die from it, compared with non-smokers. Many of the new TB cases will be in Africa, the eastern…

NATO ministers to discuss Afghanistan, Libya

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SLOBODAN LEKIC Associated Press= BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO defense ministers meet Wednesday and they are expected to discuss ways of ending the alliance’s aerial campaign in Libya and training Afghan security forces for a larger role in their country’s war. U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, who took over from Robert […]

Amanda Knox heads for home after acquittal

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American student Amanda Knox headed for home today after spending four years in an Italian jail, leaving the family of Meredith Kercher to express their anguish at being no closer to the truth about her murder. Knox left Rome shortly before midday for London where she and her family were […]

Europe Must Fight Back Against US-UK Speculative Attacks

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The speculative attack by Wall Street and City of London banks and hedge funds against European countries, European banks, and the euro is now reaching a crescendo. The current European crisis does not derive primarily from economic fundamentals, but rather represents a cynically planned assault carried out by Anglo-American financiers, […]