Obama meets Erdogan after Ankara bomb blast

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US President Barack Obama speaks during a bliateral meeting with Turkey’s P… US President Barack Obama offered condolences over a bomb blast in Ankara Tuesday, as he sat down with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a key Middle East ally. Obama met Erdogan on the sidelines of the United […]

Polio strain spreads to China from Pakistan

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Polio has spread to China for the first time since 1999 after being imported from Pakistan, the World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed. It said a strain of polio (WPV1) found in China was genetically linked with the type now circulating in Pakistan. At least seven…

IMF Cuts Global Growth Estimate

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The International Monetary Fund cut its forecast for global economic growth and predicted “severe” repercussions if Europe fails to contain its debt crisis or if U.S. policy makers reach an impasse over a fiscal plan. The world economy will expand 4 percent this year and next, the IMF said today, […]

The one-sided US veto

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US President Barack Obama’s decision to use the US’ veto prerogative if the United Nations votes to recognise a Palestinian state will constitute a blow to those seeking peace in the Middle East. His administration’s claim that peace can only be achieved through dialogue and consent rather than through unilateral […]

Quake hits vast Himalayan region killing 63

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Young monks walk past a damaged house after a 6.9 magnitude earthquake in the northeastern Indian city of Gangtok September 19, 2011. Soldiers and rescuers hiked in lashing rain to isolated Himalayan villages on Monday in search of survivors after a 6.9 magnitude earthquake on Sunday which killed 54 people […]

Italy scientists face trial over L’Aquila earthquake

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Six Italian scientists and a former government official are due to go on trial for manslaughter over the 2009 earthquake in L’Aquila. The 6.3 magnitude quake devastated the city and killed 309 people. Prosecutors allege the defendants gave a falsely reassuring statement before the…