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Obama returns to US to face Congress battle over Syria

President Barack Obama has returned to the US from the G20 summit in St Petersburg, which failed to produce international agreement on military action in Syria. Mr Obama faces a tough week of trying to persuade Congress to authorise military action in response to Syria’s alleged use of chemical weapons. He will also seek public support in a White House ...

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Cyprus lawmakers reject key term for EU/IMF bailout

Cypriot MPs have rejected legislation demanded by international creditors in return for the second instalment of a 10bn-euro (£8.7bn) EU/IMF bailout. Lawmakers voted 23 to 21 against two bills bringing co-operative banks under the central bank’s direct supervision. Cyprus has already received 3bn euros as part of…

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Egypt government dissolves Brotherhood NGO – report

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s army-backed government has dissolved the Muslim Brotherhood as a registered non-governmental organization, the state-run Al-Akhbar newspaper reported on Friday, pressing a crackdown on deposed…

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Kenya moves to leave international court

TOM ODULA Associated Press= NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya’s parliament on Thursday passed a motion to withdraw from the International Criminal Court just before the country’s president and deputy president face trial at The Hague for allegedly orchestrating postelection violence more than five years ago. Citing the fact that the United States and other world powers are not members, the ...

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Ready for war? Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin set to lock horns over Syria at …

Vladimir Putin welcomes President Barack Obama and the other heads of the world’s leading and emerging nations to a G20 summit in St Petersburg tomorrow morning. The event will crackle with tensions over the case for punitive strikes against Syria for allegedly using chemical weapons against its own people. The stage may be set for one of the most awkward ...

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Samsung rolls out wearable device Galaxy Gear

SEOUL, Sept. 5 (Xinhua) — Samsung Electronics, the world’s No. 1 smartphone maker, rolled out a first-generation wearable device Galaxy Gear at the Berlin trade show on Thursday. The Galaxy Gear smart watch, which will be on…

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Rumsfeld concedes Iraq War influences Syria debate

Posted by CNN’s Leigh Ann Caldwell Updated 9/5/13 12:00 p.m. ET (CNN) – While sharply criticizing President Barack Obama as an ineffective leader on Syria, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld conceded that faulty intelligence in the lead up to the Iraq War is influencing the current debate over intervening there. “That experience unquestionably has affected some people’s judgment and attitude ...

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Syria strike set to overshadow G20 summit

World leaders from G20 are meeting in St Petersburg, Russia, amid sharp differences over possible US military action against Syria, in response to what the US administration calls a deadly chemical weapons attack by the Syrian government. Thursday’s summit comes hours after a US Senate panel voted to give President Barack Obama authority to use military force against Syria – ...

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Egypt: Interior minister survives bombing

CAIRO (AP) — An explosion on Thursday targeted the convoy of Egypt’s interior minister in Cairo’s eastern Nasr City district, security officials and state television said. The minister, Mohammed Ibrahim, survived the attack. The officials said it was not clear whether the late morning explosion was caused by a suicide car bombing…

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Fukushima crisis: ‘Ice wall’ test to begin soon

Tweet Tokyo, Sep 5 (IANS) The Japanese government will soon begin a test to surround the leaking Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant with an ‘ice wall’ to arrest the flow of contaminated groundwater, government officials confirmed Thursday. The feasibility test will start by mid-October at the earliest and will involve driving steel pipes 30 metres deep into the soil near ...

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