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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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Kerry makes case to House for action in Syria

Secretary of State John Kerry says that when chemical weapons were used in Syria last spring, President Obama did not have a “compelling” enough case to push for a U.S. military response. Testifying to the House Foreign Affairs Committee today, Kerry said that while Obama didn’t have a strong enough case then, it does now after the Aug. 21…

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New Malian President Keita promises unity and peace

Mali’s newly sworn in leader Ibrahim Boubacar Keita pledged on Wednesday (03.09.2013) to unite the deeply divided West African nation. Keita’s inauguration marks a return to civilian rule following a coup in March, 2012. ‘IBK’ as he is popularly known, also promised to bring peace to Mali, after months of political crisis and conflict that threatened to tear the country ...

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Sudan: Oil Will Keep Flowing

After meeting on Tuesday with President Salva Kiir of South Sudan, President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan said oil from South Sudan would continue to flow through his country’s pipelines. Although Mr. Bashir had ordered the pipelines closed and accused South Sudan of supporting rebel movements in his country, the order was never carried…

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Attacks on security forces kill 12 in Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) — Bombings and shootings targeting security forces across Iraq killed at least 12 people Wednesday, officials said, as authorities found the bodies of 16 people killed in an attack overnight on two Shiite families south of Baghdad. The assault on the two families raised Tuesday’s death toll in violence across the country to at least 83 people killed. ...

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