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BRICS Neutrality on Ukraine a Diplomatic Win for Putin

Reuters FORTALEZA, BRAZIL — A summit of the BRICS group of emerging market countries will abstain from criticizing Russia’s recent actions in Ukraine, Brazilian officials said, a diplomatic victory for President Vladimir Putin. The summit statement will make only a passing reference to Ukraine and will echo the neutral stance adopted by Russia’s fellow BRICS countries – China, India, Brazil ...

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UK foreign minister William Hague stepping down

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s high-profile foreign minister, William Hague, is leaving his job, the government said Monday — a surprise announcement that precedes a major shakeup of the Conservative-led administration. Prime Minister David Cameron’s office said Hague, who has been Britain’s…

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Swarming and Sweeping Through, or Away, Gaza?

Article by WN.com Correspondent Dallas Darling Following global trends and international pressures, Israeli political and military leaders have been forced to reconfigure their strategic and tactical responses to their brutal containment and policing operations of the Occupied Territories (OT). Better known as “dirty” or “low intensity” conflicts, they never again wanted the world to witness how Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) ...

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Contador Abandons Tour De France After Mountain Crash

These are not good days to be a former Tour de France champion on the roads of France. Spain’s Alberto Contador left the race after suffering a heavy crash in a wet and foggy portion of Monday’s mountain stage, five days after defending champion Chris Froome abandoned the race. Contador’s crash was apparently caused when he hit something in the ...

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Citigroup signs deal to end US mortgage probe

Citigroup Inc and US authorities were yesterday set to announce a US$7 billion agreement to end probes of the bank’s sales of mortgage-backed bonds, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter. The deal, signed over the weekend, requires the firm to pay US$4 billion to the US Justice Department, about US$300 million to state attorneys general and ...

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Nadine Gordimer dies in her sleep

Nadine Gordimer, the South African author who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1991 for her extraordinary literary works, died…

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About 2% of priests are paedophiles, says Pope

About two per cent of Roman Catholic clerics are sexual abusers, an Italian newspaper on Sunday quoted Pope Francis as saying, adding that the pontiff considered the crime ‘a leprosy in our house’. But the Vatican issued a statement saying some parts of a long article in the left-leaning La Repubblica were not accurate, including one that quoted the pope ...

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Germany beat Argentina 1-0 to make history of winning World Cup in America

Germany’s players pose with the World Cup trophy after the final match between Germany and Argentina of 2014 FIFA World Cup at the Estadiodo Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on July 13, 2014. Germany won 1-0 over Argentina after 120 minutes and took its fourth World Cup title on Sunday. Join us with more photos >> RIO DE ...

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Eight Killed in Blasts in Egypt’s Sinai Region

VOA News One security officer and seven others were killed in two successive explosions around security areas in Egypt’s Sinai region, near the border with Israel, the Interior Ministry and security officials said. Egypt…

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