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Insurgent attacks across Iraq kill at least 24

BAGHDAD (AP) — Insurgent attacks across Iraq, including a suicide bombing targeting a Shiite wedding party, killed at least 24 people Thursday, authorities said. Attacks have been on the rise in Iraq since a deadly security crackdown in April on a Sunni protest camp. More than 3,000 people have been killed in violence during the past few months, raising fears ...

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Striking a Conciliatory Note, Mugabe Takes Oath of Office

JOHANNESBURG — Robert G. Mugabe was sworn in as president of Zimbabwe on Thursday in a pomp-filled ceremony in the capital, Harare, that extends by five years his 33-year rule. Connect With Us on Twitter Follow @nytimesworld for international breaking news and headlines. Twitter List: Reporters and Editors Enlarge This Image Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/Associated Press Robert G. Mugabe was sworn in ...

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China’s Bo Xilai Denies Taking Bribes

William Ide BEIJING — The trial of fallen political star Bo Xilai has begun in the eastern Chinese coastal city of Jinan – one of China’s biggest political cases in decades. And while direct access to the hearing has been tightly controlled, the Chinese public is being given an unprecedented look at the proceedings through the court’s Twitter-like microblog site ...

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Google Doodle celebrates influential composer Claude Debussy with Clair de lune sequence

Google has marked the 151st anniversary of the birth of French composer Claude Debussy with a musical doodle. The works of Achille-Claude Debussy were considered a seminal force in the classical music of the 20th Century. His highly influential and original system of harmony and musical structure made him one of…

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Stocks Open Higher After Six Days of Declines

NEW YORK — Encouraging news from Europe and China sent the stock market higher in early trading despite another batch of bleak earnings from retailers. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 36 points, or 0.2 percent, to 14,933 shortly after the market opened Thursday. The broader Standard & Poor’s 500 index climbed nine points, or 0.5 percent, to 1,651. The ...

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Syria: Call For ‘Force’ If Chemicals Proven

France is seeking a reaction with “force” if a massacre in Syria involving chemical weapons is confirmed, its foreign minister has said. “If it is proven, France’s position is that there must be a reaction, a reaction that could take the form of a reaction with force,” Laurent Fabius told BFM-TV. “There are possibilities for responding,” he said without elaborating. ...

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China’s Bo Xilai goes on trial

Jinan, China – Fallen Chinese politician Bo Xilai appeared in public for the first time in more than a year on Thursday to face trial in eastern China, the final chapter of the country’s most politically charged case in more than three decades. Bo, the 64-year old former Communist Party chief of the south-western metropolis of Chongqing, has been charged ...

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President Robert Mugabe to be sworn in as Zimbabwe leader today

President Robert Mugabe is due to be sworn in today for a seventh term as Zimbabwe’s leader. Thursday has been declared a public bank holiday to allow his supporters to attend the ceremony. Mr Mugabe won the election with a landslide 61 per cent of the total votes against…

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Egyptian court could free Mubarak as crisis deepens

CAIRO (Reuters) – Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak could be freed from jail after a court reviews his case on Wednesday, potentially stirring further unrest in a country where army-backed authorities are hunting down his Muslim Brotherhood enemies. The court will convene at the Cairo prison where Mubarak is being held, judicial sources said, and review a petition from his ...

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US Air Force lacks volunteers to operate drones

August 20: The US Air Force is unable to keep up with a growing demand for pilots capable of operating drones, partly due to a shortage of volunteers, according to a new study. Despite the importance placed on the burgeoning robotic fleet, drone operators face a lack of opportunities for promotion to higher ranks and the military has failed to ...

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