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Hasan Rouhani, Iran’s New President, Calls Israel An ‘Old Wound’ That Should Be Removed

TEHRAN, Iran — Ahead of his inauguration, Iran’s new president on Friday called Israel an “old wound” that should be removed, while tens of thousands of Iranians marched in support of Muslim claims to the holy city of Jerusalem. Hasan Rouhani’s remarks about Israel – his country’s archenemy – echoed longstanding views of other Iranian leaders. “The Zionist regime has ...

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Berlusconi Vows To Fight Back After Tax Conviction

After some 20 trials over two decades, Italian media tycoon Silvio Berlusconi received his first definitive conviction Thursday for evading almost $10 million in taxes while he was prime minister. After more than seven hours of deliberations, Judge Antonio Esposito read the ruling of the five Supreme Court judges: “In the name of the Italian people,” the judge declared, “Berlusconi’s ...

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Russia grants asylum to Edward Snowden; Obama-Putin meet in doubt

Moscow: Russia granted American fugitive Edward Snowden a year’s asylum on Thursday, allowing the former US spy agency contractor to slip quietly out of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport after more than five weeks in limbo but angering the United States. The White House, which wants Snowden sent home to face trial for leaking details of government surveillance programs, signalled that President ...

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NSA chief tries to win over hackers at cyber fair

It doesn’t get much stranger, even in Las Vegas. General Keith Alexander, director of the National Security Agency, stood in front of a crowd, selling the idea of US government surveillance programmes. His audience? More than 3,000 cybersecurity specialists, including some of the world’s best hackers, an unruly community that is known for its support of civil liberties and scepticism ...

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Italy court confirms Berlusconi fraud conviction

Italy’s highest court has upheld ex-Premier Silvio Berlusconi’s tax fraud conviction, but ordered a review a five-year ban on public office that was part of the lower court’s sentence. The court on Thursday confirmed the four-year prison sentence, and ordered another court to determine the length of a public office ban. This is the first time Berlusconi, a three-time former ...

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John Kerry pledges early end to Pakistan drone strikes

US Secretary of State John Kerry has concluded a visit to Pakistan by pledging to end drone strikes against militants “very, very soon”. Correspondents say his comments are intended as a message to ease anti-American resentment in strategically important Pakistan. On Thursday Mr Kerry agreed to resume high-level talks over security issues. The talks were stalled after 24 Pakistani soldiers ...

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Taiwan lawmakers brawl over nuclear plant bill

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwanese lawmakers exchanged punches and threw water at each other Friday ahead of an expected vote that would authorize a referendum on whether to finish a fourth nuclear power plant on this densely populated island of 23 million people. Nuclear power has long been a contentious issue in Taiwan and became more so following the Fukushima nuclear ...

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US Drone Strikes In Pakistan ‘May End Soon’

1 August 2013, 22:51 US Drone Strikes In Pakistan ‘May End Soon’ Tweet The US could end its controversial drone strikes in Pakistan “very soon”, according to Secretary of State John Kerry in remarks welcomed by Islamabad. Mr Kerry suggested there was a timeline for the withdrawal of the programme, becoming the first US senior member of the American administration ...

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Kazakh dissident banker held in southern France

He was a favorite of Kazakhstan’s longtime leader as the energy-rich nation emerged from decades of Soviet rule, but he turned against his mentor and used his vast wealth to bankroll a nascent opposition. He was granted asylum in Britain, then became a fugitive from the government that had promised to protect him. Wanted by Britain, Kazakhstan, Russia and Ukraine, ...

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Wall Street indexes set records

NEW YORK — The stock market got jolted out of the summer doldrums Thursday by better news on the economy, sending indexes back to all-time highs. The Standard & Poor’s 500, the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the Russell 2000 index all set…

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