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Netanyahu pushes back against Obama diplomacy

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday that he would never compromise on Israel’s security even as US President Barack Obama sought to reassure him on Iran nuclear diplomacy and pressure him on Middle East peace talks. In a White House meeting overshadowed by the Ukraine crisis, the two leaders avoided any direct clash during a brief press appearance, ...

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Estonia PM Ansip resigns – Europe’s longest-serving PM

After nine years in office, Estonian PM Andrus Ansip has announced his resignation to enable a successor to lead his party into 2015 elections. Mr Ansip, who at 57 is the longest-serving prime minister in the European Union, is likely to be replaced by European Commissioner Siim Kallas. He implemented…

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Berlusconi denied permit to attend Dublin conference

MILAN (Reuters) – A Milan court rejected a request by former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, whose passport was confiscated after his conviction for tax fraud, to leave Italy to attend a conference in Ireland, judicial sources said on…

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U.S. Prepares Aid to Ukraine, Sanctions on Russia

By Elahe Izadi Follow on Twitter March 4, 2014 The Obama administration has begun to show how it’s going to respond to the crisis in Eastern Europe: aid to Ukraine, and sanctions on Russia. As Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in Ukraine, the White House announced an aid package of $1 billion in loan guarantees to the nation, meant ...

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China’s Uighur Terror Attack

Masked attackers stabbed over 160 people at a train station over the weekend in Kunming—and Beijing is blaming the violence on Uighurs from its restive Xinjiang province. Kunming, in southwest China, is one of the country’s most pleasant provincial capitals, a sleepy city known for its sunny climate and rich horticultural life. But on Saturday night, it played host to ...

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UN vehicle ambushed in DRC

Kinshasa – Five United Nations peacekeepers were injured when rebels ambushed their vehicle in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday, the UN mission in the country said. Two…

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Bin Laden’s son-in-law goes on trial

New York – Suleiman Abu Ghaith, a son-in-law of Osama bin Laden, went on trial in New York on Monday, becoming one of the highest-profile defendants to face terrorism charges in the United States. Prosecutors have accused the Kuwaiti-born Abu Ghaith, 48, of recording videos in Afghanistan on behalf of al-Qaeda immediately following the attacks of September 11, 2001, on ...

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Bill Gates reclaims top of Forbes billionaire list from Slim

By Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) – Bill Gates has returned to the top of Forbes magazine’s annual list of the world’s richest people, as rising stock markets swelled the ranks of billionaires, which included a record number of women. With a net worth of $76 billion, the Microsoft Corp co-founder reclaimed the top spot after a four-year hiatus, toppling Mexico’s telecommunications ...

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Algeria’s Bouteflika registers for April election

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika on Monday formally registered his candidacy for April’s election, one of the few times the aging independence veteran has spoken in public since suffering a stroke last year. Bouteflika’s registration at the Constitutional Council – a formal step for his candidacy – ended months of speculation over his intentions. But opposition leaders say ...

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