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Italian parliament expels Berlusconi over tax fraud conviction

ROME — The Italian Senate expelled Silvio Berlusconi over his tax fraud conviction on Wednesday, drawing a defiant response from the veteran centre-right leader who vowed to continue leading his party and fight on outside parliament. The vote, after months of political wrangling, opens an uncertain new phase in Italian politics, with the 77-year-old media billionaire preparing to use all ...

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Dubai Chosen to Host 2020 World Expo

PARIS — Fireworks erupted in Dubai after the tiny Gulf emirate won the right to host the 2020 World Expo, becoming the first Middle Eastern city to organize the event in its more than 150-year history. Connect With Us on Twitter Follow @NYTNational for breaking news and headlines. Twitter List: Reporters and Editors Dubai bested competing bids from Izmir, Turkey; ...

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US defies China with B-52 flight

Two unarmed US B-52 bombers on a training mission flew over disputed islands in the East China Sea without informing Beijing, Pentagon officials say, defying China’s declaration of a new airspace defence zone in the region. The flight on Monday night did not prompt a response from China, and the White House has urged Beijing to resolve its dispute with ...

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Italy ex-PM Silvio Berlusconi ends cabinet support

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has withdrawn his support from the coalition government – ahead of a vote on a budget for 2014. His Forza Italia party is moving into opposition days after a split in the centre-right group he led since 2007. The move comes a day before the Senate is due to vote to expel Berlusconi…

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Petition filed against Sharif for failing to end drone strikes

A contempt of court petition has been filed against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the federal authorities in the Peshawar High Court over the government’s failure to end US drone strikes. Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Sami’s provincial president Maulana Yousuf Shah and former deputy speaker provincial…

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Scottish government publishes blueprint for independent Scotland

Scotland’s Future – Your Guide runs to 670 pages and aims to answer all Scots’ questions about secession from the UK Alex Salmond recently promised that an independent Scotland would renationalise Royal Mail. Photograph: Ken Jack/Demotix/Corbis The Scottish government is promising the most comprehensive blueprint for a new independent country ever published, a 670-page guide to creating a new state ...

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Military: Gunmen Kill 37 in Central Nigeria

JOS, Nigeria — Nigeria’s military says gunmen killed 37 villagers in overnight attacks on four villages in the central Plateau state riven by conflicts over land rights between mainly Christian farmers and Muslim nomadic herdsmen. Special Task Force spokesman Capt. Salisu Mustafa said soldiers responded early Tuesday morning and recovered 37 corpses in the Barkin Ladi area. Chairman Rwang Dangton ...

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Amanda Knox Guilty Verdict Demanded By Italian Prosecutor

FLORENCE, Italy (AP) — An Italian prosecutor has demanded that an appeals court find Amanda Knox guilty for the 2007 murder of her British roommate and sentence her to 26 years for the murder and another four for slander. Prosecutor Alessandro Crini made the request after two days of closing arguments in the third trial involving the violent, sex-charged murder ...

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Syrian troops kill over 100 rebels in siege battle

DAMASCUS, Nov. 25 (Xinhua) — More than 100 rebel fighters have been killed over the past two days in the eastern countryside of Syrian capital Damascus as the rebels attempted to break the government troops’ siege, local al-Watan daily reported Monday. The Syrian troops repelled the rebels’ attack against military positions and checkpoints at the towns of Baharieh, Qasimieh, and ...

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Tymoshenko on hunger strike to push for EU deal

Uraine’s jailed former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko declared a hunger strike Monday to push the government to sign a landmark integration deal with the European Union. Thousands rallied in the Ukrainian capital against the government’s decision to freeze the agreement. The previous day saw a demonstration of about 50,000, the largest since the Orange Revolution in 2004. Here’s what got ...

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