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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Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has withdrawn his support from the coalition government – ahead of a vote on a budget for 2014.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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Israel approves new settlements in West Bank

Israeli authorities have green-lighted the construction of 800 new settler homes in the occupied West Bank. Israel’s Defence Ministry said on Monday it had approved a planning stage for the housing earlier this month – an initial step…

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Geneva II conference on Syria Jan 22

Tweet Geneva, Nov 25 (IANS) UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Monday announced that a conference on Syria or Geneva II would be convened Jan 22, according to a statement. The conference will bring the Syrian government and the opposition to the negotiating table for the first time since the start of…

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