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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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World Powers Reach Historic Nuclear Deal With Iran

World powers reached a historic deal with Iran on its nuclear program early Sunday, but will face challenges ahead as they work to develop a comprehensive agreement. The United States, China, Russia, France, Britain, and Germany reached the six-month interim deal with Iran after days of negotiations in Geneva. The agreement included up to $7 billion in “limited, temporary, and ...

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Radical Islamic group threatens more China attacks

BEIJING (AP) — A radical Islamic group seeking independence for a northwestern Chinese region praised last month’s deadly attack in Beijing and warned of possible new terrorist strikes in the capital. It wasn’t clear if the Turkistan Islamic Party was claiming it planned the Oct. 28 vehicle attack at Tiananmen Gate that killed two tourists and the three attackers. China ...

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Bangkok protesters pressure Shinawatra

Bangkok – Bangkok braced for major disruptions on Monday as a massive anti-government march fanned out to 13 locations in a growing bid to topple the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. More than two dozen Bangkok schools along the protest route were closed and police tightened security at the protest destinations, which included the military and police headquarters and ...

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Lockdown at Yale has been lifted after report of gunman on campus

Police believe a phone call where an unidentified person called police to report “his roommate” had intentions of shooting people is a “hoax.” The emergency call stated the unidentified man with a long gun was on his way to Yale University at about 9:30 a.m. The alert, which posted to the Yale University Emergency Management website, told anyone on campus ...

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Honduras Presidential Vote Count Disputed by Zelaya

Former Honduran President Manuel Zelaya, ousted in a 2009 coup, rejected official election results showing his wife, Xiomara Castro, losing the presidential vote with more than half the precincts reporting. Zelaya, whose overthrow prompted violence and looting in the Central American country four years ago, said at a news conference today that supporters should be prepared to take to the ...

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Wal-Mart board elects new CEO

Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s board members on Monday elected a new chief executive and president to replace Mike Duke, 63. Doug McMillon, 47, is scheduled to take the reins Feb. 1, the company said. Duke stepped…

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Tokyo rejects China’s air rights claim in East China Sea

The disputed islands known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China in the East China Sea. Photo: Reuters Tokyo: Japan’s foreign minister on Sunday refused to recognise China’s newly claimed air defense zone over disputed islands, signalling that Japan would not back down as tensions increased in the maritime dispute. The foreign minister, Fumio Kishida, was responding to a ...

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Tokyo rejects China’s air rights claim in East China Sea

The disputed islands known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China in the East China Sea. Photo: Reuters Tokyo: Japan’s foreign minister on Sunday refused to recognise China’s newly claimed air defense zone over disputed islands, signalling that Japan would not back down as tensions increased in the maritime dispute. The foreign minister, Fumio Kishida, was responding to a ...

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