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Iran’s leader backs nuclear talks

Iran’s supreme leader has supported negotiations over his country’s nuclear programme but insisted there were limits to any concessions it would make for an easing of sanctions. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei also blasted Israel as being “the rabid dog” of the region, bent on attacking Iran’s reputation. Mr Khamenei, speaking before a paramilitary group in Tehran, aimed to placate hardliners and ...

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Suicide car bomber kills 11 soldiers in Egypt

A suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden car into one of two buses carrying off-duty soldiers in Egypt’s turbulent region of northern Sinai on Wednesday, killing 11 and wounding 37, security and military officials said. They said the suicide bomber struck when the two buses traveled on the road between the border town of Rafah and the coastal city of el-Arish. ...

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Flights to Guantanamo, and justice

PHILADELPHIA — Inside Courtroom II at Camp Justice on the sprawling Guantanamo Bay base in Cuba, eight visitors filed into a glass-protected gallery. It was a little after 9 a.m. on Oct. 22, before the start of a hearing for five men accused of plotting attacks in the United States. Jim Jenca, a 52-year-old married father of two from Levittown, ...

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Suicide car bomber kills 10 soldiers in Egypt

CAIRO (AP) — A suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden car into one of two buses carrying off-duty soldiers in Egypt’s turbulent region of northern Sinai, killing 10 and seriously wounding 35, security and military officials said. They said the suicide bomber struck when the two buses traveled on the road between the border town of Rafah and the coastal city ...

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Iranian embassy bombing may be linked to Syrian war: Report

Washington, November 20: Nearly 23 people were killed in bomb blasts at the Iranian embassy in Beirut, Lebanon on Tuesday. Iranian troops are fighting in neighboring Syria to support the dictatorship there. The civil war in Syria is in its third year and it is becoming a fight between the two main branches of Islam-the Sunni and the Shi’a-a rift ...

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Australian PM Tony Abbott refuses to apologize to Indonesia over spying

Tweet Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Tuesday refused to apologize to Indonesia over a spying controversy. Reports were leaked by Australian Broadcasting Cooperation’s (ABC) in which it was stated that Australia spied on telephone conversations of the Indonesian president and other senior ministers in 2009. Indonesia demanded that Australia…

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Sardinia hit by deadly cyclone

Tweet ROME – The death toll from storms in Sardinia rose to at least 14 on Tuesday, with many areas still out of reach of rescue services, the governor of the…

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Liu Xiaobo to seek retrial

Nobel peace prize winner and dissident is serving an 11-year jail sentence in China for subversion Lu Xiaobo, held in a Chinese jail, was unable to attend the 2010 Nobel prize ceremony. Photograph: Scanpix Norway/Reuters The lawyer of jailed Nobel peace prize winner Liu Xiaobo has said the dissident intends to ask for a retrial. Next month marks the fifth ...

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UN workers harassed in Juba

New York – The United Nations Security Council on Monday expressed increasing alarm over harassment and attacks on its staff by security forces in South Sudan, including the case of a woman who was beaten and briefly jailed. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a report to the council that in the last five months, the UN Mission in South Sudan ...

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Toronto mayor, stripped of powers, vows to fight

Mayor Rob Ford said Toronto’s City Council had no business stripping him of most of his powers over his admitted crack cocaine use and heaving drinking, implying in a television interview aired Tuesday that many councilors are no different from him. The council voted overwhelmingly Monday in favor of slashing Ford’s office budget by 60 percent and allowing mayoral staff ...

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