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Special Report: Francois Hollande puts on a new political face – Reuters

ReutersPARIS (Reuters) – Francois Hollande’s advisers needed a drink. Their boss, the president of France, had been dogged for days by allegations he was cheating on his long-time girlfriend with a movie actress. At the same time, he was making another big split …Why We’re Coy About ‘Mistress’New York TimesPresident Francois Hollande Takes Tax Offensive […]

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US Said to Warn of Toothpaste-Bomb Peril on Russia Flights (1) – Businessweek

BusinessweekSecurity at the Olympic games will be tight in response to threats of terror strikes by Islamic militants. Photographer: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP via Getty Images. Airlines flying to Winter Olympics host Russia are being warned to watch for toothpaste tubes …Competition begins at Winter Olympics after DHS issues toothpaste tube …Fox NewsBombs could be smuggled in […]

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Chief PLO negotiator says “no progress in peace talks” – Al-Bawaba

Al-BawabaLivni and Erekat reportedly had a heated argument over the peace talks in Munich. Here, they are accompanied by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. (AFP/File). More >. Create alert for WashingtonWashington. ,. Create alert for MunichMunich. ,. Create alert …Susan Rice blasts Israel for criticizing KerryHaaretzSusan Rice decries ‘personal attacks’ on KerryJewish Telegraphic AgencyUS […]

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Corruption Costs European Union 120 Billion Euros a Year, Study Finds – New York Times

New York TimesCecilia Malmstrom, the European commissioner for home affairs, said corruption “hurts the European economy and deprives states of much-needed tax revenue.” Yves Logghe/Associated Press. PARIS — Despite its relatively clean image, the European …Government ‘must do more’ to counter corruptionIrish TimesGreeks United on View Their Country Is Corrupt, EU Survey ShowsBusinessweekCorruption costs EU […]

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Ukraine Warring Sides Sharpen Rhetoric as President Out Sick (1) – Businessweek

BusinessweekAnti-government protesters stand at a road block in Kiev on Jan. 30, 2014. Photographer: Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images. Ukraine’s opposition accused President Viktor Yanukovych of foul play as he took sick leave and his Defense Ministry asked for “urgent” …Missing Ukraine Protester Bulatov Turns UpWall Street JournalMissing Ukraine activist says he was torturedWashington PostKerry to Meet […]

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Russia identifies suicide bombers, arrests suspected accomplices – PBS

PBSSTRINGER/AFP/Getty Images Russian authorities identified the two bombers Thursday who killed 34 in attacks in the city of Volgograd in December and arrested two suspected accomplices. STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images. The Russian National Anti-Terrorism …Russia Arrests Two in Volgograd BlastsVoice of AmericaRussia identifies two suicide bombers who killed 34 people in Volgograd and …Daily MailRussia: 2 suspects […]

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Iraq forces free hostages as January toll tops 900 – AFP

AFPBaghdad — Iraqi forces ended a hostage-taking at a Baghdad government building killing four militants on Thursday, as nationwide violence took January’s death toll past 900 with elections looming. The brazen assault on a building in the northeast of the …Suicide bombers storm Iraq ministry building, 24 killedReutersGunmen storm Iraqi government building as Maliki shops […]

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Sochi mayor claims there are no gay people in the city – SI.com

SI.comVladimir Putin’s stance on gay rights has become a lightning rod ahead of the Olympics. (ALEXEI NIKOLSKY/AFP/Getty Images). Anatoly Pakhomov, the mayor of 2014 Winter Olympics host-city Sochi, said that there are no gay people in his city, according to …IOC president Bach backs Russia on security for Sochi OlympicsFOXSports.comWinter Olympics 2014: Should Americans go […]

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Syria negotiators resume talks, opposition seeks prisoner release – Reuters

ReutersGENEVA (Reuters) – Syrian government and opposition delegations resumed face-to-face talks on Sunday expected to tackle humanitarian issues including opposition calls for Damascus to release women and child prisoners. A U.N. spokeswoman said the …Peace talks 1st goal: Aid to besieged Syrian cityHouston ChronicleSyrian Talks To ContinueRadioFreeEurope/RadioLibertySyria Geneva II talks: Breakthrough in sight with humanitarian […]

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Four more Egypt embassy staff kidnapped in Tripoli: Libya – AFP

AFPTripoli — Kidnappers seized Egypt’s cultural attache and three other embassy staff in Tripoli Saturday a day after another of its diplomats was abducted, the Libyan foreign ministry said. “The cultural attache and three other staff were kidnapped in Tripoli,” …5 Egyptian diplomats, employees abducted in LibyaThe HinduFive Egyptian embassy staff kidnapped in LibyaThe GuardianAnother […]

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Warring sides sign peace pact for torn South Sudan – The Standard Digital News

The Standard Digital NewsThe Government of South Sudan and rebels led by former Vice-President Riek Machar have pledged to stop fighting. The ceasefire agreement, which was signed in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Thursday will also see humanitarian corridors opened to provide …Fighting goes on after South Sudan ceasefire: UNStraits TimesSouth Sudan government, rebels sign ceasefirePakistan […]

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Syria Foes to Meet Face-to-Face as UN Sees More Talks – Businessweek

BusinessweekSyrian Deputy Prime Minister Walid al-Muallem, center, arrives at the United Nations Office in Geneva on Jan. 24, 2014. Photographer: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty Images. Syria’s government and opposition have agreed to hold face-to-face talks in Geneva, …2 Sides in Syria Talks Agree to Meet, Averting a BreakdownNew York TimesSyria Foes Agree to Meet Face-to-Face […]

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Texas Executes Mexican National Despite International Pressure – Voice of America

Voice of AmericaA Mexican national has been executed in Texas, despite appeals from the Mexican government and Secretary of State John Kerry. Edgar Tamayo was put to death late Wednesday night by lethal injection, shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court denied a request …Texas executes Mexican national despite diplomatic protestsReutersTexas Executes Mexican Man for MurderNew […]

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Iran’s Rouhani takes Davos spotlight – AFP

AFPDavos — Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani takes centre stage at the Davos World Economic Forum Thursday, as he seeks to drum up investment for his sanctions-hit economy amid thawing relations with the West. Rouhani leads a delegation that includes …Rohani: Iran, US could turn animosity into friendshipHaaretzThe UN invitation that nearly undid Syria peace talksDAWN.comRohani […]

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Israel arrests Al-Qaida recruits trying to bomb US embassy in Tel Aviv – Haaretz

HaaretzShin Bet officials announced on Wednesday that they have arrested three Palestinians, two of them East Jerusalem residents with Israeli identification cards, for alleged involvement in an Al-Qaida plan to carry out terror attacks in Israel. The group had …Israel says foils al-Qaida plot on US embassyBusinessweekIsrael says it broke up Al Qaeda plot to […]

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Syrian Peace Envoys Clash as Civil War Negotiations Start – Businessweek

BusinessweekSmoke billows from buildings as fighting between opposition forces and troops loyal to the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad continues in the city of Daraya, southwest of Damascus, on Jan. 13, 2014. Photographer: Hussam Ayash/AFP/Getty …Sec. Kerry talks tough to Syria at UN meetingUSA TODAYSyria peace talks, day one: as it happenedTelegraph.co.ukKerry: Assad stands […]

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Rafael Nadal v Grigor Dimitrov: Australian Open 2014 – live! – The Guardian

The GuardianRafael Nadal will inflict extreme pain on this ball very shortly. Photograph: Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images. Live. Sort by: Latest first; Oldest first. Auto update: On; Off. Updates: 2.37pm AEST. Geoff will be here shortly, in the meantime here’s a quick note on …Wawrinka dethrones Djokovic in Melbourne Park thrillerDAWN.comAustralian Open 2014: Stanislas Wawrinka dumps […]

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Two Gazans hurt as Israel strike targets Islamic Jihad – AFP

AFPJerusalem — Two Palestinians were hurt, one critically, in an Israeli air strike on Gaza City on Sunday, which the military said had targeted a senior Islamic Jihad militant. Gaza emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said the strike had hit a …Israel injures Palestinian blamed for rocket attacks from GazaFinancial TimesIsraeli army strikes Islamic Jihad […]

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US envoy tweets concern at Japan dolphin hunt – Press Trust of India

Press Trust of IndiaTokyo, Jan 19 (AFP) US ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy has tweeted her concern at the “inhumaneness” of a Japanese village’s traditional dolphin hunt. “Deeply concerned by inhumaneness of drive hunt dolphin killing. USG (US …Japan’s annual dolphin capture and slaughter, as depicted in ‘The Cove,’ has …The Province250 Dolphins Await Imminent […]

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Syrian opposition says to attend talks, backed by rebel fighters – Reuters

ReutersSILIVRI, Turkey (Reuters) – Syria’s main political opposition group in exile agreed on Saturday to attend internationally sponsored peace talks, and said for the first time three rebel fighting forces also wanted to take part. The agreement by the Syrian National …Syrian Rebels to Attend First Peace Talks With Assad OfficialsBusinessweekSyrian National Council Agrees to […]