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Thai protesters scale back rallies – Deutsche Welle

Deutsche WelleOpposition protesters in Thailand have been dismantling barricades in the capital, Bangkok, in the wake of renewed violence. A city park is becoming the focus for rallies aimed at bringing down the government. Anti-government protesters’ tents are set up …Thailand protesters retreatIndependent OnlineThai Protesters Scale Back DemonstrationsVoice of AmericaThai tensions ease… for nowiAfrica.comReuters –Washington […]

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Medecins Sans Frontieres’ shock at Myanmar suspension – BBC News

BBC NewsThe aid agency Medecins Sans Frontieres has expressed its shock at the order to cease operations in Myanmar. It said it was deeply concerned about the tens of thousands of people it was treating, particularly for HIV/AIDS, malaria and TB. A presidential …Doctors Without Borders expelled from MyanmarBoston.comMedécins Sans Frontières ‘deeply shocked’ as Burma […]

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The Anglo-German Alliance – Wall Street Journal

Wall Street JournalOn Thursday German Chancellor Angela Merkel received the royal treatment in London, quite literally—she took tea with the queen. She addressed both houses of Parliament, too. Ms. Merkel’s visit to London brought into focus what she and British Prime …Angela Merkel cool on David Cameron push for EU reformsThe AustralianGermany’s Angela Merkel urges […]

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SA must condemn Uganda gay law – SAHRC – News24

News24Explore the vibrant restaurants, bars and cultural life of Johannesburg before heading off for… Now R251.00 buy now. Johannesburg – South Africa must speak out against homophobic Ugandan legislation, the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) said on …Diplomatic pressure did not stop an absurd lawThe EconomistUganda slapped with aid cuts over anti-gay lawBusinessweekUganda Shrugs Off […]

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Ukraine’s acting leader still seeking consensus on interim government – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles TimesKIEV, Ukraine — Hoping to reach a consensus that would heal some of Ukraine’s wounds, the country’s acting president on Tuesday delayed the seating of an interim government for at least two days, even as opposition colleagues appealed to the Hague …Crimea vows to resist Ukraine’s ‘anti-Russian’ revolutionIrish TimesIn Crimea, Backlash to Uprising […]

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Maria von Trapp of “The Sound of Music” von Trapp Family, Passes at 99 – The Beverly Hills Courier

The Beverly Hills Courier(AFP) – Maria Franziska von Trapp, the last survivor of the Austrian musical family whose escape from the Nazis was immortalized in “The Sound of Music,” has died, her half brother told US media on Saturday. Von Trapp, 99, died at her home in the …Maria von Trapp, last member of Sound […]

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Ukraine protesters freed under amnesty – The News International

The News InternationalKIEV: Ukrainian authorities on Friday provisionally freed the last 234 detained protesters under an amnesty offer aimed at defusing protracted street unrest, but activists decried the move as a sham and pressed for further concessions. President Viktor …Ukraine leader calls for concessions as protesters freedDAWN.comUkraine Frees Last of Jailed ProtestersVoice of AmericaTension rises […]

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Ukraine leader calls for concessions as protesters freed – Business Recorder

Business Recorderimage KIEV: Ukraine’s leader called for the opposition to yield some ground ahead of a new mass demonstration on Sunday, after authorities released all protesters arrested in the anti-government unrest. The United States welcomed the prisoner release as …Ukraine releases all detained protestersAljazeera.comUkraine Frees Last of Jailed ProtestersVoice of AmericaTension rises in Ukraine with […]

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Luge perfection for Germany in Sochi, as Winter Olympics brightens for US – Deutsche Welle

Deutsche WelleLuge perfection for Germany in Sochi, as Winter Olympics brightens for US. Germany’s domination of luge events at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi is complete. They have added the team relay gold medal to earlier triumphs in the other three luge …Sochi 2014: Germany achieve luge clean sweep at Winter OlympicsBBC News all […]

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Another period of snow coming Thursday evening – MyFox Washington DC

MyFox Washington DCACCUWEATHER – There is more snow to go from the nor’easter around Washington, D.C., Thursday afternoon and evening. A dry sweep of air moved up from the south at midday. However, another period of snow will spread from southwest to northeast …Winter storm headed toward DC knocks out power across the Southeast USWashington […]

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Syria aid convoy bound for Homs comes under attack – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles TimesTARTUS, Syria — In a setback for a United Nations-brokered aid effort, a convoy carrying humanitarian assistance to civilians trapped in the center of the Syrian city of Homs on Saturday was met with gunfire and shelling, breaking a cease-fire. The Syrian Arab …Cease-Fire in Syrian City Falters, Aid HaltedABC NewsMortar fire breaches […]

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Taliban and Government Imperil Gains for Afghan Women, Advocates Say – New York Times

New York TimesAdvocates for women in Afghanistan see proposed laws and violent attacks as signs of an effort to diminish the status of women. Mauricio Lima for The New York Times. KABUL, Afghanistan — Advocates say that women’s rights and security in Afghanistan …Afghan war takes rising toll on civiliansTehran TimesReport: Afghan civilian casualties rose […]

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Syrian Bombs in Rebel-Held Aleppo Kill at Least 15 – ABC News

ABC NewsSyrian activists say government military aircraft dropped barrels bombs on a rebel-held area in the northern city of Aleppo, killing at least 15. The activist collectives, the Local Coordination Committees and the Aleppo Media Center, reported the Saturday …Syria evacuation of Homs continueseuronewsUN aid on its way to Syria’s HomsSky News AustraliaSyrian forces attack […]

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Germans displeased by Victoria Nuland gaffe – Washington Post

Washington PostBERLIN — Germans were already smarting from revelations that U.S. intelligence listened in on the phone conversations of Chancellor Angela Merkel. Then came Nulandgate. On Thursday, a video was posted on YouTube in which Victoria Nuland, the top …Victoria Nuland gaffe: Angela Merkel condemns EU insultBBC NewsUS Diplomat’s Remark on European Union ‘Unacceptable,’ Merkel […]

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Thai Opposition Challenges ‘Unconstitutional’ Election – Voice of America

Voice of AmericaThailand’s opposition is moving ahead with legal challenges to Sunday’s election, which, though peaceful, failed to resolve a months-long political standoff. The opposition Democrat Party, which boycotted the polls, says it will ask the Constitutional Court on …Thai opposition challenges poll in court as protest numbers dwindleReuters IndiaThailand’s EC to announce date for […]

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Ukraine opposition set for talks with John Kerry – New Straits Times

New Straits TimesKIEV: Ukraine’s opposition leaders were set to meet US Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday, after the army urged embattled President Viktor Yanukovych to act urgently to end two months of turmoil. Yanukovych on Friday scrapped controversial …US and Germany Signal Willingness to Repair Strained RelationsWall Street Journal‘US sees Germany as a […]

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Ousted Egypt leader in glass-encased cage at trial – USA TODAY

USA TODAYCAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s toppled President Mohammed Morsi stood inside a glass-encased metal cage Tuesday, separated from other defendants for the start of a new trial Tuesday over charges from prison breaks during the country’s 2011 revolution, state …Egypt ex-President Morsi jail escape trial ‘begins’BBC NewsEgypt: Morsi in court for jail break trialJerusalem PostOusted […]

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Texas executes Mexican national, despite pleas – euronews

euronewsDespite pressure from Mexico and Washington, Texas has gone ahead with the execution of Mexican national Edgar Tamayo. The 46-year-old was jailed twenty years ago for murdering police officer Guy Gaddis. To ease diplomatic tensions with Mexico, US …Texas executes man despite opposition from MexicoHouston ChronicleTexas Executes Mexican National Despite International PressureVoice of AmericaTexas executes […]

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Bangkok’s emergency rule illustrates struggle for control – Financial Times

Financial TimesBangkok’s first morning under emergency rule dawned calmly, but violence followed soon enough. Hundreds of kilometres away in Udon Thani in Thailand’s northeast, Kwanchai Praipana, a leading government loyalist, was shot and wounded in an apparent …Thai pro-govt leader shot, protesters fight onTimes of IndiaThailand pro-government leader shot, injured; state of emergency beginsDaily News […]

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Turkey Puzzles Market With Back-Door Move – Wall Street Journal

Wall Street JournalTurkey’s central bank opted for a back-door interest-rate increase that puzzled investors and left the already weak lira plunging. Policy makers in Ankara kept all existing official interest rates steady following a monthly meeting, defying mounting calls for an …Embattled Turkey PM faces tough talks with EUPakistan Daily TimesTurkey’s Erdogan, on Brussels visit, […]

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Hey, Rosetta? ESA hopes for sign of life from comet-chasing probe – CTV News

CTV NewsBERLIN — Europe’s Rosetta probe is due to wake up from years of hibernation Monday, but scientists face an agonizing wait of several hours until the first signal reaches Earth and they can celebrate a new milestone in their unprecedented mission to land a …Scientists hope comet-chaser spacecraft wakes upWashington PostRobot spaceship wakes up […]

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Hollande and Julie Gayet ‘affair going for two years’ – BBC News

BBC NewsThe French gossip magazine Closer has published claims President Francois Hollande has been having a secret romance with actress Julie Gayet for two years. The magazine also printed more details of alleged affair. Ms Gayet has announced she is suing …French First Lady Valerie Trierweiler ‘hurt’ that President Hollande has snubbed …The IndependentFrance: Hollande […]

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Early Tallies Show Revised Charter Passing in Egypt – New York Times

New York TimesA judge in Cairo counted ballots Wednesday in a referendum seen as giving electoral legitimacy to the military takeover. Tara Todras-Whitehill for The New York Times. CAIRO — A revised Constitution validating the military takeover in Egypt this past summer …Egypt’s Regime Claims Legitimacy on VoteWall Street JournalEgypt voter turnout over 55 per […]

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Why ‘Jihad Jane’ could be free in four years (+video) – Christian Science Monitor

Christian Science MonitorAn American-born woman who called herself “Jihad Jane” was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Monday for plotting with an Al Qaeda-linked terrorism cell to kill a Swedish artist. Skip to next paragraph. Elizabeth Barber. Staff Writer. Elizabeth Barber is a …‘Jihad Jane’ Sentenced to 10 Years in Plot to Kill ArtistWall […]

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Lebanon struggles to get a grip on violence – Deutsche Welle

Deutsche WelleLebanon is struggling to cope with the fallout from Syria’s civil war, which has divided the country along confessional lines and paralyzed the fragile state. With recent killings, violence is set to continue in 2014. Explosion in Beirut (photo: REUTERS/Steve …Death of Lebanese politician puts Hezbollah in spotlightABC OnlineA Letter to RouhaniWall Street JournalRemembering […]