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Former German Foreign Minister Returns in New Govt – ABC News

ABC NewsChancellor Angela Merkel’s new coalition partners are bringing back a former foreign minister and pledging to make Germany’s transition from nuclear to renewable energy a success as they enter government. The center-left Social Democrats also said …Germany’s Social Democrats Name Ministers in Merkel CoalitionWall Street JournalGermany’s Social Democrats clear way for Angela Merkel’s third […]

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Las Vegas Sands cancels Spain casino resort plan – Las Vegas Sun

Las Vegas SunMADRID — Casino operator Las Vegas Sands on Friday scrapped plans to build a “EuroVegas” resort near Madrid after the Spanish government rejected as illegal concessions demanded for the investment. The company, led by 80-year-old American tycoon …Sheldon Adelson Drops Plans To Open Las Vegas Sands In MadridForbesLas Vegas Sands abandons Madrid mega-casino […]

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South Africa Looks Into Claims of Interpreter’s Criminal Past – New York Times

New York TimesQUNU, South Africa — The South African government said on Friday that it was looking into news media reports that the man hired to provide deaf interpretation at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service had once been accused of murder and other serious …Mandela’s ‘long walk’ nears its endAFPMandela’s Casket Being Flown to HometownVoice of […]

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Rangers Pick Seahawks Quarterback in Baseball Draft – New York Times

New York TimesIf baseball does not work out for the Texas Rangers, they have a jump on fielding quite a football team. Enlarge This Image. Stephen Brashear/Associated Press. The Rangers would like Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson to throw more than a ceremonial …Major League Baseball roundupReutersWhy Rangers paid $12000 to draft Seahawks QB Russell WilsonDallas […]

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Jurgen Klinsmann to remain US coach through 2018 – USA TODAY

USA TODAYEven before leading the United States into next year’s World Cup, Jurgen Klinsmann has been signed to stay on as the American coach for the 2018 World Cup. Klinsmann agreed to a four-year contract extension through 2018, the U.S. Soccer Federation …Klinsmann’s deal makes perfect senseFOXSports.comJurgen Klinsmann signs four-year contract extension with USA ahead […]

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Klinsmann Agrees to Four-Year Extension With US Soccer – New York Times

New York TimesJurgen Klinsmann, the coach of the United States men’s national soccer team, agreed to a four-year contract extension Thursday, a strong show of support from U.S. Soccer only months before the World Cup in Brazil.Klinsmann to Remain as US Coach Through 2018ABC NewsJurgen Klinsmann gets four-year contract extension to lead the USA through […]

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S Africa investigates ‘fake signer’ security checks – BBC News

BBC NewsSouth Africa’s deputy disability minister says the government is investigating how a man who faked sign language at the Mandela memorial was given security clearance. Thamsanqa Dyantyi, who stood alongside national and international leaders at the …Mandela memorial interpreter asks forgiveness, calls himself championCNNInterpreter at Mandela memorial stands by his performanceCNN InternationalSign language interpreter […]

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Thailand: Ex-PM Charged With Murder Over Protest Crackdown – Voice of America

Voice of AmericaFormer Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has been formally charged with the murder of two protesters during a military crackdown in 2010. Prosecutors say Mr. Abhisit ordered security forces to shoot on a crowd of mostly unarmed Red Shirt protesters, 90 of …Former Thai PM indicted on murder chargesCNNThai protesters cut off power […]

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Considering all options to decriminalize homosexuality: Govt – Times of India

Times of IndiaNEW DELHI: The government on Thursday said it was considering all options to decriminalize homosexuality. Law minister Kapil Sibal said, “We must decriminalize adult consensual relationship.” UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi also on Thursday said she …Supreme Court says gay sex illegal, govt hints at legislative routeHindustan TimesSC says gay sex punishable, withdraws legal […]

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Halt in aid is blow to US effort to help Syrian rebels – USA TODAY

USA TODAYWASHINGTON – The U.S. decision to suspend the delivery of nonlethal aid to rebels in northern Syria is another blow to American efforts to strengthen and unify insurgents fighting Bashar al-Assad, analysts say. The State Department said Wednesday it …US, concerned about militants, suspends some Syrian rebel aidLos Angeles TimesTop US-backed Commander in Syria […]

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Uruguay OKs first national marketplace for marijuana – USA TODAY

USA TODAYMONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Uruguay’s Senate gave final congressional approval Tuesday to create the world’s first national marketplace for legal marijuana, an audacious experiment that will have the government oversee production, sales and …Uruguay approves first national market for legal marijuanaWashington PostUruguay to legalize marijuana, Senate saysCNN InternationalUruguay becomes first country to legalize marijuanaCBS […]

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Crowds Mass in South Africa to Bid Farewell and Honor Mandela – New York Times

New York TimesSOWETO, South Africa — In an outpouring of praise, memory and celebration, scores of leaders from around the world, including President Obama, joined tens of thousands of South Africans in vast rainswept soccer stadium on Tuesday to pay common …World leaders join singing crowds for Mandela memorialCNN InternationalObama’s speech at Mandela memorial: ‘Mandela […]

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Obama arrives for Mandela service, celebration – USA TODAY

USA TODAYJOHANNESBURG — Thousands of South Africans filled trains and buses and headed to a soccer stadium where President Obama and other leaders from around the globe were honoring Nelson Mandela in a memorial service Tuesday. Extreme levels of …South Africa, world leaders gather to honor MandelaWashington PostNelson Mandela memorial: Snipers, troops stand guardCNN InternationalObama, […]

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Hagel to Discuss Afghanistan During Visit to Pakistan – Businessweek

BusinessweekU.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, right, steps off of a helicopter after arriving at the International Security Assistance Force Headquarters, on December 7, 2013 in Kabul, Afghanistan. Photographer: Mark Wilson/Getty Images. U.S. Defense Secretary …Hagel Warns Pakistan to Help Open NATO Supply RouteBloombergHagel Urges Pakistan to Reopen Afghan Supply RouteWall Street JournalHagel to meet with […]

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Billy Joel, Shirley MacLaine feted at Kennedy Center Honors – Reuters

ReutersWASHINGTON Dec 8 (Reuters) – With notes of rock, jazz and opera, Washington feted piano man Billy Joel, actress Shirley MacLaine and guitarist Carlos Santana on Sunday at the Kennedy Center Honors, the capital’s annual celebration of the arts.Billy Joel’s Kennedy Center Honor: ‘Our poet and our pal’NewsdayKennedy Center honors Billy Joel, Shirley MacLaine and […]

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South Africans Embark on Day of ‘Prayer and Reflection’ for Mandela – New York Times

New York TimesJOHANNESBURG — At the start of a week of commemorations, South Africans embarked Sunday on what the authorities have called a day of prayer and reflection following the death of Nelson Mandela, gathering in places of worship, private homes and …South Africans Pray for MandelaTIMESouth Africa Begins Farewell to Nelson MandelaWall Street JournalThe […]

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‘Unfortunate situation’ leaves all looking awful for Bruins – Boston Herald

Boston HeraldGAME OVER: Bruins forward Shawn Thornton (above) is escorted off the ice after receiving a match penalty for deliberately injuring Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik, who left the ice on a stretcher last night.Bruins’ late goals thwart PenguinsBoston GlobePens’ Orpik wheeled off after cheap shot by Bruins’ ThorntonSportingNews.comChara scores winner as Bruins beat Pens 3-2Boston.comNew […]