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Opening ceremony director pokes fun at Olympic rings malfunction – USA TODAY

USA TODAYSOCHI, Russia – The creative director of the opening and closing ceremonies has a sense of humor. Konstantin Ernst showed up for the closing ceremony news conference Sunday morning in a white T-shirt with the Olympic rings. Well, four Olympic rings and …Costly, political, successful: Sochi Olympics endBoston.comSebastian Coe: Success of Winter Games can […]

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Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych Driven From Power – Wall Street Journal

Wall Street JournalLarge crowds entered ousted Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych’s residential compound outside Kiev on Saturday. Photo: Getty Images. KIEV, Ukraine—The whereabouts of President Viktor Yanukovych were unknown Sunday, the day after he left the …Archrival Is Freed as Ukraine Leader FleesNew York TimesUkraine: Kiev calm as president’s whereabouts unclearUSA TODAYUkrainian parliament votes to oust […]

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Matteo Renzi sworn in as new Italy PM – BBC News

BBC NewsOn Friday he formally accepted the mandate to lead a new government and named his cabinet. He ousted Prime Minister and party colleague Enrico Letta in a vote earlier this month. Mr Renzi said his coalition would give “hope” to the economically-stagnant …Youthful Matteo Renzi sworn in as Italy’s Prime MinisterCNNItaly’s New Renzi Government […]

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Army sending paratroopers to restive Venezuela area as security forces try to … – Fox News

Fox NewsCARACAS, Venezuela – Paratroopers are heading to a Venezuelan border area torn by fierce clashes between police and anti-government protesters, while security forces are being accused of turning many parts of the country into free-fire zones in their bid …Protests Swell in Venezuela as Places to Rally DisappearNew York TimesProtests Against Venezuela’s Government Escalate […]

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Iran takes tough opening stand at nuclear talks, vows not to dismantle equipment – Washington Post

Washington PostAs the latest talks on Iran’s nuclear program began Tuesday, the country’s negotiators took a tough opening position, pledging never to dismantle equipment or facilities that the United States and other world powers say raise suspicion that the Islamic …Iran: Dismantling nuclear facilities is off the tableHaaretzIran nuclear talks explained – in 60 secondsBBC […]

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Suspected Islamists kill 90 in Nigeria village raid – witnesses – Reuters India

Reuters IndiaMAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) – Suspected Islamist fighters killed at least 90 people in an early morning attack on a village in remote northeast Nigeria on Sunday, witnesses said. The Boko Haram gunmen surrounded the village of Izge, near the border with …Nigeria’s Boko Haram targets Christian town and fishing village in latest attacksCNN106 people […]

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Activists mourn as top court stands firm on gay-sex ban – Reuters India

Reuters IndiaNEW DELHI (Reuters) – The Supreme Court has refused to review a month-old ruling that banned gay sex in the world’s largest democracy, standing firm on a decision that outraged the ruling party and human rights activists around the world. The government …India top court refuses plea to review gay sex bangulfnews.comIndian supreme court […]

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Violence Mars Third Anniversary of Egypt Uprising – ABC News

ABC NewsThe anniversary of Egypt’s 2011 uprising brought a violent display of the country’s furious divisions Saturday, as giant crowds danced at government-backed rallies and security forces crushed demonstrations by rival Islamists and some secular activists.Egyptian police, Muslim Brotherhood protesters clash on third anniversary of …ABC OnlineEgyptian activists behind bars on uprising’s anniversaryCNN InternationalClashes kill […]

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After Bombings, Cairo Anxious 3 Years After Egyptian Uprising – New York Times

New York TimesAfter the first explosion in Cairo on Friday, supporters of Gen. Abdul-Fattah el-Sisi gathered outside Abdeen Palace. Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters. CAIRO — The capital was empty and anxious Saturday morning on the third anniversary of the Egyptian …Egypt Convulsed by Violence Before Anniversary of Revolt (1)BusinessweekMilitants Claim Responsibility for Friday Cairo BombingsVoice […]

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Australia accuses Snowden of ‘treachery’ – Financial Times

Financial TimesAustralia has accused Edward Snowden of “unprecedented treachery” and defended Canberra’s intelligence co-operation with Washington in the face of rising tensions with Indonesia over the US whistleblower’s spying allegations. Julie Bishop, Australia’s …US leaker Snowden says he ‘acted alone’The NationHenninger: The Snowden UltimatumWall Street JournalJulie Bishop lashes Snowden on US visitZDNetThe Voice of Russia […]

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My mother was too strong to commit suicide, Sunanda’s son says – Times of India

Times of IndiaNEW DELHI: Sunanda Pushkar’s son has come out in the defence of Union minister Shashi Tharoor even as he strongly rejected the possibility of his mother committing suicide. In a signed statement released to the media, Sunanda’s son, Shiv Menon has …Wife of Indian minister had Canadian connectionToronto StarTharoor’s Stepson Rules out Mother’s […]

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Edward Snowden Denies Being a Russian Spy – TIME

TIMENational Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden denied allegations that he was acting as a Russian spy when he took classified intelligence documents and later fled the United States. “This ‘Russian spy’ push is absurd,” Snowden told the New Yorker in …Snowden denies receiving assistance from Russian intelligence with NSA leaksWashington PostEdward Snowden denies suggestions he […]

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Actress Julie Gayet suing over Hollande affair allegations, Closer magazine says – CNN

CNNParis (CNN) — French actress Julie Gayet is suing the magazine Closer over an article suggesting she is having an affair with French President Francois Hollande, the magazine said Thursday. The lawsuit demands 50,000 euros for alleged invasion of privacy …French president’s alleged lover sues tabloidWashington PostTons of horse manure dumped outside French parliament in […]

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Egyptian Voters Support New Constitution – Voice of America

Voice of AmericaEgyptian officials say initial results indicate voters have overwhelmingly approved a referendum on a new constitution. The outcome is seen as nudging army chief General Abdel Fatteh al-Sisi closer to a bid for the presidency. Officials and state media said …Egyptians back constitution, opening way to Sisi presidential runReutersEgypt said to approve new […]

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Polling on constitution underway in Egypt – Xinhua

XinhuaCAIRO, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) — Egyptians started casting their votes Tuesday on the country’s new draft constitution, which is widely seen as a milestone during Egypt’s political transition after Islamist president Mohamed Morsi was ousted last July. The two-day …UPDATE 3-Egyptian polls close after final day of voting on constitutionReutersEgypt voters approve constitution – government […]

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Thai Protest Leaders Threaten to Detain Yingluck – Wall Street Journal

Wall Street JournalAntigovernment protesters hold Thai national flags during a protest outside the Custom Department office in Bangkok on Tuesday. Reuters. BANGKOK—Thailand’s protest leaders are thinking up new ways to force Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra from …Thailand crisis: Polls to proceed despite protestsBBC NewsThai PM refuses to step down as Bangkok shutdown continuesABC OnlineThailand’s political […]

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Indian diplomat flies home after indictment in US – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles TimesMUMBAI, India — The Indian official whose arrest last month in New York sparked a diplomatic crisis returned to her homeland Friday after the United States granted her immunity from charges that she falsified visa papers and lied about underpaying her …India expels US diplomat who allegedly helped evacuate nanny’s familyWashington PostUS Withdraws […]

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Afghan’s Karzai not seen meeting US deadline on security deal – report – Reuters India

Reuters IndiaWASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. efforts to persuade Afghan President Hamid Karzai to sign a long-term security agreement according to Washington’s timetable will likely fail, the lead American negotiator has warned the Obama administration, the Washington …US ‘concern’ over Afghan prisoner releasesBBC NewsKarzai unlikely to sign BSA with US on American timetable: reportAssociated Press of […]

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Turkish Police Purge Broadens in Corruption Inquiry – New York Times

New York TimesISTANBUL — The Turkish government removed police chiefs in 15 cities and the deputy head of the country’s police force in a decree published in the official gazette early Wednesday, CNN Turk reported. Enlarge This Image …Turkish government seeks tighter grip on judiciary amid scandaleuronewsTurkey purges police forceCNNTurkey fires police chiefs in 16 […]

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Thailand’s political drama: The flawless faceof celebrity protest – The Globe and Mail

The Globe and MailA stone’s throw from the stage that is the open-air war room and lecture hall for Thailand’s anti-government protesters, Sorawit Suboon grabs a platter of paper cups, each already filled with a packet’s worth of instant coffee mix. He walks it out to a table beside …Thailand’s anti-corruption commission moves to impeach […]

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Syria fighting between rebels and Al Qaeda-linked group spreads – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles TimesAMMAN, Jordan – Clashes spread Saturday between groups nominally united against the Syrian government as mainstream rebels attempted to expel an Al Qaeda-linked group from opposition areas. Rebels and fighters with the Al Qaeda-linked Islamic …Syrian rebels want foreign fighters goneCNNAl-Qaeda-linked ISIS under attack in northern SyriaBBC NewsQaeda-Linked Insurgents Clash With Other Rebels […]