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Hague in Myanmar to look at reforms first-hand

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (Reuters) – Foreign Secretary William Hague began a landmark visit to Myanmar on Thursday to get a first-hand view of “encouraging” reforms being pursued by its civilian leadership, but officials said he would set out conditions for the lifting of sanctions. Foreign Secretary William Hague arrives for a cabinet meeting at 10 Downing Street in London November 29, ...

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Romney wins Iowa battle, but barely

SHARE AND DISCUSSTweet WASHINGTON: None of the half-dozen Republican aspirants aiming for the White House established any significant lead or momentum in the Iowa Caucus, an inner party electoral skirmish that sounds the opening bell for the party nomination for the 2012 presidential election. Frontrunner Mitt Romney surprisingly lost impetus and standing in course of a narrow win (by just ...

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Arab League to discuss fate of Syria mission

The 22-member body is responding to claims that the mission has provided cover for continuing human rights abuses by the regime as President Bashar al-Assad seeks to crush a 10-month-long uprising against his rule. In a statement of frustration with the monitors’ lack of progress, the commander of Syria’s armed rebels yesterday threatened to step up attacks on President Assad’s ...

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US military deaths in Afghanistan at 1,741

As of Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012, at least 1,741 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. The AP count is four less than the Defense Department’s tally, last updated Tuesday at 10 a.m….

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Ban stresses ‘people power’ and partnerships at start of second term as UN chief

Secretary-General Bank Ki-moon (left) sits for an interview with the UN News Centre and UN Radio3 January 2012 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has begun his second term as Secretary-General of the United Nations by pledging to harness “the strong power of partnerships” to respond to the planet’s biggest challenges, such as tackling climate change, combating poverty and empowering women and ...

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Al-Qaida, Taliban seek Pakistani militants’ help

FILE – In this Sunday, Oct. 4, 2009 file photo, new Pakistani Taliban chief… DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) – Prominent al-Qaida and Afghan Taliban fighters asked Pakistani militants in a pair of rare meetings to set aside their differences and step up support for the battle against U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan, militant commanders said Monday. The meetings were held ...

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BP seeks spill costs from Halliburton

BP called on its contractor Halliburton on Monday to pay all costs and expenses the oil major incurred to clean up the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, according to a court filing by BP’s lead trial attorney. BP has spent $14 billion in the Gulf Coast region in its response to the spill and set aside $20…

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Egypt in last phase of parliamentary poll

Egypt is all set for the third round of a parliamentary election after the uprising that unseated President Hosni Mubarak in February last year. The run-up to Tuesday’s poll has been overshadowed by the deaths of 17 people last month in clashes between the army and protesters demanding the military step aside immediately. But the ruling generals have insisted the ...

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Gordon Brown’s Downing Street emails ‘hacked’

Mr Brown’s private communications, along with emails belonging to a former Labour adviser and lobbyist, Derek Draper, have been identified by Scotland Yard’s Operation Tuleta team as potentially hacked material. They are currently looking at evidence from around 20 computers which hold data revealing that hundreds of individuals may have had their private emails hacked. The links discovered from the ...

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