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Assad warns U.S. to avoid interfering in Syria politics

BEIRUT — Syrian President Bashar Assad said in a newspaper interview Saturday he won’t step down before elections and that the United States has no right to interfere in his country’s politics, raising new doubts about a U.S.-Russian effort to get Mr. Assad and his opponents to negotiate an end to the country’s civil war. In the capital Damascus, a ...

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Denmark wins Eurovision contest

Denmark’s Emmelie de Forest has won this year’s Eurovision Song Contest with her ethno-inspired flute and drum tune Only Teardrops, despite tough competition from spectacular stage shows by performers from Azerbaijan and Ukraine. Juries and television viewers across Europe awarded the barefoot, hippie-chic 20-year-old for the catchy love song that is driven by her deep, Shakira-like voice. She received a ...

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Texas to take BP and Halliburton to court

Texas has joined the crowd of Gulf of Mexico states to file suit against BP Plc, Halliburton Co and others for their role in one of the worst oil spills in US history. The complaint, filed on Friday in US District Court in Beaumont, Texas, alleges that the companies and others “engaged in wilful and wanton misconduct” for their role ...

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Gunmen kill senior woman member of Pakistani party led by Imran Khan

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Gunmen killed a senior female politician from a reformist party in Pakistan on Saturday night, the latest violent incident in a bloody election campaign and one that set off a war of words between two major opposition parties. Around 150 people were killed in the run-up to national elections held last week, which handed a landslide victory ...

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Afghans block law protecting women’s rights

Conservative religious lawmakers in Afghanistan blocked a law that aims to protect women’s freedoms, with some arguing that parts of it violate Islamic principles or encourage women to have sex outside of marriage. The failure highlights how tenuous women’s rights remain a dozen years after the overthrow of the Taliban. Khalil Ahmad Shaheedzada, a conservative lawmaker for Herat province, said ...

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Nigeria says 10 rebels killed in northeast, 65 arrested

LAGOS (Reuters) – Nigeria’s military said on Saturday it had killed 10 insurgents and arrested 65 more as part of an offensive meant to wrest back control of parts of its remote northeast from an Islamist group seen as the main security threat to Africa’s top oil producer. President Goodluck Jonathan, a Christian southerner, had been accused of not taking ...

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Euro rivals reject EC’s threat of Chinese tariffs

Two of Europe’s biggest telecommunications equipment makers, Ericsson and Nokia Siemens, have urged the European Commission to back off from threatening tariffs on their Chinese rivals in a row over alleged illegal government subsidies. The European Commission said on Wednesday that it was prepared to probe possible Chinese subsidies to network…

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