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‘Political, not military’ solutions needed in Mideast, Chuck Hagel says

WASHINGTON: The problems that plague the Middle East, including Iran’s nuclear ambitions and Syria’s civil war, require “political, not military” solutions, US defense secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday. Saying the “old order” was vanishing in the region, Hagel stressed in a speech that the United States would work to promote democratic reform while bearing in mind the “limitations” of American ...

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In Its Efforts to Integrate Roma, Slovakia Recalls U.S. Struggles

SARISSKE MICHALANY, Slovakia — Gazing out his window during morning recess on his first day at work, the principal of an elementary school here, Jaroslav Valastiak, was caught up short: all the children playing in the asphalt-covered yard were white, a strikingly monochromatic scene at a school where a majority of pupils are dark-skinned Roma. Connect With Us on Twitter ...

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Syria’s Assad must go, Kerry insists

US Secretary of State John Kerry insisted Syrian President Bashar Al Assad will have to step down as part of any political solution in Syria, as he held a third day of talks on the bloody conflict. Speaking as he met Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh, Kerry said all sides were working to “effect a transition government by mutual consent ...

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U.N. says Brahimi agrees to stay on as Syria mediator

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The U.N.-Arab League mediator in the Syria conflict, Lakhdar Brahimi, has agreed to stay on despite his frustration at the international deadlock that has prevented U.N. action to halt the two-year-old civil war, the United Nations said on Thursday. A dispute over Syria between Russia, which supports and provides weapons to the government of President Bashar ...

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Gov. Scott Walker to meet with Dalai Lama

Gov. Scott Walker will meet privately with the Dalai Lama during the Tibetan spiritual leader’s visit to Wisconsin next week. Walker’s spokesman Tom Evenson confirmed the private meeting to The Associated Press on Thursday. The Dalai Lama is also scheduled to speak to the state Assembly for 45 minutes on Tuesday. His visit next week marks the ninth time he’s ...

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Pakistan Elections: Ex-Leader’s Son Kidnapped

Armed men have kidnapped the son of a former Pakistani prime minister on the final day of campaigning for landmark elections, to be held amid bomb threats from the Taliban. Ali Haider Gilani, 27, who is himself running as a provincial assembly candidate, was snatched under heavy gunfire on the outskirts of Multan in Punjab. Two guards were killed during ...

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Kerry hopes Russia won’t sell missiles to Syria

Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday the transfer of advanced missile defense systems from Russia to Syria would be a “destabilizing” factor for Israel’s security. Kerry said the U.S. has expressed concerns about what such defensive systems in Syria would mean for Israel’s security. He wouldn’t address what the missiles might mean for Syria’s civil war. He spoke to ...

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Soccer: Next Manchester United manager David Moyes

David Moyes was appointed manager of Manchester United on Thursday and will take over from Alex Ferguson who is retiring at the end of this season. Here is a look at his life and career: Moyes was born in April 1963 in Glasgow, Scotland and signed signed as a professional with Scottish club Celtic in 1980, whom he joined as ...

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World food prices rise

Rome – Global food prices rose in April for a third straight month as surging dairy costs kept upward pressure on the United Nations food agency’s index, but cereal output is expected to be strong this year. Food prices spiked during the summer of 2012 as the United States was hit by a severe drought and dry weather plagued…

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