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Pakistani prisoner dies in India after revenge beating

SRINAGAR, India (Reuters) – A convicted Pakistani militant jailed in India died on Thursday after being beaten by another inmate in an apparent revenge attack for the death of an Indian spy prisoner, threatening already fraught relations between the nations. The death of Sanaullah Haq, also known as Sanaullah Ranjay, came a week…

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Lift Syria opposition arms sanctions, says UK

The government has set out the case for lifting or amending the EU arms embargo against the main Syrian opposition group, the National Coalition. The UK said such a move would strengthen moderate forces in the opposition. It would put also pressure on the Syrian government to enter negotiations on a political solution, the UK added. The…

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Obama, Netanyahu Discuss Regional Security Issues

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have spoken by phone about regional security issues and Middle East peace. The White House says the two leaders agreed to continue their “close coordination.” The call follows a pair of Israeli airstrikes on Syrian targets. The Obama administration has…

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31 detained in probe of $50M Belgium diamond heist

Unlike the brilliant thieves in “Ocean’s Eleven,” it appears that those behind the clockwork-precision, $50 million diamond heist at Brussels Airport may not get a Hollywood ending. After three months of virtual silence on the matter, authorities struck this week, detaining at least 31 people in a three-nation sweep and recovering so many diamonds from the loot Antwerp traders lost ...

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Israeli police detain top Jerusalem Muslim cleric for six hours

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli police arrested the top Palestinian Muslim religious leader in Jerusalem on Wednesday and questioned him for six hours about a fracas between Palestinians and Israelis at al-Aqsa mosque before releasing him without charge. Palestinian leaders and neighbouring Jordan roundly condemned the arrest of Sheikh Mohammad Hussein, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem after Palestinian worshippers scuffled with ...

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Ex-Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in court

Haiti’s reclusive former president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, made a rare public appearance Wednesday, showing up at about 8:15 a.m. at the main Port-au-Prince courthouse to answer an investigative judge’s summons. With hundreds of sympathizers, including elected parliamentarians in tow, he stepped out of his police-escorted vehicle just minutes before 9 a.m. and walked into the judge’s chambers. Aristide is the latest ...

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China Cuts Ties With Key North Korean Bank

HONG KONG — The state-controlled Bank of China said on Tuesday that it had halted all dealings with a key North Korean bank in what appeared to be the strongest public Chinese response yet to North Korea’s willingness to brush aside warnings from Beijing and push ahead with its nuclear and ballistic missile programs. Connect With Us on Twitter Follow ...

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Brazilian chosen to head WTO

The World Trade Organization has settled on Roberto Azevedo of Brazil, a well-known diplomat and consummate insider in Geneva circles, to serve as its director-general for the next four years, officials said on Tuesday. He is poised to become the first Latin American to head the Geneva-based trade organisation since its creation in 1995. He won out in a field ...

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Germany’s European Leadership Extends to the Soccer Field

BERLIN – France’s finance minister, Pierre Moscovici, warned on Tuesday against caricatures and misunderstandings over Germany’s handling of the euro crisis, but quickly qualified his conciliatory statement about the European Union’s most powerful country. “There is one subject where Germany’s image is certainly bad,” Mr. Moscovici told an auditorium full of students at the Free University in Berlin. “Germany wins ...

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Military Sexual Assault: Not Patriotic, Still Common

With guys like alleged groper Jeffrey Krusinski running sexual assault prevention in the Air Force, it will surprise few that sexual assaults are on the rise in the military, and still dangerously underreported. According to a new Pentagon report, the number of reported sexual assaults among service members rose 6 percent in 2012, to 3,374. Despite former Defense secretary Leon ...

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