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Cyprus president defends bailout deal amid public anger

Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades has said a big bailout – which has provoked mass public anger – was needed to avoid a “disorderly bankruptcy”. The 10bn-euro ($13bn; £9bn) deal agreed by the EU was “a painful but controlled management of the crisis”, he said. Many Cypriots, shocked that the bailout would force bank depositors to help foot the bill, were ...

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Aung San Suu Kyi: From icon to political player

The woman who was once the world’s most famous political prisoner is now wearing the less glamorous mantle of a mere politician. Aung San Suu Kyi’s re-election last weekend as chair of the party she helped found 35 years ago was one of the few certainties in today’s Burma. As one of the party elders said, without her the National ...

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Scottish independence: Referendum date set to be revealed by Alex Salmond

First Minister Alex Salmond is expected to make public the date of Scotland’s referendum on independence. The Scottish government will ask parliament officials if it can make a statement to MSPs on Thursday in which the autumn 2014 date will be revealed. The ballot paper question: “Should Scotland be an independent country?” has already been confirmed. In addition, the government ...

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Afghanistan progresses but still needs support

Special to the Star-Telegram Kunduz Province in northern Afghanistan is littered with the relics of 30 years of conflict. Rusting Soviet tanks sit next to burned-out helicopters. De-mining crews still work the fields. Kunduz was on the front lines of factional fighting during Afghanistan’s civil war in the 1990s and was one of the last holdouts against the Taliban when ...

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US to boost missile defenses

The United States said it would bolster defenses against a possible North Korean missile strike a week after Pyongyang threatened a ‘pre-emptive’ nuclear attack against its arch-foe. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said 14 more interceptors would be stationed in Alaska, increasing by almost half the 30 already deployed along the California and Alaska coastlines. The aim is to have them ...

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Italy president tells Monti to stay until new government formed

ROME (Reuters) – Italian President Giorgio Napolitano told Prime Minister Mario Monti on Saturday he would need to stay on as long as political parties fail to reach an accord that would allow a new government to be established after a deadlocked election. Italy’s outgoing Prime Minister and leader of a coalition of centre parties Mario Monti speaks during a ...

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US to Bolster Missile Defenses in Face of North Korea Threat

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced plans on Friday to bolster U.S. missile defenses in response to “irresponsible and reckless provocations” by North Korea, which threatened a preemptive nuclear strike against the United States last week. Hagel said the Pentagon would add 14 new anti-missile interceptors at Fort Greely in Alaska – an effective reversal of an early Obama administration ...

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