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Leaders from Cuba to Iran attending Chavez’s funeral

CARACAS (Reuters) – At least two dozen heads of state were due to attend Hugo Chavez’s funeral on Friday during an outpouring of grief for the charismatic but divisive Venezuelan leader who changed the face of politics in South America. Chavez died on Tuesday at age 58 after a two-year battle with cancer, devastating millions of mostly poor supporters who ...

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North Korea rages at new UN sanctions

Non-aggression pact with South Korea cancelled, adding to threat of nuclear attack on US and ‘crushing strikes’ on enemies A North Korean rally held after the threat to launch a nuclear strike against the US. Photograph: KCNA/AFP/Getty North Korea has said it is cancelling a hotline and non-aggression pact with the South after the United Nations security council unanimously backed ...

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Vice president wants Kenya vote count stopped

Nairobi – The running mate of one of the two front-runners in Kenya’s presidential vote said on Thursday the ballot count lacked integrity and should stop, comments that could inflame what has so far been a largely peaceful election. The remarks by Kalonzo Musyoka, running alongside presidential hopeful…

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Amano wins second IAEA term, this time easily

It is a testament to Yukiya Amano’s success as head of the UN atomic agency that unlike his appointment in 2009, securing a second term was a formality. Succeeding Nobel prize winner Mohamed ElBaradei, the Japanese career diplomat had big shoes to fill and in 2009 his election divided member states of the International Atomic Energy Agency. He was chosen ...

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Ahmadinejad Says Chávez Will Rise With Christ; Is Chastised By Cleric

Just before leaving for Venezuela to attend the funeral of Hugo Chávez, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad penned a laudatory tribute for the late president. “[Chavez] is alive, as long as nations are alive and struggle for consolidating independence, justice and kindness. I have no doubt that he will come back, and along with Christ the Saviour, the heir to all ...

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North Korea Sanctions: UN Approves New Measures

UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. Security Council has voted unanimously for tough new sanctions to punish North Korea for its latest nuclear test, a move that sparked a furious Pyongyang to threaten a nuclear strike against the United States. The vote Thursday by the U.N.’s most powerful body on a resolution drafted by North Korea’s closest ally, China, and the ...

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Microsoft Fined $732 Million in European Union Antitrust Case

As expected, The European Union has levied a hefty fine against . EU regulators issued a $732 million fine against the technology giant for failing to comply with a deal to offer browser choice to Windows users. This is the first time that the European Commission has fined a company for non- with a decision. In 2009, the EC made ...

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Militants from Russia’s North Caucasus join ‘jihad’ in Syria

Flanked by almost 20 men with rifles, Omar Abu al-Chechen kneels on a carpet and delivers a rousing speech urging fellow Muslims to support the ‘jihad’ against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Dressed almost entirely in black, the militant from Russia’s Chechnya region declares an Islamist state is within reach. Fellow fighters from the brigade of foreign militants he leads translate ...

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