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M23 rebels threaten to quit DR Congo talks over ceasefire

The M23 rebel group has threatened to pull out of peace talks with the Democratic Republic of Congo government unless President Joseph Kabila signs a ceasefire agreement. Talks are due to start in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, on Friday. A DRC government spokesman told the Reuters news agency it rejected a rebel demand he described as "pointless". A first attempt ...

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Boeing delivered 601 planes last year

CHICAGO — Boeing Co. said on Thursday that it delivered 601 planes last year, putting it on track to beat European rival Airbus as the top plane maker for the year. Airbus has beaten Boeing in deliveries in recent years, but Boeing is now cranking out its new 787 and a revamped 747 after delays for both aircraft. Its delivery…

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World’s 100 richest people got $241 billion richer in 2012

The richest people on the planet got even richer in 2012, adding $241 billion to their collective net worth, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, a daily ranking of the world’s 100 wealthiest individuals. The aggregate net worth of the world’s top 100 stood at $1.9 trillion at the market close Dec. 31, according to the index. Of the people ...

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Russia Grants Depardieu Citizenship

MOSCOW — At the time, it seemed like a joke. President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, at his annual news conference before more than 1,000 journalists last month, declared with a mixture of braggadocio and magnanimity that if one of the world’s best-known Frenchmen, the actor Gérard Depardieu, really wanted to renounce his French citizenship, he would find the doors ...

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Chile: Victor Jara Widow Asks for US Extradition

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — The widow of Chilean folk singer Victor Jara is calling on the United States to extradite a retired military official charged with his murder during Chile’s 1973 coup. Pedro Barrientos Nunez now lives in Florida and has denied any role in the death of Jara, which is remembered as one of the Chilean dictatorship’s most brutal ...

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Kovai receives least rains in 20 yrs

COIMBATORE: In 2012, Coimbatore district received the least rain in the last 2 decades. V Geethalakshmi, from the department of agro-climate, TNAU, told reporters on Wednesday that the rains the region received in 2012 was extremely disappointing, when compared to the…

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U.N. says more than 60,000 have died in Syrian civil war

BEIRUT, Lebanon –The United Nations said Wednesday that more than 60,000 people have died in Syria’s bloody internal war, surpassing the Syrian opposition’s estimates by one-third. The head of the United Nations Human Rights office, which released the numbers, faulted the entire international community, including the U.N., for having “fiddled around the edges while Syria burns.” Meanwhile, close to 100 ...

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Fred Barnes: The President Who Wants It All

By FRED BARNES President George W. Bush made bipartisan deals with Democrats on education, energy and, shortly before leaving office, the bank bailout known as TARP. President Reagan got together with Democrats on tax reform and Social Security. President Clinton reached agreement with Republicans on welfare reform, balancing the budget and Nafta’s free trade. Mr. Clinton also negotiated reform of ...

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