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Creative Europe in sight

EXCLUSIVE: Creative Europe has come one step nearer after the 27 EU leaders agreed on Friday in Brussels to an overall $1.3tn (€960bn) budget for 2014-20. “I doubt we will get as much as we want, but I am sure we will get more than at present because of the additional activities planned in the new Creative Europe programme,” Doris ...

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A Faceless Teenage Refugee Who Helped Ignite Syria’s War

AMMAN, Jordan — In a listless border town, the teenager goes unnoticed, one of the hundreds of thousands of refugees who have fled the Syrian civil war, dashing across villages and farms to land in Jordan, just five miles from home. Connect With Us on Twitter Follow @nytimesworld for international breaking news and headlines. Twitter List: Reporters and Editors But ...

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Alleged Seizure Of Ghana’s $80million Gold…Two Ghanaians Cited In Scandal

Two Ghanaian nationals, according to officialdom, have been cited in the controversial gold transaction initially said to have been between the Government of Ghana and the Islamic Republic of Iran. The two, Peter Bedzrah and Fredrick Kojo Essumang, according to a statement signed by the Information Minister, Mahama Ayariga, operating under the corporate identity of Omanye Gold Mining Ltd from ...

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Venezuela devalues currency by 32% against the dollar

Venezuela has cut the value of its currency against the US dollar by 32%, in an effort to boost its economy. The widely expected measure ramps up the official exchange rate of the bolivar from 4.3 to 6.3 per US dollar. It was announced after Vice-President Nicolas Maduro’s return from Cuba, where he said President Hugo Chavez gave him instructions ...

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U.S., Israel, Iran work to build better relationship

Finally, a glimmer of hope is shining from the end of the tunnel of distrust, intimidation and threats. After 33 years of wild accusations, hostile attitudes, belligerent posturing, terrorism and war planning, relations between the United States and Israel vs. their nemesis Iran, have, perhaps, reached a turning point. Maybe a catastrophic war of destruction, chaos and misery for millions ...

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Kerry: Keystone XL Decision Coming In ‘Near Term’ After ‘Fair And Transparent’ Review

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday promised a “fair and transparent” review of a Canadian company’s plan to pipe oil from western Canada to refineries in Texas. In his first comments about the controversial Keystone XL pipeline since becoming secretary of state, Kerry said he is waiting for a review begun by his predecessor, Hillary Rodham Clinton, ...

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New Yorkers remember Sandy, scramble for supplies

NEW YORK — It was a “routine blizzard” that was bearing down on them, not a superstorm, but New Yorkers couldn’t help but think about Sandy in the face of a snow-laden Nor’easter. “I think it might even be worse than Sandy,” said Chip Gomes, a construction worker who took shelter from the snow in a 7-Eleven in White Plains ...

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