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Ever the showman, Berlusconi rallies

ITALY’S Silvio Berlusconi showed off his famous stage skills at a lively election rally in Rome, where star-struck supporters spoke admiringly of the scandal-tainted former leader. Hundreds of fans young and old packed a concert hall for the event, as Mr Berlusconi celebrates a sharp rise in the polls that has put him a close second to centre-left leader Pier ...

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Putin angry over Sochi Olympics cost overruns

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — A year before the 2014 Winter Olympics are to begin, President Vladimir Putin has demanded that a senior member of the Russian Olympic Committee be fired, apparently due to cost overruns in host city Sochi — a demand certain to be fulfilled. The current price tag for the Sochi Games is 1.5 trillion rubles ($51 billion), ...

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Common Ancestor of Mammals Is Plucked From Obscurity

Humankind’s common ancestor with other mammals may have been an animal the size of a rat that weighed no more than half a pound, had a long furry tail and lived on insects. Enlarge This Image Carl Buell An artist’s rendering of a placental ancestor. Researchers say the small, insect-eating animal is the most likely common ancestor of the species ...

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Ayatollah rejects Biden’s offer for nuke talks

Iran’s supreme leader today angrily turned down Vice President Joseph Biden’s offer for bilateral talks in what could be a reaction to last month’s explosions at the once-secret nuclear facility at Fordow. Biden last week announced at the Munich Security Conference that the United States would like to engage in such talks with Iran over its illicit nuclear program. But ...

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Panetta warns of ‘crisis’ in military readiness

WASHINGTON (AP) — Looming across-the-board budget cuts present the U.S. military with the most significant readiness crisis in more than a decade and quick action is needed to avoid the spending reductions, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned during testimony Thursday before the Senate Armed Services Committee. If the billions of dollars in cuts are allowed to stand, Panetta said, he ...

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Start of EU budget summit delayed as stand-off emerges

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Officials delayed the start of a summit to negotiate the European Union’s next long-term budget on Thursday, with stark differences emerging between key countries and Ireland’s prime minister still on his way to the venue. In a message sent on Twitter, the European Council, which organizes summits of EU heads of state and government, said the start ...

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Obama says he prays for humility in Washington

JOSH LEDERMAN Associated Press= WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is telling leaders at the annual National Prayer Breakfast he hopes they maintain the morning’s bipartisan spirit a little longer. The president says he often returns from the gathering and turns on cable news, only to find that prayers for unity have already faded away. He jokes that, quote, he’d ...

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“Money” forces Pentagon to one carrier in Persian Gulf

The U.S. is reducing its naval presence in the Persian Gulf to just one aircraft carrier to reduce costs, a military official confirms to the E-Ring. “Money,” was the one-word answer from the official, when asked for the reason behind the Pentagon’s decision. The U.S. had positioned two carriers in the gulf last April. USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) ...

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Arrest of Nigeria ‘Yahoo-Yahoo Boys’ Angers Locals

BENIN CITY, NIGERIA — The Nigerian government is cracking down on Internet scam artists who take millions of dollars monthly from foreign victims. The latest police sweep saw 20 people arrested last week. In the southern city of Benin where the raid took place, some locals are outraged. They say “Yahoo-Yahoo boys,” as they are called, should not go to ...

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India child sex victims ‘humiliated’ – Human Rights Watch

Child victims of sexual abuse in India are often mistreated and humiliated by police, says the US-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) in a new report. Government systems to deal with the issue of abuse are inadequate, it says. The report says sexual abuse is “disturbingly common” in Indian homes, schools and care homes. Reports say more than 7,200 children, including…

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