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Seat comes with responsibility to aid the troubled

IT'S not often that I agree with Greg Sheridan. However, on Australia's successful bid for a temporary seat on the UN Security Council it is hard to disagree ("Up with Rwanda, Luxembourg but at what cost?", 20-21/10). The UN is no longer a relevant global force. It has been powerless to end the ongoing bloodshed in Syria. Just like it ...

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Will a temporary truce work in Syria?

The United Nations and Arab League special envoy Lakhdar Brahimi is in Damascus to persuade Bashar al-Assad, Syrian president, to comply with a four-day truce. He is proposing it begin during the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, on October 26th. Brahimi’s call has drawn growing regional and international support, including from Turkey and al-Assad’s main supporter – Iran. The veteran ...

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Europe and China don’t need a trade war: EU trade chief

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union will not back down from protecting its industries against Chinese competition it sees as unfair, but mutual self-interest will prevent a damaging trade war, the EU’s trade chief Karel De Gucht said. Disputes with Beijing have taken on a bigger scale in recent months and Brussels brought its biggest ever trade case against Beijing ...

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Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg weds Countess Stephanie de Lannoy

Related topics Royal WeddingsLuxembourg Royal WeddingCountess Stephanie de Lannoy Advertisement Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg and Countess Stephanie de Lannoy of Belgium were married earlier today in a religious ceremony, October 19, 2012, at the Cathedral of our Lady of Luxembourg in Luxembourg, Luxembourg. The 30-year old hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg who is reportedly the last hereditary Prince in Europe ...

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U.S. terror attack was averted — this time

This is the way it’s supposed to work. The would-be terrorist is discovered early in his plotting. His schemes are recorded every step of the way. His bomb’s a phony. His cohorts are on the payroll. Evil as his motives appear to be, the public is never in danger from beginning to end. And now, Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, ...

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UN plans action against Congo’s M23 rebels

The UN Security Council intends to impose sanctions on the leaders of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s M23 rebels and others violating an arms embargo on the country, the council said in a statement. “The Security Council expresses its intention to apply targeted sanctions against the leadership of the M23 and those acting in violation of the sanctions regime and ...

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Israeli naval vessels take control of pro-Palestinian boat seeking passage to Gaza

JERUSALEM – Israeli soldiers commandeered a vessel carrying pro-Palestinian activists destined for Gaza on Saturday, cutting off communications and steering it from international waters toward the Jewish state. The ship was the latest in a series of activist-manned vessels challenging Israel’s blockade on the territory, imposed when the militant group Hamas seized the coastal strip in 2007. Six Israeli naval ...

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Cyberspace is battlefront of the future: US defense secy

WASHINGTON: Cyberspace is the battlefield of the future, with attackers already going after banks and other financial institutions and developing the ability to strike US power grids and government systems, defense secretary Leon Panetta said on Friday. “We confront a whole new threat of warfare in (cyberspace)…. This is an area we’ve got to pay close attention to. This is ...

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Greeks turn out for strike

TENS of thousands of Greeks joined the second nationwide strike in three weeks, moving to bring the country to a near-standstill in a bid to show European Union leaders meeting in Brussels that fresh austerity cuts being demanded by Greece’s lenders would cripple…

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