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Christine Lagarde and Nicolas Sarkozy embroiled in new corruption inquiry

Christine Lagarde and Nicolas Sarkozy were embroiled in a new corruption inquiry on Sunday over the awarding of Legion d’Honneur for political favours. Christine Lagarde and Nicolas Sarkozy Photo: AFP/Getty Images/EPA 5:33PM BST 15 Jul 2012 The pair are already facing allegations that Ms Lagarde, the head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), authorised a £270 million payout to a ...

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France’s Front National party to sue Madonna over swastika image

Madonna performs with her dancers during the concert at Le Stade De France in Paris on Saturday. Photograph: David Wolff/Getty Images France’s far-right Front National (FN) is to sue Madonna for using a picture of its leader with a swastika on her forehead. A spokesman for Marine Le Pen, the FN president, who came third in the May presidential elections, ...

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South African elected first female AU Commission head

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – South African Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma was elected on Sunday to become the first female head of the African Union (AU) Commission, ending a bruising leadership battle that had threatened to divide and weaken the organization. Cheers broke out at the AU’s soaring, Chinese-built steel and glass headquarters in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa as ...

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How to know the intelligence of your dog

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Who’s in Charge if We Find Life on Mars?

If all goes well next month, Curiosity, NASA’s latest mission to Mars, will land in the Gale crater, a 3.5-billion-year-old, 96-mile-wide depression near the planet’s equator. Out will roll a car-size rover to search for signs of life, among other things. It will drill into rocks and sample the contents, using a mass spectrometer, a gas chromatograph and a laser ...

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Cyprus police question suspect in security probe

NICOSIA (Reuters) – Cypriot police are questioning a 24-year-old man arrested last week who may have been plotting an attack on Israeli tourists visiting the Mediterranean island, media reported on Saturday. The man, thought to be a Swedish passport holder of Lebanese extraction, was…

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Syria’s bloodiest battle

The general leading the suspended United Nations monitoring mission in Syria has said there had been persistent fighting around the town of Tremseh, where both sides accused the other of massacring…

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