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Map: US bases encircle Iran

US military bases continue to form a strategic envelope around Iran, although the American withdrawal from Iraq at the end of 2011 may have changed the regional balance somewhat towards Iran’s favour. While US forces are scaling back in many parts of the globe due to budget cuts – and have begun a gradual depature from Afghanistan to be completed ...

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Ron Paul does it again with Louisiana Caucus win

May 1, 2012. Baton Rouge. Just over a month ago, Louisiana voters went to the polls and voted for their choice for President. In that race, Rick Santorum finished first, Mitt Romney second, Newt Gingrich third, and Ron Paul fourth. So how is it that after this weekend’s local Louisiana district caucuses, Texas Congressman Ron Paul walked away with 74 ...

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Murdoch: The damning verdict

The 81-year-old’s company faces investigations for corporate negligence after a devastating report by the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee declared the mogul "unfit" to run an international business and described him as overseeing a culture of "wilful blindness". The ability of the crisis engulfing News Corp to go to the heart of British politics was further underlined when ...

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Mitt Romney’s tactical dilemma

This week Newt Gingrich will become the latest Republican contender to call it quits on his 2012 US presidential ambitions. The former speaker of the House of Representatives is expected to suspend his campaign and endorse Mitt Romney, leaving Ron Paul as the former Massachusetts governor’s only rival in the race for the Republican nomination. Romney is now working to ...

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Nigeria suicide attack targets police chief, killing ten

The attacker rode a motorcycle into the convoy in Jalingo, the capital of Taraba state in north-east Nigeria, before detonating his explosives. The attack targeted police commissioner Mamman Sule, who was being driven toward his offices, near the governor’s office, said police spokesman Ibiang Mbaseki. The bomber missed injuring Mr Sule, but the explosives caused massive…

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Seach for survivors after India ferry sinking

Divers and rescue workers are looking for survivors on the Brahmaputra river in India's Assam state, where a ferry capsized during a storm on Monday, killing at least 103 people. Police said about 100 people have been rescued. Some 40 bodies have already been recovered from the river. The death toll is likely to rise, Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi ...

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French presidential hopefuls in final battle

The two French presidential candidates have headed into the last round of their campaign battles with both of them threatened by the shadow of scandal, a week ahead of the country’s runoff. As he struggled to catch up with his Socialist rival and front runner Francois Hollande, incumbent President Nicolas Sarkozy called for tougher borders and a stronger national. Sarkozy, ...

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