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Kevin Rudd says ‘things have to change’ as he mounts leadership challenge

Australia’s former foreign minister, Kevin Rudd announces he will contest a leadership vote against Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, bringing to a head the bitter rivalry engulfing the minority government. 560 315 TelegraphPlayer_9102769 8:20AM GMT 24 Feb 2012 Mr Rudd, who was ousted by Gillard in June 2010, said he was the best person to lead the governing Labor Party ...

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EU expects eurozone to suffer mild recession

* Signs point to a 0.3% slowdown, largely because of debt-related austerity measures. ASSOCIATED PRESS Olli Rehn, a top European Commission economic official, is predicting that the 17-nation eurozone will have a modest recession this year, despite recent signs of stabilization. While the contraction is expected to be relatively severe in Greece, the overall slowdown should be tempered by growth ...

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Higher gas prices cloud Obama’s re-election hopes

WASHINGTON – Soaring gasoline prices are threatening to undercut President Barack Obama’s re-election prospects and offering Republicans an easy target. With prices pushing $4 a gallon and threatening to go even higher, Obama sought Thursday to confront rising public anxiety and strike back at his GOP critics. “Only in politics do people root for bad news, do they greet bad ...

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Poll predicts Putin’s first-round election victory

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s leading independent polling company says Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is expected take victory in the presidential election in the first round. Levada Center’s chief Lev Gudkov said Friday that the latest poll data show that Putin may win up to 66 percent of ballots in the March 4 election. The data indicated that Putin has managed ...

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Chinese official warns Tibetans against separatism

BEIJING (AP) — A provincial Communist Party chief warned Tibetan monks and residents to oppose separatism and obey the law as he visited a monastery and restive communities that have been at the center of many recent self-immolation protests, a local newspaper said Friday. Earlier this week, Sichuan Communist Party chief Liu Qibao visited Aba and Ganzi prefectures, the Sichuan ...

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Pakistan: Militants attack police station, kill 4

RIAZ KHAN Associated Press= PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Suicide bombers armed with assault rifles and grenades attacked a large police station in Pakistan’s northwestern city of Peshawar early Friday, killing four officers in an assault authorities said was likely in revenge for offensives against nearby strongholds. The attack was the latest in a spasm of violence in or close to ...

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Prosecutor tells Mubarak he faces death by hanging

Given a last opportunity to address the court in Cairo, where for much of the past six months he has lain on a hospital bed in a cage listening to the evidence against him, Mr Mubarak refused, telling the judge he had no comments to make. "What the lawyer said is enough," said the 83-year-old, whose reign began in a ...

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Mitt Romney pounces on Rick Santorum in TV debate

During two hours of often scratchy sparring in what may have been the last in a long series of primary debates, Mr Santorum was frequently on the defensive as he tried to explain past votes that seemed to undercut his record on for example opposing so-called earmarks, code for congressional dollops of money for parochial projects in members’ home states, ...

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