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Got an extra million? A candidate could be in need

WASHINGTON-Brother, can you spare $1 million? The significant “super” political action committees in this year’s presidential campaign on Tuesday revealed the names of their wealthy donors, a detailed accounting that underscored how millionaires and billionaires are influencing the presidential election behind the scenes. The group supporting Mitt Romney, who swept Florida’s primary on Tuesday, identified bankers, investors and prominent businessmen ...

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US, allies urge UN action to end violence in Syria

UNITED NATIONS-Vowing to avoid “another Libya,” the U.S. and its allies challenged Russia on Tuesday to overcome its opposition to a U.N. draft resolution demanding that Syrian President Bashar Assad yield power and end the violence that has killed thousands. “It is time for the international community to put aside our own differences and send a clear message of support ...

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Old foes give aid for poverty in Bosnia

KOCINOVAC, Bosnia-Herzegovina — They were bitter enemies on opposite sides of the front line during the horrors of the 1992-95 Bosnian War. Now, one side is bailing out the other in an act of once-unimaginable generosity. In 2010, soldiers older than 35 years were forced to retire, as Bosnia tried to rejuvenate its army. But the pension checks never came, ...

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UK Supreme Court to hear Assange appeal

London: Britain’s Supreme Court will on Wednesday hear WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s appeal against extradition to Sweden over sex crimes allegations. Britain’s highest court has said seven justices will hear the arguments because of the “great public importance of the issue raised” by the case. Even as Assange’s long-running battle against extradition reaches to a climax today, legal experts say ...

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Al Qaeda weakened, Iran a threat, U.S. intelligence officials say

Reporting from Washington— Al Qaeda’s ability to conduct terrorist operations against the United States has diminished in the last year, but U.S. intelligence agencies said Tuesday that they now believe Iranian leaders are willing to launch attacks against American targets. The top U.S. intelligence official, James R. Clapper, told a Senate hearing that a purported Iranian plot to assassinate a ...

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Romney takes better than 3-1 lead in GOP delegates

BY STEPHEN OHLEMACHER Associated Press= WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney’s victory in the Florida Republican presidential primary gives him more than three times as many convention delegates as his closet rival, Newt Gingrich. Romney won all 50 delegates in Florida, giving him a total of 87, including endorsements from Republican National Committee members who will automatically attend the convention. Gingrich ...

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Cold Weather Kills Dozens In Eastern Europe

At least 60 people have died due to freezing conditions caused by a cold snap in eastern and central Europe. The drop in temperatures, forcing some countries to deploy the army and set up emergency shelters, is set to continue to Friday, forecasters say. At least 30 people – mostly homeless – have died in…

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IAEA approves Japan nuclear ‘stress tests’

The UN’s nuclear watchdog has given its seal of approval to Japan’s reactor safety checks, but said power companies should step up plans for managing disasters in the wake of the Fukushima meltdowns. A delegation from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is in the country at the government’s invitation as officials look for ways to convince a deeply sceptical ...

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In Brief: Mozambique storms’ death toll rises to 40

Photo: NASATropical Cyclone Funso exiting the Mozambique Channel on January 27 2012JOHANNESBURG, 30 January 2012 (IRIN) – About 40 people have died and more than 100,000 are affected by twin storms that struck Mozambique 18-26 January, according to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Tropical Cyclone…

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Japan cabinet OKs bill to cap nuke reactor life

SHARE AND DISCUSSTweetJapan’s cabinet approved bills on Tuesday aimed at bolstering nuclear safety regulations following last year’s Fukushima disaster. TOKYO: Japan’s cabinet approved bills on Tuesday aimed at bolstering nuclear safety regulations following last year’s Fukushima disaster, including one that would put a 40-year cap on the operational life of nuclear reactors. The approval came as a team of International ...

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