Romney wins Republican nomination

Romney wins Republican nomination

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(Texas) - Mitt Romney has secured his place as the Republican challenger to Barack Obama in November's US presidential election, following a primary in Texas. Results show he easily cleared the benchmark of 1,144 delegates to secure the nomination. With…
International Day of UN Peacekeepers marked

International Day of UN Peacekeepers marked

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(United Nations) - With 193 member states who contribute personnel, equipment and funds, the United Nations’ global peacekeeping mission has almost 120,000 peacekeepers serving in 17 missions in some of the world’s most volatile and dangerous…
Arab League to hold Emergency Meeting on Syria Massacre

Arab League to hold Emergency Meeting on Syria Massacre

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(Kuwait) - Arab League Foreign Ministers are to hold an emergency meeting on a massacre in Syria in which UN observers say government forces killed 92 people. "Kuwait will contact members of the Arab League to hold an emergency ministerial meeting…
French president visits Kabul

French president visits Kabul

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(Kabul) - French President, Francois Hollande arrived in Kabul on an unannounced visit to meet French soldiers and vowed to pull out of the war-torn country by the end of the year. It is Hollande’s first visit to Afghanistan since taking…
Egyptians vote in historic election

Egyptians vote in historic election

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(Cairo) - Voting in Egypt’s first democratic presidential election is going on. People flocked to the polls in the first presidential election since Hosni Mubarak stepped down. Thirteen candidates are running to succeed Mubarak, They range…
Turkish PM addresses Pakistan Parliament

Turkish PM addresses Pakistan Parliament

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(Islamabad) - Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan addressed the joint session of Pakistani parliament for the second time in four years, becoming the first international leader to speak to lawmakers twice in Pakistan. Addressing the…
NATO to hand combat role to Afghanistan

NATO to hand combat role to Afghanistan

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(Chicago) - NATO will hand over the lead role in combat operations to Afghan forces across the country by mid-2013, alliance leaders said as they charted a path out of a war that has lost public support and strained budgets in Western nations. A…
UN talks take first steps on 2015 climate deal

UN talks take first steps on 2015 Climate Deal

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(Bonn) - UN members have taken their first steps in a marathon to negotiate a new global pact by 2015 that for the first time will place rich and poor under a common legal regime to tackle climate change. Meeting in Bonn, the 195 parties to…
Cameron urges action to resolve Euro Crisis

Cameron urges action to resolve Euro Crisis

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(Manchester) - British Prime Minister, David Cameron urged Europe to sort out its currency crisis, calling on the 17-country eurozone "to make-up or it is looking at a potential break-up". "Either Europe has a committed, stable, successful eurozone…
Greece set for new elections

Greece set for new elections

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(Athens) - Greece will go to the polls for the second time in six weeks on June 17 as fears grew of more instability over the troubled country's future in the Eurozone, the Athens News Agency said. The agency in its statement added that the…
EU slaps 15th round of sanctions on Syria

EU slaps 15th round of sanctions on Syria

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(Brussels) - European Union Foreign Ministers have decided to impose fresh sanctions on Syria, without publicly providing precise details. Diplomats said the fresh restrictions applied to three people and two firms. Foreign ministers from the…
Merkel faces showdown with Hollande over eurozone crisis

Merkel faces showdown with Hollande over eurozone crisis

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(France) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel, faces showdown with the new French president over crisis in the eurozone, as Greek brinkmanship raises a risk of break-up. Hollande rode to victory in France on a platform of bolstering growth as…
China, Japan, S. Korea warn N. Korea off atom test

China, Japan, S. Korea warn N. Korea off atom test

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(Beijing) - China, Japan and South Korea warned North Korea that they will not tolerate further nuclear tests as the South Korean President amid fears said that Pyongyang is preparing a third atomic blast. Lee Myung-Bak made the remark after…
India agrees $560 million US artillery deal

India agrees $560 million US artillery deal

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(New Delhi) - India has agreed a $560-million deal to buy 145 howitzer guns from BAE Systems of the United States as it upgrades its antiquated military hardware, an official said. Indian government will spend 30 billion rupees ($560 million)…