Archive for February, 2013

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013 at 11:11am

Iran nuclear talks end without progress

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World powers and Iran have ended their two-day meeting on Tehran’s nuclear programme in the Kazakh city of Almaty, a Western official said. Saeed Jalili, Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator said on Wednesday all sides agreed to meet in the same city on April 5-6 after first gathering their nuclear experts for consultations in Istanbul in […]

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013 at 11:10am

Pope Benedict bids farewell to faithful

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Pope Benedict XVI is holding the last audience of his pontificate in St Peter’s Square on the eve of his historic resignation as leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics. Tens of thousands of pilgrims carrying banners saying “Thank you!” flooded St Peter’s Square on Wednesday to bid a final farewell to the 85-year-old Pope who abruptly cut short […]

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013 at 11:00pm

Western powers hint at Iran sanctions relief

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Iranian negotiators have hinted that they are prepared to make a new offer to world powers in talks over its nuclear programme, after the United States proposed limited steps to ease crippling economic sanctions against Iran. A Western official described the first day of meetings in Almaty, Kazakhstan as “useful,” and said discussions will continue […]

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013 at 11:00pm

Chuck Hagel confirmed as US defence secretary

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The US Senate has voted to confirm Chuck Hagel to be the next US defence secretary. The vote on Tuesday was 58-41, with four Republicans joining Democrats in backing President Barack Obama’s nominee. The vote ended a contentious fight over the president’s choice for his second-term national security team. Hagel will succeed Defence Secretary Leon […]

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013 at 11:00pm

Italy seeks path out of election impasse

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Italy’s stunned political parties looked for a way forward after an election that gave none of them a parliamentary majority, posing the threat of prolonged instability and European financial crisis. “The winner is: Ingovernability,” ran the headline on Tuesday in Rome newspaper Il Messaggero, reflecting the deadlock the country will have to confront in the […]

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013 at 10:53am

Syrian opposition cancels planned boycott

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The umbrella group for Syrian opposition parties has said it has reversed a decision to boycott a conference in Rome being held to help drum up financial and political support for the opposition. Walid al-Bunni, a spokesman for the Syrian National Coalition, said on Monday the move came after a phone call between the group’s leader, Mouaz al-Khatib, and […]

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013 at 10:53am

Italy faces political deadlock after vote

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Italy faces political paralysis as near-complete results in crucial national elections have shown that no group won enough votes to form a government.  The uncertainty bodes ill for the nation’s efforts to pass the tough reforms it needs to tackle its economic crisis and prevent a new round of global financial turmoil. With more than […]

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013 at 10:53am

Tourists die in Egypt hot-air balloon crash

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Egyptian officials say 18 people have died after a hot-air balloon crashed near Luxor in the country’s south. The balloon was carrying at least 20 foreign tourists when it went down near the tourist town on Tuesday, state-run Nile TV said. Ahmed Aboud, a spokesman for companies that operate balloon flights in the area, told Reuters news […]

Monday, February 25th, 2013 at 10:52pm

Kenya candidates clash in final debate

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Kenya’s presidential candidates have faced off for a final time ahead of elections on March 4, with more than 14 million citizens registered to vote. The debate on Monday focused mainly on education and health care. The current president Mwai Kibaki is not seeking re-election. The top two contenders, who stood neck-and-neck in run-up polls, are prime […]

Monday, February 25th, 2013 at 10:52pm

Britain’s senior Catholic cleric resigns

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Britain’s senior Catholic cleric, Cardinal Keith O’Brien, has resigned after denying claims of “inappropriate acts”. The UK’s Observer newspaper reported on Sunday that three priests and a former cleric had accused Cardinal Keith O’Brien of impropriety. The 75-year-old head of the Scottish church has rejected the claims. In a statement released on Monday, O’Brien said Pope Benedict XVI, who […]

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