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Japanese premier Kan steps down

Japanese prime minister Naoto Kan said he is resigning after almost 15 months in office. Mr Kan’s decision was widely expected amid sinking approval ratings and party infighting. In June, he had promised to resign after politicians passed three key pieces of legislation. The final two bills cleared the parliament…

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Rebuilding Libya – the task ahead

With Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s 42-year rule over Libya seemingly at an end, the onus rests with the National Transitional Council to first stabilise and then reconstruct its infrastructure. Building democratic states is complex and…

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India’s parliament set for corruption debate

India’s parliament is set to debate anti-corruption proposals put forth by activists, in a move that seeks to end an 11-day hunger strike by social activist Anna Hazare. The strike has united millions of Indians against the government. Speaking in parliament on Friday, Rahul Gandhi, India’s ruling Congress party leader, welcomed the struggle of the veteran activist for a powerful anti-corruption law, but ...

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Nigerian president condemns ‘barbaric’ attack

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has condemned Friday’s suicide bombing attack on a United Nations building in the capital, Abuja, that left 18 people dead. Jonathan described the bombing as “barbaric, senseless and cowardly” and ordered increased security around the capital following the blast. The group Boko Haram, which wants Islamic sharia law implemented in the country, claimed responsibility for the ...

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UK announces humanitarian aid for conflict-torn Libya

The UK is to provide urgent humanitarian support for those affected by the conflict in Libya, the government has announced. Britain will provide medical assistance and food supplies via the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). It will also support efforts to reunite families separated during the uprising against Col Muammar Gaddafi’s regime. The international development secretary said new ...

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Some fear post-revolution Libya may look like Iraq

Reporting from Tripoli, Libya— The rapid rebel takeover has left Libya’s capital teetering, with young men firing antiaircraft weapons into the air and gunmen at checkpoints hustling anyone they regard as mildly suspicious into overcrowded detention centers. Some people are beginning to worry about an unflattering comparison: Baghdad. Food and gasoline are in short supply. Tripoli residents complain of outages ...

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52 killed in Mexico casino attack

Rescue workers recovered burned bodies and anxious residents crowded behind yellow police tape waiting to hear if relatives were among the victims of a grisly arson attack on a casino by presumed drug traffickers that killed at least 52 gamblers and employees. Family members arrived at the morgue all through the night in Monterrey, a modern metropolis and one of ...

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Steve Jobs legacy reaches far beyond Apple

SAN FRANCISCO: While saving Apple, Steve Jobs changed the world. Jobs guided Apple from the brink of financial ruin to a lofty place among the world’s most valuable companies before stepping down as chief executive this week, apparently due to health woes. But thinking of Jobs merely as the man behind Apple’s resurrection would be on par with thinking of ...

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