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Through Diplomacy, Obama Finds a Pen Pal in Iran – New York Times

The HinduThrough Diplomacy, Obama Finds a Pen Pal in IranNew York TimesWASHINGTON — Few American presidents have held a deeper belief in the power of the written word than President Obama. And in few ways has that belief been more tested than in his frustrating private correspondence with the leaders of Iran, a country … [Read more...]

China media: Bo Xilai verdict – BBC News

BBC NewsChina media: Bo Xilai verdictBBC NewsThe upcoming verdict in the case of disgraced former top politician Bo Xilai is dominating the Hong Kong media, while mainland papers discuss the sentencing of a mother over the death of her children. The Jinan Intermediate People's Court in eastern China … [Read more...]

Germany contributing $2.7 million to help effort to destroy Syrian chemical … – Fox News

Telegraph.co.ukGermany contributing $2.7 million to help effort to destroy Syrian chemical ...Fox NewsBERLIN – Germany says it's giving 2 million euros ($2.7 million) to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to help it oversee the destruction of Syria's arms stocks. An agreement last Saturday between Russia and the U.S. called for an … [Read more...]

Funeral for Greek man stabbed to death – MiamiHerald.com

The GuardianFuneral for Greek man stabbed to deathMiamiHerald.comATHENS, Greece -- Hundreds of mourners are gathering in a cemetery west of Athens for the funeral of a 34-year-old musician a day after he was stabbed to death in a killing blamed on a member of the extreme right-wing Golden Dawn party. Pavlos Fyssas … [Read more...]

Police identify bus driver in Ottawa crash that killed six – The Globe and Mail

Toronto StarPolice identify bus driver in Ottawa crash that killed sixThe Globe and MailOttawa Police have formally identified the bus driver killed in a tragic crash in Ottawa as 45-year-old Dave Woodard. Mr. Woodard was among the six people killed Wednesday morning when the double-decker bus he was driving drove through a railway … [Read more...]

New Attack Raises Fears of Broader Threat in Philippines – New York Times

The Star OnlineNew Attack Raises Fears of Broader Threat in PhilippinesNew York TimesMANILA — Two small, ultraviolent rebel groups joined forces to fight government troops Thursday morning in the southern Philippines, a clash that occurred on an island adjacent to the city where several hundred rebels are in a standoff with the Philippine … [Read more...]

Japan anger over French Fukushima cartoon – BBC News

BBC NewsJapan anger over French Fukushima cartoonBBC NewsJapan will formally protest about a cartoon in a French satirical weekly of sumo wrestlers with extra limbs at the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant. The caption says: "Thanks to Fukushima, sumo is now an Olympic sport", a reference to Tokyo's successful bid to … [Read more...]

Catalans form human chain for independence from Spain – BBC News

BBC NewsCatalans form human chain for independence from SpainBBC NewsSupporters of Catalonia's independence from Spain have joined hands to form a 400km (250-mile) human chain across the region in support of their cause. Hundreds of thousands of people took part in the event, which comes on Catalonia's national day.Catalan Separatists Pull Off Protest But Referendum Is HarderWall Street … [Read more...]

German parties eyeing Obamas web-savvy campaign – Politico

San Francisco ChronicleGerman parties eyeing Obamas web-savvy campaignPoliticoBERLIN — Representatives from Germany's major political parties all made pilgrimages to the United States last fall to observe the Obama campaign's massive data and digital operation that's credited with helping the president win a second term. Very little of … [Read more...]

Colombia arrests woman ‘with cocaine’ in pregnancy bump – BBC News

BBC NewsColombia arrests woman 'with cocaine' in pregnancy bumpBBC NewsA Canadian national has been arrested in Colombia after trying to board a flight to Toronto with a phony pregnant belly stuffed with cocaine, police say. The tourist caught the attention of a policewoman at Bogota's International Airport who allegedly asked her … [Read more...]

Iraq blasts near Baghdad Shia mosque ‘kill at least 35’ – BBC News

AFPIraq blasts near Baghdad Shia mosque 'kill at least 35'BBC NewsTwo explosions near a Shia mosque in the Iraqi capital Baghdad have killed at least 35 people, officials say. At least 55 others were wounded in the attack in the largely Shia district of Kasra as worshippers were leaving the mosque after evening prayers.Dozens killed in bombings at Baghdad Shi'ite mosqueeuronewsIraq … [Read more...]

North Korea’s Yongbyon reactor ‘nearing operation’ – BBC News

BBC NewsNorth Korea's Yongbyon reactor 'nearing operation'BBC NewsSteam has been seen rising from North Korea's Yongbyon nuclear facility, suggesting that the reactor has been restarted, a US institute says. The colour and volume of the steam indicated that the reactor was in or nearing operation, the institute said.North Korea Appears to Restart Plutonium ReactorNew York TimesUS … [Read more...]

Global roaming charges in the spotlight as EU scraps fees – Sydney Morning Herald

The GuardianGlobal roaming charges in the spotlight as EU scraps feesSydney Morning HeraldAn Australian consumer group has renewed calls for the regulation of mobile roaming charges as the European Union voted to bring an end to the hugely unpopular fees. The European Commission successfully adopted controversial telecommunications … [Read more...]

Italian priest gives Pope Francis a 20-year-old Renault – BBC News

BBC NewsItalian priest gives Pope Francis a 20-year-old RenaultBBC NewsAn Italian priest has given Pope Francis a 20-year-old white Renault 4 to drive himself around Vatican city. The car - which has 300,000 km (190,000 miles) on the clock - was presented to the Pope by Father Renzo Zocca at the weekend. The pontiff later … [Read more...]

Obama: ‘No decision yet’ on Syria – BBC News

BBC NewsObama: 'No decision yet' on SyriaBBC NewsUS President Barack Obama has said he has not yet decided on a plan for retaliatory action against Syria. But he said he had concluded Syrian government forces were behind a recent chemical weapons attack near Damascus. Speaking on US television, … [Read more...]

French Military ‘Ready’ for Action Against Syria – ABC News

Wall Street JournalFrench Military 'Ready' for Action Against SyriaABC NewsThe French military is ready to commit forces to an operation in Syria if President Francois Hollande decides to do so, a defense official said Thursday — but the president himself remains non-committal. Hollande, after meeting the visiting chief of the Syrian … [Read more...]

Yasin Bhatkal: India Mujahideen ‘top militant’ arrested – BBC News

BBC NewsYasin Bhatkal: India Mujahideen 'top militant' arrestedBBC NewsPolice in India have arrested Yasin Bhatkal, the alleged head of the Indian Mujahideen (IM) militant group, which has been blamed for a string of recent attacks, officials say. The group is thought to be behind deadly blasts in the cities of Pune, Bangalore, … [Read more...]

Amid Chaos, Israelis Take a Stoic View – New York Times

New York TimesAmid Chaos, Israelis Take a Stoic ViewNew York TimesJERUSALEM — The retired men who parse politics on Monday mornings over cappuccino at the Hadar Mall here have watched all manner of war, uprisings and chaos. To them, the chemical attacks to the north in Syria and the military crackdown against … [Read more...]