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Putin returns to Kremlin under protest shadow

Vladimir Putin took office on Monday as Russian president for a historic third term in a glittering Kremlin ceremony shadowed bybloody clashes between police and protesters against his rule. Putin, president from 2000-2008, took over from outgoing president Dmitry Medvedev after swearing in his oath to protect the rights of Russian citizens and defend the country’s…

American kidnapped in Pakistan appears in Qaeda video

Elderly US development worker Warren Weinstein has appeared in an Al-Qaeda video for the first time since he was kidnapped inPakistan just days before he meant to return home last August. The two minute, 40 second video was posted on jihadist forums by Al-Qaeda’s media arm as-Sahab on Sunday, according to the US monitoring service SITE. There is no…

Clinton presses India to cut Iran oil imports

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called on India Monday to further cut its imports of Iranian oil, saying New Delhi should use its growing clout to help isolate the Islamic republic. “India… is certainly working towards lowering purchases of Iranian oil. We commend the steps they have taken thus far,” she told an audience of school…

Suzuki recalls over 100,000 ‘Swift cars’

Japan’s Suzuki Motor said Monday it will recall about 109,000 Swift subcompact cars worldwide, half of them in Japan, to repair a defectthat may cause petrol leakage. The cars were produced between September 2010 and last month with 55,146 of them shipped to the domestic market and 53,801 others exported outside the country, including Australia, Mexico,…

Obama invites Hollande to White House

President Barack Obama congratulated French president-electFrancois Hollande for his victory Sunday, but warned of “challenges” ahead, a clear reference to Afghanistan and eurozone debt crisis. The US president was among the first world leaders to welcomeHollande’s election as France’s first Socialist president in nearly two decades, a result sure to have major implications for Europe as…

Explorer goes on voyage to the ‘front line’ of global warming

When Cameron Dueck set sail to the Canadian Arctic to witness what he calls “the front line of climate change”, he did so knowing he would have to brave seas that have killed scores of sailors and reduced men to cannibals. For 450 years before the first successful voyage in 1906, people sought the Northwest Passage,…

China firm seeks settlement in iPad battle

A Chinese computer company which sued Apple over the rights to the iPad trademark in China is now in talks for an out-of-court settlement, a lawyer for the firm said Monday. Proview Technology, based in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, has been locked in a drawn-out legal fight with the US technology giant over ownership…

Germany says renegotiating EU pact ‘not possible’ after French election

The German government on Monday ruled out reworking the European Union’s fiscal pact despite calls to do so by French president-elect Francois Hollande. “It is not possible to renegotiate the fiscal pact,” government spokesman Steffen Seibert told a regular news conference. He noted that 25 of the 27 EU member states had already signed…

‘Al-Qaeda’ kills 20 Yemen troops after leader eliminated by U.S. drone strike

Suspected Al-Qaeda gunmen killed at least 20 soldiers in attacks on two army posts in southern Yemen on Monday, a day after a wanted top militant died in an air raid, a military official said. Jihadists attacked the military posts outside the city of Zinjibar, which they have controlled since…

U.S. Treasury to sell $5 billion of AIG stock

The US Treasury is to sell $5 billion worth of shares in American International Group Inc. (AIG) in a stock offering, with the bailed-out insurer buying $2 billion. AIG, seen as a symbol of the excesses that epitomized the global financial meltdown in 2008, was saved from almost certain bankruptcy…

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