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European leaders endorse ‘growth pact’ following French socialist victory

By Dave Clark PARIS — France’s new president-elect won a quick early victory Sunday when other European leaders fell in behind his plan to build a new common growth strategy as soon as his rival’s defeat was confirmed. When Socialist flag-bearer Francois Hollande began his campaign there was concern in…

After electoral gains, Greek neo-Nazis warn ‘the time for fear has come’

By Will Vassilopoulos ATHENS — Greek neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn warned rivals and reformers Sunday that “the time for fear has come” after exit polls showed them securing their entry in parliament for the first time in nearly 40 years. “The time for fear has come for those who betrayed…

Tornado kills teenager in Japan

TOKYO — A tornado ripped through eastern Japan on Sunday, killing a teenager, destroying dozens of homes and cutting power to around 20,000 households. “A 14-year-old male died” as a result of the tornado, said a spokesman at the disaster headquarters of Tsukuba city in Ibaraki prefecture, roughly 60 kilometres…

Campaign web wars 2.0: can Republicans strike back?

WASHINGTON — Tired of playing catch-up to the Obama Internet juggernaut, Republicans have rolled out a one-stop online shop for conservative activism which they hope will help them capture the White House. The Social Victory Center, which launched this week and allows Republicans to do everything from distribute campaign materials…

Taiwan electricity supplier’s top executive quits

TAIPEI — The head of Taiwan’s state electricity supplier has resigned after a steep hike in utility rates prompted outrage, officials said. Taiwan Power Co (Taipower) has lost TW$132.2 billion ($4.48 billion) in since 2008, according to the island’s economic ministry, and a 37 percent rise in electricity prices was…

Militants attack Pakistan military convoy

MIRANSHAH, Pakistan — Militants attacked a Pakistani military convoy in the country’s troubled northwest on Sunday, injuring three soldiers, officials said, a day after a US drone strike killed 10 insurgents. The attack triggered a gun battle that raged for more than two hours near Miranshah, the main town in…

Man in Afghan uniform kills NATO soldier

KABUL — A soldier with NATO’s US-led coalition in Afghanistan was killed by a man in Afghan army uniform on Sunday, a spokesman for the mission said, in the latest so-called “green-on-blue” attack. The death takes the number of foreign troops killed by Afghans they were working with to at…

Libya says 330,000 voters register for June poll

TRIPOLI — The chief of Libya’s election commission said on Sunday that 330,000 people have so far registered as voters to elect the nation’s first constituent assembly in June. “The number of voters registered by yesterday (Saturday) evening is 330,000,” Nuri al-Abbar told a news conference in Tripoli. Abbar said…

U.S. ready to expedite Chinese activist’s visa: Biden

WASHINGTON — The United States will grant Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng a visa as soon as he applies for one, and expects Beijing to stand by its promises, Vice President Joe Biden said Sunday. Biden told NBC television that Washington wanted to help Chen take up the offer of a…

Pirate Party picks up parliament seat in German regional election

BERLIN — German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s centre-right coalition lost power in the state of Schleswig-Holstein, first estimates showed Sunday, after a vote that could presage national elections next year. Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) scored 30.6 percent, according to ARD public television, with her junior partners at the national level, the…

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