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Tens of thousands rally in London against austerity

Government spending cuts brought some tens of thousands of people onto the streets of London and other British cities on Saturday in protest, with union leaders expected to call for a general strike. Marchers carried signs reading “No cuts” and “Tax justice not tax havens”, condemning the austerity measures introduced…

Libya ‘not fully liberated’ year after Kadhafi death

The new Libyan authorities said on Saturday the country has not yet been “fully” liberated, exactly a year since the killing of Moamer Kadhafi and against the backdrop of clashes in one of his last bastions. “The campaign to liberate the country has not been fully completed,” Mohammed Megaryef, the…

Obama urges Congress to pass ‘no-brainer’ mortgage relief

US President Barack Obama urged Congress Saturday to pass a mortgage plan to help troubled homeowners refinance their loans and save $3,000 a year. “It’s a plan that we know will work,” the president said in his weekly radio and Internet address. “It has the support of independent, non-partisan economists…

Obama, Romney gear up for final debate

US President Barack Obama and his Republican rival, Mitt Romney, on Saturday began preparing for their final debate, with Obama hunkering down at Camp David and Romney staying in Florida. The third and last of their debates is scheduled for Monday at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida. On Friday,…

Lebanon reeling after deadly Syria-linked blast

Lebanon was reeling Saturday after a top security official was killed in a bombing that was blamed on Syria and also raised fears the country is being sucked into the war ravaging its neighbour. The authorities have called a day of national mourning for those killed in Friday’s powerful rush-hour…

Battleground Virginia: Defense cuts loom large in key Senate race

Battleground Virginia: Defense cuts loom large in key US Senate race As Republican George Allen and Democrat Tim Kaine head down the final stretch of their heavyweight brawl to be the next US senator from Virginia, the close race may come down to an issue that has received scant attention…

Falling unemployment rates in swing states may not help Obama: pollster Larry Sabato

Unemployment rates fall in most swing states. Why that may not help Obama. The state-by-state unemployment numbers, released Friday, held some encouraging news for President Obama and his reelection prospects, with the jobless rate dropping in September in seven of nine electoral battleground states and rising in none. But because the…

E.U. ‘regrets’ Israeli settlement plan

The European Union’s foreign policy chief has criticised Israel’s plan to build hundreds of homes in annexed east Jerusalem and called for it to hold fresh talks with the Palestinians. Catherine Ashton “deeply regrets” the Israeli interior ministry decision to back the expansion of the Gilo settlement by 797 units,…

Boom times upset calm in Buddhist retreat

Once the refuge of pious Tibetan monks and a few hippie travellers, Dharamshala in the Himalayan foothills is today a crowded and chaotic town where long-term residents fear for its future. More correctly known as McLeod Ganj, it suffers from the same traffic jams, wail of car horns, construction work…

Argentine threatens UN action against Ghana over ship seizure

Argentina threatened to take Ghana before the United Nations if it refuses to take responsibility for the seizure earlier this month of a warship belonging to Buenos Aires. “Argentina is keeping all its options open in terms of international justice and, if necessary, will turn to the United Nations,” Foreign…

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