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Report claims Kadhafi regime ‘agreed to fund Sarkozy 2007 campaign’

Moamer Kadhafi’s regime agreed to fund French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s 2007 election campaign to the tune of 50 million euros, a news website reported Saturday, publishing what it said was documentary evidence. The 2006 document in Arabic, which website Mediapart said was signed by Kadhafi’s foreign intelligence chief Mussa Kussa,…

Strauss-Kahn accuses Sarkozy as France vote looms

France’s presidential race heads into its home straight as ex-IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn (pictured), a Socialist once tipped to win the vote, blames Nicolas Sarkozy for his spectacular downfall. (AFP Photo/Sergei Supinsky) France’s presidential race heads … France’s presidential race headed into its home straight Saturday as ex-IMF boss Dominique…

Prince of Liechtenstein threatens to quit

The tiny principality of Liechtenstein has been rattled by a war of words between activists who want to revoke the royal veto and the hereditary prince, who has threatened to quit if they do. Liechtenstein owes its very existence as a principality to its royal family and their princes, who…

Facebook, Yahoo! patent battle heats up

A legal battle between Yahoo! and Facebook heated up Friday with the floundering Internet pioneer accusing the rising social network star of buying patents just to retaliate in court. The accusation came in a 37-page response filed by Yahoo! to a countersuit Facebook filed charging that the Sunnyvale, California-based company…

Obama slams Republicans over War on Women

President Barack Obama took a jab at his Republican foes over women’s rights, saying they always wanted less regulation except when it comes to health issues. Defending his policies for women, Obama pointed to his signature health reform law, without mentioning that its fate hangs in the balance ahead of…

Bin Laden an issue in 2012 campaign for President

Osama bin Laden is dead and gone but his demise has been trotted out as a campaign issue by President Barack Obama, whose new ad questions whether his Republican rival would have ordered such a risky military raid. The video features ex-president Bill Clinton hailing Obama for a brave call…

Fugitive Chinese activist ‘under U.S. protection’

A leading Chinese activist who escaped from house arrest last weekend is now under US “protection” and Washington and Beijing are in talks over his status, an overseas rights group said Saturday. Chen Guangcheng, who has been blind since childhood, fled last Sunday with the help of his supporters from…

Peru finalizing deal for controversial gold mine

LIMA — The Peruvian government is finalizing a deal with US mining giant Newmont about a proposed $4.8 billion gold mine that has sparked violent protests, according to Mines and Energy Minister Jorge Merino. “The agreement, the ratification will come soon,” Merino told reporters on Friday, without providing a target…

New Secret Service rules ban visits to ‘non-reputable establishments’

WASHINGTON — Embarrassed over a Colombia sex scandal, the US Secret Service released new conduct guidelines Friday that forbid agents from visiting “non-reputable establishments” or bringing foreigners to their hotel rooms. The “enhanced standards of conduct,” which are effective immediately, also forbid agents in the presidential protection force from consuming…

Quebec premier extends compromise after tuition hike protests

Quebec Premier Jean Charest on Friday offered to stretch out a planned tuition hike over seven years instead of five in a bid to end an 11-week student protest that has included violent clashes. The proposals would see students pay $255 extra per year instead of the $325 under his…

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