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Former Panama strongman Noriega heads home to prison

PANAMA CITY (Reuters) – Manuel Noriega, Panama’s ruthless drug-running military dictator of the 1980s, is to be returned home on Sunday, headed for a jungle prison to serve a 20-year term for the murders of opponents during his rule. Noriega, now 77, was toppled in a U.S. invasion of Panama…

Philippines gunmen free U.S. teenager after 5 months

MANILA (Reuters) – Philippine gunmen late on Saturday freed a U.S. teen-ager after holding him captive for nearly five months on an island in the troubled south of the country, security officials said. Kevin Eric Lunsmann, 14, and his mother and a cousin, had been vacationing near Zamboanga City in…

A country’s guide to escaping the euro

If disaster strikes, how exactly does a eurozone nation hit the emergency escape button on the euro? Once considered an outlandish scenario, it is no longer taboo among economists. Whether it is the entire euro project collapsing or just one country jettisoning the single currency, analysts agree on rule number…

Ohio Democrats hope 2012 ballot measure will help Obama

CLEVELAND (Reuters) – A referendum issue which Ohio Democrats hope could help President Barack Obama’s chances of winning the battleground state will appear on the November 2012 ballot. On Friday, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted certified that enough signatures were collected to put legislation dealing with voting procedures up…

Gloves off at Republican debate

The gloves came off at a Republican presidential debate as the narrowing field of White House hopefuls tried to undermine frontrunner Newt Gingrich, who did not hesitate to jab back. Gingrich’s main rival Mitt Romney quickly sought to sketch out the differences between the two, painting the former House speaker…

U.N. talks approve roadmap for 2015 global climate pact

UN climate talks on Sunday approved a roadmap for a 2015 pact that for the first time will bring all major carbon emitters into a single legal accord. The deal was reached after nearly 14 days of bruising talks under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Under it, 194…

Strong earthquake rattles Mexico

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – A powerful 6.7 magnitude earthquake hit Guerrero state in southwest Mexico, rattling buildings as far away as the capital Mexico City. Reuters reporters in Mexico City said the earthquake seemed to go on for an unusually long period. There were no immediate reports of damage but…

Murdoch paper’s hacking victims total 800: police

The police said Saturday the final number of victims of phone hacking by Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World will be around 800 people, far fewer than originally thought. The Scotland Yard officer leading the investigation into the scandal at the now-defunct tabloid said police had been in touch with…

Executives charged over deadly India hospital fire

Six senior executives were charged on Saturday with culpable homicide and violating safety rules over a hospital fire in Kolkata that killed at least 90 people. The six executives are from two companies that co-own the hospital where poisonous fumes spread from a blaze in the building’s basement. The charges,…

Supreme Court to decide Texas election maps

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday halted the use of judge-drawn Texas election maps that favor minority candidates and Democrats in 2012 congressional and state legislative elections and agreed to decide the dispute that could have national implications. The justices said they would hear arguments on January…

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