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In France, far right capitalizes on euro crisis

AMNEVILLE, France (Reuters)- Amneville, a town in the Moselle region of northeastern France, does not look like a fault-line in the euro zone. The smell of grilled chicken wafts over the marketplace on a recent Saturday morning, the CD vendor plays German oom-pah music, and the sky behind the ochre…

Pakistan says Obama pressure on militants hurts Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s warning to Islamabad over suspected ties to militants will hurt efforts to stabilize Afghanistan and fuel anti-Americanism, the chairman of Pakistan’s Senate Foreign Affairs Committee said on Friday. Pakistan is seen as critical to bringing peace to neighboring Afghanistan, but the United States has…

Euro chiefs race to prop up banks

Facing renewed calls by US President Barack Obama for swift action to tackle its debt crisis, eurozone leaders raced Friday to stave off a credit crunch with talks in Berlin and Athens. Efforts now seem focused on reassuring investors that Europe’s banks are safe, to dispel fears of a possible…

Three women’s rights activists share Nobel Peace Prize

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, her compatriot and “peace warrior” Leymah Gbowee and Yemen’s Arab Spring activist Tawakkul Karman won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday. The three women will share the 2011 award “for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation…

Afghanistan marks 10 years since war started

KABUL — Afghanistan marks 10 years since the start of the US-led war against the Taliban Friday amid heightened security and questions over what the next decade will hold. Security is being stepped up in the capital Kabul after a string of major attacks including the assassination of peace envoy…

Drought-stricken Pacific islands down to last few days of water

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – A drought-stricken Pacific island nation is down to its last few days of water, prompting a mercy dash by New Zealand and Australia with water-making equipment. Tuvalu, the world’s fourth-smallest nation sitting just below the Equator, has declared a state of emergency and is rationing water. Tuvalu…

Israel bars nuclear whistle-blower from emigrating: media

JERUSALEM — Israel’s supreme court on Thursday barred nuclear whistle-blower Mordechai Vanunu from emigrating on the grounds he still poses a threat to state security, Israeli media reported. Vanunu, under orders to stay in Tel Aviv and not to speak to journalists, “has proved several times he can not be…

Putin’s underwater treasure find was staged

A widely publicized incident where Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin discovered two ancient Greek jug fragments during a dive in the Kerch Strait was staged, according to his spokesman. The discovery was reported extensively by the media, both in Russia and elsewhere. Putin has said he plans to run for…

E.U. wins key round in carbon fight with airlines

The European Union on Thursday won a key legal round against US airlines fighting EU plans to force foreign carriers to buy carbon permits to fly to and out of the 27-nation bloc. An EU system that will require airlines to pay for their CO2 emissions from January 1 “is…

World will rally around 2011 Peace Prize pick: Nobel chief

The 2011 Nobel Peace Prize will be seen as a unifying choice and will be less controversial than last year’s award, the head of the prize committee said Thursday, a day before the announcement. “I think (this year’s prize) will be well-received all over the world,”Nobel Committee chief Thorbjoern Jagland told Norwegian public…

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