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Talk of Greek default increases, markets pause on G20

ATHENS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Talk of a possible Greek default gained pace on Friday while a pledge by the world’s major economies to prevent Europe’s debt crisis from undermining banks and the global economy steadied financial markets. Greek Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos was quoted by two newspapers as saying an orderly…

Obama U.N. speech sparks angry Palestinian protests

RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories — Angry Palestinians on Thursday protested in the streets of Ramallah and Gaza after a UN speech by US President Barack Obama which was seen as unashamedly pro-Israel. More than 1,000 Palestinians carrying signs denouncing Obama gathered outside the West Bank headquarters of Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas…

U.K. police make eighth terror arrest

LONDON — Police said Thursday they had arrested an eighth suspect in the second city of Birmingham as part of a major pre-planned counter-terrorism operation targeting Islamic extremists. Detectives swooped overnight Sunday to arrest six men and a woman — all British passport holders — on suspicion of the commission,…

U.S. leads mass walkout of Ahmadinejad U.N. speech

UNITED NATIONS — The United States on Thursday led a mass walkout of the UN General Assembly when Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad launched an outspoken attack on Western nations. A US diplomat left halfway through the Iranian leader’s speech, while the 27 European Union nations followed in a coordinated protest…

Red Cross: The obese now outnumber the hungry

New Delhi – Obese people now outnumber the hungry globally, but hardship for the undernourished is increasing amid a growing food crisis, the International Federation of the Red Cross warned on Thursday. The Geneva-based humanitarian group focused on nutrition in its annual World Disasters Report, released in New Delhi, seeking…

Murdoch paper hacked minister’s voice mail: sources

(Reuters) – Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World hacked extensively into the voice mail of a minister in Britain’s former Labour government, according to three people familiar with the matter. The unauthorized access to voice mails left for Denis MacShane in 2004 and 2005, as he served as Minister for…

WATCH LIVE: Iran’s President Ahmadinejad speaks at United Nations

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and other world leaders were expected to speak to the United Nations Thursday. Watch this live video from MSNBC, broadcast Sept. 22, 2011. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

Poll: Vast majority of Israelis would accept U.N. recognizing Palestine

Nearly 70 percent of Israelis surveyed recently said that Israel should accept a Palestinian state if the United Nations chooses to recognize it, according to a report in Thursday’s edition of The Jerusalem Post. The poll results fly in the face of American conservatives and even President Barack Obama, who…

Anger in Greece over deeper austerity cuts

Greeks on Thursday reacted with anger and disbelief at a new wave of austerity cuts enacted to keep the country in the eurozone as a public transport strike caused road chaos in Athens. The embattled socialist government announced pension and tax break cuts and put 30,000 state employees on temporary…

China steps up condemnation of U.S.-Taiwan arms deal

BEIJING (Reuters) – China stepped up its condemnation of the United States on Thursday for selling arms to Taiwan saying they could disrupt military exchanges, a warning that is likely to unsettle, but not derail, ties with Washington. Arms sales are one of several irritants in the Sino-U.S. relationship which…

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