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Eurozone debt crisis could rip E.U. apart: officials

The eurozone debt crisis now threatening banks could destroy six decades of post-war European integration, top EU officials warned on Wednesday. The dire warning that post World War II Europe risks disaster came shortly after Moody’s credit rating agency downgraded two French banks and as financial markets increasingly calculate the…

China will expand investment in Europe: Wen

Premier Wen Jiabao said on Wednesday China will continue to expand its investment in the eurozone and called on Western countries facing a crippling debt crisis to “put their houses in order”. As Europe’s struggling economies look to cash-rich China as a possible rescuer, Wen also urged EU leaders to…

Kabul Taliban siege ends with 14 dead

A brazen Taliban assault on the Afghan capital was quelled on Wednesday after raging for 19 hours in a hail of rockets, grenades and suicide blasts that left 14 dead and six foreign troops wounded. Afghan and foreign troops battled insurgents who targeted the US embassy and NATO headquarters, sowing…

Trade unions to ballot millions on pensions strike

Trade unions representing millions of public sector workers announced on Wednesday they would hold a strike ballot over pension reforms, raising the threat of mass walkouts later this year. Unison, the biggest public sector union, said it would ballot 1.1 million of its members, while Unite and the Fire Brigades…

Attacks against Iraq security forces ‘kill 17′

Three attacks, all apparently targeting Iraqi security forces, killed at least 17 people and wounded more than 50 on Wednesday, officials said. In the deadliest attack, 13 people were killed when a car bomb exploded in front of a restaurant frequented by security officers in the town of Medhatiyah, south…

Taiwan crash sparks calls for U.S. jets sale

The crash of two Vietnam War-era jets in Taiwan that killed three sparked calls for the US to sell the island new planes and save its pilots from “risking their lives” in old aircraft. The defence ministry’s plea for advanced aircraft to defend the exposed island from its giant neighbour…

British pop art pioneer Hamilton ‘dies aged 89′

British pop art pioneer Richard Hamilton, whose work ranged from images of consumer culture to parodies of political leaders, died on Tuesday at the age of 89, the gallery that represented him said. His seminal 1956 collage “Just What Is It That Makes Today’s Homes So Different, So Appealing?” featuring…

Taiwan candidate tells U.S. she’s no ‘radical’

Taiwan’s opposition presidential candidate has assured the United States she would not whip up tensions with China if elected but pledged to boost defense spending to counterbalance a rising Beijing. The United States, the primary guarantor of the island’s security, has repeatedly hailed the easing of tensions across the Taiwan…

Kadhafi son under house arrest in Niger

WASHINGTON — Fallen Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi’s son Saadi, who arrived in Niger at the weekend, is being held under house arrest at a government residence, the US State Department said on Tuesday. “Our understanding is, like the others, he’s being detained in a state guest house and that it…

Berlusconi says opposition ‘ruining’ Italy

STRASBOURG — Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi accused the left-wing opposition of ruining Italy as he met with EU officials in Brussels, a trip critics say was arranged to skirt legal hearings in Rome. Berlusconi told reporters he was travelling to Brussels and Strasbourg “to reassure European institutions” about his government’s…

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