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Geithner to visit Europe for debt crisis talks

US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner will travel to Europenext week for talks with authorities focused on fighting theeurozone debt crisis, the Treasury Department said Friday. Geithner “will travel to Europe December 6-8, 2011, for discussions with his counterparts on their efforts to reinforce the institutions of the euro area,” the department said in…

New Americas summit dominated by criticism of U.S.

Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez opened a summit Friday for a new Americas bloc that Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega called a “death sentence’ to US interference in Latin America. Latin American and Caribbean leaders gathered at a military fort for the two day meeting of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), an alliance of 33 countries that excludes the…

A dozen heads of state to attend UN climate talks

Twelve heads of government and state have said they will participate in UN climate talks in Durban, South Africa, UN climate chief Christiana Figueres said on Friday. About 130 ministers will also descend on the coastal city for negotiations under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), she said at a press conference. African leaders from…

Iraq blast was assassination attempt says official

Iraqi Major General Qassim Atta on Friday said an explosion near parliament was a botched attempt to kill the prime minister, after an official termed it an attempt on the parliament speaker’s life. At least one person was killed and two wounded in the blast near theIraqi parliament building on Monday, the…

Iranian diplomats leave Britain after protest violence

Diplomats at the Iranian embassy in London left Britain on Friday after being expelled following the storming of the British embassy in Tehran, the Foreign Office said. “I can confirm that, earlier this afternoon, all diplomatic staff of theIranian embassy in London took off from Heathrow airport,” said a spokesman. “They are returning to Iran in…

S. Sudan threatens legal action over oil ‘theft’

South Sudan will take legal action against Sudan and any companies engaging in the “theft” of its oil exports, the country’s oil ministersaid on Friday. Stephen Dhieu Dau branded any sale of southern oil confiscated by Sudan “an illegal act,” in response to Khartoum’s announcement on Wednesday that it would take 23 percent of…

Mass electrocution kills 140 flamingos in India

Nearly 140 greater flamingos were killed in a wildlife sanctuary in western India when they were startled and flew into a string of high tension power lines, a forest official said Friday. Tens of thousands of flamingos turn the flat, warm marshes of the Khadir region of Gujarat state into…

Afghan rape victim freed from jail, to marry attacker

The Afghan President Hamid Karzai has ordered the release of a woman who was jailed for adultery after being raped — but she now faces having to marry her attacker, officials said. The move came after some 5,000 people signed a petition for the release of the woman, named Gulnaz,…

Germany, France push for ‘fiscal union’

German Chancellor Angela Merkel kicked off a crunch week of talks on saving the euro by laying out a vision Friday for a “fiscal union” in Europe, ahead of a pivotal summit of EU leaders. A day after French President Nicolas Sarkozy said that Europe needed to be “refounded” in…

After NATO strike, Pakistan adjusts rules of engagement

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan’s commanders in the wild Afghan border region can return fire if attacked without waiting for permission, the army chief said, a change in rules of engagement that could stoke tension after Saturday’s NATO strike killed 24 Pakistani troops. The attack sparked fury in Pakistan and further…

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