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Eurozone economy ‘goes into reverse’

The eurozone economy flipped into reverse in September, falling to its worst level in more than two years, a closely-watched survey showed on Wednesday. Ahead of new growth figures expected to show the debt-laden currency area slipping towards recession, the final Eurozone Composite Output Index compiled by London-based researchers Markit…

Israel a nuclear threat to the Middle East: Turkish PM

Israel is a “threat” to its region because it owns nuclear weapons, Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday. “I right now see Israel as a threat for its region, because it has the atomic bomb,” Erdogan said in a foreign policy speech during an official visit to…

China’s top newspaper slams U.S. currency bill

China’s top newspaper on Wednesday accused US lawmakers of “passing the buck” over America’s economic problems with a bill to punish Beijing for alleged currency manipulation. A commentary in the People’s Daily — viewed as the Communist Party mouthpiece – said the bill was an attempt by lawmakers to cover up their…

Bill Clinton aide confirmed as Haitian prime minister

Haiti’s Senate confirmed the nomination of Garry Conille, an advisor to former US president Bill Clinton, to be the country’s prime minister. Conille, a 45-year-old physician by training, was the third candidate put forward by President Michel Martelly for the post in a bid to end a three-month long impasse over the makeup of…

Australian pleads guilty in US to Afghan corruption

An Australian national pleaded guilty in a federal court in the US capital to accepting bribes for steering US-funded contracts inAfghanistan, the US Department of Justice said. Neil Campbell, 61, a native of Queensland, Australia, pleaded guilty to one count of accepting a $10,000 bribe as an agent of an organization receiving federal funds,…

U.S. condemns ‘provocative’ mosque attack in Israel

WASHINGTON — The United States on Tuesday condemned what it called a “dangerous and provocative” attack on a mosque in a Bedouin village in Israel, calling on law enforcement to bring those responsible to justice. “The United States strongly condemns the dangerous and provocative attacks on a mosque in the…

Oil sands environmental impact unknown: Canada audit

OTTAWA — Key gaps in information mean Canada has been unable to assess the impact of exploiting Alberta’s oil sands, the nation’s environment commissioner said Tuesday. Lack of information due to “insufficient or inadequate environmental monitoring systems” mean the federal environmental and water agencies cannot build a clear picture of…

U.S. condemns car bombing in Somalia

WASHINGTON — The United States forcefully condemned Tuesday the Islamist militant group Shebab’s attack in Somalia, where more than 70 people were killed in a car bombing. Those killed in the “despicable and cowardly act” included students taking taking an exam in hopes of getting a scholarships to study abroad,…

German coalition rebels to hold euro fund vote

Rebels from German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition partners, the Free Democrats, have collected enough signatures to force a party vote on the EU’s permanent bailout fund, they announced Tuesday. FDP member Frank Schaeffler, one of the most prominent rebels, said on his website that 3,650 signatures had been gathered, or…

Pioneer of Israel’s settler movement dies

Hanan Porat, a former Israeli parliamentarian who was a driving force behind the Jewish settlement movement in the West Bank, died of cancer on Tuesday, his family said. He was 67. Born in 1943 in British Mandate Palestine, he was raised on a kibbutz built by Holocaust survivors near the West Bank town of Bethlehem which was later…

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