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Eurozone leaders may allow Greek debt default

Eurozone leaders entered a critical summit on Thursday eyeing a deal to reduce Greece’s debt mountain, but without excluding a default to save the euro from its worst crisis. A draft agreement was put on the table for the 17 leaders following an 11th hour deal reached between the eurozone’s…

Cameron ‘regrets’ hiring scandal-tainted tabloid editor

LONDON (Reuters)- Scotland Yard investigators have cryptic financial records corroborating suspicions that former News of the World editor Andy Coulson knew about illegal payments to police officers, a source with knowledge of the matter told Reuters. The cash records tally with payments suggested in an email discussion between Coulson and…

Signs of global slowdown strengthen, debt crisis partly to blame

LONDON (Reuters) – Growth ground to a halt in the euro zone’s private sector this month while China’s factory sector contracted for the first time in a year, surveys showed on Thursday, deepening evidence of a sharp slowdown in the global economy. The surveys were published just before European leaders…

Egyptian military lays out election rules

CAIRO — Egypt’s ruling military council on Wednesday laid out its rules governing upcoming parliamentary polls, which it promised would be fair and transparent. The polls, originally scheduled for September, were delayed for up to two months, a military official said last week. “The delay was in response to demands…

Italy authorizes arrest of Berlusconi deputy

ROME — Italian lawmakers on Wednesday voted to authorise the arrest of a deputy from Silvio Berlusconi’s ruling party accused of corruption in a humiliating setback for the embattled prime minister. A majority of 319 deputies voted to lift the parliamentary immunity of Alfonso Papa from the People of Freedom…

China lauds ‘Tiger mother’ Wendi Deng

“Tiger mother” Wendi Deng was the toast of China’s huge online community Wednesday as images of her leaping to the defence of her 80-year-old husband Rupert Murdoch were splashed across the Internet. One online survey even found the striking Chinese-born American’s actions had made many of China’s 485 million web…

Hugh Grant, Jemima Khan win right to see hacking info

Actor Hugh Grant and his former girlfriend, socialite Jemima Khan, obtained a court order Wednesday requiring police to hand over evidence indicating their phones may have been hacked. High Court judge Geoffrey Vos ruled that it was “expedient and proper” that they be able to see information seized in 2006…

French presidential hopeful quizzed in Strauss-Kahn case

Top French presidential hopeful Francois Hollande turned up for questioning by detectives on Wednesday in a probe into an alleged attempted rape by his fellow Socialist Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Hollande spoke to reporters as he arrived at police quarters, confirming he was there for questioning after publicly demanding to get his…

UK nurse arrested over saline hospital deaths

Detectives arrested a 26-year-old nurse on suspicion of murder Wednesday over the deaths of three hospital patients given insulin-contaminated saline solution, police said. The woman worked at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport, where police were alerted last week to a batch of saline believed to have been deliberately tampered with.…

‘Stripper army’ urges Putin Kremlin return

A mysterious Internet video has emerged urging young Russian women to rip off their clothes as an army to encourage Vladimir Putin to return to the Kremlin in 2012 elections. “He’s a worthy politician and an awesome man. He is adored by millions,” says the provocative video by supporters dubbed…

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