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Aung San Suu Kyi and Bono will meet at Oslo peace forum

Myanmar’s democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi will meet on Monday one of her biggest fans at a Norwegian peace forum — Bono, the U2 frontman and activist rock star who has written a song about her. Nobel laureate Suu Kyi, who has herself received superstar treatment on a triumphant…

Ford employees stage 24-hour strike in UK

British employees of US car giant Ford were staging a 24-hour strike on Monday in a row over pay and pensions. The Unite trade union said the walkout from 0500 GMT would affect plants at Dagenham in east London, Bridgend in south Wales, Halewood in north-west England and Southampton in…

Iran, world powers begin another round of nuclear talks

World powers on Monday sought to wring concessions out of Iran to defuse the decade-long crisis over its nuclear drive at talks in Moscow billed as a last chance to find a diplomatic solution. Western diplomats were looking for signs that Iran could show willingness to scale down the intensity…

UN calls Syrian bombardment of Homs ‘crimes against humanity’

Syrian forces on Monday shelled rebel bastions in Homs and Damascus despite pleas for help from the opposition and a warning by the United Nations that such bombardment amounted to crimes against humanity. US President Barack Obama, meanwhile, is due to meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin at a G20…

Socialists claim majority of seats in French parliament

France’s Socialists won control of parliament Sunday, handing President Francois Hollande the convincing majority he needs to push through his tax-and-spend agenda to battle the eurozone debt crisis. The Socialists’ bloc obtained between 308 and 320 seats — an absolute majority in the 577-seat National Assembly — and so will…

Israel begins deportation of Sudanese refugees

A plane carrying 127 illegal immigrants took off for the South Sudan capital of Juba, in the first wave of expulsions of tens of thousands of Africans, the daily Maariv said on its website. The first charter flight left Ben Gurion airport near Tel Aviv overnight Monday carrying 127 men,…

French election descends into soap opera with Segolene Royal defeat

By Gina Doggett PARIS — Twin rivalries — one political, the other amorous — doomed Segolene Royal, former partner of French President Francois Hollande, to suffer a humiliating defeat in Sunday’s legislative polls. Conceding defeat, Royal initially kept her remarks in the political arena, bitterly slamming the “political betrayal” of…

Pro-bailout parties win majority in Greek elections

BERLIN — Eurozone countries extended Sunday a hand of compromise to Greece after the victory of parties supporting the country’s international bailout, signalling some flexibility on the painful reforms. “There can’t be substantial changes in the engagements” undertaken by Greece in the bailout deal. “But I can imagine we discuss…

World Bank chief calls Spanish bailout ‘wasted’

LOS CABOS, Mexico — The head of the World Bank said Sunday that Europe’s bail-out of the Spanish banking system had been handled very badly and amounted to a wasted opportunity to contain the debt crisis. Addressing business leaders on the eve of the G20 summit in Mexico, Robert Zoellick…

French far-right’s Marine Le Pen loses bid to be in parliament

HENIN-BEAUMONT, France — French far-right leader Marine Le Pen of the National Front lost her bid to win a seat in France’s parliamentary election by a handful of votes on Sunday, results showed. Socialist Philippe Kemel, who had already claimed victory in the vote, defeated Le Pen by only 118…

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