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Chinese politician’s wife gets suspended death sentence

A Chinese court on Monday handed the wife of disgraced political leader Bo Xilai a suspended death sentence for murder in a case that has rocked the Communist party ahead of a 10-yearly power handover. Gu Kailai was found guilty of murdering British businessman Neil Heywood, a crime she had…

UN’s Syria observer mission ends amid bloodshed

The United Nation’s troubled observer mission to Syria has officially ended after being recalled amid escalating violence as world powers fail to agree how to end months of bloodshed in the country. The mandate of the UN Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS) expired at midnight Sunday after a roughly four-month…

Pakistan mobile networks suspended on security fears

Pakistan shut down mobile phone networks overnight in major cities to prevent Taliban and Al-Qaeda attacks as celebrations began for the biggest Muslim festival of the year. The draconian security measure kicked in on Sunday at 8:00 pm (1500 GMT), at a time when millions ordinarily telephone friends and relatives…

Buenos Aires, city of tango and psychoanalysis

Buenos Aires, the Argentine capital known for its tango bars, has another claim to fame: it may well be the world’s capital of psychoanalysis. For every 120 inhabitants in this bustling metropolis, a psychologist is on hand to help struggling individuals make it through tough times — or simply lend…

Julian Assange’s mother hangs up on Sieg Heil-ing radio host

Christine Assange, the mother of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, was due to speak about her son with an Australian Sunday morning radio host when things went terribly wrong. After hearing John-Michael Howson shout down the previous guest, Wikileaks Australian Alliance cofounder Sam Castro, and subject her to what Assange later…

New Zealand considering early departure from Afghan War

WELLINGTON — New Zealand revealed Monday it was considering an early withdrawal from Afghanistan after three of its soldiers were killed in a roadside bomb attack on their convoy in Bamiyan province. Prime Minister John Key insisted the plan to pull out early was not linked to the attack, which…

Israeli citizens grow concerned over price tag on war with Iran

Lia Tarachansky of The Real News reports that many Israelis are growing concerned over the potential costs of a war with Iran — not in terms of lives or national prestige, but as measured in their taxes and in the prices they pay for basic goods. Food prices have already…

Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff flies to Afghanistan for talks

By Daniel De Luce (AFP) – 3 hours ago BAGRAM, Afghanistan — The top US military officer Martin Dempsey flew to Afghanistan Sunday for talks with senior commanders, as this year’s toll from insider attacks by Afghans on coalition troops reached 40. In the latest incident an Afghan in police…

Eurozone crisis puts Germany’s Merkel in ‘precarious position’

The eurozone crisis returns with a vengeance this week after a brief respite for German Chancellor Angela Merkel, kicking off an election campaign year she has said will turn on the single currency. Merkel, who has just resumed work with a visit to Canada after a break in the mountains…

Somalis attempt to install first stable central government in 21 years

MOGADISHU — Somalia’s newly appointed legislature will elect the country’s next president Monday, in a fresh bid to end two decades of unstable central government in the war-torn Horn of Africa nation. The election of the new president would complete a complex process set in motion through a UN-backed agreement…

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