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IMF chief to be charged with raping New York hotel maid

NEW YORK (AFP) – IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn will be charged with a “criminal sexual act, unlawful imprisonment and attempted rape,” a police official told reporters. Strauss-Kahn, widely expected to run for the French presidency next year, was detained Saturday and quizzed over an alleged sexual assault on a New…

Germany’s ruling party facing defeat in state poll

BERLIN – German Chancellor Angela Merkel braced for a bitter setback Sunday as voters in a state her party has ruled for half a century headed to the polls in an election clouded by events in Japan. Merkel’s conservatives have ruled Baden-Wuerttemberg in southwestern Germany since 1953, but anger over…

Clinton, Sarkozy, Cameron meet to prepare response to Libya

PARIS (Reuters) – World leaders gathered in Paris on Saturday to discuss a coordinated military intervention in Libya, where Muammar Gaddafi defied the West with an advance into the rebel stronghold of Benghazi. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Nicolas Sarkozy met privately and then sat down with Arab leaders, an African…

British PM Cameron urges ‘muscular liberalism’ to combat Islamic extremism

British Prime Minister David Cameron condemned his country’s long-standing policy of multiculturalism as a failure Saturday, saying it was partly to blame for fostering Islamist extremism. In a speech to the Munich Security Conference, Cameron said many young British Muslims were drawn to violent ideology because they found no strong…

Michelle Obama ranked world’s most powerful woman

NEW YORK (Reuters) – First lady Michelle Obama beat out heads of state, chief executives and celebrities to rank as the world’s most powerful woman in Forbes magazine’s annual listing on Wednesday. Kraft Foods Chief Executive Irene Rosenfeld, who led a hostile $18 billion takeover of Britain’s Cadbury, came in…

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