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Canada vote dominated by left-leaning third-party surge

OTTAWA — A third-party surge has unsettled the status quo as Canada prepares to go to the polls on Monday, with Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper seeking an ever-elusive majority government. The run-up to Canada’s fourth election in seven years has been dominated by speculation over how the surging support…

Second Syrian lawmaker quits in protest

BEIRUT (Reuters) – A second Syrian lawmaker told al-Jazeera television on Saturday he was resigning from parliament in protest at the killing of demonstrators. Lawmaker Khalil al-Rifaei joined his colleague Naser al-Hariri, both representatives of the troubled city of Deraa, and announced his resignation on air, saying it was because of the killings…

Egypt freezes assets of three former Mubarak aides

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s army rulers froze assets belonging to three former aides of deposed President Hosni Mubarak, meeting a demand of reformers seeking tough action against figures of the past administration. The decision Monday applies to Fathi Sorour, the former speaker of the lower house of parliament, Safwat el-Sherif, a senior member of…

EU talks on food from cloned animals collapse

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Talks within the European Union broke down on Tuesday over how to deal with food from cloned animals, sending EU proposals on the sale of new types of foods back to the drawing board after three years of debate. Following all-night negotiations in Brussels, EU lawmakers were ready…

N. Korea to convene parliament in April

SEOUL (AFP) – North Korea said on Friday it would call its parliament into session in April, with the eyes of the world on heir apparent Kim Jong-Un’s rise to power in the secretive regime. The fourth session of the 12th Supreme People’s Assembly will take place in Pyongyang on…

Dalai Lama rejects pleas to reconsider retirement

The Dalai Lama rejected on Thursday calls from the Tibetan parliament in exile urging him to reconsider his decision to retire as political head of the movement. Skip related content The 75-year-old spiritual leader announced last week that he wanted to shed his role as political chief of the government-in-exile…

Germany will ‘exit’ nuclear power industry, Merkel vows

BERLIN (AFP) – Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed Thursday that Germany would speed up the transition to renewable energy as Europe’s top economy mulled a “measured exit” from nuclear power after the events in Japan. “We want to reach the age of renewable energy as soon as possible. That is our…

Kyrgyzstan names mountain Vladimir Putin

BISHKEK – Kyrgzystan’s parliament on Thursday voted to put Russia’s strongman prime minister on the map by giving his name to one of its mountain peaks. A mountain measuring 4,446 metres (14,586 feet) in the country’s northern Tian Shan range will henceforth be known as the Peak of Vladimir Putin,…

Iran says protest planners will fail as MPs rage

TEHRAN – President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Tuesday those behind anti-government protests in Iran will fail, as furious lawmakers demanded the execution of opposition chiefs who had called for the rallies. US President Barack Obama, in one of his most direct reactions to Monday’s events in Iran, offered encouragement to…

Amid fresh protests, Iranian lawmakers demand opposition leaders be hung

Furious Iranian lawmakers on Tuesday demanded the hanging of opposition leaders who called anti-government protests which left two people dead, saying they had been “misled” by Iran’s arch-foes. But in one of his most direct reactions to events in Iran, US President Barack Obama offered encouragement to protesters, saying he…

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