International

S Korea Gives Cool Response to China’s Call for Emergency Talks

Diplomatic efforts are underway in Asia to defuse tension on the Korean peninsula. But South Korea is effectively rejecting China's call to quickly convene multi-national talks to discuss North Korea. This comes as the United States and South Korea begin four days of naval drills seen as a show of strength to dissuade Pyongyang after last Tuesday's attack on Yeonpyeong island

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Obama, Top Advisers meet on Korea Situation

U.S. President Barack Obama met Tuesday with his top advisers about the situation on the Korean peninsula, in the wake of North Korea's artillery attack on a South Korean island. Obama is expected to telephone South Korean President Lee Myung-bak to reiterate U.S. support for South Korea. Immediately upon his return to the White House from a brief trip to the Midwestern state of Indiana, the president went into a meeting of his national security team

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Bush: Egypt President Mubarak informed US that Iraq Had Biological Weapons

Former U.S. President George W. Bush says Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak informed the U.S. that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. He also spoke of other people who had influence on his decision to invade Iraq. The revelation comes in Bush's memoirs, Decision Points, in which he highlighted mistakes made during the Iraq war campaign, and the failure to find weapons of mass destruction in the country

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France Arrests 2 Men in Terrorist Plot

French authorities are questioning two men suspected of plotting a serious terror attack in France. The incident comes after a series of heightened warnings including one by al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden. In an interview on French television Thursday morning, Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux said two men were being questioned on suspicions of terrorist activity after being detained the day before outside Paris. Hortefeux says the men are brothers of French nationality. He says they are suspected of plotting a serious terrorist attack on French soil

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Republicans win Big, Dems Retain Senate

The opposition Republican Party is poised to win control of the House of Representatives in Tuesday’s congressional elections, dealing a serious blow to President Barack Obama and his Democratic Party. Republicans are expected to gain more than the 39 seats needed to take control of the House.  They picked up seats in the Senate as well but U.S. news agencies ...

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France Submits Immigrant Law Changes to EU

France has submitted planned changes to its immigration laws to the European Union following the country’s controversial expulsion of more than 1,000 Romas in recent months. A spokesman for the EU says it received France’s proposal late Friday, and will be reviewing it during the next few days to determine if the changes match the EU’s regulations

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No Clear Consensus at International Climate Talks

United Nations talks on climate change are nearing a close with no clear consensus yet in sight. The meeting is aimed at laying the groundwork for progress at a major climate change meeting in Mexico later this year. While many of the negotiators for a global climate change accord consider it a pressing issue, there is less agreement on how to share the burden of tackling the problem

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Trapped Chilean Miners could be reached by Saturday

Officials in Chile say the rescue shaft they are drilling to free 33 trapped copper miners could reach the men by Saturday. Chile's mining minister, Laurence Golborne, told reporters Thursday that once the drill breaks through, it could take anywhere from three to 10 days to bring the men to safety

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Goodluck Jonathan says MEND innocent of Nigeria at 50 attacks

Controversy is growing over who was responsible for last week's Nigeria at 50 bombings in which 13 people were killed. The attacks came as the country was celebrating 50th independence anniverssary. The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) released a statement and laid claim to the attacks but Nigeria's President said they are lying

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Secretary Clinton worries about Somalia

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says she worries “all the time” about Somalia, which is largely controlled by armed Islamic insurgents. Clinton told a meeting of African officials in Washington Tuesday that cutting the threat of extremism in Somalia, expanding the peace process and containing the extremists is one of her hardest jobs

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Brazil Faces 2014 World Cup Challenges

Brazil is set to host the 2014 FIFA World Cup. But observers say the government there has been dragging its feet in preparing for the games. They say airports and stadiums aren't ready to accommodate the millions of football fans expected to attend the tournament

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German businessman Gemballa found dead in South Africa

A German businessman who went missing shortly after arriving in South Africa some eight month ago has been found dead. Uwe Gemballa remains was found on tuesday in Pretoria. He is said to have been shot execution style and his hands tied to his back. Gemballa went missing on February 8 after landing at OR Tambo International Airport, it is reported that the businessman on the day he went missing contacted his Wife in Germany requesting a huge amount of money

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Britain seek to Change International Legal Procedures

The British government says it plans to introduce legislation to change the process for getting an arrest warrant for suspected war criminals. The change is an attempt to avoid a repeat of the embarrassment last year when an Israeli official abandoned a visit to Britain after a warrant was issued for her arrest

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Jimmy Carter rushed to hospital

Former U.S President Jimmy Carter has been hospitalized after falling ill on a Delta Airlines flight. Mr Carter was on his way to a book signing. A statement released by the Carter Center said while on a flight to Cleveland, the former President developed an upset stomach, and, upon arrival, was taken to Metro Health Hospital for observations. According to the center, Mr. Carter is resting comfortably and is expected to resume his book tour this week

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Jewish aid ship to break Israel Gaza Blockade

A boat carrying some eight Jewish activists has set sail for the Gaza Strip in an attempt to break Israel's blockade of the territory and deliver Humanitarian aid to it's inhabitants. The ship nicknamed the "Irene" carrying Jews from the United States, United Kingdom, Israel and Germany, left the port of Famargasta in Turkish northern Cyprus on sunday

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