Politics & Corruption

In France, far right capitalizes on euro crisis

Fabien Engelmann, a 32-year old municipal plumber with tight-cropped hair, was an activist with France's leading trade union and a Trotskyist for many years. Later he joined the far-left "New Anticapitalist Party". This year he switched party agai...

Police, rioters clash in Greece as nation goes on strike...

Alexandra RENARD / Clovis CASALI / Matthieu MABIN France24 06.10.2011
Police, rioters clash in Greece as nation goes on strike...

Greek police tear-gassed protestors in central Athens on Wednesday as public sector staff and students went on strike over austerity cuts, shutting down courts, schools and transport including flights.


A Changed Russia Arches an Eyebrow at Putin’s Staged Antics

ELLEN BARRY The New York Times 06.10.2011
A Changed Russia Arches an Eyebrow at Putin’s Staged Antics

It was just a typical summer outing for Prime Minister Vladimir V. Putin: Clad in a wet suit and fitted with an oxygen tank, he dived to the bottom of a bay and retrieved two ceramic jugs that dated to the sixth century A.D. The scene, captured by...

To boldly show: World's most expensive telescope takes first pictures of deepest space in quest for more knowledge of outer universe

This is the remarkable first picture taken by the new $1.3billion radio telescope sitting high in the Chilean Andes. It shows two galaxies colliding in a view no other telescope on Earth or in space could capture.


Russia's Putin says wants to build "Eurasian Union"

Gleb Bryanski Yahoo! News Canada 04.10.2011
Russia's Putin says wants to build "Eurasian Union"

Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said he wants to bring ex-Soviet states into a "Eurasian Union" in an article which outlined his first foreign policy initiative as he prepares to return to the Kremlin as the country's next president.

Syrian Activist Warns of Civil War

Glen Carey and Emre Peker Bloomberg.com 03.10.2011
Syrian Activist Warns of Civil War

Syrian activists formed a council to coordinate efforts to end President Bashar al-Assad’s violent rule and stop a crackdown that has claimed more than 3,600 lives this year.


Panetta warns Israel getting more isolated

LOLITA C. BALDOR AP 03.10.2011
Panetta warns Israel getting more isolated

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned Sunday that Israel is becoming increasingly isolated in the Middle East, and said Israeli leaders must restart negotiations with the Palestinians and work to restore relations with Egypt and Turkey.

U.S. met with Egypt Islamists: U.S. diplomat

Edmund Blair Reuters 03.10.2011
U.S. met with Egypt Islamists: U.S. diplomat

U.S. officials have met members of the Muslim Brotherhood's political party, a U.S. diplomat said, after Washington announced it would have direct contacts with Egypt's biggest Islamist group whose role has grown since U.S. ally Hosni Mubarak was ...


Hugo Chavez in hospital 'for kidney failure'

Hugo Chavez, who has been fighting cancer, was rushed to a military hospital for emergency care following kidney failure, according to reports.

Tainted African ruler may get UN prize in his name

The African heads of state who converged on the capital of Equatorial Guinea this summer are used to life's finer things - yet even they were impressed.


China 'shadow-boxing' US at sea: Philippines' Ramos

Philippine ex-president Fidel Ramos said Wednesday that China's recent assertiveness over sea disputes was motivated by a desire to challenge US power, as he predicted more tensions to come.

Tony Blair's job in jeopardy as Palestinians accuse him of bias

Tony Blair's future as Middle East peace envoy was in jeopardy after the Palestinian Authority said it was set to sever all contact with him because of his "bias" towards Israel.


Cuba seeks normalization with US

CLAUDIA TORRENS AP 27.09.2011
Cuba seeks normalization with US

Cuba wants to re-establish relations with the United States with a focus on humanitarian and other issues, Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said Monday.

Fidel Castro calls Obama UN address 'gibberish'

Cuba's Fidel Castro blasted Barack Obama's speech to the United Nations as "gibberish" on Monday, saying the US president used a rambling address to justify the "unjustifiable."


French left seizes Senate majority, hurts Sarkozy

French President Nicolas Sarkozy's conservative government lost its majority in the Senate to the left on Sunday, officials said, in a historic defeat that deals him a blow just seven months before a presidential election.

Chavez insists he's 'healthy' after 4 rounds of chemo

President Hugo Chavez sought Sunday to assure Venezuelans he was healthy, telling them that cancer-fighting chemotherapy treatment has not left him with any debilitating side effects.


Russia's finance chief rebels over Putin plan

Timothy Heritage and Lidia Kelly Reuters 26.09.2011
Russia's finance chief rebels over Putin plan

Russia's finance minister rebelled on Sunday against Vladimir Putin's plan to make President Dmitry Medvedev his prime minister if he returns to the Kremlin by saying he would not serve in the next government.

Libya's National Transitional Council may delay forming gov't again - source

Senior members of Libya's ruling National Transitional Council (NTC) are leaning towards putting plans for a new caretaker government on hold because they cannot agree on a line-up, a source close to the council told Reuters on Sunday.


Palestinians celebrate UN statehood bid

The Washington Post 24.09.2011
Palestinians celebrate UN statehood bid

Singing, dancing and waving flags, thousands gathered here Friday night in a jubilant street party to watch Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas announce his request for admission of a Palestinian state to the United Nations. Following th...

Pakistan warns U.S.: 'You will lose an ally'

Qasim Nauman and Missy Ryan Reuters India 24.09.2011
Pakistan warns U.S.: 'You will lose an ally'

Pakistan warned the United States it risked losing an ally if it kept accusing Islamabad of playing a double game in the war against militancy, escalating the crisis in relations between the two countries.



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