International

Meeting With Jordan King Abdullah II, President Obama Warns of Extremists in Syria

March 22, 2013

“Obama, standing side by side with Jordan’s King Abdullah II, said the international community must work together to ensure there is a credible opposition ready to step into the breach.”

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President Obama Visits Jordan For Talks With King Abdullah II

March 22, 2013

“Obama also will seek to bolster Jordan’s efforts to reform its government in an attempt to stave off an Arab Spring-style revolution that has led to the downfall of longtime leaders in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya.”

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Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu Announces Normalized Relations With Turkey Following President Obama’s Visit

March 22, 2013

“Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu phoned his Turkish counterpart to apologize for an Israeli commando raid in 2010 that killed eight Turks and an American of Turkish origin in a Gaza-bound flotilla.”

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European Central Bank Threatens to Cut-Off Crucial Funding to Banks in Cyprus on Monday

March 21, 2013

“As the European Central Bank threatened to shut off crucial financing for banks in Cyprus without a rapid accord on an international bailout, members of Parliament put off a vote on Thursday on yet another revamped formula. The vote was rescheduled for Friday.”

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Cyprus Government Officials Meeting With Russian Leaders in Moscow to Discuss Bailout

March 21, 2013

“In Moscow, Cypriot finance officials continued negotiations with Russian leaders over possible new funding.”

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Cyprus Government Leaders Under Pressure to Avoid Default on Debt

March 21, 2013

“Cypriot leaders scrambled Thursday to raise $7.5 billion to avoid a debt default for the island nation, but the European Central Bank warned it would cut off emergency funding Monday if the country cannot resolve its financial crisis.”

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Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy Names as Suspect in Campaign Finance Probe

March 21, 2013

“Sarkozy’s being placed formally under investigation comes after months of questioning over whether he, his 2007 presidential campaign or his party got gifts from [Liliane Bettencourt] the L’Oreal SA heiress while she wasn’t mentally fit to make decisions, and whether Bettencourt, France’s richest woman, was manipulated.”

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Syrian President Assad Condemns Mosque Attack in Damascus That Killed 43 People, Including Prominent Islamic Scholar

March 21, 2013

“Al-Bouti, born in 1929 in the village of Ayn Dewar in northern Syria, was a retired dean and a professor at the College of Islamic Law at Damascus University. He preaches very often and is highly respected by many of the leading scholars in the Muslim world.”

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French Police Search Paris Apartment of IMF Chief Christine Lagarde Investigating Financial Compensation to Businessman

March 21, 2013

“As finance minister, she referred his long-running dispute with bank Credit Lyonnais to an arbitration panel, which awarded him 400m euros (£340m) damages. Mr Tapie was a supporter of ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy.”

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Despite Warning From Lebanon President, Five Shells Fired From Syria Land in Lebanon

March 21, 2013

“Five shells fired from Syria landed in Lebanon on Wednesday, one day after Lebanese President Michel Suleiman warned that Syrian strikes on its neighbor were an unacceptable violation of its sovereignty.”

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Last Month, China and Pakistan Reached a Secret Agreement to Construct Pakistan’s Third Nuclear Reactor

March 21, 2013

“According to U.S. intelligence and diplomatic officials, the secret agreement for the Chashma 3 reactor was signed in Beijing during the visit by a delegation from the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission from Feb. 15 to 18.”

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British Health Minister Advises Banning Use of Preventative Antibiotics in Livestock

March 21, 2013

“Livestock are often given antibiotics whether or not they are unwell as a preventative measure to stop diseases spreading, but the bugs are increasingly developing resistance to the drugs.”

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France: 1 Mali Soldier and 10 Islamist Militants Killed in Overnight Fighting Near the Timbuktu Airport

March 21, 2013

“Burkhard also reported that 15 Islamist fighters had been killed in clashes in Gao, northern Mali, in recent days. After initial confusion, it transpired that these were the same casualties reported by the French army on Tuesday.”

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Mali Local Council: Civil Servants and State Officials Have Yet to Return to Gao, 6 Weeks After France Recaptured the City

March 21, 2013

“Residents of Gao are waiting for state officials to come back, six weeks after French-led troops recaptured this northern Malian city from Islamist fighters.”

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U.S. Defense Secretary Hagel Praises France’s Military Intervention in Mali

March 21, 2013

“After initially hesitating, the United States has backed the French-led action with logistical support, sending transport planes, surveillance drones and refueling tankers to boost the campaign.”

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