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GM profit misses estimates; losses in Europe deepen

DETROIT (Reuters) – General Motors Co reported a weaker-than-expected fourth-quarter profit on Thursday, citing wider losses in Europe and lower vehicle prices plus higher costs in its core North…

Alcohol in movies linked to child boozing

Stars who knock back whisky, wine or beer in a movie are an invisible but potent force in prompting youngsters to experiment with alcohol or binge-drink, a large US study published on Tuesday suggests. Major exposure to scenes of alcohol consumption in movies is a …

Gunmen in Afghan police uniforms kill NATO soldier

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Gunmen in Afghan police uniforms opened fire on NATO troops on Monday in southern Afghanistan, killing an Albanian soldier, officials said. …

Mexico Cartels Paid Millions for Political Favors

U.S. drug agents say they have evidence that Mexican drug cartel leaders paid $4.5 million for political favors to a Mexican border state governor and other figures in Mexico’s former ruling party. According to …

Argentina Launches Protest at UN over Falklands

Argentina’s government lodged a formal protest at the United Nations Friday over what it says is Britain’s “militarization” of the disputed Falkland Islands – known in Argentina as the Malvinas Islands. Argentinian Foreign Minister …

Terrorist suspect arrested near Capitol building

A Moroccan national was arrested near the US Capitol building on Friday as he tried to detonate a fake suicide vest that had been given to him by undercover

SENEGAL: Police disperse opposition protests in Senegal

Senegal police turned away small groups of opposition protesters Monday after days of riots against President Abdoulaye Wade’s bid for a third term. The city emptied out amid fears of fresh violence as tensions run high ahead of

Red Cross Negotiating Humanitarian Cease-Fire in Syria

The International Committee of the Red Cross says it is trying to broker a humanitarian cease-fire in Syria, as government tanks and troops mass around…

Flags and hope on Libya's uneasy anniversary

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Flags flew on Martyrs Square in Tripoli and crowds across Libya gave voice on Friday to joy at being free of Muammar Gaddafi, as the anniversary of their revolt offered brief respite from fears that it has brought them only chaotic paralysis. In Benghazi, cradle of…

Polish man found in mountains is Iraq war veteran

A man found with severe frostbite in subzero temperatures in the southern Polish mountains was being taken to a military hospital on Friday after his family identified him as a veteran of the Iraq war.

Veolia Falls After Les Echos Says CEO Frerot May Be Replaced: Paris Mover

Veolia Environnement SA (VIE) , the world’s biggest water utility, fell the most in a month as newspaper Les Echos said Chief Executive Officer Antoine Frerot’s predecessor, Henri Proglio , is seeking to oust him.

Putin says before poll Russia needs stronger army

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said on Monday Russia needed a stronger military to protect it from foreign attempts to stoke conflicts around its borders. In a newspaper article intended to burnish his image as a strong leader before a presidential election, Putin said Russia would…

China paper accuses West of stirring Syria unrest

Western support for Syrian rebels could trigger civil war in the violence-hit nation, an influential Chinese newspaper said, as it defended Beijing’s decision to veto a UN resolution.

Italy says it should handle Indian shooting case

ROME (Reuters) – Italian authorities should be allowed to deal with allegations its forces killed two Indian fishermen, the foreign ministry said on Monday, criticizing Indian police for arresting servicemen acting to protect a cargo ship from pirates. The two Italian marines were part of a security detachment assigned to protect…

China paper says West stirring up civil war in Syria

BEIJING (Reuters) – Western countries are stirring up a civil war in Syria with their wholehearted support for the opposition, a top Chinese newspaper said Monday, slamming calls for the …

Dr Johan Franzén: The Fallacy of the Arab Spring

There was no Arab Spring – nor is there necessarily an Islamist Winter. Ongoing events in Syria, and recently across the Middle East, are the last in a long historic process of protest, opposition and revolution. But the outcome will not be democracy as we know it in the West. …

UN warns of unequal exposure to environmental health risks within …

14 2012 – One out of every five Europeans dies from environmentally-related diseases, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) warned today, noting that poorer citizens are more exposed to such risks than their …

Massive Fire Engulfs Honduran Market

Honduran authorities say a massive fire has consumed a market in the capital. Officials say hundreds of vendor stalls were destroyed in the blaze that started Saturday afternoon in Tegucigalpa.  No deaths have been reported. One local business owner said the fire spread quickly. “It …

Prison Riot Kills 20 in Mexico

Mexican officials say at least 40 people were killed when a prison riot erupted Sunday in the northern part of the country. Officials said a fight broke out in …

Republican New Jersey governor vetoes gay marriage bill

Republican Governor Chris Christie vetoed a bill allowing gay marriage in the state of New Jersey on Friday as lawmakers in Maryland narrowly approved a similar

SENEGAL: Fresh violence erupts around Dakar mosque

Street battles took place between police and protesters Sunday around a mosque in the Senegalese capital of Dakar, a week before President Abdoulaye Wade is set to seek a controversial third term.

Azarenka fires wake-up call in grunting row

AFP – World number one Victoria Azarenka hit back at more criticism of her on-court grunting on Sunday, claiming it was as…

After talks, China says it supports Arab League's proposals for solving Syrian violence

BEIJING, China – China said Saturday that it supports the Arab League’s proposals for ending the violence in Syria, a striking show of support just two weeks after Beijing vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution backing the league’s plans.

Morocco bans Spanish paper over royal cartoon

Morocco has banned the distribution of Thursday’s edition of Spain’s influential El Pais, as a cartoon published by the newspaper allegedly tarnished King Mohammed VI’s name, an official said.

NY newspaper man Richard Blood dies at 83

Richard J. Blood, a former city editor at the New York Daily News who nurtured a generation of young journalists while teaching for more than two decades at

UK FM: Attack on Iran has 'enormous downsides'

An attack on Iran would carry huge costs, Britain’s foreign minister warned Saturday.

India Ink: India Allows Request to Charge U.S. Citizen in 2008 Attacks

The decision is the first step in seeking an extradition for David Coleman Headley in connection with the terrorist attacks in Mumbai.

Egypt trial of foreign NGO activists on Feb 26: MENA

Egypt was set to further widen a row with the United States by announcing on Saturday that it would go ahead with a trial of foreign democracy activists, including 19 Americans, on February 26.

China says supports Arab League in handling Syria

China said Saturday it favored a solution to Syria’s violence within the Arab League framework and based on the group’s proposals, a striking show of support just two weeks

Canadian-poker: Industry Leaders Confident in Online Poker Future Despite PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker Controversy

MONTREAL, Canada–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Online poker industry leaders are optimistic the industry is finally moving in right direction after prolonged controversy after shutdown of PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker, Canadian-poker reports.

China set to become world's biggest gold market

China is poised to overtake India as the world’s biggest gold market this year, as rising incomes fuel demand for the precious metal and a weak rupee diminishes Indian purchases, the industry body said….

Latvian vote could make Russian an EU official language

Brussels (dpa) – The European Union could start speaking in Russian, if a referendum in Latvia on Saturday succeeds in making it the second official language of the country, the European Commission acknowledged on the eve of the vote….

UK and France sign nuclear deal

The UK signs a deal with France to strengthen co-operation on civil nuclear energy as a Franco-British summit is held in Paris.

As Old Francs Expire, France Makes a Small Mint

The French treasury banked some 550 million euros for doing nothing — simply letting the French franc, created in 1360, finally perish in exchange for the euro.

Global Systemic Crisis: Towards a Renaissance in European political and economic integration

Euroland has come out of this violently conflictual episode with its “natural allies” much reinforced. According to our team, 2012 will mark the starting point for the perpetuation of a new global power, Euroland.

Real Madrid go 13 points clear

Real Madrid went 13 points clear of Barcelona in La Liga on Saturday as Karim Benzema grabbed a double in a 4-0 win over 10-man Racing Santander. Jose Mourinho’s men have given Barca little margin for error having now …

ZIMBABWE: Mugabe still listed after EU sanctions review

The EU on Friday lifted sanctions on 51 individuals and 20 entities in Zimbabwe “to encourage further progress” in a power-sharing agreement, though extending sanctions on President Robert Mugabe and other senior officials.

Report: France, Britain to build unmanned fighter jet

Paris (dpa) – French President Nicolas Sarkozy and British Prime Minister David Cameron are to unveil plans to develop an unmanned European fighter jet at a summit in Paris on Friday, Les …

President Nicolas Sarkozy confirms France election bid. http://t.co/MCtPX46H #Sarkozy #francenews #frenchnews #france #bbcnews

President Nicolas Sarkozy confirms France election bid. http://t.co/MCtPX46H #Sarkozy #francenews #frenchnews #france #bbcnews

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