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No such thing as 'race', say French lawmakers

French National- AssemblyFrench lawmakers approved a bill on Thursday to completely remove the word “race” from the country’s law books, but the initiative has been blasted as naïve and useless by right-wing opponents.

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How Russia, US still spy on each other

anna chapman AP460The Cold War is long over, but espionage is forever. Russian spies still operate in the US and American ones in Russia. On Tuesday, Russia's security services said they had caught a US diplomat whom they claim is a CIA official trying to recruit a Russian agent.

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CARICOM-Australia cooperation produces noteworthy successes says LaRocque

Tysoe LarocqueCARICOM Georgetown, Guyana- April 4, 2013 - Joint cooperation efforts of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Australia have contributed to the momentous achievement of a globally binding arms treaty, recently concluded by the United Nations General Assembly.

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French minister wants land for slaves’ descendants

christiane taubiraFrance’s justice minister has said she supports land reform in the country’s overseas territories to help the descendants of slaves, two days after President Hollande declared reparations for slavery impossible.

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Italy's High Court orders retrial in Amanda Knox case

knox-sollecitoAFP-Italy's highest court of appeal has overturned the acquittal of US student Amanda Knox and ordered a retrial over the murder of her British housemate in what prosecutors said was a drug-fuelled sex attack.

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British officials discuss succession to the British Throne

British throne discussionBASSETERRE, St. Kitts, 9th May 2013 – The Succession to the Crown Act 2013 which was passed by both the House of Commons and the House of Lords in the United Kingdom was the subject of discussion in Basseterre.

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UK: Prime Minister Presents Plan for Immigration Control

David-Cameron-010London, Mar 25 (Prensa Latina) British Prime Minister David Cameron presented the plans by his government to control the flux of immigrants in an announcement Monday in the town of Ipswich, southeast of Engalnd.

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Fitch cuts British bond rating from AAA

Fitch-RatingsAP LONDON—Fitch Ratings on Friday stripped the UK of its cherished top AAA credit score, citing a weaker economic outlook that continues to hinder the country in keeping control of its debt. Fitch becomes the second major ratings agency to downgrade its rating for the UK to AA+.

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Cyprus turns to Russia for help in avoiding financial meltdown

Michael Sarrius(Reuters) - Cyprus pleaded for a new loan from Russia on Wednesday to avert a financial meltdown, but won no immediate relief after the island's parliament rejected the terms of a European bailout, raising the risk of default and a bank crash.

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Musharraf under house arrest

musharraf-420wISLAMABAD — Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf was forced to flee a courtroom today moments after judges ordered his arrest, dealing a fresh blow to his fast-fading hopes of reviving his political career at next month’s general elections.

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How Europe Let Cyprus Get Into This Mess

Nicos AnastasiadesIs taxing depositors in the banks of Cyprus to finance a bailout a dangerous precedent? Yes. But the real scandal is how Europe let the Cypriot banks get into such deep trouble that there were no good ways out and the tax on depositors came to be seen (by some, anyway) as the least bad option.

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Pakistan's Musharraf on the run after arrest order

musharraf4ISLAMABAD (AP) — Former Pakistani military ruler Pervez Musharraf and his security team pushed past policemen and sped away from a court in the country's capital on Thursday to avoid arrest after his bail was revoked in a case in which he is accused of treason.

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Pope Francis tells Vatican to prepare for change

Pope-Francis-010Pope Francis has put the Vatican hierarchy on notice of sweeping changes as he prepares this week to study a secret report into skulduggery and intrigue within the Church's dysfunctional governing body.

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Thatcher and the Inner City Riots

Margaret-Thatcher-006In the wake of the death of Britain’s Margaret Thacher, a wide range of dormant and suppressed emotions have once again come to the fore. One such, is that of the great Reggae poet Linton Kwesi Johnson, who has commented on the legacy of Margaret Thatcher in the Huffington Post’s UK edition.

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Cyprus gets €10 billion bail-out from Eurozone

Cyprus bankCyprus is to receive a €10 billion (£8.7 billion) bail-out from the eurozone to recapitalise its ailing banking system in return for a series of drastic measures which will hit the country’s savers.

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Britain snubs Argentina’s Fernandez over Thatcher funeral

cristinafernandezdekirchnerLONDON (Reuters) – Britain will not invite Argentine President Cristina Fernandez to Margaret Thatcher’s funeral next week in a snub likely to deepen a long-running diplomatic dispute over the Falkland Islands.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping calls for renaissance

The new Chinese President, Xi Jinping, has said he will fight for "the great renaissance of the Chinese nation," in his first speech as head of state. He was speaking at the end of China's annual meeting of the National People's Congress.

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Jamaica’s PM Expresses Condolences at Thatcher’s Passing

baroness-margaret-thatcherPrime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has expressed deepest condolences to the Government, family and people of Great Britain on the death of former Prime Minister, Baroness Margaret Thatcher.

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Chimney raised over Sistine Chapel as cardinals prepare for conclave

vatican-chimneyRome (CNN) — Vatican workmen scaled the roof of the Sistine Chapel Saturday, as they installed the chimney which will release the black or white smoke that signifies whether a new pope has been elected.

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EPA can unlock value of region’s cultural and sporting industries

Pamela coke hamilton77Georgetown, Guyana- April 5, 2013     Unlocking the economic value of the cultural industries and sporting sectors of the Caribbean Forum of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (CARIFORUM) holds much promise for development prospects, especially at a time when there has been a significant reduction in traditional revenue streams.

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EU could get boost from US free-trade deal'

Europe's most senior trade official has said that a free-trade agreement between the US and European Union would boost its growth by as much as 1%, leading to many more jobs.

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