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  By DECLAN WALSH and STEVEN GREENHOUSE KARACHI, Pakistan – The century-old Central Jail here, a gritty repository of criminals, jihadists and sectarian killers, has a reputation for overcrowding and prisoner riots. But for Arshad and Shahid Bhaila, the industrialist brothers whose factory burned to the ground in September, killing at least 262 workers, there […]

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Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal, left,and senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, right, wave to the crowd upon Meshaal’s arrival in the southern Gaza Strip yesterday. Inset, Khaled Meshaal prays upon his arrival.Photo: AFPAgencies Hamas leader in exile Khaled Meshaal made his first visit to Gaza yesterday, kissing the ground and saying he hoped he would one […]

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Hillary urges concerted push; raging violence kills 77 Afp, Damascus Syria’s army sent reinforcements to a rebel town near Damascus as clashes raged south of the capital Friday, hours after talks on the conflict between the US, Russia and UN ended without a breakthrough. Meanwhile, UN chief Ban Ki-moon yesterday said any use of chemical […]

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Local residents in a restaurant react after a strong earthquake hit the area in Iwaki, Fukushima prefecture, in this photo taken by Kyodo December 7, 2012. A strong quake centred off northeastern Japan shook buildings as far away as Tokyo on Friday and triggered a one-metre tsunami in an area devastated by last year’s Fukushima […]

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This December 1 photo shows activists march to demand action to address climate change in Doha. Photo: ReutersReuters, Doha A row over who will pay for dealing with the accelerating impact of climate change soured UN debate in Doha, where a final day of haggling was expected to do nothing to curb greenhouse gas pollution. […]

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BSS, Dhaka The ICT-1 on Thursday issued a notice on the South Asia bureau chief and the chief editor of London-based ‘The Economist’ to explain why actions would not be taken against them for interfering in the ongoing war crimes trial and violating the privacy of a judge. The International Crimes Tribunal (ICT)-1 directed them […]

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By Mandakini Devasher Surie India’s online community has been buzzing since the arrest of two young women by the Mumbai police last month for posting comments on Facebook criticizing the city’s shutdown following the death of veteran Shiv Sena leader, Bal Thackeray. The arrests of Shaheen Dhada and Renu Srinivasan sparked public outrage across the […]

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Citigroup says it is cutting 11,000 jobs worldwide in an efficiency drive, with most of the jobs being lost in its consumer banking division. The bank said the move, which will see its headcount shrink by 4%, would cost it about $1bn (£621m) in pre-tax charges. Shares in the bank rose 7% following the announcement. […]

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At least five people have been killed by a moderately powerful earthquake in eastern Iran, say officials. The 5.5 magnitude quake struck near Zohan in South Khorasan province, close to the Afghan border, in the early evening, said the Fars news agency. At least 20 people were hurt and many in the provincial capital Birjand […]

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Barack Obama A year ago Thursday in Osawatomie, Kansas, President Barack Obama delivered a fiery defence of the middle class. It marked a turning point in the president’s economic argument — and helped him win reelection, despite historic economic headwinds. “This is a make-or-break moment for the middle class,” Obama told the crowd, hundreds of […]

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Photo: CNN Reuters, New Bataan, Philippines Blocked roads and severed communications in the southern Philippines frustrated rescuers on Wednesday as teams searched for hundreds of people missing after the strongest typhoon this year that killed at least 283 people. Typhoon Bopha, with central winds of 120 kph (75 mph) and gusts of up to 150 […]

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Bob Woodward reports on recorded conversation in which a Fox News analyst relayed offer from Ailes and Rupert Murdoch It has long been evident to observers of the right-wing Fox News channel that its creator and current chairman, Roger Ailes, likes to play kingmaker within the Republican party. Why else would he have employed no […]

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