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Iran is ready to double the output at its underground uranium enrichment facility, the UN nuclear watchdog says. A leaked report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said there were 2,784 centrifuges at Fordo, and that Iran could soon double the number operating from 700 to 1,400. The development is likely to fuel Western […]

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Palestinian fighters launch unprecedented attack amid continuing Israeli strikes on Gaza.   A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip has struck an uninhabited area outside of Jerusalem, causing no damage or injuries, the Israeli army said, shortly after air raid sirens wailed across the city. Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the rocket landed on Friday […]

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Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Qandil (L) and senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh wave to people in Gaza City November 16, 2012. Photo: Reuters Egypt’s prime minister has condemned Israeli attacks on Gaza as a disaster during a short visit to the territory. Hisham Qandil, who visited a hospital and talked to Palestinian politicians during his […]

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Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, who had been detained in New York over an allegation of trying to blow up New York’s Federal Reserve Bank, was indicted on Thursday. He was charged with using a weapon of mass destruction and trying to provide material support to al Qaeda, reports CNN. […]

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By John J. Brandon On November 19, Barack Obama will visit Burma (also known as Myanmar). History will be made as Mr. Obama will be the first U.S. president to ever visit the country. But he won’t be the first Obama. Obama’s visit to Burma will be the first by a U.S. president, and comes […]

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WASHINGTON — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) issued one of the more pointed post-election public criticisms of Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign Tuesday, saying that the Republican nominee did too little to set out an inspiring vision for governance. “Mitt Romney is an honorable man. He’s a good honest man. He deserves our respect, and our […]

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As Muslim-Americans continue to navigate an often-hostile political terrain in the United States, a few recent victories have given cause for optimism. Three Congressional races resulted in the defeat of some of the country’s most vocal political Islamophobes.Republican Congressmen Allen West of Florida and Joe Walsh of Illinois lost their reelection bids, and Republican congressional-hopeful […]

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Xi Jinping has been confirmed as the man to lead China for the next decade. Xi led the new Politburo Standing Committee onto the stage at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, signalling his elevation to the top of China’s ruling Communist Party. The party faced great challenges but would work to meet […]

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World Bank Vice President Isabel Guerrero will not come to Dhaka this month as she has postponed her South Asia visit in November. “Initial plans for a South Asia tour in November have been postponed due to senior management meetings in Washington this month,” said Mehrin A Mahbub, communication officer of the WB in Dhaka. […]

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Mr Obama praised David Petraeus, who he said had given exceptional service to the US and made the country safer US President Barack Obama says he has seen “no evidence” that former CIA director David Petraeus’ extramarital affair compromised national security. Gen Petraeus’ resignation should be a “sidenote” to his distinguished career, Mr Obama added […]

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President Obama said his approach was that ”the wealthiest Americans pay a little bit more” US President Obama has reiterated his call for high earners in the US to pay more in taxes, in his first news conference since winning re-election. He called for quick legislation to rule out tax rises on the first $250,000 […]

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Analysis of satellite imagery showed activity at the rocket launch site Recent satellite images show that North Korea has been conducting tests at a rocket launch site, says a US academic organisation. The US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University said its analysis of images “indicates that North Korea continues to develop long-range missiles”. There had […]

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