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Obama’s Israeli Columbia classmates don’t recall the young president – Haaretz

Text size Comments (0) Among those Israelis vying for the attention of Barack Obama as he prepares for his visit here next week, one fairly large, yet little-known group can claim a special… Obama’s […]

Brussels summit: David Cameron wins deal to cut EU red tape – Telegraph.co.uk

According to research from the European Commission, small businesses complain that the most burdensome regulations they face from Europe include data protection laws, the working time rules, health and safety legislation and procedures for awarding public contracts. Mr Cameron was said to be pleased with Thursday night’s deal on a timetable for action. A British […]

Second Carnival Cruise Ship Having Trouble at Sea – ABC News

Second Carnival Cruise Ship Having Trouble at Sea – ABC News

Another day, another Carnival cruise ship is having issues. The company announced late Thursday night that the Carnival Legend, currently off the coast of Honduras, is unable to sail at its optimal speed because of a technical problem, forcing the ship to cut short passengers’ vacation. The Carnival Legend has canceled its visit to Grand […]

Syria’s Assad threatens to strike at rebels in Lebanon – Haaretz

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EU Eases Budget Rigor as Recession Bites, Jobless Rise – Bloomberg

EU Eases Budget Rigor as Recession Bites, Jobless Rise – Bloomberg

European governments loosened the shackles on national budgets as the euro-area recession deepens and unemployment climbs, with pro-growth appeals coming even from German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the leader most closely associated with austerity. European Union leaders endorsed “structural” budgetary assessments, using code for granting countries such as France, Spain and Portugal extra time to bring […]

Syria crisis: rebel war crimes increasing says Amnesty – live updates – The Guardian

Syria crisis: rebel war crimes increasing says Amnesty – live updates – The Guardian

Welcome to Middle East Live.  Here’s a roundup of the latest developments:  Syria • Amnesty International has documented an increase in war crimes and other human rights abuses committed by rebel groups including hostage taking, torture and summary killings. Its Middle East and North Africa deputy director Ann Harrison said:  While the vast majority of war […]

Indian Kashmir Under Curfew – Voice of America

Authorities in Indian Kashmir have imposed a curfew after a militant attack killed five soldiers Wednesday in the region’s main city, Srinagar. Troops patrolled the streets of Srinagar Thursday. Police said Wednesday that two militants opened fire on a paramilitary camp, killing five soldiers and wounding at least seven others. Authorities […]

Where there’s smoke at the Vatican, there’s social media – CBC.ca

When white smoke billowed out of the Sistine Chapel’s chimney – the centuries-old signal a new pope had been chosen –thousands of people got a text and an email. They had signed up for a service from http://www.PopeAlarm.com, a new website launched this week that promised: “When the smoke goes up, you’ll know what’s going […]

Ari Shavit / The president who holds Israel’s fate in the palm of his hand – Haaretz

Text size Comments (1) The question of who Israel’s prime minister will be is usually an important one. But as far as Israel’s national security is concerned, the question is […]

UN for peaceful resolution to India-Italy diplomatic row – Hindustan Times

Amidst a diplomatic row between India and Italy over the fate of two Italian marines, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called for a peaceful resolution to the issue. Massimiliano Lattore and Salvatore Girone, charged with homicide for killing two fishermen off the Kerala coast in February last […]