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Ukrainian man smears Polish president with egg attack

KIEV (Reuters) – A Ukrainian man smeared Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski with a broken egg when he visited the site of a 1943 massacre of Poles in neighbouring Ukraine on Sunday, police said. The attack followed a move by the Polish parliament last week to recognise the massacre by the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) during World War Two as “ethnic …

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European commission approves NYSE takeover

BRUSSELS: The European Commission has approved Inter Continental Exchange s proposed $8.2 billion takeover of NYSE Euro next, saying the two are not direct competitors in most markets and will continue to face strong competition. The deal will give ICE control of London-based Liffe, Europe s second-largest derivatives market. The combined ICE-NYSE Euro next would be the third-largest exchange group …

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Highway shootings: Truck driver arrested in Germany

BERLIN : German police have arrested a truck driver believed to be responsible for a series of more than 700 shootings on the country s highways over five years. The Federal Criminal Police Office says the 57-year-old man was arrested on Sunday in western Germany and officers seized firearms.   The office said the man, whose name was not released, was …

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Berlusconi gets 7-year jail in sex crime case

MILAN (Reuters) – A Milan court sentenced former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi on Monday to seven years in jail and banned him from public office after finding him guilty of paying for sex with a minor and abusing his powers of office to cover up the affair. The verdict adds to mounting complications facing Prime Minister Enrico Letta, whose …

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EU seeks to look beyond Turkey protests over membership

LUXEMBOURG (AP) – Turkey s hope of moving to the next stage of negotiations to join the European Union was kept alive Monday after Germany proposed a compromise that would bind the EU to expanded talks, but only once it approved Ankara s latest reforms. With the hedged proposal, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said he wanted to make sure the impact …

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UK to take cash bond of £3,000 from visitor’s of 6 countries including Pakistan

LONDON (Awaaz News): Britain has decided that visitors from India, Pakistan, Nigeria Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Ghana would have to pay a cash bond of £3,000 ($4,600, 3,500 euros) before entering in the country. According to reports, the new visit visa policy would start working from November and the submitted money would be impounded if the visitors overstay in Britain …

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MEPs vote to drop immunity for French Far Right Leader

Far right leader, Marine Le Pen, is widely expected to face criminal charges after MEPs in the legal affairs committee today voted overwhelmingly in favour of waiving her immunity. Le Pen, leader of France’s far-right National Front party, is likely to face an investigation by French authorities over racist remarks aimed at the Muslim community during a party rally in …

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EU ministers to decide who pays when banks fail

LUXEMBOURG (AP) — European Union finance ministers struggled Friday to broker an agreement on how best to downsize or close banks without spreading panic or having to call on taxpayers to bail out ailing lenders. A marathon negotiating session of the EU’s 27 finance chiefs went into the night, seeking agreement on the order in which investors and creditors would have to pay for bank restructurings. …

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EU Parliament in push to limit U.S. data access

BRUSSELS : European Union lawmakers want to forbid the United States from accessing European citizens’ data without the approval of a judge or equivalent authority, a response to the revelations about the Prism spy program. Lawmakers from the European People’s Party (EPP), the biggest group in the European Parliament, on Wednesday backed a proposal that would force U.S. officials to use an existing …

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G-8 declaration won’t mention Assad’s fate: Russia

ENNISKILLEN, Northern Ireland (AP) – A senior Russian diplomat says the G-8 summit s joint statement on ending the Syrian civil war will not mention whether Bashar Assad must step down from power as part of any peace settlement.   Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told reporters Tuesday that the eight nations have agreed they should not specify any outcome …

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