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She came under criticism from members of her own party who distanced themselves from her remarks

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Sudan’s President, Omar al-Bashir, has said that all political prisoners are to be released in the latest sign of an easing of political tensions within the country and with South Sudan.

Spain captain Iker Casillas lifts the Euro 2012 trophy

Uefa president Michel Platini admits expanded Euros will be 'less interesting'

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Would Rahul Gandhi like to close India's top dynasty?

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Pentagon grounds entire fleet of F-35 fighter jets after crack found in engine

The Pentagon yesterday grounded its fleet of F-35 fighter jets after discovering a cracked engine blade in one plane.

Bo Xilai has reportedly been refusing to eat or shave in protest

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With no charges and no trial date, the disgraced Chinese leader protests against unfair treatment

David Cameron and Manmohan Singh, the prime minister of India

Welcome to India, Mr Cameron. Just don't mention the Koh-I-Noor

Two hundred and fifty years ago, two European conquistadors competed to sell cutting edge technology to India's leaders. Now it's Cameron and Hollande's turn

Space probe could be sent to Jupiter's moon Europa as Nasa scientist says it is the most likely place to find life

Orbiting probe around Jupiter could be launched in 2021 or 2022 and could reach the giant planet within six years

An embassy security guard arrives at the Gate 2 of the US embassy just minutes after a suicide bomber has detonated an explosive device at the entrance of the U.S. Embassy

Police investigate cause of Mexico City office blast that killed 32

Explosion in Petroleos Mexicanos headquarters initially blamed on a gas boiler

Big trouble: A tagged condor in Chile. Peru is belatedly trying to help the birds

Are we seeing the last flight of the condor?

Numbers of this magnificent bird have crashed. Mitra Taj in Lima on efforts to halt the decline

Rahul Gandhi’s inevitable and incredible appointment as Congress No 2

There was an inevitability and incredibility about the announcement last night that Rahul Gandhi has been appointed vice president of India’s Congress Party. This confirmed his assumed position as number two and heir apparent to Sonia Gandhi, the dynastic leader of the party and of the country’s United Progressive Alliance (UPA) governing coalition. It also made him an heir apparent to Manmohan Singh, the prime minister.
Concerned faces on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange last week

15.02.2013 - The day America hits the ceiling?

Tim Geithner has admitted that the US could reach its $16.4 trillion debt limit much sooner than thought. Nikhil Kumar imagines  the scene in Washington in  a month’s time if there is no deal (and it makes the fiscal cliff look like a picnic…)

The News Matrix: Tuesday 15 January 2013

Armstrong says sorry to his charity

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden at a meeting with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder (left) and gun safety advocacy groups

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Opening high-level consultations on America’s gun laws in the wake of December’s shooting of 20 children in a Connecticut school, the Vice-President Joe Biden has served notice that Barack Obama was “determined to take action” and will sidestep Congress if necessary.

Daniel Inouye: War hero and respected Senator

Daniel Inouye was a highly decorated Second World War veteran who used his status as one of the longest-serving and most powerful Democrat Senators to funnel billions of dollars to his native Hawaii. He came to national attention when he helped orchestrate inquiries into the Watergate scandal and the Iran-Contra affair.

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