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Was Bangalore lucky to have escaped major tragedy today? – Hindustan Times

Sixteen people were injured on Wednesday in a bomb blast, near the ruling BJP’s office in this tech hub, which Karnataka deputy chief minister R Ashok said was an act of terror. Government sources in New Delhi said the bombing was indeed a “terror attack” and the city was lucky to [...]

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Thatcher’s ‘steadfastness’ remembered at funeral – USA Today – USA TODAY

Pallbearers carry the coffin of former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher.(Photo: Carl Court, AFP/Getty) LONDON — The United Kingdom steeled itself and said a final formal farewell to the “Iron Lady,” former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, who presided over the nation during a period of huge economic and social change from 1979 to 1990. [...]

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Rockets Fired From Egyptian Sinai Land in Israel – New York Times

But rather than serving as a new source of tension between Israel and Egypt under President Mohamed Morsi, a former leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, Israeli officials spoke of close cooperation between the two countries over what they viewed as a joint interest. “There is constant and in-depth dialogue with the Egyptians,” Amos Gilad, a [...]

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Burgeoning IT sector aims to reverse Palestinian economic rot – Reuters

By Noah Browning NABLUS, West Bank | Wed Apr 17, 2013 10:08am EDT NABLUS, West Bank (Reuters) – Nestled in a basin in the northern West Bank, the city of Nablus was for millennia a Palestinian cultural and commercial hub, attracting traders to its souk in the heart of the old town. But Israel’s occupation [...]

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Mubarak ordered back to prison – BBC News

17 April 2013 Last updated at 10:49 ET Mubarak is charged with complicity in the murder and attempted murder of protesters Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has been ordered back to prison from military hospital. Mr Mubarak’s retrial will open on 11 May, [...]

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N Korea bars South delegation from joint zone – Press Trust of India

STAFF WRITER 11:44 HRS IST Seoul, Apr 17 (AFP) North Korea today barred a delegation of South Korean businessmen from delivering food and supplies to 200 of their staff inside the closed Kaesong joint industrial zone. Ten representatives of the 123 South Korean firms in Kaesong had applied for permission to visit the zone, two [...]

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Medvedev battles Putin criticism – Financial Times

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Giving immigrants a path to citizenship is key to US economic growth – The Guardian

The “gang of eight”, a bipartisan contingent of US senators, has just released an outline of their long awaited comprehensive immigration reform bill. The bill concentrates on three broad components: a pathway to citizenship for unauthorized migrants, border security, and America’s outdated visa allocation system. The most important component of the bill removes the threat [...]

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Druze Residents Celebrate End of France’s Mandate Over Syria – Voice of America

Dozens of Druze residents of Bukata village, straddling along the Syrian border, marched waving Syrian flags on the anniversary of the 1946 withdrawal of French troops from Syria that marked the end of France’s mandate over an Arab country. “We are here in solidarity with our mother land Syria as it is the [...]

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Suu Kyi says Myanmar peace depends on security – The Hindu

Communal violence threatening Myanmar’s fledgling reforms must be stopped by ensuring the “rule of law” so that clashing groups feel secure enough for dialogue, opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi said on Wednesday. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate, on a visit to Japan, said she objects to violence “committed by anybody against anybody” and that [...]

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