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Battered by weak exports and an economy in recession, Japan unveiled a $117 billion fiscal stimulus package Friday in a bid to boost growth.The measure will increase spending on public works, disaster recovery and provide aid to smaller businesses. The plan is part of newly installed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s effort to get the country’s […]

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David Cameron has rejected an “offensive” suggestion by officials that the age of sexual consent might be reduced to The change was among ideas floated by the Number 10 policy unit after being asked to come up with new ways to extend personal freedoms, the Daily Mail reported. Among other recommendations was a relaxation of […]

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Hong Kong politicians have made an unprecedented attempt to impeach the leader of the semi-autonomous Chinese city. Wednesday’s bid to impeach Leung Chun-ying, the China-backed chief executive of Hong Kong, comes less than two weeks after thousands took to the streets on January 1 calling for Leung to quit and demanding greater democracy. Emily Lau, […]

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Doctors in Mozambique have gone on strike over pay and working conditions demands, which they claim have not been met by the government, Al Jazeera has learned. In mounting the strike on Monday, the doctors defied the government, which prohibits public-service workers from going on strike. It is not clear how many of the country’s […]

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Rebels in the Central African Republic have taken the southern town of Alindao around 100km from the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo, a government spokesman has confirmed. The military advance on Saturday came after the UN Security Council called on rebels to halt their offensive and withdraw from other towns and cities they […]

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Three months after floods swept through northern Nigeria, reality is now setting in for the millions affected. The floods ravaged more than 20 states across the country. Aid Agencies there are warning of an impending food shortage. They say the needs of the people are immense and only a few organisations are helping. Although government […]

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Two US drone strikes in the Pakistan tribal regions bordering Afghanistan have killed at least nine people, including a senior Taliban commander who had a truce with Pakistan’s military, Pakistani intelligence officials have said. Six people, including senior Taliban commander Mullah Nazir were killed in the strike in South Waziristan and three others were killed […]

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Pope Benedict XVI has condemned “unregulated capitalism” for contributing to world tension, in a new year address to worshippers. The Pope also thanked the world’s peacemakers and said humanity had “an innate vocation for peace”. The Roman Catholic Church leader spoke at a Mass in the Vatican, then greeted a crowd outside St Peter’s Basilica. […]

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  Controversial Nigerian Prophet T.B. Joshua released an intriguing list of prophetic messages in his church service on Monday 31st December 2012, subsequently re-posted on his official Facebook page, ‘TB Joshua Ministries’. Joshua, who has a large repertoire of past prophecies that have come to pass, predicted bad tidings for politicians who ‘failed to reward those who […]

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