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78 ViewsThe US Senate has approved a deal to avert general tax hikes and spending cuts known as the “fiscal cliff”. The bill, which raises taxes for the wealthy, came after lengthy talks between Vice-President Joe Biden and Senate Republicans. The House is due to consider it later. Spending cuts have been delayed for two […]

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Blood of Louis XVI ‘found in gourd container’

80 ViewsA team of scientists have said they believe an old gourd contains the blood of French King Louis XVI. The monarch was killed by guillotine by French revolutionaries more than 200 years ago, on 21 January 1793. The scientists said the DNA is very similar to genetic material from what is believed to be […]

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Hugo Chavez is facing cancer & a series of other health problems,

165 ViewsProfile Hugo Chavez led a military revolt against Venezuela’s government, won four democratic elections and irritated a host of US politicians, but the fiery populist today is lying in a hospital bed in Cuba. His condition has been described as “delicate” because of “new complications”. His resignation for health reasons, or his death, would […]

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Pop diva Madonna to educate 4,871 Malawi girls

115 Views Former Material Girl Madonna has built 10 primary schools in Malawi this year, her charity announced Friday. Two years after abandoning a $15 million girls academy, the pop diva said projects this year would educate 4,871 children in the southern African country. The projects were carried out by her charity Raising Malawi and […]

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2012 brought technocrats Presidents in Africa

122 ViewsThis year, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation failed to find an African leader worthy of its $5 million Governance Prize, the third time it has failed to do so in its six-year existence. This sparked debate about the dearth of leadership on the continent, and the need to rethink the concept of trying to “bribe” […]

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Central African Republic crisis: AU chief to hold talks with Bozize

95 ViewsThe head of the African Union is due to arrive in the Central African Republic for talks as rebel forces continue to advance towards the capital Bangui. The AU says Thomas Boni Yayi will discuss the crisis with President Francois Bozize. Earlier, the Seleka rebel alliance entered the central city of Sibut after the […]

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Philippine president signs contraception law

162 ViewsA family-planning bill that was blocked by the Catholic Church for more than a decade is approved by the president. The Philippine President has signed into law a family-planning bill that was blocked by the Catholic Church for more than a decade. Presidential spokeswoman Abigail Valte said that President Benigno Aquino III had signed […]

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India gang-rape victim dies in Singapore

121 ViewsA statement by Singapore’s Mount Elizabeth hospital where the 23-year-old victim was being treated said she “died peacefully” early on Saturday. “We are very sad to report that the patient passed away peacefully at 4.45am (local time) on Dec 29, 2012,” Kelvin Loh, the chief executive of Mount Elizabeth Hospital, said in a statement. […]

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How Iran sacked the sole female minister Dastjerdi from health post

132 ViewsIran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has sacked Health Minister Marziyeh Vahid Dastjerdi, the sole woman in his cabinet, state television reports. Ms Dastjerdi was also the first woman minister in the 30-year history of the Islamic republic. While no reason has been given, the dismissal is being linked to her call for drug price rises […]

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Berlusconi ‘agrees $48m divorce’

123 ViewsFormer Italian Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi, is rounding out the year with a divorce, and he has reportedly agreed to pay his exwife almost four million dollars a MONTH as part of their settlement. Veronica Lario, with whom Mr Berlusconi has three children, filed for divorce 3 years ago. She accused him of having […]

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