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WikiLeaks publishes CIA tips for traveling spies

© AFP/File / by Dave Clark | Demonstrators hold a mock waterboarding torture of a prisoner in Times Square, New York, on January 11, 2008
22 Dec 2014
WikiLeaks on Sunday released two CIA documents that offered tips to help spies maintain their cover while using false documents as they crossed international borders. The two documents, dating from 2011 and 2012, are marked classified and...
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IMF policies criticised over Ebola outbreak

A volunteer health worker practises using a personal protective equipment (PPE) suit at a newly-constructed Ebola virus treatment centre in Monrovia, Liberia, September 21, 2014.
22 Dec 2014
International Monetary Fund (IMF) policies left healthcare systems in the African countries worst affected by Ebola underfunded and lacking doctors, and hampered a coordinated response to the outbreak, researchers said Monday. Links...
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Flying back on course: the inside story of the new Airbus A350 jet

General view of an Airbus A350 is pictured at the final assembly line at Airbus headquarters in Toulouse, December 4, 2014.
 
22 Dec 2014
Ten years ago, the boss of Qatar Airways, who takes his first new A350 jet this week, warned Airbus it was flying off course. Boeing was knocking on his door with a "super-efficient" jet boasting 30 percent fuel savings thanks to...
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Shock and anger in NY after two police murdered

 Getty/AFP / by Brigitte Dusseau | Officers stand near the scene where two New York City policemen were killed execution style Saturday afternoon as they sat in their marked police car on a Brooklyn street corner on December 20, 2014
21 Dec 2014
New York was reeling Sunday after the murder of two uniformed cops by a man who said he was seeking revenge for the recent killings of unarmed black men by police. The two officers, Wenjian Liu, 32, and Rafael Ramos, 40, were shot in the...
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Iran hails US-Cuba thaw as proof sanctions don't work

(L-R) US Secretary of State John Kerry, European Union Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton, and Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif are photographed as they participate in a trilateral meeting in Vienna, 15 October 2014.
21 Dec 2014
Iran has seized on Washington's historic rapprochement with Cuba after five decades of Cold War standoff as proof that big power sanctions do not work. "The defence by the Cuban government and people of their revolutionary ideals...
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Libya's official government targets rival forces trying to seize ports

A member of the Libyan army guards the streets following yesterday's clashes in Benghazi 26 November 2013.
21 Dec 2014
Military planes loyal to Libya's recognised government attacked on Sunday an opposing force that is seeking to seize the country's two biggest oil ports, officials said. The advancing force, which is allied to a rival government...
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French police kill 'Allahu Akbar' attacker

© AFP / by Guillaume SOUVANT with Pauline TALAGRAND in Paris | A police car is parked outside the station in Joue les-Tours on December 20, 2014
 
 
 
21 Dec 2014
French police on Saturday shot dead a knife-wielding man who attacked three officers in a police station while shouting "Allahu Akbar" ("God is great"). The man wounded one officer's face at the entrance to the...
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Analysis: New leadership seeks to rebuild EU self-confidence

Former Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk (L) and outgoing European Council President Herman Van Rompuy attend a ceremony, during which Tusk took over from Van Rompuy and officially replaced him as head of the European Council, in Brussels in this December 1, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Yves Herman/Files
 
21 Dec 2014
Short, snappy and focussed on two priorities - reviving sagging investment in Europe and standing firm towardsRussia, the first European Union summit under new leadership was a demonstrative break with the past. Donald Tusk, the former...
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Tunisians vote in historic presidential run-off

Tunisia's President Moncef Marzouki (C) greets supporters during a re-election campaign in Tunis December 19, 2014.
 
21 Dec 2014
Tunisians vote on Sunday in a presidential run-off election that completes the country's last steps to full democracy nearly fours years after the uprising that toppled autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali. With a new progressive...
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Gulf stock Markets' rebound likely to slow as oil outlook still cloudy

© Getty/AFP/File | US benchmark West Texas Intermediate for January delivery sank $1.16 in afternoon trade to $54.77
 
 
 
21 Dec 2014
A strong rebound by Gulf stock markets looks set to slow on Sunday as the outlook for oil prices remains cloudy, but the panic which engulfed stocks earlier this month is unlikely to return. Gulf bourses surged on Thursday, with Saudi...
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