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Diplomats Meeting on Iran Sanctions in Rome

Italy is hosting a meeting of the United States and its allies to discuss sanctions against Iran in a bid to halt its alleged pursuit of nuclear weapons.

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EU-Ukraine Pact Finalized but Won’t be Ratified because of Former PM Tymoshenko Case

The European Union on Monday balked at signing a landmark cooperation agreement with Ukraine over the jailing of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, in a move that could push Kiev back into Russia’s orbit as it lobbies Moscow for cheaper gas prices.

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Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s Long-Suffering Wife is Voted Woman of the Year in France

The long-suffering wife of shamed former IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been voted Woman of the Year in a new poll in France. Something to celebrate: Anne Sinclair, who has been crowned France’s Woman of the Years, supported her husband, Dominique Strauss-Kahn through his sexual assault charges.

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Lifeboats Found Empty In Search for Russian Crew

Rescuers say they found four lifeboats and an inflatable life raft in the frigid water near where an oil rig capsized off Russia’s eastern coast, but all of the boats were empty.

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Czechs to Plan Havel Funeral as EU Holds Minute of Silence

The Czech Cabinet meets today to begin discussing a state funeral for Vaclav Havel as the European Union plans tributes for the anti-communist dissident playwright who became president.

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Turnout Far Smaller in 2nd Weekend of Moscow Protests Demanding New Elections

About 1,000 demonstrators demanding a rerun of parliamentary elections gathered Saturday in central Moscow for a second weekend of protests against Russia’s fraud-tainted vote, a comparatively small crowd that underlined the challenge to the opposition of keeping up public pressure on authorities.

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Nicolas Sarkozy in Fight for Political Life After Dangerous Rival Enters Election

French president Nicolas Sarkozy once threatened to hang his rival Dominique de Villepin from a butcher’s hook after accusing him of trying to blacken his name in a smear campaign.

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Hopes Fade for the Missing in Russia Rig Accident

Hope was running out Monday for scores of oil workers missing for more than a day in remote, freezing waters off Russia’s east coast after their floating platform capsized and sank during a severe storm.

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World Pays Tribute to Czech Statesman Vaclav Havel

Tributes have been flooding in from around the world following the death of the Czech Republic’s first President, Vaclav Havel.

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Turkey Slams France Over Genocide Bill

Turkey’s prime minister on Saturday sharply criticized France for a bill that would make it a crime to deny the World War I-era mass killing of Armenians was genocide. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, center, and Chief of Staff Gen. Necdet Ozel speak during a ceremony at the mausoleum of Turkey’s founder Mustafa Kemal…

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Italian Government Wins Confidence Vote on Austerity

The Italian government has won a confidence vote over its package of anti-crisis austerity measures in the lower chamber of Parliament.

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Smaller Turnout at Second Round of Moscow Protests

About 1,000 demonstrators demanding a rerun of parliamentary elections gathered Saturday in central Moscow for a second weekend of protests against Russia’s fraud-tainted vote, a comparatively small crowd that underlined the challenge to the opposition of keeping up public pressure on authorities.

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