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Obama plays catch-up after lethargic debate
Obama plays catch-up after lethargic debate

President Barack Obama on Thursday landed the verbal blows he missed the previous night in his debate with Mitt Romney, clawing at his Republican foe to stop him gaining a boost in the polls.

Obama plays catch-up after lethargic debate
Romney turns in strong debate performance
Romney turns in strong debate performance

Republican challenger Mitt Romney performed strongly Wednesday in his first presidential debate, putting Barack Obama on the back foot as he reignited hope in his flagging campaign.

Romney turns in strong debate performance
World bishops gather to counter decline of faith
World bishops gather to counter decline of faith

Catholic bishops from around the world are convening for a synod starting on Sunday to debate how to counter rising secularism on the 50th anniversary of the historic but controversial Second Vatican Council.

World bishops gather to counter decline of faith
Americans set to measure Obama and Romney in key debate
Americans set to measure Obama and Romney in key debate

Barack Obama and his Republican foe Mitt Romney clash Wednesday in the first of a trio of debates, a test of nerve, temperament and presidential mettle before tens of millions of viewers.

Americans set to measure Obama and Romney in key debate
Widening Obama lead piles pressure on Romney
Widening Obama lead piles pressure on Romney

A flurry of polls showing widening leads for President Barack Obama Wednesday heaped pressure on Mitt Romney to use their first head-to-head debate next week to launch a major comeback bid.

Widening Obama lead piles pressure on Romney
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Anger as Australian senator links gay marriage to bestiality

A conservative Australian senator was forced to resign from his parliamentary role on Wednesday after he linked same-sex marriage to bestiality and polygamy during a debate.

Anger as Australian senator links gay marriage to bestiality
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Fewer circumcisions could cost the US billions: study

As debate rages over the ethics of infant circumcision, a study published Monday said falling rates of the once-routine procedure in the United States could cost billions of dollars in health costs.

Fewer circumcisions could cost the US billions: study
Israel's Defence Minister Ehud Barak. ©REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun
Israeli media buzz on attacking Iran aims to pressure US

A high-volume public debate in Israel over a possible imminent military strike on Iran's nuclear facilities is designed to pressure Washington to back its ally more firmly.

Israeli media buzz on attacking Iran aims to pressure US
Romney tax plan would hurt poor: think tank
Romney tax plan would hurt poor: think tank

Republican White House hopeful Mitt Romney's plan to cut taxes and get the economy back on track would hurt the poor, a non-partisan think tank said, sparking a furious political debate.

Romney tax plan would hurt poor: think tank
Tunisia coalition's main party opts for 'moderate' stance
Tunisia coalition's main party opts for 'moderate' stance

Tunisia's ruling Islamist Ennahda party stressed its "centrist" and "moderate" position, in a resolution adopted Sunday, the fourth day of its first congress at home in 24 years.

Tunisia coalition's main party opts for 'moderate' stance
A baby boy is circumcised. ©REUTERS/Mohammed Salem
Debate over circumcision ruling rages in Germany

A German court decision branding the Muslim and Jewish rite of circumcising baby boys a criminal act has left disbelief, outrage and serious legal questions in its wake.

Debate over circumcision ruling rages in Germany
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Political TV-debates to be held in Kazakhstan January 12

Political debates will be held on Kazakhstan TV on January 12.

Political TV-debates to be held in Kazakhstan January 12