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More EU pressure on Iran, Israel PM tells Ashton
More EU pressure on Iran, Israel PM tells Ashton

Europe must take a firmer line with Iran over its controversial nuclear programme, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday at the start of a working meeting with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.

More EU pressure on Iran, Israel PM tells Ashton
Obama skeptical on major military action in Syria
Obama skeptical on major military action in Syria

President Barack Obama expressed skepticism Monday that setting up a no-fly zone in Syria or other major US military action could save lives or tip the balance against President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

Obama skeptical on major military action in Syria
Art will always triumph, says Tunisia revolution singer
Art will always triumph, says Tunisia revolution singer

"Art will always triumph in the end," says acclaimed Tunisian singer Lotfi Bouchnak, who composed songs for the 2011 revolution but has since seen his profession come under threat from firebrand Islamists.

Art will always triumph, says Tunisia revolution singer
Portugal 'should leave euro': best-selling economist
Portugal 'should leave euro': best-selling economist

A Portuguese economist, whose book "Why We Should Leave the Euro" has become a rapid best-seller, says it is only a matter of time until his crisis-wracked country leaves the troubled currency.

Portugal 'should leave euro': best-selling economist
US slams Iran's disqualification of candidates
US slams Iran's disqualification of candidates

The United States on Tuesday condemned Iran's disqualification of hundreds of would-be presidential candidates, accusing the "unaccountable" clerical leadership of seeking to tighten its grip on power.

US slams Iran's disqualification of candidates
Boxing: Golovkin can fight Martinez, if he wins Macklin
Boxing: Golovkin can fight Martinez, if he wins Macklin

A fight between WBC middleweight world champion Sergio Martinez and WBC middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin of Kazakhstan may take place if the Kazakh fighter wins British Matthew Macklin, Lou DiBella says.

Boxing: Golovkin can fight Martinez, if he wins Macklin
Russia must be convinced to 'finish with Assad': Hollande
Russia must be convinced to 'finish with Assad': Hollande

French President Francois Hollande said Thursday that more efforts were needed to convince Moscow to drop its support for Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad.

Russia must be convinced to 'finish with Assad': Hollande
Bush 'comfortable' with decision to invade Iraq
Bush 'comfortable' with decision to invade Iraq

Former US president George W. Bush says he remains "comfortable" with the decision to invade Iraq, even as a new spate of bloody violence hit the country and rocked politics in Baghdad.

Bush 'comfortable' with decision to invade Iraq
Barroso assures US of Europe's 'strong' economy
Barroso assures US of Europe's 'strong' economy

The president of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, called on the United States Friday to not underestimate Europe's economic strength.

Barroso assures US of Europe's 'strong' economy
Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper. ©REUTERS/Chris Wattie
Canada pulls out of UN drought convention

Canada said Thursday it is pulling out of a UN convention that fights drought, mostly in Africa, becoming the only nation to walk away from a pact that Ottawa says is a waste of money.

Canada pulls out of UN drought convention
Romney: I'm not pessimistic about America
Romney: I'm not pessimistic about America

In his first major speech since his US presidential defeat, Mitt Romney urged fellow Republicans Friday to buck up and set course for the White House, as he sought to uplift conservatives.

Romney: I'm not pessimistic about America
Too easy to put all blame on Church for sex abuse: cardinal
Too easy to put all blame on Church for sex abuse: cardinal

Putting the blame for pedophilia on the Roman Catholic Church is a way of avoiding the issue.

Too easy to put all blame on Church for sex abuse: cardinal
S. Korea leader says only regime fall will change North
S. Korea leader says only regime fall will change North

North Korea can never be made to abandon its nuclear weapons programme, South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak said Friday, arguing that only regime collapse could remove the threat from Pyongyang.

S. Korea leader says only regime fall will change North
Islamic clerics seek dialogue with new pope
Islamic clerics seek dialogue with new pope

Senior Muslim clerics in Egypt believe Pope Benedict XVI's abrupt resignation could reopen the way for dialogue with the Catholic Church, severed after Benedict's controversial 2006 remarks on the Muslim prophet.

Islamic clerics seek dialogue with new pope
'Dysfunction' in Congress puts US at risk: Panetta
'Dysfunction' in Congress puts US at risk: Panetta

Chronic deadlock in Congress threatens to derail the US economy, damage national security and undermine public trust in its leaders.

'Dysfunction' in Congress puts US at risk: Panetta
Panetta calls 'Zero Dark Thirty' a 'good movie'
Panetta calls 'Zero Dark Thirty' a 'good movie'

The man who oversaw the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, ex-CIA director Leon Panetta, vouched Friday for "Zero Dark Thirty," calling it a "good movie".

Panetta calls 'Zero Dark Thirty' a 'good movie'
Apple co-founder says Steve Jobs film inaccurate
Apple co-founder says Steve Jobs film inaccurate

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak said Friday that a new film about the late Steve Jobs is factually "wrong," while the movie's makers countered it is meant as entertainment -- not a literal retelling of the computer pioneer's life.

Apple co-founder says Steve Jobs film inaccurate
Jackie Chan. ©REUTERS
Jackie Chan calls US 'most corrupt' country in the world

Hong Kong action hero Jackie Chan has once again provoked criticism, this time from an American blogger, after suggesting on Chinese television that the US is the "most corrupt" country in the world.

Jackie Chan calls US 'most corrupt' country in the world
Pentagon nominee vows 'total support' for Israel
Pentagon nominee vows 'total support' for Israel

Chuck Hagel, bracing for a bruising Senate confirmation as the next US defense secretary, pledged "total support" for Israel on Monday after lawmakers criticized his Middle East views.

Pentagon nominee vows 'total support' for Israel
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IMF: US 'cliff' actions not enough

The International Monetary Fund said Wednesday that US actions to avoid the fiscal cliff did not go far enough to address the country's long-term fiscal deficit and debt problems.

IMF: US 'cliff' actions not enough