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Bush Silent, But Blair Says West Should Attack Iraq Again

Bush Silent, But Blair Says West Should Attack Iraq Again
Former prime minister tells world that it wasn't his fault and that 2003 invasion has nothing to do with current crisis
- Jon Queally, staff writer
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EU Investigates Apple, Starbucks and Fiat to Close Tax Loopholes

EU Investigates Apple, Starbucks and Fiat to Close Tax Loopholes
The European Union's antitrust regulator has launched an investigation into tax deals that Apple, Starbucks and Fiat struck with some European countries, the start of a wider push to keep multinationals from taking advantage of loopholes. "When public budgets are tight and citizens are asked to make efforts to deal with the consequences of the (financial) crisis, it cannot be accepted that large multinationals do not pay their fair share of taxes," EU antitrust commissioner Joaquin Almunia said.
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Toby Sterling
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Putin Signals Detente in Meeting with Ukraine's President-Elect

Putin Signals Detente in Meeting with Ukraine's President-Elect
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukraine President-Elect Petro Poroshenko met briefly Friday for what could be the beginnings of a tense truce between the two nations. Putin went so far as to praise Poroshenko for his commitment to peace in eastern Ukraine.
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Prepay Before Pumping: Russia Threatens Gas Delivery to Western Europe

Prepay Before Pumping: Russia Threatens Gas Delivery to Western Europe
Russia on Monday granted Ukraine another week before it will start demanding prepayment for gas, without which it has threatened to cut off supplies. The announcement by Russia's state gas company Gazprom came at the outset of a second round of European Union-mediated talks aimed at resolving the two countries' dispute over gas prices and outstanding debt.
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Juergen Baetz
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Smile. Or Else: Thai Military Leader Promises to Bring Back 'Happiness' After Military Coup

Smile. Or Else: Thai Military Leader Promises to Bring Back 'Happiness' After Military Coup
Promising to bring back "happiness," the head of the military junta that took control of Thailand in a coup last week said Friday that elections may not occur for more than a year because peace and reforms must be achieved first. Martial law generally makes it hard for people to smile, though.
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Like This Post: Facebook CEO Summoned by Iranian Court

Like This Post: Facebook CEO Summoned by Iranian Court
A judge in southern Iran has ordered Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg to appear in court to answer complaints by individuals who say Facebook-owned applications Instagram and Whatsapp violate their privacy, semiofficial news agency ISNA reported Tuesday.
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Tourist on Thai Coup: "It's Really Like Nothing's Changed, Except You Have to Go Home Before 10."

Tourist on Thai Coup: "It's Really Like Nothing's Changed, Except You Have to Go Home Before 10."
So far, the drama of Thailand's military takeover has played out mainly in the political arena. As the army summons journalists and academics seen as anti-coup, detains ousted political leaders and issues stern warnings on TV, tourists are kicking back on the country's famed beaches and sightseeing in Bangkok. The main impact on visitors for now is a 10 p.m. curfew, which forces nightlife to close several hours earlier. But the cancellations are piling up as the coup's severity grows.
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Jocelyn Gecker
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Guess the Ayotollah Didn't Like All the Cat Pics: Iran Bans Instagram

Guess the Ayotollah Didn't Like All the Cat Pics: Iran Bans Instagram
Citing privacy concerns, an Iranian court banned the website Instagram. The site follows Facebook, Twitter and YouTube onto the blacklist as Iran cracks down on methods used by the country's youth to communicate and voice dissent.
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Thailand Slips Toward Despotism, Restricts Media After Army Declares Martial Law

Thailand Slips Toward Despotism, Restricts Media After Army Declares Martial Law
With the declaration of martial law by the head of Thailand's military, the east-Asian country faces a severe test of its still fragile democracy. Protests and violence had marred elections last year, but a stopgap measure by the military looks more every day like an out-and-out coup.
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Al-Shabab Terror Group Says US on Hit List (But First: Ethiopia, Kenya)

Al-Shabab Terror Group Says US on Hit List (But First: Ethiopia, Kenya)
Making a rare threat against the United States, a senior member of Somalia's Islamic insurgent group that has carried out terrorist attacks abroad said Thursday that holy war will come to America and that Islam's flag will one day fly over Washington.
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