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Kenya legislators exchange blows over new security laws

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NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenyan legislators Thursday exchanged blows forcing parliament to adjourn the debate on proposed changes to security laws which the government says will help fight terrorism but which critics say are meant to silence dissent by curtailing civil liberties. 



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Pakistan bails Mumbai attack suspect

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A man accused of masterminding the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, which left 165 people dead. is granted bail by a court in Pakistan. 



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Putin says deal on Iran's nuclear program 'very close'

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday the six world powers and Iran were "very close" to reaching an agreement on Tehran's nuclear program. He also told his annual end-of-year news conference that economic ties between Moscow and Teheran would benefit if the...(more) 



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Russia's Putin says hopes Sistema will restore its position on market

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday he hoped Sistema would be able to restore its positions on the stock market, sending the conglomerate's shares higher. Vladimir Yevtushenkov was freed from house arrest on Wednesday, Interfax reported. He had been held on charges...(more) 



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U.N. defers Iraq's $4.6 billion Gulf War reparations to Kuwait

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By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations Gulf War compensation fund agreed on Thursday to defer Iraq's requirement to deposit five percent of its oil revenues for a year due to its budgetary difficulties, a senior U.N. official said. Major powers on the fund's...(more) 



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Putin says Russia economy will be cured but offers no remedy

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By Timothy Heritage and Alexei Anishchuk MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Russia's economy would inevitably rebound after the ruble's dramatic slide this year but offered no remedy to a deepening financial crisis. Under pressure to show he has a plan to fix...(more) 



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Putin says Khodorkovsky has right to engage in politics

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, one of his biggest critics, had the right to engage in politics "as any Russian citizen". Putin pardoned Khodorkovsky a year ago and the former oligarch was released after a decade...(more) 



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US boy's 1944 conviction overturned

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A judge has overturned the conviction of a 14-year-old black boy sent to the electric chair for murder more than 70 years ago. 



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Chine arrests policeman blamed for wrongful conviction

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BEIJING (AP) — Chinese state media say a police officer who oversaw the case of a teenager wrongfully convicted of murder and executed in 1996 has been arrested. 



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Putin says Russia will not force exporters to sell forex

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday his government did not plan to issue orders to domestic exporters to sell their foreign-currency earnings to support the rouble, which suffered a dramatic collapse earlier this week. Putin also told an end-of-year news conference that...(more) 



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Putin says Russian economy will rebound, wants political solution in Ukraine

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin held his annual end-of-year news conference on Thursday. Below are extracts of the news conference: UKRAINE "We assume the crisis should be solved, the sooner the better." "It should be solved through political measures, not with the pressure... of...(more) 



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Pakistan court grants bail to alleged Mumbai attacks mastermind

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A court in Pakistan on Thursday granted bail to Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, the man accused of masterminding the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai, lawyers told AFP. The 60-hour siege on India's economic capital left 166 people dead and was blamed on the banned Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba....(more) 



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