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Romney’s Vow To Balance Budget Contradicts Key Promises

After his acceptance speech in Tampa, Fla., Mitt Romney repeated his pledge to slash the deficit and balance the budget, vowing to lead where Republicans have failed in the past.

Pakistan’s Lone Brewery Sets Sights On India

Islamic Pakistan has just one brewery, but it has a rich history.

Tony Blair should face trial over Iraq war, says Desmond Tutu

Archbishop Desmond Tutu has called for Tony Blair and George Bush to be hauled before the international criminal court in The Hague and delivered a damning critique of the physical and moral devastation caused by the Iraq war.

US suspends training of new Afghan Local Police after insider attacks

US Forces in Afghanistan said on Sunday they have suspended training new recruits to the Afghan Local Police (ALP) amid a spike in the number of insider attacks which are damaging trust between Afghans and their allies.

Bain Capital and other firms subpoenaed in New York tax probe

At least a dozen US private equity firms – including Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney‘s former company – have been subpoenaed by the New York state attorney general as part of a probe into whether a tax strategy they employed is proper, a source familiar with the situation confirmed.

Catholic church ‘200 years out of date’, says archbishop

The former archbishop of Milan and papal candidate Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini said the Catholic church was “200 years out of date” in his final interview before his death.

Medicare’s political importance goes beyond seniors

(Reuters) – The Medicare debate promises to be front and center in this fall’s presidential campaign, as not just seniors but aging baby boomers focus on retiree healthcare.

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