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Mitt Romney stands by gaffe but says case not ‘elegantly stated’

Mitt Romney‘s campaign came close to hitting the self-destruct button when he stood by a secret video recording suggesting that 47% of Americans are government-dependent “victims” who do not pay taxes.

Nato Afghan strategy in disarray after joint ground operations suspended

The Nato-led military strategy in Afghanistan has been thrown into disarray after joint on-the-ground operations were suspended because of a collapse in trust over the killings of Americans and other Nato soldiers by Afghan government forces.

Obama takes on China with formal trade complaints over auto subsidies

Fears of a trade war between the United States and China intensified on Monday after Barack Obama launched action at the World Trade Organisation to stop Chinese auto industry aid from threatening jobs in the key electoral battleground state of Ohio.

Chicago teachers set to vote on strike, leader “an optimist”

(Reuters) – Chicago Teachers Union delegates will meet on Tuesday to decide whether to end a strike that has closed the nation’s third-largest school district for more than a week and prompted Mayor Rahm Emanuel to seek a court order to stop it.

Anti-Japan protests reignite across China on occupation anniversary

(Reuters) – Anti-Japan protests reignited acrossChina on Tuesday, the sensitive anniversary marking Tokyo’s occupation of its giant neighbor, escalating a maritime dispute which has forced major Japanese firms to suspend business there.

Libyan brigade warns of “inferno” if U.S. intervenes

(Reuters) – A Libyan Salafi group which has denied it was involved in a deadly assault on the American consulate in Benghazi said on Tuesday Libya would turn into “an inferno for U.S. troops” if the U.S. military retaliated.

It’s No Yolk: Mexicans Cope With Egg Shortage, Price Spikes

There is a new crisis in Mexico. It’s not the ongoing drug war or a plunge in the peso: It’s eggs.

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