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The 3 Unofficial GOP rules That Are Making A Deficit Deal Even Harder

Making an already head-splittingly difficult deal on the fiscal cliff even harder to resolve is a set of three rules the Republicans who run the House play by.

Turkey requests Nato missiles defences amid Syria chemical weapons fears

Turkey has asked for Nato Patriot missile defences to be deployed on its territory after receiving intelligence that the Syrian government was contemplating the use of missiles, possibly with chemical warheads, Turkish officials have told the Guardian.

Israel seizes $120m in Palestinian tax revenue over UN vote

Israel has seized more than $120m in tax revenues it collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority in response to last week’s overwhelming vote at the UN general assembly to recognise the state of Palestine.

Enrique Pena Nieto takes office as Mexico’s president

Enrique Peña Nieto has formally taken office as Mexico‘s new president with a vow to restore peace and security and tackle vested interests that have hindered economic prosperity.

Islamist protest shuts down Egypt’s top court

(Reuters) – Protests by Islamists allied to President Mohamed Mursi forced Egypt’s highest court to adjourn its work indefinitely on Sunday, intensifying a conflict between some of the country’s top judges and the head of state.

Scientists measure sea rise from polar ice melt

(Reuters) – The melting of the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets has raised sea levels by 11.1 millimeters since 1992, a fifth of the total rise which threatens low-lying regions around the globe, a new study published on Thursday said.

As China showcases carrier, global naval balance shifting

(Reuters) – China has showcased its first aircraft carrier landings while maintenance woes have reduced the United States to a single carrier in the Gulf, pointing to the beginnings of a subtle shift in the balance of naval power.

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