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Chris Christie praises ‘indomitable spirit’ of New Jersey after Sandy

Proclaiming New Jerseyans “among the toughest, grittiest and most generous citizens in America,” governor Chris Christie on Tuesday called on the nation to reciprocate with additional hurricane Sandy aid. q

Japan and China step up drone race as tension builds over disputed islands

Drones have taken centre stage in an escalating arms race between China and Japan as they struggle to assert their dominance over disputed islands in the East China Sea.

US considers complete Afghanistan withdrawal on eve of Karzai visit

US officials have raised the possibility of a complete military withdrawal from Afghanistan for the first time, as President Hamid Karzai arrived in Washington for three days of discussions over military and economic ties.

Syrian fighting is preventing food aid getting through to 1m people, says UN

The United Nations warned on Tuesday it was unable to deliver food to up to 1 million hungry and desperate Syrians because of spiralling violence across the country and a lack of fuel.

Hottest On Record: 2012 was America’s warmest ever year, scientists say

Temperatures in the United States have reached record levels, making 2012 by far the hottest year in the history books.

Eurozone unemployment hits new high

Unemployment in the eurozone hit a fresh high in November after the jobless rate jumped to 11.8%, illustrating the difficulties faced by officials in Brussels seeking to show the bloc is on the mend.

Chinese newspaper makes deal with censors but whitewash claims persist

A dispute between China‘s propaganda authorities and a liberal southern newspaper has taken a fresh twist, as reports of a tentative deal have been offset by claims of an official whitewash and the resignation of a prominent newspaper publisher in Beijing.

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