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Full Text Of Obama’s Second Inaugural Address

Below are the prepared remarks for President Barack Obama’s second inaugural address, delivered Monday at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.:

French and Malian troops enter Diabaly after jihadists retreat

French and Malian troops have entered the contested town of Diabaly in the west of the country after the retreat of Islamist fighters. About 30 tanks and armoured vehicles carrying 200 soldiers entered the town without resistance, French media reported.

Binyamin Netanyahu rejects calls for Palestinian state within 1967 lines

Binyamin Netanyahu has vowed to rebuff international demands to allow a Palestinian state with a border based on the pre-1967 Green Line and its capital in East Jerusalem, as hardline pro-settler parties and factions are expected to make unprecedented gains in Tuesday’s election.

North Korea allows foreigners in with their mobile phones

North Korea is loosening some restrictions on foreign mobile phones by allowing visitors to bring their own into the country. However, security regulations still prohibit mobile phone calls between foreigners and locals.

India’s old leaders get hip to the young and the restless ahead of elections

(Reuters) – Scalded by spontaneous anti-rape and corruption protests near the seat of government in New Delhi, India’s ageing leaders are scrambling to win over an angry and influential young urban population ahead of elections due to be held by early next year.

Algeria says 37 foreigners died in siege led by Canadian

(Reuters) – A total of 37 foreigners and an Algerian died at a desert gas plant and five are still missing after a four-day hostage-taking coordinated by a Canadian gunman, Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal said on Monday.

Merkel suffers setback months before federal vote

(Reuters) – In an extremely tight German state election that seemed to produce few clearcut winners, there was no question who the biggest loser was – Angela Merkel.

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