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Obama to unveil first-ever US climate change strategy

Barack Obama is due to map out America’s first climate changestrategy on Tuesday, cutting greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, shoring up coastlines against flooding and sea level rise, and helping advance an international climate deal, White House officials said.

Saudi Arabia: Syrian rebels must be armed

Saudi Arabia has raised the regional stakes in the Syrian conflict, warning publicly that the involvement of Iran and the Lebanese groupHezbollah is dangerous and insisting that rebels fighting the president, Bashar al-Assad, must be armed.

Taliban gunmen attack Kabul presidential palace

Taliban gunmen launched a suicide attack near the presidential palaceand CIA offices in Kabul after using fake security passes to get into the fortified diplomatic zone and killing three checkpoint guards.

Dilma rousseff proposes referendum on political reform

Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff has proposed a referendum on political reform and a new £17bn public transport programme in her latest attempt to mollify the protest movement that brought more than a million people on to the streets last week.

Berlusconi found guilty after case that cast spotlight on murky premiership

After more than 26 months, 50 court hearings and countless breathless column inches from journalists worldwide, it took just four minutes for the sentence that Silvio Berlusconi had feared to be delivered. At 5.19pm, before a fascist-era sculpture showing two men struck down by a towering figure, the judges swept into the courtroom and pronounced their damning verdict for Italy‘s longest-serving postwar prime minister. By 5.23pm, it was all over.

IRS chief says tax-exemption screening went wider than Tea Party groups

The Internal Revenue Service’s screening of groups seeking tax-exempt status was broader and lasted longer than has been previously disclosed, the new head of the agency said on Monday.

Supreme Court guts key part of landmark Voting Rights Act

(Reuters) – The Supreme Court on Tuesday gutted a key part of the landmark Voting Rights Act, passed in 1965 to end a century of attempts by former slaveholding states to block blacks from voting.

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