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Libyan PM: al-Qaida raid will not hurt country’s relations with US

The US raid that seized an al-Qaida suspect from the Libyan capital will not hurt Libya’s relations with Washington, the country’s prime minister said Tuesday, though he insisted Libyans have the right to be tried at home for any crimes.

US supreme court hears challenge to campaign finance limits

Overturning campaign finance laws for wealthy donors would “profoundly corrupt” the US political system, the Supreme Court was warned on Tuesday as it considered an appeal supported by Republican senate leader Mitch McConnell to scrap current limits.

Malari vaccine: Hopes rise for 2015 target after successful trials

A vaccine against malaria could be introduced in the world’s worst-hit countries in 2015, after the latest trial of a treatment produced by Britain’s biggest drug company reduced the number of cases of the disease experienced by babies.

Higgs boson scientists share physics Nobel prize

And so the wait is over. Half a century after he wrote down a theory that would change the world, Peter Higgs, the Edinburgh-based researcher, has won the Nobel Prize in Physics.

Pentagon appoints new envoy to help close Guantanamo Bay prison

The Pentagon has appointed a new envoy for the arduous and controversial task of finally closing the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay, five months after the position was announced.

Israel’s West Bank control ‘costing Palestinian economy billions’

Israel‘s control of a huge swath of the West Bank is costing the Palestinian economy $3.4bn (£2.1bn) a year, or 35% of its GDP, according to a report from the World Bank.

Brazil accuses Canada of spying after NSA leaks

Brazil has demanded clarifications from the Canadian government about allegations that its spies targeted Brazil’s mines and energy ministry, in what the Brazilian president, Dilma Rousseff, said appeared to be an act of industrial espionage.

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