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US to cut military and economic aid to Egypt

The Obama administration is poised to slash hundreds of millions of dollars in military and economic assistance to Egypt, US officials have said. An announcement is expected this week.

Debt ceiling: Obama issues fresh warning to Republicans as stalemate drags on

Barack Obama has warned of immediate damage to US creditworthiness if Congress fails to raise the debt ceiling – even if the Treasury can find funds to avoid triggering a technical default in the bond market.

Bo Xilai can appeal against life sentence, rules Chinese court

The ousted politician Bo Xilai will be allowed to appeal against a life sentence handed out last month for crimes of corruption and abuse of power, a court in eastern China has ruled.

UN sued over Haiti cholera epidemic

Victims of the 2010 cholera outbreak in Haiti are filing a compensation claim against the United Nations in a New York court, demanding that billions of dollars in damages be paid to survivors and the relatives of those killed.

Factory fire in Bangladesh kills garment workers

A fire at a garment factory on the outskirts of Bangladesh‘s capital, Dhaka, has killed at least 10 people.

Andhra Pradesh blackout enters sixth day as talks with striking workers fail

Millions of people in south-east India face widespread power blackouts for the sixth consecutive day after talks failed between the government and striking electricity workers.

The Latest Voter Suppression Fad: Two Tiers

Remember this phrase: two-tier voting. You may be hearing more about it.

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