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  • “Spain has set off further alarm bells among bond investors and its crisis-hit eurozone neighbours by conceding that its debts will balloon this year to their highest level for two decades.”
  • “The Muslim Brotherhood is mobilizing a more formidable challenge to the privileged status of the country’s military rulers, particularly in the realm of the army’s mammoth, but largely secret, business holdings.”
  • “With just a few weeks to go until Egypt holds its first presidential election since the fall of Hosni Mubarak, post-revolutionary Egypt’s most dominant political party has officially entered the contest. The Muslim Brotherhood has nominated a presidential candidate – in a major reversal of its previous policy. Khairat al-Shater is the group’s deputy leader and a millionaire businessman who was imprisoned for 12 years during Mubarak’s rule.”
  • “The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has rejected a request by the Palestinian Authority to recognise the court’s jurisdiction. The decision blocks a move to have the war crimes tribunal based at The Hague investigate the 2008-2009 Gaza war.”
  • “Hafiz Saeed, the leader of a Pakistan-based group blamed for the 2008 attacks on Mumbai, has demanded proof after the US announced a $10m bounty on his head. In an exclusive interview with Al Jazeera, Saeed said the US move was prompted by the fact that he had been organising rallies against the re-opening of supply lines through Pakistan to NATO forces in Afghanistan.”
  • “As the world’s arms suppliers trickled into New Delhi for India’s largest ever weapons trade show last week, the country’s army chief delivered a bombshell of his own, claiming that he was offered a massive bribe on behalf of a Czech vehicle maker soon after taking office in 2010.”
  • “Mexico’s presidential campaign is underway. For the next three months, three candidates will make their case to the Mexican people – all of them promising change as Mexico struggles with a deadly war with drug cartels and a troubled economy.”
  • “For more than a decade the Castro government has waged a relentless campaign on behalf of ‘The Cuban Five,’ a group of intelligence agents serving long sentences in US federal prisons, sent by Havana to infiltrate anti-Castro groups in Miami only to get busted by US authorities.”

  • “George Galloway has had more comebacks than Muhammad Ali. It looked like his political career was over when he was expelled from the Labour Party in 2003 for his scathing comments about the Iraq war. Instead, he relocated from Glasgow to London’s East End and won a remarkable victory on an anti-war ticket in Bethnal Green, overturning a 10,000 Labour majority.”
  • “‘Where is my baby?’ Luisa Torres wondered after waking up from general anesthesia on March 31, 1982. ‘Your baby is dead,’ Sister Maria Gómez Valbuena told her as she lay in bed at the Santa Cristina Maternity Hospital in Madrid. ‘You gave birth to nothing,’ the nun said. It was a lie, with consequences that would span almost three decades.”

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