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Obama on economic and political cliff edge
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is perched on an economic and political cliff edge: to one side lies solid ground and four more White House years, to the other, a plunge to defeat after a single term.
Queen’s jubilee a fiesta for souvenir-sellers
LONDON - What’s red and white and blue all over? In Britain this weekend, everything.
Indian TV fights a bleeping battle with censors
When Bollywood film-maker Kunal Deshmukh set out to make “Jannat 2” (Heaven 2), a raunchy tale about arms dealing with plenty of swearing, he ended up shooting two versions - one for cinema audiences, and the other for television.
US military trickles back into Western Pakistan
WASHINGTON - The United States has sent a handful of military officials back into northwestern Pakistan in a sign the two nations may be able to achieve some low-level military cooperation despite a string of confrontations that have left Washington’s relations with Islamabad in crisis.
Indian growth weakest in 9 years as rupee slides
NEW DELHI - India’s economic growth slumped to its lowest level in nine years in the first three months of 2012, marking a dramatic slide in the fortunes of a country whose economy boasted nearly double-digit growth before the global recession.
Curing diabetes via surgery, without weight loss
NEW YORK - Cristina Iaboni had the dubious distinction of being not quite obese enough. For all the pounds on her 5’5” frame, she did not meet the criteria for bariatric surgery to help control her type-2 diabetes.
Japan farmers plant, pray for radiation-free rice
FUKUSHIMA, Japan - Last year’s crop sits in storage, deemed unsafe to eat, but Toraaki Ogata is back at his rice paddies, driving his tractor trailing neat rows of seedlings. He’s living up to his family’s proud, six-generation history of rice farming, and praying that this time his harvest will not have too much radiation to sell.
Queen Elizabeth II: a lifetime of devotion to duty
LONDON - Queen Elizabeth II, who celebrates her diamond jubilee next month, has spent a lifetime upholding her pledges to serve her peoples, earning a reputation in the process for calm shrewdness.
Eurozone tunnel darkens, despite ideas session at EU summit
BRUSSELS - Eurozone tensions rose again on Thursday with grim signals from business, and a rush for German bonds on the risk of chaos over Greece despite efforts by France and Germany to calm the crisis.
5 years on, IPL still mired in controversies
NEW DELHI - Bribery and molestation, star tantrums and rave parties, yet growing crowds — this year’s Indian Premier League is proving there is no such thing as bad publicity.
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