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Labour hires Obama poll guru Axelrod

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David Axelrod, the strategist who masterminded Barack Obama’s presidential victories, will be a key adviser on Ed Miliband’s 2015 general election campaign, the Labour Party says.

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Bitter Washington DC mayoral election clouded by corruption claims

Mayor Vincent Gray faces possible federal indictment Muriel Bowser takes slim lead in Democratic primary pollsJust days before voters in Washington go to the polls to select their next mayor, the latest corruption scandal to hit the city boiled over in a television studio as Democratic mayoral candidates exchanged angry taunts during their final broadcast debate.The incumbent, Vincent Gray, faces possible indictment by federal prosecutors over allegations he received $400,000 (£240,000) in illegal campaign contributions from the billionaire city contractor Jeffrey Thompson, who was codenamed uncle Earl by the mayor.

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Turkish prime minister: ‘Our people will tell the truth today’

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Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers withering assessment of opposition parties after casting his vote in local electionsThe Turkish prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, voted in nationwide local elections on Sunday, and said he was confident that “our people will tell the truth today”.More than 52 million people are eligible to vote in the elections, which are the first popular test for Erdogan since last summer’s large anti-government protests and allegations of massive corruption inside the Turkish government. The votes in Istanbul and Turkey’s capital, Ankara, in particular, are expected to be a test of the prime minister’s style of ruling.

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Barack Obama vs. the Culture of Poverty

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Four years ago, Ta Nehisi-Coates wrote one of the most important and memorable essays I’ve ever read. In it, Coates described a horrifying episode from an early, ascendant moment in his career, when, in the course of a heated argument with another journalist, he threatened to assault him and very … More »

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Ron Paulies Are Batshit Conspiracy Theorists, Chapter 794

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Ron Paul and his think tank don’t want the U.S. to get embroiled in an overseas war with Russia over its recent annexation of Crimea. That’s reasonable. Ron Paul and his think tank suggest that Russia didn’t even invade Crimea, really. That’s self-blindered hysterical conspiracy theorizin’ bull semen.Read more…

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Workers fear for the future in Ukraine’s heavily industrialised east

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Donbass’s miners and factory workers are justifiably concerned what the geopolitical tug of war means for themStanding outside Donetsk’s coal mine, Igor Yefremov mused over the future of Ukraine’s heavy industry. “If we join the European Union our mines and factories will shut down,” he said. “Already the orders from Russia are drying up. Russia doesn’t want us because of the chaos in Kiev.”Yefremov was waiting to meet his brother-in-law, who was working on the early shift at the city centre mine. Above ground, the scene was tranquil. Off-duty workers sat on benches in a small, sunny rose garden, dwarfed by two giant pit frames.

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A Building Boom in Japan Has Echoes From the Lost Decade

Japan’s much-lauded growth plan is a throwback to the country’s troubled ’90s when it tried hard to build its way back to prosperity.

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Pope Francis vs. Capitalism

In a new declaration, Pope Francis warns that the “culture of prosperity deadens us,” taking aim at free market capitalists and consumers alike.

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North Korea shows off its military might with war anniversary parade

<!– google_ad_section_start –> North Korea mounted its largest ever military parade on Saturday to mark the 60th anniversary of the armistice that ended fighting in the Korean War, displaying its long-range missiles at a ceremony presided over by leader Kim Jong-Un. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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China’s test; controlled slowdown or unemployment nightmare

<!– google_ad_section_start –> The success or failure of China’s efforts to revamp its giant economy may rest with workers like Hu Zhao and Deng Jindong. They were both at a job fair in Beijing this week. Hu, a 30-year-old former factory worker, was looking for a higher paid office job. Deng, a sales manager with Ping An Insurance, was trying to hire sales people to sell financial products. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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‘We are ready’: Joe Biden says US open to talks with North Korea

<!– google_ad_section_start –> The United States is prepared to hold talks with North Korea, but only if Pyongyang is serious about engaging in “genuine negotiations,” US Vice-President Joe Biden said on Thursday. A North Korean envoy said last week officials were ready for international talks in a bid to calm regional tensions, but blamed Washington for stoking strife through its military exercises with South Korea. “Now North Korea is calling for dialogue,” Biden said in a speech on US Asia policy ahead of his trip next week to India and Singapore. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Exclusive: Li Keqiang fought strong opposition for Shanghai free-trade zone plan

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Premier Li Keqiang fought open opposition from financial regulators in his bid to push through a landmark plan for a free-trade zone in Shanghai. It is the clearest sign yet that the nation’s new leadership is determined to deliver long-delayed economic reforms. Financial industry regulators, including the China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC) and China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC), openly disagreed with Li’s plan to open Shanghai’s financial services sector to foreign investors. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Tens of thousands line up to cast votes in Bhutan

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Tens of thousands of people in Bhutan lined up on Saturday to elect a government in the tiny Himalayan nation’s second parliamentary elections. An earlier round held in May eliminated three of five political parties, leaving Bhutan’s ruling Peace and Prosperity Party and the main opposition People’s Democratic Party to contest Saturday’s conclusive poll. The remote nation of about 738,000 held its first election in 2008 after the king voluntarily reduced the monarchy’s role in running the country. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Bosnia reburies Srebrenica dead 18 years after massacre

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Bosnia reburied another 409 victims of the Srebrenica massacre on Thursday but, 18 years after Europe’s worst atrocity since the Holocaust, the country remains mired in ethnic disputes long after other parties to the conflict have moved on. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Conservatives’ Aggressive Ad Campaign Seeks to Cast Doubt on Health Law

Americans for Prosperity, a conservative advocacy group, will begin running television commercials asserting that the law will limit Americans’ health care choices.

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Economic boom spreads wealth wider in Philippines

<!– google_ad_section_start –> MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Just three years ago, a new car and an overseas holiday were unthinkable luxuries for J. Ante and her family of six. The insurance company manager’s commissions have soared since then as the Philippines, blighted for a generation by venal and incompetent leaders, has unexpectedly boomed, putting middle-class comforts within tantalizing reach of many. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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China launches charm offensive at Asean security forum

<!– google_ad_section_start –> China turned on the charm at a regional security meeting this week, signalling a change in tone as President Xi Jinping seeks to counter a US push for more influence in Asia. Beijing agreed during an Association of Southeast Asian Nations-hosted forum in Brunei to meet the 10-member group in September to develop rules to avoid conflict in waters marked by confrontations with nations such as Vietnam and the Philippines. China also expressed unity with the United States, South Korea and Japan to rid North Korea of nuclear weapons. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Boom spreads wealth wider in the Philippines

<!– google_ad_section_start –> MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Just three years ago a new car and an overseas holiday were unthinkable luxuries for J. Ante and her family of six. The insurance company manager’s commissions have soared since then as the Philippines, blighted for a generation by venal and incompetent leaders, has unexpectedly boomed, putting middle class comforts within tantalizing reach of many. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Brazil leader promises political reform

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Monday proposed a referendum on political reform in a bid to gain the upper hand after two weeks of nationwide street protests. She also offered to earmark $25 billion for public transport in response to protesters’ exasperation with substandard public services and inadequate mass transit systems in the world’s seventh largest economy. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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US-EU trade pact, Syria top agenda as G8 chiefs convene in Belfast

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Leaders of eight of the world’s wealthiest nations sought elusive progress on lowering trans-Atlantic trade barriers and pushing the warring factions in Syria towards the negotiating table as the G8 summit opened yesterday amid high security in peaceful Northern Ireland. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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