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Spain Kicks Off Election Campaign

Posted November 3rd, 2011 at 9:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Spain begins the official period of campaigning Friday for general elections later this month amid a sluggish economy and high unemployment. Outgoing Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero called early elections and dissolved parliament in September. Opinion polls show that the leader of the right wing Popular Party, Mariano Rajoy, has the lead of about […]

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Italian Parliament To Vote on Austerity Plan

Posted September 14th, 2011 at 6:40 am (UTC-5)
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Italy’s lower house of parliament is expected to vote Wednesday afternoon on Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s controversial $74 billion austerity plan. The plan is a mix of spending cuts, tax hikes and changes to retirement plans aimed at achieving a balanced budget by 2013. The financial plan is expected to pass as Mr. Berlusconi’s party […]

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Italy’s Berlusconi Survives Austerity Confidence Vote

Posted September 7th, 2011 at 2:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has survived a confidence vote in the Senate over his government’s $76 billion austerity plan to stave off the country’s financial crisis. Parliament’s upper chamber voted Wednesday night after days of debate over the government’s plan to cut spending and raise taxes. The government is trying to trim its debts, […]

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Philippines to Probe Arroyo Vote Fraud Allegations

Posted July 28th, 2011 at 9:45 am (UTC-5)
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The Philippines’ Department of Justice says it is opening a formal inquiry into fresh allegations that former President Gloria Arroyo used police to alter vote results from the 2004 presidential election. Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said the probe will examine claims by a former police superintendent that he and other rogue officers broke into […]

US Lawmakers Call on Obama to Clarify Role in Libya

Posted June 3rd, 2011 at 3:50 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. House of Representatives is calling on President Barack Obama to clarify the role of the United States in the three-month-old international campaign in Libya. House lawmakers Friday passed a non-binding resolution that presses Mr. Obama to provide a compelling rationale for U.S. military involvement in Libya. It also prohibits the president from committing […]

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