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  • “The head of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has said that the eurozone needs to double its bailout fund to 1 trillion euros ($1.3tn, £836m). Angelo Gurria said the eurozone must show investors they have the ‘firepower and by God… I’m going to use it’.”
  • “The US government shut down a series of court cases arising from a multimillion pound business dispute in order to conceal evidence of a damning intelligence failure shortly before the 9/11 attacks, MPs were told. Moreover, the UK government is now seeking similar powers that could be used to prevent evidence of illegal acts and embarrassing failures from emerging in court, David Davis, the former shadow home secretary, told the Commons.”
  • “The case of the 17-year-old African American shot on a Florida street one month ago continued to torment the United States yesterday as the victim’s parents attended hearings on hate crimes in Washington and outrage erupted in New Orleans over comments on the case made by a police officer.”
  • “But this year Denmark’s wind industry has run into strong headwinds that are threatening its dominance — and there seems little its government can do about it. A glut of turbine manufacturing capacity, a drop in power prices worldwide, growing competition from Chinese manufacturers and a series of industrial mishaps last month dragged Vestas, Denmark’s biggest turbine manufacturer, to its first loss since 2005.”
  • “Western governments have been encouraging Egypt’s nascent political powers to consider offering the military generals currently running the country immunity against prosecution, according to the Muslim Brotherhood.”
  • TRNN: “Egypt’s Workers Movement Strikes Back. After months of failed negotiations with government ministries, Egyptians workers organized nationwide strikes in both the public and private sectors.”

  • “The discovery of a dozen suicide vests packed with explosives in Kabul was a matter of deep concern, a grim indication that the Taliban were intent on carrying out a massive attack. The added shockwaves came from the location: they were found in the country’s Ministry of Defence, less than a mile from President Hamid Karzai’s residence and the headquarters of Western forces.”
  • “The West African regional body Ecowas has suspended Mali after last week’s military coup. A delegation of several Ecowas heads of state is to go to Mali to press the coup leaders to restore democracy.”
  • “Marwan Barghouti, the jailed Palestinian leader seen as a favoured successor to President Mahmoud Abbas, has declared the death of the peace process and called for a civil revolt and a severing of all ties with Israel.”
  • “Colombia’s decades-long civil conflict has reached a paradoxical climax. Both the government and the rebels are calling for peace. To prove that they are serious, the rebels are proceeding with a historic release of abducted soldiers and police; some have been held for 14 years.”

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