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In French election sobriety is new sign of times
PARIS - When Nicolas Sarkozy won the French presidency in 2007, the roaring Noughties were still in full swing and his message of “work more to earn more” was in sync with the times.
Greeks old and young united in disdain for ruling parties
MARATHON, Greece - Georgios Pasayannis was a Greek civil servant for 40 years, and the 73-year-old pensioner voted faithfully for New Democracy throughout, confident his future was safe in the hands of the conservative party.
Year after death, bin Laden an issue in US campaign
Osama bin Laden is dead and gone but his demise has been trotted out as a campaign issue by President Barack Obama, whose new ad questions whether his Republican rival would have ordered such a risky military raid.
India’s new ‘Motor City’ rises from the dust
The first sight of India’s newest ‘Motor City’ is a collection of giant blue-and-grey structures, windowless boxes in corporate colours that are the hallmark of modern manufacturing.
All eyes on Sachin Tendulkar’s innings in Parliament
NEW DELHI - Over two decades and more, Sachin Tendulkar has got used to carrying the burden of a billion hopes each time he has walked out to bat. Now he faces an altogether different challenge: proving himself as a capable lawmaker.
Gypsy roots, desert blues, bluegrass top world music
Sitar player Anouska Shankar, whose album ‘Traveller’ takes a journey through the music of India and Spanish flamenco to explore their shared Gypsy roots, was named Best Artist in Songlines magazine’s annual world music awards.
Indonesian film may help revive local martial art
An Indonesian martial arts film with fast fight sequences has smashed domestic box office records and become the first Indonesian flick to break into the US box office, also winning acclaim at international film festivals.
Gloves off for Sarkozy in French second round
PARIS — Nicolas Sarkozy is taking the gloves off in his bid to beat Francois Hollande in the French presidential run-off, saying he will ‘blow out of the water’ the Socialist he accuses of fleeing debates.
World’s carmakers woo China despite slowing sales
BEIJING - Major carmakers gathered in Beijing on Monday for China’s leading auto show, seeking an edge in the world’s largest automobile market after a sharp slowdown in growth.
In Gaza zoo, stuffed animals join live ones
KHAN YOUNIS, Gaza Strip — There is an afterlife for animals at the Khan Younis zoo in the impoverished Gaza Strip.
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