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Syrian opposition talks with Russia, seeking to end civil war

Syrian opposition leader met Russia's foreign minister, opening a window to a possible breakthrough in efforts to broker an end to Syria's civil war.

Set aside euro misgivings, says Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged her party to set aside misgivings about the euro and accept integration as a solution to the debt crisis.

Abortion: A road to Damascus

Women will always need access to termination services. They should be safe and accessible, writes <b>Eddie Mhlanga</b>.

Merkel dodges bullet with euro vote victory

Angela Merkel has won her toughest challenge yet as German chancellor by pushing through changes to a rescue fund for the eurozone debt crisis.

Spain, Germany in transfer tussle for oracle octopus

Madrid zoo made a transfer bid for Paul the oracle octopus on Thursday, telling his aquarium in Germany it would outbid all others.

Escort revelations hit weakened Berlusconi

Reports that some women who attended parties hosted by Silvio Berlusconi were paid to have sex with guests have added to the Italian leader's problems

Defiant Berlusconi says ‘nothing to apologise for’

Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said on Friday he had ''nothing to apologise for'' over the sex scandals surrounding him and did not fear blackmail.

Italy OK’s abortion pill despite church opposition

Italy's drug regulation agency on Thursday authorised the use of the abortion pill despite protests from the Roman Catholic Church.

Political rows threaten food summit success

A United Nations global food crisis summit risked embarrassing failure to reach any formal agreement on combating hunger threatening a billion people worldwide.

Food summit seeks ‘green revolution’ for Africa

A United Nations summit on the global food crisis asked rich nations on Wednesday to help ''revolutionise'' farming in Africa to produce more food for people facing hunger.

Food summit blames trade barriers for high prices

The United Nations urged a summit on the global food crisis on Tuesday to help stop the spread of starvation threatening nearly one billion people by lowering trade barriers and removing export bans. ''Nothing is more degrading than hunger, especially when man-made,'' UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon told world leaders.

Italy dissolves Parliament, election looms

Italy's president dissolved Parliament on Wednesday and the caretaker government prepared to call a snap election, likely in mid-April, that could mark a return to power of media magnate Silvio Berlusconi. President Giorgio Napolitano's bid for cross-party support to reform Italy's messy voting rules before a fresh election met stiff resistance from Berlusconi.

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