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/ 3 June 2008

Obama eyes history as last primaries loom

Democrat Barack Obama stood on the brink of history on Tuesday, within reach of becoming America’s first black presidential nominee after a twisting, emotional and divisive battle with Hillary Clinton. As voters in the last two states, Montana and South Dakota, wrapped up the gruelling nominating marathon, Clinton faced the demise of her own quest.

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/ 24 May 2008

Clinton draws rebuke over assassination remark

Hillary Clinton mentioned the June 1968 assassination of Robert Kennedy in explaining on Friday why she had resisted calls to end her White House bid, drawing a rebuke from Democratic front-runner Barack Obama’s campaign. Clinton, who later expressed regret over the remark, made it to the editorial board of theSioux Falls Argus Leader.

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/ 23 May 2008

Running mate sought as Obama shifts gear

Democratic party officials disclosed on Thursday that Barack Obama has sanctioned a hunt for a vice-presidential candidate, a further sign that he regards the battle with Hillary Clinton as being over. Time magazine, in a report in its next issue, quotes a friend of Bill Clinton saying he wants his wife to be the vice-presidential candidate.

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/ 6 May 2008

Rockers Queen to headline Mandela Aids concert

Veteran rockers Queen, along with Razorlight and Simple Minds, will top the bill at an Aids benefit concert in London next month to mark Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday, organisers announced on Tuesday. Precisely 46 664 tickets will go on sale for the three-hour gig in Hyde Park on June 27, which is in support of the former South African president’s 46664 campaign against HIV/Aids.

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/ 2 May 2008

Fatigue, racism threaten to knock Obama

Barack Obama was showing signs of campaign fatigue. Sitting on a picnic bench in a park on Pagoda Street, Indianapolis, in discussion with a group of 30 supporters, he told a story about the ”modest” background of himself and his wife, Michelle. And 10 minutes later, seemingly having forgotten, he told them it all again.

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/ 26 April 2008

A neocon by any other name

Robert Kagan, author, essayist, former diplomat, pre-eminent thinker of what is called ”neoconservatism” — and now foreign policy adviser to Republican presidential nominee John McCain — would like it to be known that there are many things that he is not.

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/ 2 April 2008

Irish Prime Minister Ahern to step down

Bertie Ahern will step down as Ireland’s Prime Minister on May 6, bowing to pressure for him to go early following a series of embarrassing appearances in the witness stand at an anti-corruption tribunal. Ahern, flanked by his Cabinet colleagues, announced his intention to resign to reporters in Dublin.

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/ 31 March 2008

Clinton faces tough odds as Obama’s lead widens

United States Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton faced increasing odds on Monday as a new opinion poll showed rival Barack Obama consolidating his nationwide support. A Gallup tracking survey indicated the Illinois senator extending his lead over Clinton among Democrats nationally to 52% versus 42%, Obama’s largest lead of the year so far.

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/ 30 March 2008

Clinton rejects calls to quit

Hillary Clinton vowed on Saturday night to continue her battle for the party’s presidential nomination amid increasing pressure from senior Democrats for her to quit the race. Speaking to a cheering crowd at an Indianapolis high school, she said it was important to give everyone a chance to have their voices heard.