Canada has decided to bypass the normal environmental regulations in order to speed up projects aimed at stimulating the economy, drawing the ire of activist groups.

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Pakistan's government has agree to reinstate ousted Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhamad Chaudry in an effort to defuse violent protests in Lahore that have the country in turmoil.

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The United States and Germany have agreed to share technologies related to homeland defense, in a first step toward a possible wider transatlantic framework. 

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The G20 ministers ended their meetings yesterday proclaiming consensus and pledging to cooperate in solving the financial crisis.  This, despite their being very little consensus among the G20 leaders on what policies to take and no agreement being reached that will have meaningful policy impact.

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The European Union has handed over command of the peacekeeping mission in Chad to the United Nations. 

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A senior Russian general says his country is contemplating basing strategic bombers in the Caribbean, either on a Venezuelan island or Cuba. 

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Switzerland, long a destination for international criminals wishing to launder money and evade taxes, is finally relenting to pressure from the United States and other Western states to conform to international law. 

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Juan Cole, a leading historian of the Islamic world and fervent critic of the Bush administration's policies, tells Harper's Scott Collins that he's not so pleased with the Obama administration's policies, either.

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Top diplomats from the United States and the United Kingdom are trying to broker a deal between the government of Pakistani president Asif Ali Zardari and chief opposition leader Nawaz Sharif amid fears that a string of protests could result in yet another military takeover.

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Forty-three years after General Charles de Gaulle’s removal of France from NATO’s integrated command structure, Nicolas Sarkozy announced in an important speech that his country will reverse this symbolically important legacy of Gaullist heritage at the upcoming NATO summit.

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