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End of the world — again?

December 21, 2012 - WORLD

Doomsday 2000 passed with no more than the usual level of chaos, so the predicted doomsday on 21 Dec 2012 invites more shrugs than prayers or parties. The movie industry is doing its best to stir up fear: the blockbuster “2012” of 2009 anticipates a string of Armageddon movies before Dec 21. If the doomsday clock nudges midnight on Dec 21, then Hollywood’s attempt to excite fear will have been be superfluous: panic will rule.

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SOUTH KOREA 19 Dec 2012 South Koreans vote for president
The winner of South Korea’s presidential election will take over from President Lee Myung Bak, whose non-renewable term of five years ends in F

December 19, 2012 - NULL

SOUTH KOREA 19 Dec 2012 South Koreans vote for president
The winner of South Korea’s presidential election will take over from President Lee Myung Bak, whose non-renewable term of five years ends in Feb 2013. The front runner is Park Geun Hye, the 60-year-old daughter of the late president Park Chung Hee. She led the ruling New Frontier Party, the renamed Grand National Party, to a majority in April parliamentary elections. If she wins she is expected to follow the policies of her father, the country’s longest-running dictator, who is credited with the country’s sustained economic

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EDINBURGH 18-19 Dec 2012 Court hears independence-related case
The case before the Court of Session will decide whether the governing Scottish National Party, backing independence for Scotland, must r

December 18, 2012 - NULL

EDINBURGH 18-19 Dec 2012 Court hears independence-related case
The case before the Court of Session will decide whether the governing Scottish National Party, backing independence for Scotland, must reveal if it received legal advice on the issue of an independent Scotland’s status in the European Union. The attempt to force the government to answer the freedom of information request is symptomatic of the growing bitterness and rivalry between foes and supporters of the Yes Scotland campaign. The question of whether Scotland should end, in part or in whole, over 300 years of union with England will be put to

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GAZA 14 Dec 2012 Hamas supporters rally for 25th anniversary
The rally for the 25th anniversary of Hamas, one of the two main Palestinian political groups, could bring hundreds of thousands of support

December 14, 2012 - NULL

GAZA 14 Dec 2012 Hamas supporters rally for 25th anniversary
The rally for the 25th anniversary of Hamas, one of the two main Palestinian political groups, could bring hundreds of thousands of supporters into the streets of Gaza City. The mood could be angrier than usual because of a host of crises, which include the closing of the briefly-open Rafah border crossing into Egypt and a massive power outage. Egypt is likely to be reviled at the rally along with Israel.

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TEHRAN 13 Dec 2012 Nuclear agency and Iran resume talks
The United Nations’ International Atomic Energy Agency returns to Tehran in the hope of breaking the deadlock, with diplomacy, over Iran’s nucle

December 13, 2012 - NULL

TEHRAN 13 Dec 2012 Nuclear agency and Iran resume talks
The United Nations’ International Atomic Energy Agency returns to Tehran in the hope of breaking the deadlock, with diplomacy, over Iran’s nuclear program. Israel and the West allege the program is aimed at producing nuclear weapons. Iran denies the allegation and refuses to halt the program. The August meeting of the IAEA and Tehran made no progress, and other talks have shut down over the West’s economic sanctions on Iran. Threats of harsher sanctions from the United States and its allies and threats from Israel of a military strike against

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