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A concert for canines at Sydney Opera House

It’s a dog’s life. Well, it was on Saturday when the forecourt of the Sydney Opera House came alive with the sound of high pitched music and howling dogs at the world’s first concert performed for dogs.

Li Peng memoir: Deng was ready to spill blood

China’s revered reformist leader Deng Xiaoping said the government had to “spill some blood” to quell student-led protests in 1989, according to newly-published memoirs of the watershed events by former Premier Li Peng.

Memoir shows an unyielding Deng

The memoir based on the watershed events of 1989, by former Chinese Premier Li Peng, show China’s revered reformist leader Deng Xiaoping and his Communist Party successors were unyielding, saying that

Afghan delegates support Taliban talks


Afghan tribal elders and religious leaders agreed on Friday to make peace with the Taliban, handing President Hamid Karzai a mandate to open negotiations with the insurgents who are fighting foreign f

Israel may not call off Gaza blockade


Israel is unlikely to heed calls to lift the blockade of the Gaza Strip but its bloody seizure of a Turkish aid ship has caused international anger and American dismay that is forcing it to seek conci

G20 goes public on economy fears

Leading policymakers were unusually candid on Friday in voicing fears that the euro zone’s financial and banking woes could derail the global economic recovery.
The troubles of Greece and other heavily indebted European governments dominated conversations ahead of a meeting of finance ministers and central bankers of the Group of 20 of the world’s top developed and emerging economies, Canadian finance minister, Mr Jim Flaherty, said.

Violin replaces guitar on Sting’s world tour


Sting, former frontman of The Police, kicked off a world tour of his greatest hits on Wednesday but replaced the familiar guitar, drum and base riffs with the gentle strains of oboes, violins and cell

5 potential bidders for Le Monde

The daily Le Monde, one of France’s most respected newspapers, is set to lose its prized independence in coming weeks as mounting losses force it to seek up to 100 million euros in a recapitalisation.

Cyprus peace meet gets postponed

Peace talks between the leaders of ethnically split Cyprus were postponed on Thursday because of a dispute over comments by the Turkish Cypriot leader about the basis of negotiations.

Man kills judge, clerk in Brussels

An unidentified gunman shot dead a judge and a clerk in a court room in central Brussels on Thursday, a Brussels prosecution spokesman said.

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