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EU seeks to make Europe’s defense industry more competitive

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BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Commission proposed on Wednesday to help Europe’s defense industry cope with pressure from falling military budgets by funding research and helping to develop new military technologies.

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Bulgaria parliament siege escalates political crisis

Posted on 24. Jul, 2013 by .

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SOFIA (Reuters) – More than 100 Bulgarian lawmakers, ministers and journalists spent the night besieged inside parliament by anti-corruption protesters before police evacuated them early on Wednesday in the latest instability in the southeast European state.

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Former China politician Bo’s trial could start this week: source

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BEIJING (Reuters) – The trial of disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai could begin this week, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said on Wednesday, marking the beginning of the end of China’s most sensational scandal in decades.

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Egypt army raises pressure on Islamists with call for rallies

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CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s military chief called for mass rallies on Friday to give him a mandate to confront violence following the overthrow of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi, appearing to raise the pressure on the Muslim Brotherhood.

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Indian police arrest school principal in food poisoning case

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NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Indian police on Wednesday arrested the headmistress of a school where 23 children died after eating a meal laced with pesticide in one of India’s deadliest food poisoning outbreaks in years.

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More foreign pharmaceutical firms could be probed in China: Xinhua

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BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s official news agency hinted that more foreign pharmaceutical firms could soon be implicated in a corruption scandal sweeping the industry, in the wake of bribery accusations against British drug maker GlaxoSmithKline.

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Most passengers rescued after asylum seekers boat sinks off Indonesia

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JAKARTA (Reuters) – Three people died but another 157 suspected asylum seekers were rescued after their boat sank off the southern coast of Indonesia, officials said on Wednesday after earlier reports that as many as 60 may have perished.

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Japan scrambles jets after China plane flies by southern islands

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TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan scrambled fighter jets on Wednesday after a Chinese military aircraft flew for the first time through international airspace near its southern islands out over the Pacific, in a move seen by Japan as underlining China’s maritime expansion.

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Dell founder seeks easier path to buyout offer

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(Reuters) – Dell Inc founder Michael Dell pushed on Wednesday for easier voting rules to help him win his battle to take the PC maker private and offered a token 10 cents more per share to sweeten his $24 billion bid.

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Russia says U.S. drive to arm Syria rebels hurts chances for peace

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MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia accused the United States on Wednesday of stalling chances for peace in Syria by pressing ahead with plans to arm rebels fighting to oust President Bashar al-Assad.

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