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Poll suggests Gingrich benefits from Cain exit
New poll results released on Monday showed former U.S. House speaker Newt Gingrich on top of the GOP field and benefiting from the exit of Herman Cain from the presidential campaign.

Egyptian new PM completes cabinet line-up
Egyptian Prime Minister Kamal al-Ganzouri has completed the line-up of the new cabinet, state TV reported Monday. Ganzouri led the Egyptian gov't under the Mubarak regime from Jan. 1996 to Oct. 1999.

Senior British official rules out military intervention in Syria
The most senior security policy adviser to British Prime Minister David Cameron told a committee of the Houses of Parliament on Monday that it was highly unlikely that there would be any British military intervention in Syria.

Obama presses Congress to OK payroll tax cut extension
Obama Monday urged Republican lawmakers in Congress to join Democrats and approve the extension of payroll tax cuts next year to revive the U.S. economy.

Abbas says ready to present Palestinian visions on status issues
Abbas announced Monday that the Palestinians are ready to present their visions concerning all the permanent status issues to end the conflict with Israel.

Sarkozy, Merkel agree on new EU treaty to stem debt crisis
Europe's powerhouses France and Germany agreed Monday on a series of reforms aimed at changing the European Union (EU) treaty to impose tough control of eurozone budgets.

Russia's ruling party to win Duma majority: CEC
Russia's Central Election Commission (CEC) announced Monday that the ruling United Russia party won 49.54 percent of the votes after 95.71 percent of the ballots were counted.

Syria responds "positively" to AL protocol, proposes minor amendments
Syria has responded positively to the Arab League (AL) protocol on an observer mission, but proposed "minor amendments" to the plan, a foreign ministry spokesman said Monday.

Pakistan wants solid outcome of Bonn Conference: FM spokesman
Pakistan said on Monday that it wants solid outcome of Bonn Conference on the future of Afghanistan to promote peace and reconciliation in the war- shattered country.

Irish PM gets tougher on budget
Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny on Sunday called for tougher measures for next year's budget, reminding the public that the country is running a deficit of 16 billion euros (21.46 billion U.S. dollars).

Russia's ruling party leading in parliamentary elections
The ruling United Russia party headed by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin took the lead in Sunday's State Duma elections, the Central Election Commission (CEC) said Monday.

Occupy D.C. protesters arrested
Police on Sunday nabbed several "Occupy D.C." protesters in the U.S. capital for refusing to dismantle a wooden structure erected overnight.

U.S. Republican candidates go after Cain's supporters
U.S. Republican candidates who aspire to become the party's presidential nominee on Sunday courted supporters of Herman Cain, the Atlanta businessman who dropped out of the race just a day before, making him a potential "king maker."

Italian cabinet approves emergency reform plan
Italian government on Sunday passed emergency reform measures for boosting economic growth and saving the eurozone from split.

PKK top member arrested in Istanbul: deputy PM
The deputy prime minister said the fact that the PKK was receiving support from foreign countries made the fight against the PKK difficult,adding,"we need foreign support and measures that will cut the terrorist organization's sources in order to succeed in our fight.

Failing EU summit to exacerbate debt crisis: Rehn
Speaking to Finnish Broadcasting Company, Rehn said only a few days left for a solution to be agreed on how to solve the debt crisis, and failure to find a consensus would only exacerbate the situation.

Philippine gov't, MILF to resume formal peace talks in Malaysia: official
The Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will resume in Malaysia the formal peace negotiation which has been stalled for about four months, a senior government official said Sunday.

United Russia retains pared majority in parliamentary vote
The ruling United Russia party led by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin led in Sunday's State Duma elections, the Central Election Commission (CEC) said Monday.

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood-led coalition wins 40% of votes in first round of legislative polls
The Freedom and Justice Party, the political arm of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, won 40 percent of votes among party candidate lists in the first stage of the People 's Assembly polls.

Syria condemns UNHRC resolution as "politically motivated," faces new AL sanctions
The Arab League (AL) on Saturday approved new sanctions against high-ranking Syrian officials following a United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC)'s resolution Friday.


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