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DR Congo former warlord says he would back opposition candidate

Apo - Former warlord Jean-Pierre Bemba said Monday he would be willing to support an opposition candidate in DR Congo's much-delayed presidential election, which he is banned from standing in.

DR Congo ex-warlord Bemba returns home to mount election challenge

Apo - After more than 11 years abroad -- a decade of it behind bars -- former DR Congo warlord Jean-Pierre Bemba returned home on Wednesday to huge crowds and police firing teargas, reflecting the country's high-voltage political mood.

Heavy security as DR Congo ex-warlord 'heads home' to contest vote

Apo - Former warlord Jean-Pierre Bemba of the Democratic Republic of Congo said he was headed Wednesday for Kinshasa to throw his hat into the ring for a December presidential election after spending 11 years abroad -- most of them behind bars.

Libyan commander wanted by ICC 'escapes prison'

Benghazi - A Libyan commander wanted by the International Criminal Court for alleged war crimes has "escaped" from prison, the forces of military strongman Khalifa Haftar said.

DRCongo's Bemba leaves ICC detention centre following acquittal

Den Haag - Democratic Republic of Congo's former vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba has left the detention centre of the International Criminal Court following his acquittal of war crimes after a decade behind bars, his lawyer said on Wednesday.

Op-Ed: Inflation rates may rise soon — Financial review

You’re not just imagining it. Prices are going up, except for commodities. And the price of energy has an oversized influence on the annual inflation rate.

Op-Ed: No COLA increase coming for Social Security recipients

The government announced there will be no cost-of-living (COLA) increase in their benefits next year. The difference would mean an average of a little more than $500 a year in Social Security benefits.

Palestinians recognise ICC jurisdiction for period covering Gaza war

Den Haag - The International Criminal Court said Palestinian authorities had formally recognised the court's jurisdiction to investigate crimes allegedly committed during last summer's Gaza war.

Op-Ed: Maniacal NCOA report targets Australian public in austerity drive

Sydney - It’s official — government exists solely to increase the hardship of citizens. The National Committee of Audit (NCOA) has proven that any point of contact between Australian government with human realities is non-existent.

China February inflation tame, room for policy easing

China's consumer prices rose at their slowest rate in 13 months in February as pork prices fell by their most in over a year, a sign that slowing growth rather than rising prices poses a bigger risk to the world's second-biggest eco...

China January inflation tame at seven-month low, producer prices extend slide

China's consumer inflation hugged a seven-month low in January and showed no signs of accelerating anytime soon, a consolation for the government which may need to loosen policy should economic growth founder.

Inflation showing signs of life

Many economists see a small amount of inflation as good. If you agree, then October was a good month with the first 12-month increase in the CPI since May 2008.

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