The latest EU foreign policy document, titled Global Strategy, calls for an extended reach into new spheres as distant as the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa.

It also outlined “gradual synchronisation and mutual adaptation” between different member states’ individual defence strategies.

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oil-priceWhile most Americans are sure to celebrate oil prices hitting six-year lows, investors and those working in the oil industry were sulking Friday.

The Dow tumbled a whopping 367 points to 17,129 Friday and capped off its worst two-day slide since August, largely because oil fell below the critical $35-a-barrel threshold this week and investors are worried what that weakness may say about the global economy.

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Myanmar’s opposition National League for Democracy says it is confident of victory in the first openly contested national election in 25 years.
An NLD spokesman said it expected to win about 70% of seats. Party leader Aung San Suu Kyi said: “I think you all have the idea of the results.”
Official results have been released for only 54 seats, with 48 won by the NLD.

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India is to ban foreign couples from paying local women to have their babies in a clampdown on the country’s booming surrogacy business.

Hundreds of British couples currently travel to India each year to use surrogates, in a largely unregulated industry estimated to be worth several hundred million pounds annually.

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On his many trips to Internet cafes in the bustling central Indian city of Indore, lawyer Kamlesh Vaswani discovered what he calls the “epidemic” of pornography.

“I would go to download important Supreme Court judgements, and pornographic adverts would pop up instead. And when I looked around, I saw rows of children surfing porn openly without a care in the world,” says Mr Vaswani, 43, a quiet man with a probing look.

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