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Political leaders from around the world who at one time or another gave speeches to various governing bodies that went on and on and on...

... stopping for neither rain nor snow nor gloom of night, nor anything else really, possibly because they had a lot to say and it was just so important (don't you hate it when people gloss over the details?) that they carefully composed speeches of such complexity and eloquence that they simply had to be given in their entirety or...
A look at politicians who can talk. And talk. And talk...

Business Insider: 13 people destroying the global economy

Whether it's in the halls of the US Congress, at the world's top biggest banks, or at the various EU Summits, the actual difficult decisions required to heal the global economy are hampered by numerous divisions.

ANC to sue South African artist over Jacob Zuma genitals painting

ANC spokesman Jackson Mthembu said he had asked lawyers to get the Goodman Gallery to remove the $14,000, 1.85 meter-high acrylic Soviet-style painting (entitled “The Spear”) from its gallery, website and promotional materials.

India: Rivalries won't undo the BRICS

At a New Delhi summit, five key emerging nations forge a platform at odds with the West on Iran and Syria.
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Heads of the BRICS countries (L to R) President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil, Russian President Dimitry Medvedev, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Chinese President Hu Jintao and President Jacob Zuma of South Africa pose prior to the BRICS summit in New Delhi on March 29, 2012. (PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images)
As Indian business leaders pushed for measures to double trade between and among the so-called BRICS nations of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa to $500 billion over the next few years, a host of mostly western naysayers stepped forward to claim that the BRICS are too deeply divided to emerge as a coherent negotiating bloc. Wishful thinking? Perhaps.

Hugo Chavez arrives in Cuba to begin radiation therapy

The 57-year-old had been recovering from surgery in the Cuban capital city of Havana on February 26 which he said removed a tumor from his pelvic region, following the extraction of a first tumor in June last year. 

Silvio Berlusconi bribery case thrown out

The case, which dates back to the 1990s, centers on allegations that the ex-premier, 75, paid his former British tax lawyer, David Mills, $600,000 to lie in court about Berlusconi’s business interests.

Burmese monk Ashin Gambira, one month out of jail, is arrested again

Despite new reforms introduced by the Burmese president, activists say there are over 400 political prisoners in detention.  

Northern Ireland protestant leader Ian Paisley hospitalized

There were unconfirmed reports that the 85-year-old former MP for north Antrim had suffered a heart attack.

France to resume troop training in Afghanistan but pull out by end of 2013

The French president says that US President Barack Obama has been informed of the plans, which will be presented at a meeting of NATO defence ministers in early February.

Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir arrives in Libya

Al-Bashir was met at Tripoli airport on Saturday by Mustafa Abdul Jalil, chairman of Libya’s National Transitional Council (NTC). 
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