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Pakistan Releases More Afghan Taliban Prisoners

Posted December 31st, 2012 at 11:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Pakistan has released eight Afghan Taliban prisoners, including the minister of justice during the Taliban’s rule of Afghanistan in the late 1990s. The Foreign Ministry said in a statement Monday the prisoners were released “in order to further facilitate the Afghan reconciliation process.” Pakistan said that among those released were former Afghan Justice Minister Mullah […]

Syrian Minister: Government Open to Peace Talks

Posted December 31st, 2012 at 7:55 pm (UTC-5)
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The embattled Syrian government has welcomed any plans that would lead to peace talks to end the bloodshed in the country. Prime Minister Wael al-Halaqi was responding Monday to the U.N.-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, who said Sunday that he has a plan that is acceptable to world powers. Brahimi said the plan calls for […]

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New Year’s Celebrations Unfold Around the World

Posted December 31st, 2012 at 7:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Nations across Europe, the Middle East and Asia have welcomed in the new year as celebrations unfold around the globe. Fireworks lit up the sky over dozens of cities to celebrate the arrival of 2013, including festivities in Athens, Moscow and London. Dubai marked the new year with a light show at the world’s tallest […]

NYC Couple Arrested For Possessing Bomb Substance

Posted December 31st, 2012 at 5:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Police in New York City have arrested a couple after finding a substance used to make explosives as well as bomb-making manuals in their apartment. U.S. authorities say the 31-year-old man, Aaron Greene, and his 27-year-old girlfriend, Morgan Gliedman, are being charged with possessing weapons. They say detectives discovered seven grams of HMTD, an explosive […]

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C. Africa Rebels Threaten Capital Despite President’s Unity Offer

Posted December 31st, 2012 at 3:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Rebels in the Central African Republic not backing down from their threat to invade the capital, despite President Francois Bozize’s offer to form a unity government. Fighters for the coalition of three rebel groups, known as Seleka, were holding position about 75 kilometers outside of Bangui Monday. In the last three weeks, the rebels have […]

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Pakistan Releases More Afghan Taliban Prisoners

Posted December 31st, 2012 at 1:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Pakistan has released eight Afghan Taliban prisoners, including the minister of justice during the Taliban’s rule of Afghanistan in the late 1990′s. Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement Monday that among those released were former Afghan Justice Minister Mullah Nooruddin Turabi and former Helmand province Governor Abdul Bari, as well as two other former […]

China Says Japan Releases Detained Chinese Fishermen

Posted December 31st, 2012 at 1:25 pm (UTC-5)
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China’s state news agency says Japan has released a Chinese fishing crew detained on Saturday for poaching in Japanese waters. Xinhua said Japanese authorities released the captain and his crew on Monday, after detaining them in waters off the southern city of Kagoshima. A Chinese foreign ministry official said Beijing sent a diplomat to a […]

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23 Killed as Iraq Bombings Target Pilgrims

Posted December 31st, 2012 at 12:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Iraqi authorities say a wave of bombings across the country has killed at least 23 people in the latest apparent effort by militants to undermine confidence in the security forces. In Monday’s deadliest attack, insurgents blew up several houses in the town of Musayyib, south of Baghdad, killing seven people. In Baghdad’s Karrada district, a […]

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Pakistan Releases More Afghan Taliban Prisoners

Posted December 31st, 2012 at 10:35 am (UTC-5)
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Pakistan has released four Afghan Taliban prisoners, including the minister of justice under Taliban rule of Afghanistan in the late 1990′s. Pakistani officials who did not want to be identified told reporters Monday that former Afghan Justice Minister Mullah Nooruddin Turabi, former Helmand province Governor Abdul Bari, and two other Afghan Taliban detainees have been […]

Sydney Fireworks Dazzle as Asia-Pacific Greets New Year

Posted December 31st, 2012 at 10:35 am (UTC-5)
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A gigantic fireworks display has lit up Sydney harbor as Australia and other Asia-Pacific nations become the first to welcome the new year. An estimated 1.5 million people gathered around the Sydney harbor on a warm summer night to see the $6.9 million fireworks show, with some camping out for much of the day to […]