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Russia Hosts Regional Forum, Denies Efforts to Rebuild Soviet Empire

Posted December 19th, 2012 at 6:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Russia on Wednesday hosted leaders of five other former Soviet nations for security and economic talks, while emphatically rejecting U.S. claims that Moscow is attempting to rebuild the Soviet empire. President Vladimir Putin met at the Kremlin with the leaders of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, in what is known as the Collective Security […]

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South Korea’ President-elect Pledges to Work For People’s Livelihoods

Posted December 19th, 2012 at 6:15 pm (UTC-5)
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South Korea’s president-elect Park Geun-hye [pronounced: park goon-'HEH] has pledged to keep her campaign promises and work for the livelihood and unity of the nation’s people. The conservative five-term lawmaker held a rally in the capital, Seoul, after her election victory Wednesday. She said the competition was tough, but that her victory belongs to everyone. […]

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Army to Seek Death Penalty for Soldier in Deadly Afghan Rampage

Posted December 19th, 2012 at 5:55 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. Army is recommending the death penalty for an American soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan villagers in a shooting rampage earlier this year. Prosecutors say Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales attacked two villages in the early morning hours of March 11. They say he left his remote base in southern Afghanistan and walked […]

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Obama Calls on Congress to Act on Gun Control

Posted December 19th, 2012 at 4:30 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama has called on Congress to reinstate an assault weapons ban, five days after a gunman with a military-style weapon killed 20 children and six adults in the second-worst school shooting in the nation’s history. President Obama named Vice President Joe Biden to lead an effort to write a set of concrete […]

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Obama Still Optimistic Financial Deal Will Be Reached

Posted December 19th, 2012 at 3:45 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama says he is willing to do “some very tough things” to compromise with his political opponents in Congress on contentious year-end financial issues and is optimistic an agreement can be reached within days. The president says he has reached a broad framework of government spending cuts and tax rates with the […]

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Obama Still Optimistic Financial Deal Will Be Reached

Posted December 19th, 2012 at 2:45 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama says he is willing to do “some very tough things” to compromise with his political opponents in Congress on contentious year-end financial issues and is optimistic an agreement can be reached within days. The president told a White House news conference Wednesday that he has reached a broad framework of government […]

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Obama Calls on Congress to Act on Gun Control

Posted December 19th, 2012 at 2:25 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama has called on Congress to reinstate an assault weapons ban, five days after a gunman with a military-style weapon killed 20 children and six adults in the second-worst school shooting in the nation’s history. President Obama says he has named Vice President Joe Biden to lead an effort to come up […]

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Obama Still Optimistic Financial Deal Will Be Reached

Posted December 19th, 2012 at 2:10 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama says he is willing to do “some very tough things” to compromise with his political opponents in Congress on contentious year-end financial issues and is optimistic an agreement can be reached within days. The president told a White House news conference Wednesday that he has reached a broad framework of government […]

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Amnesty: NGOs Call for End to Russian Crackdown on Civic Freedoms

Posted December 19th, 2012 at 1:35 pm (UTC-5)
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A group of international non-governmental organizations has called on European Union leaders to urge Russian President Vladimir Putin to end what they call his crackdown on Russian civil society. In a statement Wednesday, human rights group Amnesty International announced that the eight organizations are seeking a commitment from the Russian government to ensure the involvement […]

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Senegal Adopts Law to Try Former Dictator

Posted December 19th, 2012 at 1:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Lawmakers in Senegal have passed a law creating a special court to try former Chadian leader Hissene Habre for crimes against humanity. The National Assembly ratified an agreement with the African Union to create the court, which is being called the “Extraordinary Chamber.” Rights groups have been calling for years for Senegal to try Habre, […]

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