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Bombing, Gunfire in Afghan Capital

Posted January 21st, 2013 at 12:00 am (UTC-5)
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Afghan officials say a suicide car bombing followed by other explosions and gunfire has rocked the capital. Authorities say the attack targeted a traffic police complex in Kabul early Monday. Police say two of the assailants were killed at the entrance. They say at least one other attacker has entered the building. The Taliban has […]

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UN Welcomes Burma’s Peace Efforts

Posted January 20th, 2013 at 11:20 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations has welcomed Burma’s latest efforts to bring peace to rebel-controlled areas in northeastern Kachin state. A UN statement Sunday said Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has been following various reports from the ground on the implementation of a cease-fire that was supposed to have gone into effect on Saturday. The statement said Mr. […]

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Algeria Says Militants Captured, More Bodies Found at Gas Complex

Posted January 20th, 2013 at 3:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Algerian security officials say a search of a desert gas complex raided by Islamists last week has led to the capture of several militants and the discovery of 25 more bodies, indicating the four-day hostage crisis was much deadlier than first thought. The officials said Algerian special forces detained five militants at the complex of […]

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Militants Seize Foreign Hostages In Algeria

Posted January 16th, 2013 at 12:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Islamist militants in Algeria say they have taken up to 41 foreigners hostage, including seven Americans, in an attack on a natural gas field. The militants tell regional media the raid early Wednesday was in retaliation for France’s military intervention in Mali. The attackers reportedly have killed two people, including a British national, and wounded […]

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Wave of Attacks in Iraq Kill 29

Posted January 16th, 2013 at 8:20 am (UTC-5)
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A wave of attacks in Baghdad and northern Iraq killed at least 29 people Wednesday, the deadliest violence to take place this year in a country increasingly divided along sectarian lines. A suicide bomber killed at least 15 people and wounded more than 100 by detonating a vehicle packed with explosives outside the offices of […]

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Fire Brigade: Helicopter Crashes in Central London

Posted January 16th, 2013 at 6:00 am (UTC-5)
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British police report at least two people are dead after a helicopter crashed onto a roadway in south-central London, near a key rail station for incoming commuters. Local news reports say the aircraft hit a crane atop an apartment building before hurtling to the ground, igniting a fireball that sent plumes of smoke into the […]

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Suicide Blast Reported at Afghan Intelligence Service HQ

Posted January 16th, 2013 at 5:25 am (UTC-5)
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Afghan officials say at least five suicide attackers have launched an attack on the headquarters of the national intelligence service in Kabul. Witnesses say a vehicle loaded with explosives pulled up outside the gate of the National Directorate of Security and detonated, causing a sizable blast that sent a plume of smoke into the air. […]

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Pakistani Cleric Demands Government Resign

Posted January 14th, 2013 at 8:00 pm (UTC-5)
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A populist Pakistani cleric gave the country’s political leaders an ultimatum to dissolve the government and resign, telling his supporters to march on parliament early Tuesday and force the issue. Tahir-ul Qadri called for action by tens of thousands of people gathered for an anti-corruption rally on one of Islamabad’s main thoroughfares, following a 38-hour […]

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Argo Wins Top Awards at Golden Globes

Posted January 14th, 2013 at 12:00 am (UTC-5)
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The film Argo was the surprise winner Sunday at the Golden Globes Awards Sunday in Hollywood. The film took home the best dramatic picture prize, and its director, Ben Affleck, won the best director award. Those top nods were widely favored to be won by either Lincoln or Zero Dark Thirty. However, Daniel Day Lewis […]

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Pakistani Shi’ites Protest Lack of Security

Posted January 11th, 2013 at 12:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Officials in Pakistan’s Baluchistan province Friday declared a three-day mourning period for victims of three deadly bombings in the provincial capital, while Shi’ites, the apparent target of two of the blasts, refused to bury their dead to protest the Muslim minority group’s lack of security. Police say a suicide bombing Thursday targeted a billiards hall […]

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