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Israelis Vote in Election Favoring Netanyahu

Posted January 22nd, 2013 at 1:40 am (UTC-5)
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Israelis are voting Tuesday in a parliamentary election that is expected to bring a third term for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Opinion polls leading up to the vote have shown an alliance of Mr. Netanyahu’s Likud party and the nationalist Yisrael Beitenu party winning the most seats. The centrist, main opposition Labor party and the […]

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Burma Seeks Help to Promote Long-Term Development

Posted January 19th, 2013 at 5:20 am (UTC-5)
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Burma’s leader has urged international donor nations to help in the development of the country’s battered economy and in improving the living standards of its impoverished population. Speaking Saturday at the first Development and Cooperation Forum in the administrative capital of Naypyitaw, President Thein Sein told delegates that Burma would fulfill those goals more successfully […]

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Nicolas Tiangaye Named Central African Republic PM

Posted January 17th, 2013 at 12:00 pm (UTC-5)
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The president of the Central African Republic has appointed opposition lawyer Nicolas Tiangaye as prime minister, as part of a deal to end a recent rebellion. President Francois Bozize made the announcement on state radio Thursday, after a meeting with members of the Seleka rebel alliance and opposition parties. The government and rebels reached a […]

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Madagascar President Drops Out of May Election

Posted January 15th, 2013 at 5:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Madagascar’s President Andry Rajoelina, who seized power in a coup in 2009, says he will not be a candidate in May’s presidential election. The president said in a televised speech Tuesday that he is sacrificing himself for the sake of the island’s 20 million citizens. Mr. Rajoelina joins the man he overthrew, Marc Ravalomanana, in […]

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Former Italian PM Berlusconi Aligns With Northern League, Won’t Stand for PM

Posted January 7th, 2013 at 12:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Former Italian leader Silvio Berlusconi says he has struck a deal with the Northern League to jointly run in next month’s elections. But he will not stand as candidate for prime minister. Mr. Berlusconi announced the alliance during an interview with Italian radio. Northern League leader Roberto Maroni later told a news conference that as […]

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Ghana’s Mahama Sworn in For New Term

Posted January 7th, 2013 at 7:00 am (UTC-5)
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Ghana’s President John Dramani Mahama has been sworn in for a new term after narrowly winning an election last month. The main opposition New Patriotic Party boycotted the ceremony Monday in the capital, Accra. They dispute the results of the vote and have challenged the election in the country’s Supreme Court. Mr. Mahama won 50.7 […]

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New Fight Looming Over US Debt

Posted January 6th, 2013 at 5:15 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. lawmakers are getting ready for another political fight over the country’s budget woes. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell warned Sunday his party will not consider any more tax increases. He told ABC television’s This Week that “the tax issue is finished.” He said President Barack Obama and lawmakers now need to focus on cutting […]

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New Fight Looming Over US Debt

Posted January 6th, 2013 at 1:25 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. lawmakers are positioning themselves for another political fight over the country’s budget woes. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell warned Sunday his party is done considering any tax increases, telling ABC’s “This Week” that “the tax issue is finished.” He said President Barack Obama and lawmakers now need to focus on cutting spending, calling Washington’s […]

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In New Year’s Speech, Burma’s President Vows More Transparent Communication

Posted January 1st, 2013 at 5:50 am (UTC-5)
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Burmese President Thein Sein has vowed to do a better job of communicating with the nation, as he delivered his first ever New Year’s speech on Tuesday. In a five-minute radio address, the reformist leader promised a new campaign of more direct, transparent communication with the people, saying mutual trust was key to the country’s […]

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Israel Indicts Former Foreign Minister

Posted December 30th, 2012 at 4:40 am (UTC-5)
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Israeli justice officials say former foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman has been formally indicted on charges of fraud and breach of trust. The Justice Ministry filed the indictment against Lieberman in a Jerusalem court Sunday. Justice officials say Lieberman was indicted on charges relating to the promotion of an Israeli diplomat who had illegally given Lieberman […]

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