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Russia Sends Aircraft to Evacuate its Citizens from Syria

Posted January 21st, 2013 at 8:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Russia says it is sending two planes to Lebanon to evacuate its citizens who wish to flee the conflict in Syria. A spokeswoman for Russia’s Emergencies Ministry (Irina Rossius) said more than 100 Russians were expected to board the planes after traveling overland from Syria. She said Russia is sending the planes so that all […]

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Arrest Made in Paris Murder of Kurdish Activists

Posted January 21st, 2013 at 4:35 pm (UTC-5)
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French prosecutors have filed preliminary murder and terrorism charges against an associate of three female Kurdish activists shot dead in Paris earlier this month. The suspect, a 30-year-old Turkish driver for one of the slain women, was one of two ethnic Kurds detained last week in connection with the January 10 killings. Prosecutors filed charges […]

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Obama Uses Two Bibles at Swearing-In

Posted January 21st, 2013 at 3:55 pm (UTC-5)
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When U.S. President Barack Obama took the oath of office Monday, he placed his hand on two Bibles. The first was the Bible used by former President Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, when he took the oath for his first term in 1861. The second Bible was the so-called “traveling Bible” […]

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Ugandan Troops Kill Kony Bodyguard

Posted January 21st, 2013 at 9:15 am (UTC-5)
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Ugandan troops have killed a top bodyguard of Lord’s Resistance Army leader Joseph Kony. A Ugandan army official said Monday that the rebel, known as Brigadier Binani, was killed Friday during a firefight in the eastern part of the Central African Republic, near South Sudan. Army spokesman Felix Kulayigye said Ugandan troops were deployed to […]

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India Gang-Rape Trial Begins

Posted January 21st, 2013 at 9:10 am (UTC-5)
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The trial of five men accused of the brutal rape and murder of a 23-year old student in New Delhi has begun in a fast-track court for crimes against women. The start of the trial on Monday was delayed by more than an hour as defense lawyers argued that it should be open to the […]

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Algeria to Raise Death Toll From Islamist Siege at Gas Complex

Posted January 21st, 2013 at 9:05 am (UTC-5)
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Algeria is expected to raise the death toll from the hostage crisis at a natural gas complex, as preliminary reports showed that at least 80 people were killed. Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal was expected to announce updated casualty figures at a news conference on Monday. The Algerian government has said at least 32 militants […]

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3 Afghan Police Killed in Kabul

Posted January 21st, 2013 at 6:45 am (UTC-5)
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Afghan officials say a suicide squad launched an eight-hour assault in the capital on traffic police headquarters Monday, killing three traffic police officers. Authorities say all five attackers were killed in the standoff in Kabul. Officials say 10 people were wounded in the assault, including four police. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack. […]

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Bombing, Gunfire in Afghan Capital

Posted January 20th, 2013 at 10:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Afghan officials say a suicide bombing and gunfire have rocked the capital. Authorities say the attack targeted a police complex in Kabul early Monday. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack. It is not immediately clear if there are any casualties.

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16 Al-Qaida Operatives Killed in Yemen

Posted January 20th, 2013 at 7:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Tribal and official sources in Yemen say an explosion has killed more than 10 suspected al-Qaida militants, and at least six others died in two airstrikes by unmanned aircraft. A bomb that ripped through a house owned by a known al-Qaida operative in southern Bayda province appeared to be an accidental explosion. Militants barred local […]

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Opposition Wins German State Election

Posted January 20th, 2013 at 6:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Germany’s center-left opposition has won a razor-thin victory in a regional election that is seen as a test for Chancellor Angela Merkel, eight months before nationwide legislative elections. With most of the votes counted in the northern state of Lower Saxony Sunday, German media reported the opposition Social Democrats and Greens had a one seat […]