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Three Killed After Ceasefire Announced in Yemen

Posted September 21st, 2011 at 9:32 am (UTC-5)
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Three people were killed Wednesday in fresh violence in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, less than 24 hours after pro- and anti-government forces negotiated a cease-fire. Medical officials say the civilians were killed and at least 16 people were wounded when shelling and gunfire erupted near a protest camp in the capital. Vice President Abed Rabbo […]

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Kenya’s Deputy PM Faces ICC on Post-Election Violence

Posted September 21st, 2011 at 9:30 am (UTC-5)
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The International Criminal Court has opened proceedings against three prominent Kenyans accused of organizing deadly post-election violence in their country. Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, Cabinet Secretary Francis Muthaura and former police chief Mohammed Hussein Ali are facing charges of crimes against humanity stemming from the unrest. Judges at The Hague must decide if there […]

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Gunfire Targets Pakistani Helicopter, Military Commander Wounded

Posted September 21st, 2011 at 9:10 am (UTC-5)
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Suspected militants in northwestern Pakistan opened fire on a military helicopter Wednesday, slightly wounding one of the country’s top military commanders. Pakistani security officials said Major General Javed Iqbal was airborne in the mountainous Swat Valley when gunfire from the ground hit his helicopter and wounded him in the leg. Officials said Iqbal was not […]

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South Sudan President to Meet With Obama

Posted September 21st, 2011 at 9:00 am (UTC-5)
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The leader of newly-independent South Sudan is due to meet Wednesday with U.S. President Barack Obama. President Salva Kiir is one of six foreign leaders Mr. Obama will meet on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly session in New York. The White House says the meeting will mark South Sudan’s progress from conflict […]

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Zambian Officials Tally General Election Results

Posted September 21st, 2011 at 8:46 am (UTC-5)
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Officials in Zambia are counting votes from Tuesday’s general elections, including the closely-watched presidential contest between incumbent Rupiah Banda and opposition leader Michael Sata. Local media Wednesday reported results from various constituencies. But it is too early to tell whether Zambians chose to keep President Banda in power or heeded Mr. Sata’s call for change. […]

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Death Toll in Himalayan Quake Reaches 100

Posted September 21st, 2011 at 8:41 am (UTC-5)
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Rescue workers are battling damaged roads and landslides to reach areas struck by Sunday’s Himalayan earthquake that killed at least 100 people. The 6.9-magnitude quake was centered in the Indian state of Sikkim and caused damage and fatalities across northeastern India, Nepal and the Chinese region of Tibet. Sikkim officials said Wednesday there was still […]

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Philippine Military Releases Secret Martial Law Records

Posted September 21st, 2011 at 8:37 am (UTC-5)
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The Philippine military has released classified records of its actions during nine years of martial law under the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, who used the armed forces to crush dissent during the 1970s and early 80s. Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin announced the declassification Wednesday in Manila, saying he hoped the secret documents would help bring […]

US Central Bank Mulls Action as Lawmakers Weigh In

Posted September 21st, 2011 at 8:33 am (UTC-5)
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Hopes and fears for the struggling United States economy are focused on the country’s central bank, set to announce what it intends to do help spark a recovery. The U.S. Federal Reserve concludes its two-day meeting later Wednesday, with many economists predicting the bank’s policy board will move to further lower borrowing rates in order […]

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Afghans Protest Killing of Former President

Posted September 21st, 2011 at 8:25 am (UTC-5)
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Hundreds of Afghans gathered Wednesday to protest the killing of former Afghan president and peace negotiator Burhanuddin Rabbani at his home in the capital Kabul. Police say Mr. Rabbani, who served as president from 1992 to 1996, was killed Tuesday by a Taliban suicide attacker who detonated a bomb hidden in his turban. At least […]

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A Timeline of the US Hikers Detained by Iran

Posted September 21st, 2011 at 8:06 am (UTC-5)
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July 31, 2009 – Shane Bauer, Josh Fattal and Sarah Shourd are hiking in the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq. They are arrested by Iranian authorities, who accuse them of crossing the border into Iran, and are sent to the notorious Evin prison in Tehran. Iranian television describes the three as “spies.” November 5, 2009 […]

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