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Clinton, Karzai to Discuss Afghan Transition

Posted October 20th, 2011 at 1:45 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is due to meet in Kabul with Afghan President Hamid Karzai to discuss efforts to reconcile with the Taliban and the transition of security in the war-torn country. Clinton arrived late Wednesday on an unannounced visit. U.S. officials say the secretary will press for a binding strategic agreement between […]

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Amnesty Urges AU to Stop Abuses in Central African Republic

Posted October 20th, 2011 at 1:20 am (UTC-5)
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A leading human rights group is urging the African Union to lead a coordinated effort to bring an end to decades of human rights abuses in the Central African Republic. Amnesty International said Thursday that civilians are being killed, abducted, tortured and raped by at least 14 different armed groups that operate with impunity in […]

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Israel, Palestinians Planning Next Phase of Prisoner Swap

Posted October 20th, 2011 at 12:45 am (UTC-5)
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Palestinians are planning for the second phase of a prisoner swap deal with Israel that has already resulted in freedom for a captured Israeli soldier and hundreds of Palestinians. A spokesman for the military wing of the Palestinian Hamas group says old and sick prisoners will be given priority in the next phase of the […]

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Iran: Human Rights Report ‘Full of Lies’

Posted October 20th, 2011 at 12:05 am (UTC-5)
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Iran has slammed a report from a United Nations investigator that cites a “dramatic increase” in executions in Tehran along with other alleged human rights abuses. U.N. special investigator Ahmed Shaheed issued an interim report on Wednesday that says more than 200 officially announced executions have taken place in Iran so far this year. He […]

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