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US Pledges $100 Million for Drought-Stricken Horn of Africa

Posted October 24th, 2011 at 11:10 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States has pledged another $100 million to help people in drought-affected areas of East Africa. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Monday the aid will be primarily in the form of food assistance to those in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia. The region is struggling with a severe drought that has left nearly 13 […]

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Bomb Wounds Six in Lebanon Palestinian Refugee Camp

Posted October 24th, 2011 at 9:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Palestinian and Lebanese security officials say a bomb has exploded in a refugee camp in Lebanon, wounding at least six people. The blast occurred late Monday in the Ein el-Hilweh refugee camp near the southern port city of Sidon. It exploded when a worker was collecting the garbage. The camp, known for its lawlessness, is […]

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Conservatives Rebel Against British PM, Vote For EU Referendum

Posted October 24th, 2011 at 8:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Britain’s parliament has soundly rejected a motion to hold a referendum on whether it should stay in the European Union, but a large block of the prime minister’s own party rebelled against him by voting ‘yes.’ Prime Minister David Cameron urged the parliamentarians to vote ‘no.’ His Conservative Party leaders say the EU is in […]

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NTC: Gadhafi to be Buried in Secret Grave

Posted October 24th, 2011 at 8:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Libyan provisional government officials say ousted leader Moammar Gadhafi will be buried Tuesday in an unmarked grave in a secret desert location, ending a growing controversy over his decomposing corpse. The officials said the bodies of Gadhafi, his slain son Mutassim and former Defense Minister Abu Bakr Younis will be buried together in the same […]

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Azerbaijan Elected to UN Security Council

Posted October 24th, 2011 at 7:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Azerbaijan has won a two-year seat on the United Nations Security Council after the other candidate from Eastern Europe, Slovenia, dropped out of the running. Azerbaijan was elected in the 17th round of voting Monday with 155 votes in the 193-member General Assembly. Slovenian diplomats complained about the voting system and the campaign for the […]

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Islamist Party Claims Victory in Tunisia’s Election

Posted October 24th, 2011 at 7:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Tunisia’s moderate Islamist party says it has won enough votes in Sunday’s election to claim victory and is prepared to shape a new government in the small North African nation. The landmark election, which was widely considered free and fair, is the first to emerge from the Arab Spring which has seen despotic governments topple […]

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Bulgarian Presidential Runoff Set for Next Week

Posted October 24th, 2011 at 7:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Officials results in Bulgaria show conservative ruling party candidate Rosen Plevneliev won Sunday’s presidential election, but without enough votes to avoid a runoff. With nearly all the ballots counted, Plevneliev has 40 percent of the vote. His closest challenger, Socialist Ivailo Kalfin, has 29 percent. The two will face off again Sunday in a second […]

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South Africa’s Zuma Announces Anti-Corruption Steps

Posted October 24th, 2011 at 6:10 pm (UTC-5)
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South African President Jacob Zuma has suspended his police chief and fired two cabinet ministers amid criticism his administration has not done enough to stop graft. Mr. Zuma Monday also appointed a Supreme Court judge to run an inquiry into a multi-billion-dollar government arms deal in which he, himself, has been implicated. The announcement comes […]

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Egypt, Israel Agree to Prisoner Swap Deal

Posted October 24th, 2011 at 6:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Israel’s security cabinet meets Tuesday to endorse a prisoner exchange that will free 25 Egyptians from Israeli jails in exchange for a 27-year-old dual U.S.-Israeli citizen who was accused of spying. Ilan Grapel, who apparently entered Egypt in January, has been jailed since mid-June. It is alleged that he engaged in espionage activities in connection […]

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US Says Some Progress Made in North Korea Talks

Posted October 24th, 2011 at 5:45 pm (UTC-5)
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The top U.S. envoy on North Korea says some progress has been made during the first day of talks over North Korea’s nuclear program. Stephen Bosworth told reporters in Geneva, Switzerland Monday that talks between the United States and North Korea were “moving in a positive direction.” He said the two sides had narrowed some […]

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