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Diplomats: Syria Agrees to Parts of Plan to End Crackdown

Posted November 1st, 2011 at 9:50 am (UTC-5)
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Arab diplomats say Syria has agreed to parts of an Arab League plan to end its deadly crackdown on a Syrian opposition uprising against President Bashar al-Assad’s 11-year rule. The diplomats said Tuesday that Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem accepted some of the Arab League proposals during talks with Qatari Prime Minister Hamad bin Jasim […]

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Liberian Presidential Challenger Drops Boycott Threat

Posted November 1st, 2011 at 9:50 am (UTC-5)
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The runner-up in Liberia’s presidential poll has dropped a threat to boycott next week’s run-off election. Winston Tubman told a news conference late Monday that his CDC party will take part in the run-off now that election commission chairman James Fromayan has resigned. Mr. Tubman and his party had threatened to boycott the November 8 […]

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Greek Socialists Suffer Lawmaker’s Defection, Majority Drops to 2

Posted November 1st, 2011 at 9:05 am (UTC-5)
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A member of Greece’s ruling Socialists has defected from the party following Prime Minister George Papandreou’s decision to hold a referendum on the European debt deal. Milena Apostolaki said Tuesday she would become an independent lawmaker. Her decision reduces the governing Socialists to just a two-seat majority, with 152 members in the 300-seat parliament. The […]

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Afghan, Pakistani Leaders Meet Amid Tensions

Posted November 1st, 2011 at 8:55 am (UTC-5)
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The leaders of Afghanistan and Pakistan are meeting for the first time since the killing of Afghanistan’s main peace negotiator, an attack that raised tensions between the neighboring nations. Turkish President Abdullah Gul is hosting talks between Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari in Istanbul. The meeting comes a day ahead […]

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Report: Sudan Gov’t Forces Kill, Rape Civilians in Blue Nile

Posted November 1st, 2011 at 8:25 am (UTC-5)
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A rights group says Sudanese government forces are killing and raping civilians in the restive border state of Blue Nile. The Enough Project renewed its call Tuesday for an investigation into alleged atrocities in the state, where Sudan’s government has been fighting rebels since September. The U.S.-based rights group, which is backed by movie star […]

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Second China-Friendly Candidate to Seek Taiwan Presidency

Posted November 1st, 2011 at 8:10 am (UTC-5)
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Pro-China veteran Taiwan politician James Soong has entered the island’s presidential race, submitting more than 350,000 signatures in support of a candidacy that could undermine the re-election chances of the incumbent. Soong’s candidacy, announced Tuesday in Taipei, raises the prospects of splitting the pro-China support base he shares with incumbent Ma Ying-jeou. Soong, a former […]

Kyrgyzstan To Close US Airbase in 2014

Posted November 1st, 2011 at 8:00 am (UTC-5)
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Kyrgyzstan’s president-elect has told the United States that its Manas airbase has to close when its lease expires in mid-2014. Former Prime Minister Almazbek Atambayev, who won Sunday’s presidential election with over 60-percent of the votes, said Kyrgyzstan would honor the current lease but has no intention of extending it. The United States has used […]

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Philippine Pop Star Mourns Slain Father

Posted November 1st, 2011 at 7:15 am (UTC-5)
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Television singing star Charice Penpengco on Tuesday is mourning the death of her estranged father, who was fatally stabbed during a drunken street fight in the Philippines. The singer, best known for her role on the hit American television show Glee, has posted a sorrowful message on the social networking site Twitter and announced she […]

Iran Asks US to Apologize For Assassination Allegations

Posted November 1st, 2011 at 7:10 am (UTC-5)
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Iran has called for the United States to apologize for allegations of an Iranian plot to assassinate the Saudi Ambassador to the U.S. Iranian foreign minstry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said Tuesday that Iran has sent a letter to the U.S. seeking an apology. The letter also calls for the U.S. to provide compensation for damages […]

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European Markets Plunge Ahead of Greek Referendum Vote

Posted November 1st, 2011 at 6:50 am (UTC-5)
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European markets plunged Tuesday in reaction to Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou’s proposal to hold a referendum on whether to approve the European debt-relief plan agreed to last week. Major European markets fell between two-and-a-half percent and more than four percent in morning trading. Mr. Papandreou has been a staunch supporter of the plan that […]

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