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Attacks in Nigeria Leave at Least 65 Dead

Posted November 5th, 2011 at 9:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Mourners in northeastern Nigeria are making funeral arrangements for dozens of people killed in a series of coordinated bombings and shootings committed by a radical Islamic sect. Relief officials say at least 65 people died in Friday’s violence that targeted police stations, churches and a bank in the towns of Damaturu, Potiskum, and Maiduguri. Islamist […]

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Liberian Rivals Trade Accusations Over Voter Intimidation

Posted November 5th, 2011 at 7:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Tensions are high in Liberia as the country’s presidential rivals are trading accusations of voter intimidation, days before a scheduled run-off election. Former justice minister Winston Tubman is calling on Liberians to boycott the Tuesday run-off election where he faces President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. He alleges that corruption in the electoral commission means the vote […]

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Israeli Air Strike in Gaza Kills Palestinian Militant

Posted November 5th, 2011 at 7:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Israel has carried out an air strike in the Gaza Strip against militants as they were preparing to fire rockets into Israel. Medical sources said one member of the Islamic Jihad militant group was killed and three others wounded in Saturday night’s attack targeting Khan Yunis in southern Gaza. There was no immediate word on […]

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7 Indicted in Bhutto Murder Case

Posted November 5th, 2011 at 5:55 pm (UTC-5)
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A Pakistani anti-terrorism court on Saturday indicted two senior police officers and five alleged militants for the 2007 assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. Officials said the two police officers were indicted for failing to provide adequate security to Mrs. Bhutto. The French news agency reported the five militants were charged with “criminal conspiracy” […]

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US Asks China to Address Tibetan Issues

Posted November 5th, 2011 at 5:35 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States has urged the Chinese government to address its “counter-productive policies” in Tibetan areas, saying it was concerned about a recent spate of self-immolations. State Department Spokeswoman Victoria Nuland says China’s policies have created tensions which threaten the unique religious, cultural, and linguistic identity of the Tibetan people. She urged the Chinese government […]

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Activists: 10 Killed in Syria as Amnesty Takes Effect

Posted November 5th, 2011 at 5:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Syrian activists on Saturday reported more violence in the restive city of Homs, with at least 10 people killed after government forces used heavy artillery against protesters. It was the fourth consecutive day that activists said government forces continued to pound the Baba Amr district of Homs. The violence came on the same day as […]

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Former Boxing Champion Joe Frazier Battling Cancer

Posted November 5th, 2011 at 4:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Former world heavyweight boxing champion Joe Frazier is near death as he battles advanced liver cancer. His personal and business manager said Saturday the 67-year-old boxer was diagnosed four or five weeks ago and is under hospice care. Frazier won a gold medal for the United States at the 1964 Olympic Games before enjoying a […]

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Israel Begins Deportation of Gaza Flotilla Activists

Posted November 5th, 2011 at 3:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Israel has begun deportation procedures for a group of 27 pro-Palestinian activists who tried to break the naval blockade of Gaza. Israel’s Interior Ministry spokeswoman Sabine Haddad said two Greek crew members and three journalists from the United States, Spain and Egypt were released Saturday and the rest will be sent home within the next […]

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7 Killed in Syria, Amnesty Takes Effect

Posted November 5th, 2011 at 3:15 pm (UTC-5)
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At least seven people are dead after Syrian forces clashed with protesters on Saturday, the same day a week-long government amnesty program took effect. Activists say Saturday’s violence included heavy artillery fire in the Homs region, including the flashpoint Baba Amr district. It is the third straight day that activists have said government forces entered […]

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Saudi Arabia Hosts Nearly 3 Million Hajj Pilgrims

Posted November 5th, 2011 at 1:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Saudi officials say more than 2.5 million Muslim pilgrims are taking part in the annual Hajj rites, which peak on Saturday. Hajj is the oldest and most sacred ritual of Islam. The pilgrimage focuses on the holy city of Mecca, the birthplace of the Prophet Muhammad. Saudi Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdel Aziz said a […]

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