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Liberia’s ‘Iron Lady’ Reelected to Second Term

Posted November 10th, 2011 at 6:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, known as Liberia’s Iron Lady, has been re-elected president, just weeks after receiving the Nobel Peace Prize. The 73-year-old grandmother rose to international prominence in 2005 when she became Africa’s first democratically elected female leader. Mrs. Sirleaf took office after a bloody civil war that killed a quarter of a million people […]

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Liberia’s Sirleaf Wins Presidential Runoff Boycotted by Opposition

Posted November 10th, 2011 at 6:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa’s first democratically elected female leader, has easily won a second term in a run-off election boycotted by her rival. With almost all the ballots counted from Tuesday’s voting, the election commission said Mrs. Sirleaf won more than 90 percent of the vote while opposition candidate Winston Tubman took 9 […]

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India, Pakistan Pledge ‘New Chapter’ in Relations

Posted November 10th, 2011 at 5:35 pm (UTC-5)
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The prime ministers of India and Pakistan have promised a “new chapter” in bilateral ties and to work together to combat terrorism and improve trade. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart, Yousuf Raza Gilani, made the comment Thursday on the sidelines of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation summit in the […]

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World Trade Organization Aspires to Equitable Global Trading

Posted November 10th, 2011 at 5:25 pm (UTC-5)
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The World Trade Organization was established in Geneva, Switzerland on January 1, 1995, with the goal of helping producers of goods and services, exporters and importers conduct their business. The WTO’s main function is to ensure that global trade flows as smoothly, predictably and freely as possible to contribute to economic growth and development. It […]

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Venezuela: Vehicle Used in Nationals Catcher Kidnapping Found

Posted November 10th, 2011 at 4:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Officials in Venezuela say they have found the vehicle used by armed men to kidnap Venezuelan national and U.S. Major League Baseball player Wilson Ramos from a home in the city of Valencia Wednesday night. Venezuelan Interior and Justice Minister Tareck El Aissami Thursday told reporters that police found the abandoned vehicle in a nearby […]

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Russia Clears Key WTO Hurdle

Posted November 10th, 2011 at 4:25 pm (UTC-5)
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A World Trade Organization panel has approved a package of proposed reforms for Russia, clearing the way for the country to join the group after 18 years of negotiations. The WTO said Thursday that Russia’s bid will now go before a meeting of all 153 members in December, where it is expected to get final […]

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Tibetan Sets Himself on Fire in Nepal

Posted November 10th, 2011 at 4:10 pm (UTC-5)
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A Tibetan exile set himself on fire in Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu, Thursday, the latest in a series of self-immolation protests against Chinese policy in Tibet. Police say the man was dressed in monk’s clothing and was wrapped in a Tibetan flag. He chanted “long, live Tibet,” before setting himself on fire. Police say the man’s […]

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Rescuers Search for Survivors After Deadly Turkey Quake Kills At Least 12

Posted November 10th, 2011 at 4:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Rescue workers in Turkey’s Van region continue to pull survivors from the rubble after a 5.7 magnitude earthquake late Wednesday killed at least 12 people and caused more than 25 buildings to collapse. Officials said Thursday all but three of the buildings were empty after being evacuated following a 7.3-magnitude quake that hit the Van […]

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Gas Leak Kills 20 in China Mine Accident

Posted November 10th, 2011 at 3:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Rescue efforts are underway to search for 23 miners trapped by a gas leak that killed 20 others at an illegally operated coal mine in southwest China. China’s Xinhua news agency reported Thursday that ventilation machines were pumping methane gas out of a shaft, while hundreds of rescuers took turns descending into the mine to […]

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U.S. Mideast Envoy to Resign

Posted November 10th, 2011 at 3:35 pm (UTC-5)
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One of U.S. President Barack Obama’s top Middle East advisers is stepping down from his post. In a statement Thursday, White House Middle East Envoy Dennis Ross noted that his term has covered, what he called, “a period of unprecedented change” in the Middle East. But he said he had promised his wife he would […]

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