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Militants Target Government Office in Eastern Afghanistan

Posted November 10th, 2011 at 10:05 am (UTC-5)
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Militants have attacked a district governor’s office in eastern Afghanistan, killing at least one police officer. A provincial government spokesperson says suicide bombers and heavily armed militants targeted the building in Paktia province Thursday as Samkani district officials and local elders gathered to discuss an upcoming meeting in Kabul. Several people were reported wounded in […]

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New US Envoy Arrives in Seoul, Looking to Pyongyang

Posted November 10th, 2011 at 9:45 am (UTC-5)
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A new U.S. ambassador arrived in South Korea Thursday pledging to do his utmost to upgrade relations between the two countries. Korean-born Sung Kim is the first Korean-American to be named to the post since diplomatic relations were established 129 years ago. The former State Department official served previously as Washington’s envoy to six-nation talks […]

Militants, Pro-Government Militia Clash in Pakistan

Posted November 10th, 2011 at 9:35 am (UTC-5)
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At least four people have been killed in northwestern Pakistan in a clash between militants and members of a pro-government militia. Local officials say militants with the Lashkar-e-Islam group attacked the local peace committee in the Khyber tribal agency on Thursday, killing at least four members of the committee. A gunbattle then ensued in the […]

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New Greek PM Is Widely Respected Economist

Posted November 10th, 2011 at 9:25 am (UTC-5)
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Greece’s new interim prime minister is a widely respected economist who has spent his life moving easily among prominent teaching positions at U.S. universities and high-level financial jobs in Europe. Lucas Papademos is 64, and has never sought electoral office. But now he will replace Greek socialist Prime Minister George Papandreou as head of a […]

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Tibetan Sets Himself on Fire in Nepal

Posted November 10th, 2011 at 9:20 am (UTC-5)
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A Tibetan exile set himself on fire in Nepal’s capital Kathmandu on 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 had a Tibetan flag wrapped around himself. He chanted “long, live Tibet,” before setting himself on fire. Police say […]

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US Cancels Terror Alert for Citizens in Nigerian Capital

Posted November 10th, 2011 at 9:05 am (UTC-5)
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The United States has canceled a terror alert that warned citizens to stay away from three luxury hotels in the Nigerian capital, Abuja. The U.S. embassy said it called off the warning because of increased security around the Hilton, NICON and Sheraton hotels, as well as around government buildings and major roads. The embassy said […]

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Greece Agrees on Former Bank Official as PM

Posted November 10th, 2011 at 9:00 am (UTC-5)
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Greece has named a former top official of the European Central Bank as interim prime minister after days of intense talks about a coalition government the country hopes will help it get out of a deep financial crisis. Lucas Papademos, the former vice president of the ECB, will head an interim “unity” government that hopes […]

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US ‘Strongly’ Condemns Sudan Airstrike on South

Posted November 10th, 2011 at 8:45 am (UTC-5)
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The United States has strongly condemned an airstrike by Sudan on its southern neighbor that allegedly killed seven people. South Sudan says Sudanese jet fighters bombed an area of Upper Nile state on Monday, near the two countries’ border. In a statement late Wednesday, the U.S. State Department described the attack as indiscriminate bombing of […]

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Australia Advances Cigarette Bill, Defying Threats From Big Tobacco

Posted November 10th, 2011 at 8:15 am (UTC-5)
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Australia’s parliament moved forward Thursday on a landmark scheme to remove trademarks and advertising from cigarette packages, defying threats of a multi-billion-dollar legal challenge from tobacco companies. The upper house approved the bill and sent it back to the lower chamber for routine approval of several minor amendments. The law, which mandates that cigarettes be […]

Russia Clears Key WTO Hurdle

Posted November 10th, 2011 at 7:50 am (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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