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Pope Benedict Celebrates Mass Before Thousands on Final Day in Benin

Posted November 20th, 2011 at 6:55 am (UTC-5)
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Pope Benedict celebrated mass before tens of thousands of jubilant Roman Catholics in Benin Sunday. A crowd of more than 30,000 faithful, many dressed in colorful robes and dresses danced in praise at a stadium in Benin’s largest city, Cotonou. The mass capped his three day visit to the small West African country. On Saturday, […]

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Bangkok Residents Clean Up after Flood

Posted November 20th, 2011 at 6:30 am (UTC-5)
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Residents of Bangkok, Thailand were hard at work cleaning up their city Sunday, during a “Big Cleaning Day” campaign launched by the city. Sunday saw blue skies, dry weather and hundreds of people with brooms sweeping mud and debris from homes, while teams of volunteers removed rotting piles of garbage from the streets, as flood […]

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Egyptian Police Fire Tear Gas at Protesters in Cairo for 2nd Day

Posted November 20th, 2011 at 6:10 am (UTC-5)
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Egyptian police have fired tear gas for a second day at thousands of anti-government protesters trying to re-establish a protest camp in Cairo to press for quicker democratic reforms by the country’s military rulers. A VOA correspondent says demonstrators in Cairo’s Tahrir Square ran for cover Sunday, as police fired American-made tear gas canisters to […]

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1,000 Afghans Protest Long-Term Deal with US

Posted November 20th, 2011 at 4:55 am (UTC-5)
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Afghan officials say approximately 1,000 people, mainly students, took to the streets Sunday in eastern Afghanistan to protest a long-term strategic partnership deal with the United States that would allow some U.S. troops to remain in Afghanistan after 2014, when all international combat troops are to leave the country. A traditional assembly of 2,000 Afghan […]

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Grenade Attack on Baath Party Building in Damascus – Reports

Posted November 20th, 2011 at 4:50 am (UTC-5)
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Syrian activists say several rocket-propelled grenades hit a ruling Baath Party building in Damascus Sunday, as President Bashar al-Assad vowed he will not “bow down” to international pressure to ease his brutal crackdown on dissent. The Local Coordination Committees activist network and several residents Sunday reported numerous explosions in the center of the Syrian capital. […]

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Libya to Discuss Trial Arrangements for Gadhafi Son with ICC

Posted November 20th, 2011 at 4:20 am (UTC-5)
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Libya’s transitional government is preparing for talks with the International Criminal Court about where to hold a trial for Seif al-Islam Gadhafi, the captured son of the late Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi. ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo says he will travel to Libya in a week to discuss arrangements for the trial. Libyan militiamen from […]

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