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Republican Presidential Hopefuls Debate National Security

Posted November 22nd, 2011 at 10:20 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Republican presidential hopefuls debated how to deal with terrorism, Afghanistan, and Iran’s nuclear program in their latest televised debate. The opening question Tuesday evening went to former House of Representatives Speaker Newt Gingrich, who for this first time this week took the lead in national opinion polls in the race for the Republican nomination. […]

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Tunisia’s New Assembly Holds Inaugural Session

Posted November 22nd, 2011 at 8:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Tunisia inaugurated its new Constituent Assembly Tuesday following a power-sharing deal between moderate Islamists and secular parties. The 217-member assembly began work almost a month after the tiny North African country held its first democratic elections and 10 months after a popular revolt ousted longtime president Zine el Abidine Ben Ali. The first tasks were […]

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Libya’s NTC Unveils New Government

Posted November 22nd, 2011 at 7:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Libya’s National Transitional Council has unveiled a new Cabinet that will govern the country until it holds its first elections since the ouster of Moammar Gadhafi. Interim Prime Minister Abdurrahim el-Keib told a news conference in Tripoli late Tuesday that “all of Libya is represented in the new line-up.” It includes several relatively unknown figures, […]

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Egypt’s Military Rulers to Form New Government

Posted November 22nd, 2011 at 6:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Egypt’s military rulers have agreed to form a new government and promised to transfer power to a civilian body by July 2012. The head of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, Mohamed Tantawi, announced the decision in his televised speech late Tuesday after a crisis meeting with various political groups. He said he had […]

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World Bank: Afghanistan Faces Decades of Budget Shortfalls

Posted November 22nd, 2011 at 6:30 pm (UTC-5)
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The World Bank predicts Afghanistan will face an annual $7 billion annual budget shortfall over the next 10 years, meaning it must rely on foreign aid for years to come. The new World Bank report says the Afghanistan cannot raise enough revenue to pay for basic government services. This is on top of what it […]

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16 Killed in Syria as UN Panel Condemns Damascus

Posted November 22nd, 2011 at 5:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday faced mounting international pressure to end his crackdown on dissent after the United Nations General Assembly’s human rights committee voted to “strongly condemn” the situation in the country. The resolution, introduced Monday by Germany, expresses concern about Mr. Assad’s failure to implement an Arab League initiative that would allow […]

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Tymoshenko to Get Medical Treatment Ouside Kyiv Prison

Posted November 22nd, 2011 at 5:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has promised to allow jailed former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko to receive medical attention outside of the Kyiv prison, where she is currently being held. At a news conference Tuesday, Mr. Yanukovych said he had spoken with government officials about Ms. Tymoshenko’s health and was informed the prison healthcare system is […]

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Polls: Gingrich Leads Republican Presidential Contenders

Posted November 22nd, 2011 at 5:35 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Republican presidential hopefuls face off Tuesday in a televised debate, with former House of Representatives Speaker Newt Gingrich leading the pack in the latest polls. The two-hour debate will focus on foreign policy and national security issues. Going into the discussion, Gingrich has surged into first place in at least three national opinion polls […]

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Former Illinois Political Fundraiser Sentenced to 10 Years

Posted November 22nd, 2011 at 5:05 pm (UTC-5)
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A former fundraiser for U.S. President Barack Obama has been sentenced to 10-and-a-half years in prison. A judge in Illinois Tuesday sentenced Antoin “Tony” Rezko and said she hoped it would send a message that “enough is enough” and corruption in the state must end. Rezko will receive credit for the nearly four years he […]

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UN Envoy: Yemen Leaders Agree To Power Transfer

Posted November 22nd, 2011 at 5:00 pm (UTC-5)
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A United Nations envoy to Yemen says negotiators have reached an agreement on a plan that calls for President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down in a bid to end the country’s political crisis. Jamal bin Omar said Tuesday that political leaders involved in talks had agreed to an initiative from the Gulf Cooperation Council. […]

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