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Former French First Lady Danielle Mitterrand Dies

Posted November 22nd, 2011 at 9:00 am (UTC-5)
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Danielle Mitterrand, a hero of the French Resistance and widow of former French President Francois Mitterrand, has died at the age of 87. Mitterrand died early Tuesday after being hospitalized in Paris for several days. She helped redefine the role of first lady, and was known as a humanitarian and activist for the underdog. Mrs. […]

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EU Pledges $2 Million for Afghan Drought Victims

Posted November 22nd, 2011 at 8:55 am (UTC-5)
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The European Union is pledging an additional $2 million in food assistance to drought victims in northern Afghanistan. The European Commission said Monday that the aid will help those in affected communities that are already weakened due to conflict, security issues and under-development. The commission says close to 3 million people are already suffering due […]

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Egyptians Pack Tahrir Square as Crisis Talks Begin

Posted November 22nd, 2011 at 8:25 am (UTC-5)
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Egyptians are streaming into Cairo’s Tahrir Square for a mass rally demanding the country’s military rulers cede power to a civilian authority, as crisis talks begin between Egypt’s ruling generals and several political coalitions. Tuesday’s demonstrations are expected to be the largest since hundreds of thousands of Egyptians turned out in February to force then-president […]

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Burundi Forces Kill 18 Bandits During Clashes

Posted November 22nd, 2011 at 7:50 am (UTC-5)
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Officials in Burundi said Tuesday that security forces have killed at least 18 armed bandits, raising new fears of a return to conflict in the central African nation. A Burundian government official says troops carried out a raid on the group of gunmen on Monday after hearing reports of looting and violence in the eastern […]

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Opposition Protests Force Indian Parliament to Adjourn

Posted November 22nd, 2011 at 7:40 am (UTC-5)
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India’s parliament has adjourned minutes after opening its winter session. Opposition lawmakers disrupted the proceedings Tuesday with renewed protests against corruption and rising prices. The 21-day session is expected to focus on an anti-corruption bill that would create an ombudsman to investigate top politicians and senior officials. Last year’s winter session was paralyzed by protests. […]

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Report: Asia Growth to Slow, but Largely Cushioned From Global Financial Crisis

Posted November 22nd, 2011 at 7:30 am (UTC-5)
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The World Bank says economic growth is still strong in East Asia, but will continue to be affected by weakening external demand. In a bi-annual report released Tuesday, the World Bank says growth in East Asia’s developing economies will slow to 7.8 percent in 2012, down from 8.2 percent this year. The report says the […]

Turkish PM Calls on Syria’s Assad to Step Down

Posted November 22nd, 2011 at 7:25 am (UTC-5)
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Turkey’s prime minister has called on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down. Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a televised speech Tuesday that Mr. Assad – a former close ally – should cede power before more blood is shed “for the welfare of your own people and the region.” It was the first call from […]

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Libya to Name New Transitional Government Tuesday

Posted November 22nd, 2011 at 7:05 am (UTC-5)
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Libya’s transitional Prime Minister Abdurrahim el-Keib is preparing to name a new cabinet that will govern until next year, when it plans to hold the country’s first elections since the ouster of dictator Moammar Gadhafi in August. Mr. Keib is expected to name the ministers of his government on Tuesday. Speaking Monday, he said he […]

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US, China Make Progress on Trade

Posted November 22nd, 2011 at 6:25 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. trade officials say progress has been made on key elements of the U.S.-China trade relationship, but that more work must be done to open China’s market to U.S. exports and investment. The two sides concluded trade talks Tuesday in the southwestern Chinese city of Chengdu, with China pledging to crack down on intellectual property […]

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Moscow, Tehran Denounce New Western Sanctions on Iran

Posted November 22nd, 2011 at 6:00 am (UTC-5)
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Iran and its powerful ally Russia have denounced new Western sanctions on Tehran’s financial, petrochemical and energy sectors, calling them illegal and futile. The U.S., Canada, and Britain each announced new steps Monday to increase economic pressure against Iran in response to international concerns that Tehran is developing nuclear weapons. Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin […]

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