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Indian State on High Alert After Maoist Leader’s Killing

Posted November 25th, 2011 at 9:35 am (UTC-5)
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The eastern Indian state of West Bengal is on high alert a day after a senior Maoist rebel leader was killed in a gunbattle there. Koteswar Rao, known as Kishenji, was reportedly shot dead Thursday during a gunbattle in a forest in the West Midnapore district. He was wanted for the killing of at least […]

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Arab League Deadline Passes, No Response from Syria

Posted November 25th, 2011 at 8:40 am (UTC-5)
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A midday Friday deadline has passed for Syria to respond to an Arab League plan to allow international observers into the country or face additional penalties. There was no comment from Damascus on whether it had accepted the plan. Syria could see more sanctions if it does not cooperate with the Arab League. The league […]

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Pakistanis Protest Trade Ties With India

Posted November 25th, 2011 at 8:25 am (UTC-5)
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Hundreds of Islamist activists took to the streets of Pakistani-controlled Kashmir on Friday to protest the government’s plan to boost trade with longtime rival India. Earlier this month, the Pakistani Cabinet approved a proposal granting India “Most Favored Nation” trade status. The designation removes tariffs and allows the countries to trade on equal terms. Members […]

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French Nuclear Waste Train Enters Germany

Posted November 25th, 2011 at 8:20 am (UTC-5)
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A French train carrying 11 containers of reprocessed nuclear waste entered Germany Friday on its way to a storage site. French authorities had stopped the train Thursday before it reached the German border, in hopes of avoiding protests over the radioactive material headed for storage in the northeastern German city of Gorleben. Protesters have maintained […]

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Protesters Jam Cairo’s Tahrir Square, Demand Change

Posted November 25th, 2011 at 8:10 am (UTC-5)
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Waves of protesters are swarming Cairo’s Tahrir Square, calling for an end to military rule. Tens of thousands of angry Egyptians filed into the now-iconic square starting early Friday morning through noon prayers, joining in chants of “freedom, freedom.” Some protesters had touted the so-called “million-man” rally as the “last chance” for the country’s ruling […]

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Lebanese PM Threatening to Quit

Posted November 25th, 2011 at 7:40 am (UTC-5)
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Lebanon’s prime minister is threatening to step down over a growing rift with the country’s Hezbollah-dominated Cabinet. Najib Mikati told Lebanon’s LBC television late Thursday that he will quit if the Cabinet fails to pay for a U.N. backed tribunal investigating the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri . Mikati said his resignation […]

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Russia Sets Presidential Poll for March 4

Posted November 25th, 2011 at 7:30 am (UTC-5)
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Russia’s upper house of parliament has set March 4 as the date for the presidential election, a vote expected to return Vladimir Putin to the top job. Earlier this year, Mr. Putin, the current prime minister, and President Dmitry Medvedev unveiled a plan to swap jobs in the March presidential election. This would allow Mr. […]

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Saboteurs Attack Egyptian Gas Pipeline

Posted November 25th, 2011 at 7:00 am (UTC-5)
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There has been another attack on a gas pipeline in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. Egypt’s state-run news agency says saboteurs attacked a section of the pipeline about 60 kilometers west of the town of El-Arish. MENA says no one was hurt in Friday’s attack, and that there was limited damage because almost no gas was flowing […]

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Shoppers Welcome Early Start to “Black Friday”

Posted November 25th, 2011 at 6:20 am (UTC-5)
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Shoppers in the United States gathered outside large retail stores late Thursday for post-Thanksgiving sales that kick off the holiday shopping season, in an event nicknamed “Black Friday” for retailers’ high expectations for profits. Black Friday — named so because profits were once recorded in account books in black ink, while losses were recorded in […]

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Deadline Looms for Syrian Government

Posted November 25th, 2011 at 6:15 am (UTC-5)
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Time is running out for Syria to meet Arab League demands and end a violent crackdown on anti-government protesters. The Arab League has given Syria until midday Friday to change course and allow observers into the country or face new sanctions. Speaking to reporters Friday in Istanbul, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu called the offer […]

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