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Michael Jackson’s Doctor Sentenced to 4 Years

Posted November 29th, 2011 at 2:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Michael Jackson’s doctor has received the maximum sentence of four years in prison for the death of the pop superstar. Doctor Conrad Murray learned of the punishment Tuesday. A Los Angeles jury found Murray guilty of involuntary manslaughter following a six-week trial that ended in early November. The judge said Jackson died not because of […]

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Syria Mulls Response to Arab League Sanctions

Posted November 29th, 2011 at 1:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Syria says it is considering ways to deal with sanctions imposed by the Arab League. In a Tuesday news conference, the country’s information minister said the country is “self-sufficient” and has a “stockpile” of food and basic supplies. The state-run news agency SANA says the minister commented after a Cabinet meeting on the league’s sanctions, […]

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Iranian Protesters Storm British Diplomatic Compounds in Tehran

Posted November 29th, 2011 at 1:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Iranian protesters have stormed two British diplomatic compounds in Tehran in response to Britain’s new economic sanctions against Iran. The sanctions were imposed over Iran’s suspected nuclear weapons program. Protesters Tuesday broke windows, scattered documents and pulled down a British flag at the embassy in central Tehran. They also looted a portrait of Britain’s Queen […]

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EU ‘Deeply Concerned’ About Thai Text Conviction

Posted November 29th, 2011 at 1:50 pm (UTC-5)
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The European Union says it is “deeply concerned” about the Thai court conviction and 20-year prison sentence meted out last week to a 61-year-old man accused of sending text messages that authorities say insulted the Thai monarchy. The EU delegation to Thailand, in a statement, urged Thai authorities to “ensure the rule of law is […]

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Kenya: Court Order to Arrest Sudan’s Bashir ‘Very Unhelpful’

Posted November 29th, 2011 at 1:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Kenya’s foreign minister has expressed “deep concern” at a high court ruling ordering the arrest of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. Moses Wetang’ula said in a statement Tuesday that the order is “very unhelpful” and a “direct affront” to the principle that heads of state are immune from criminal prosecution. He added the Kenyan government is […]

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Eurozone Facing Contentious Choices to Save Currency

Posted November 29th, 2011 at 1:20 pm (UTC-5)
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As European leaders attempt to defuse the continent’s debt crisis, they are confronting contentious issues over national identity, vastly different economies and how much power should be centralized to control the spending of individual nations. The fate of the eurozone — the 17-nation bloc that uses the euro — hangs in the balance, as well […]

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Attorneys: ICC Issues Arrest Warrant for Ivory Coast’s Gbagbo

Posted November 29th, 2011 at 1:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Attorneys for former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo say the International Criminal Court has issued a warrant for his arrest. The lawyers said the warrant was delivered to Mr. Gbagbo on Tuesday. Sources close to Mr. Gbagbo say he could be transferred to ICC custody within hours. In October, the international court’s top prosecutor launched […]

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Iranian Protesters Storm British Diplomatic Compounds in Tehran

Posted November 29th, 2011 at 12:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Iranian protesters have stormed two British diplomatic compounds in Tehran in response to Britain’s new economic sanctions against Iran. Protesters Tuesday broke windows, scattered documents and pulled down a British flag at the embassy in central Tehran. They also looted a portrait of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth. Outside, protesters chanted “Death to Britain” and set fire […]

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US VP Makes Unannounced Visit to Iraq

Posted November 29th, 2011 at 12:40 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has arrived in Iraq on a previously unannounced visit. A White House statement Tuesday says Biden will meet with Iraqi leaders and participate in an event to commemorate the sacrifices and accomplishments of U.S. and Iraqi troops. During this trip, he is also scheduled to travel to Turkey and Greece. […]

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Karzai Urges Pakistan to Attend Bonn Conference

Posted November 29th, 2011 at 12:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Afghan President Hamid Karzai is urging Pakistan to change its mind about boycotting the upcoming international conference on his country’s future. Mr. Karzai called Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, requesting the Pakistani government attend Monday’s conference in Bonn, Germany. The Afghan leader also extended his condolences for the losses Pakistan suffered in the NATO […]

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