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Sudan Expels Kenyan Ambassador Over Bashir Warrant

Posted November 28th, 2011 at 8:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Sudan has expelled Kenya’s ambassador after Kenya’s High Court issued an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. The Kenyan court ruled Monday that the country’s government must arrest Mr. Bashir “should he ever set foot in Kenya.” Mr. Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court for alleged war crimes and genocide in Sudan’s […]

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UN: Former Rebels Hold 7,000 People in Libyan Prisons

Posted November 28th, 2011 at 7:45 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations says Libya’s former rebel fighters still hold about 7,000 people in prisons and makeshift detention centers. A report by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon circulated Monday says that many detainees have no access to due process and some of them have reportedly been subjected to torture and ill treatment. The report notes that […]

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Pakistan PM: No Business as Usual After NATO Airstike

Posted November 28th, 2011 at 7:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Pakistan’s prime minister has warned that his country’s dealings with the United States will no longer be “business as usual” in the wake of the NATO airstrike on Saturday that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers. Yousuf Raza Gilani told CNN on Monday that the bilateral relationship must be based on “mutual respect and mutual interest,” and […]

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Iraqi Violence Kills 22

Posted November 28th, 2011 at 7:10 pm (UTC-5)
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A suicide bomber slammed his car packed with explosives into the gate of a prison near Baghdad Monday, killing at least 19 people and wounding more than 24 others. Iraqi officials said the blast took place Monday morning at the entrance to the al-Hout prison in the town of Taji, some 20 kilometers north of […]

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US Credit Outlook ‘Negative’

Posted November 28th, 2011 at 7:00 pm (UTC-5)
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The Fitch Ratings credit-ranking company is warning it may lower the United States’ credit rating if U.S. lawmakers fail to agree on a plan to reduce the country’s ballooning budget deficit next year. The credit agency said Monday the U.S. will keep it’s top-tier AAA credit rating for now. But the company lowered the outlook […]

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Lana Peters, Stalin’s Only Daughter, Dies at 85

Posted November 28th, 2011 at 6:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Lana Peters, the only daughter of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin and a woman whose life reads like a classic Russian novel, has died at age 85 of cancer. Born Svetlana Stalina, Peters led a privileged life in Soviet Russia. But she wrote that her father’s treatment of her became brutal and tyrannical during World War […]

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Somali Militants Ban 16 Aid Agencies

Posted November 28th, 2011 at 6:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Rebels from the Somali militant group al-Shabab have banned 16 international aid organizations and raided their offices in central and southern Somalia. In a statement Monday, the al-Qaida-linked group accused the agencies of promoting secularism, immorality and what it described as “the degrading values of democracy in an Islamic country.” Among the forbidden agencies are […]

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NATO Soldiers Wounded in Clash With Serb Protesters

Posted November 28th, 2011 at 6:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Two NATO peacekeepers were shot and wounded during a clash with ethnic Serb civilians Monday in northern Kosovo. Fighting broke out when the peacekeepers started breaking down roadblocks near the Serbian-Kosovo border. NATO forces used rubber bullets, tear gas, and water cannons against the Serbs who opened fire on the soldiers. The conditions of the […]

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International Pressure Mounts on Syria

Posted November 28th, 2011 at 5:50 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States and the European Union on Monday urged Syria to “end violence immediately” and allow a peaceful and democratic transition of government. A joint statement, issued after the annual summit of U.S. and European leaders in Washington, also called on Damascus to allow human rights observers and foreign journalists into the country. A […]

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Report: Prison Guards Beat Russian Lawyer Magnitsky to Death

Posted November 28th, 2011 at 5:35 pm (UTC-5)
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An independent probe into the 2009 prison death of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky says prison guards beat him to death with rubber batons and the government covered it up. The report was drawn up by William Browder, founder of the British-based investment fund, Hermitage Capital Management. Magnitsky worked for Hermitage before he was arrested on […]

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