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Radical Sect Stages More Attacks in Northern Nigeria

Posted December 4th, 2011 at 2:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Gunmen linked to a radical Muslim sect in Nigeria are being blamed for two recent attacks that have left several people dead. Authorities say suspected sect members early Sunday struck police stations and banks in the northern Bauchi state, killing at least three people. Two more deaths were reported on Saturday when a wedding ceremony […]

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Former US President Bush in Ethiopia for AIDS Conference

Posted December 4th, 2011 at 1:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Former U.S. President George W. Bush has arrived in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, to address the opening of a five-day international conference on AIDS in Africa. Mr. Bush, accompanied by his wife and two daughters, is concluding an African tour that has already taken him to Tanzania and Zambia. The former U.S. leader is […]

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Russian Ruling Party Weakened as Voters Choose New Parliament

Posted December 4th, 2011 at 1:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Russians cast votes Sunday across nine time zones, in parliamentary polls widely expected to weaken the grip of Vladimir Putin’s ruling party in the State Duma (lower house of parliament). Minutes after polls closed Sunday, exit surveys showed Mr. Putin’s United Russia Party carrying about 48 percent of the vote. The Communist Party was running […]

Warnings of Violence Precede Release of DRC Election Results

Posted December 4th, 2011 at 12:50 pm (UTC-5)
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In the Democratic Republic of Congo, there are increasing concerns about violence in the lead-up to the release of the results of last week’s presidential election. The country’s election commission says it will announce the winner of the poll Tuesday. Preliminary results showed the incumbent, Joseph Kabila, gaining more than 50 percent of the vote. […]

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Delegates Arrive for Conference on Future of Afghanistan

Posted December 4th, 2011 at 12:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Delegates from around the world are gathering in Bonn, Germany for a conference on the future of Afghanistan. The conference, which starts Monday, will focus on charting a course for the war-torn country after international combat troops leave in 2014. The talks are expected to address three key areas including the transfer of security responsibilities […]

Russia Chooses New Parliament, as Vote Fraud Allegations Mount

Posted December 4th, 2011 at 12:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Russians cast votes Sunday across nine time zones, in parliamentary polls that have been plagued by claims of campaign fraud and intimidation of election monitors. The elections are widely expected to hand victory to Vladimir Putin’s ruling United Russia Party, which held a two-thirds majority in the outgoing State Duma (lower house of parliament). But […]

Iran Says it Shot Down US Spy Drone

Posted December 4th, 2011 at 12:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Iranian media report that Iran’s armed forces have shot down an unmanned U.S. spy plane after it allegedly violated Iranian air space. The reports quote military officials who say the spy drone was not badly damaged and is in the Iranian military’s possession. Iranian media say Iran’s military shot down the U.S. drone in the […]

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Members of Radical Nigerian Sect Attack Wedding Ceremony, Killing Two

Posted December 4th, 2011 at 11:40 am (UTC-5)
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Reports from northern Nigeria say gunmen from a radical Muslim sect have struck once again, this time attacking a wedding ceremony and killing two people, a groom and a guest. Boko Haram has been blamed for staging several attacks over the past year as part of a campaign to implement strict Islamic Shariah law across […]

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Police Stop Religious March in Indian Kashmir

Posted December 4th, 2011 at 11:10 am (UTC-5)
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Police in Indian-administered Kashmir broke up a religious procession by Shi’ite Muslims who defied a strict curfew in the main city, Srinagar. Police in riot gear used tear gas and water cannons to disperse marchers marking the Muslim holy month of Muharram. Officials say dozens of people were detained for defying the ban, and several […]

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Slovenia Looks to Center-Right in Snap Polls

Posted December 4th, 2011 at 10:50 am (UTC-5)
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Slovenians are voting in early elections expected to bring conservatives back to power on a pledge to deal with the nation’s mounting debt, high unemployment and the threat of renewed recession. The parliamentary vote was called in September, after the Alpine state’s minority center-left government was ousted in a no-confidence vote. That vote came amid […]

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