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Secretary Clinton: Afghanistan Must Make Reforms

Posted December 5th, 2011 at 8:25 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the U.S. is ready to support Afghanistan, but the South Asian nation must carry through on reforms, take responsibility for its own security, and build a democracy rooted in the rule of law. Clinton spoke Monday in the German city of Bonn at a global conference on Afghanistan’s […]

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Britain Lets Wikileaks Founder Continue to Appeal Extradition

Posted December 5th, 2011 at 8:15 am (UTC-5)
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Britain’s High Court has ruled that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can continue fighting his extradition to Sweden. Assange, who has been free on bail, was accused by two Swedish women of rape and sexual assault in August of 2010. He says the sex was consensual and has denied wrongdoing, claiming the allegations are politically motivated. […]

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Syria Says Responds ‘Positively’ to Arab Demands for Observers

Posted December 5th, 2011 at 7:05 am (UTC-5)
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Syria says it has responded “positively” to an Arab League demand to let observers into the country to verify a pledge by President Bashar al-Assad to stop a deadly crackdown on a pro-democracy uprising. Syrian Foreign Ministry spokesman Jihad Makdissi said Monday the government made the response in a letter to Arab League chief Nabil […]

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Ex-Leader: Khmer Rouge Not “Bad People”

Posted December 5th, 2011 at 6:10 am (UTC-5)
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The former number two leader of Cambodia’s brutal Khmer Rouge regime says he and his comrades were not “bad people.” Nuon Chea told Cambodia’s U.N.-backed war crimes tribunal Monday that he did not want the “next generation” to “misunderstand history” and believe the Khmer Rouge were “criminal.” Reputed Khmer Rouge chief ideologue Nuon Chea, former […]

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Delegates Begin Talks on Afghan Future

Posted December 5th, 2011 at 5:35 am (UTC-5)
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A global conference on Afghanistan’s future has opened in the German city of Bonn. Delegates from more than 80 countries focused Monday on charting a course for the war-torn country after international combat troops leave in 2014. But Pakistan, considered vital to any prospect of stability in Afghanistan, is boycotting the meeting in response to […]

Egyptians in Cairo, Alexandria Vote in Runoff Elections for Parliament

Posted December 5th, 2011 at 5:30 am (UTC-5)
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Egyptians in the country’s two largest cities and other areas are going to the polls in a series of runoff elections for parliament, with Islamist parties expected to build on strong results from the first round of voting last week. The runoff elections in Cairo, Alexandria and seven other provinces begin Monday and end Tuesday. […]

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Majority Narrows for Putin’s Party in Russia Polls

Posted December 5th, 2011 at 5:25 am (UTC-5)
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Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s ruling party has suffered surprisingly steep losses in parliamentary elections, giving the man who has dominated politics there for more than a decade a much reduced majority. With 96 percent of the vote counted, United Russia on Monday looked set to win 238 seats in the 450-seat State Duma, or […]

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Contaminated Water Leaks from Japanese Nuclear Plant

Posted December 5th, 2011 at 4:30 am (UTC-5)
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The operator of Japan’s crippled nuclear power plant says a fresh leak of radioactive water has been discovered. Tokyo Electric Power Company says about 45 tons of radioactive water has leaked from a purification device at the Fukushima Daiichi plant. Officials say most of the water appears to have remained inside the facility. TEPCO says […]

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Vietnam Seeks Millions to Clear War-Era Explosives

Posted December 5th, 2011 at 3:50 am (UTC-5)
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Vietnam’s prime minister says more than 42,000 people have been killed and more than 62,000 have been wounded by abandoned bombs, mines and other explosives since the Vietnam War ended in 1975. Nguyen Tan Dung delivered the grim statistics of the war’s legacy Monday at an international mine action donors conference in Hanoi. Vietnam is […]

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‘Occupy’ Protesters Arrested in Washington

Posted December 5th, 2011 at 3:40 am (UTC-5)
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Police in Washington, DC have arrested 31 anti-Wall Street protesters after authorities moved in to remove a wooden structure the protesters erected without a permit. Protesters, who have been camped at McPherson Square for weeks, began erecting the frame for a two-story wooden building Saturday. But police informed them Sunday morning they needed a permit […]

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