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Occupy Protestors Target US, Canadian Ports

Posted December 12th, 2011 at 4:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Hundreds of anti-Wall Street protestors blocked gates at some of the West Coast’s busiest ports in the U.S. and Canada, as part of a nearly three-month-old movement against what they say is corporate greed. Monday’s protests caused a partial shut down of operations at some of the terminals in Oakland, California, and Portland, Oregon. In […]

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Parcels Containing Bullets, Explosives Found in Italy, France

Posted December 12th, 2011 at 4:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Italian authorities said Monday police in Rome discovered two suspicious packages mailed to Italy’s justice minister and the mayor of Rome, in the latest cases of threatening letters sent across Europe in recent days. Authorities said the packages, discovered at Rome postal facilities, contained bullets. They said a group named after a slain Red Brigades […]

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Taiwan Court Jails Ex-Soldier in Wrongful Execution Case

Posted December 12th, 2011 at 4:15 pm (UTC-5)
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A Taiwan court has sentenced a retired soldier to jail for 18 years for the rape and murder of a five-year-old girl, more than a decade after another soldier was wrongfully executed for the crime. Taipei’s District Court said Monday it would have imposed a stiffer sentence for 35-year-old defendant Hsu Rong-chou, but said evidence […]

Obama, Maliki Chart New Course for US, Iraq

Posted December 12th, 2011 at 3:50 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki have outlined a broad agenda for post-war cooperation without American troops in Iraq, touting the emergence of a “sovereign and democratic” nation in the Middle East. The two leaders spoke Monday after White House talks, pledging to ensure Iraq’s political stability and strengthen its national […]

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Gambian Elected As ICC Chief Prosecutor

Posted December 12th, 2011 at 3:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Fatou Bensouda of Gambia has been elected as the new chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. The former Gambian justice minister was elected Monday at a meeting of ICC member states at the United Nations. The 50-year-old Bensouda has served as the ICC’s deputy prosecutor since 2004. She takes over as chief prosecutor in […]

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Occupy Protestors Target US, Canadian Ports

Posted December 12th, 2011 at 3:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Anti-Wall Street protestors are trying to shut down West Coast ports in the U.S. and Canada, as part of a nearly three-month-old movement against what they say is corporate greed. The protests Monday are taking place in U.S. cities including Anchorage, Los Angeles, Portland, San Diego, and Seattle, as well as in the Canadian city […]

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Obama: US Wants Iran to Return Downed Drone

Posted December 12th, 2011 at 2:55 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama says the United States has asked for Iran to return a U.S. surveillance drone that Tehran says it brought down through a cyber attack. President Obama said Monday he would not comment on classified intelligence matters, but that the United States has asked for the drone back and will “see how […]

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Rating Agencies: European Leaders Should Have Done More

Posted December 12th, 2011 at 2:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Two international credit rating agencies say Europe’s leaders should have done more to solve the economic crisis growing out of massive government debts. On Friday, all 17 countries that use the euro and many non-euro EU members agreed to a plan that includes more central oversight of countries’ budgets. It is an effort to keep […]

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Pope Benedict to Travel to Cuba, Mexico Next Year

Posted December 12th, 2011 at 2:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Pope Benedict says he plans to travel to Cuba and Mexico early next year. The pope said he intends to visit the countries before the Easter holiday, which is April 8. He said he will make the trip to proclaim the word of Christ and “strengthen the conviction that this is a precious time to […]

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US, Cambodian Military Units Launch SE Asian Maneuvers

Posted December 12th, 2011 at 2:25 pm (UTC-5)
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A large force of U.S. sailors and Marines has joined with Cambodian troops in disaster relief and humanitarian assistance exercises near the capital, Phnom Penh, and the deepwater port of Sihanoukville. The U.S. embassy in the capital said the weeklong exercises, which began Monday, include medical and mass casualty drills, platoon maneuvers and a blood […]