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Roadside Bomb Kills 6 in Southern Afghanistan

Posted December 13th, 2011 at 11:10 pm (UTC-5)
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A roadside bomb has killed at least six civilians, including women and children, in southern Afghanistan’s Helmand province. Local officials issued a statement Tuesday saying that the victims were killed when their vehicle hit a bomb along a road in Hidar Abad Monday. They were traveling in a minivan in the Greshk district of Helmand […]

PNG Political Stalemate over PM Post Continues

Posted December 13th, 2011 at 10:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Papua New Guinea’s parliamentary speaker has refused to comply with a Supreme Court order reinstating independence leader Michael Somare as prime minister. Speaker Jeffery Nape said Tuesday that he would only recognize the government of Peter O’Neill, who was elected by lawmakers in August while Mr. Somare was out of the country receiving medical treatment. […]

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US House Passes Payroll Tax Cut, Links it to Pipeline Plan

Posted December 13th, 2011 at 9:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. House of Representatives has passed legislation to extend a payroll tax cut that expires at the end of the year, but the extension is tied to a provision that restarts work on a much-disputed U.S.-Canada oil pipeline project. Despite the threat of a presidential veto of the pipeline provision, lawmakers in the Republican-controlled […]

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4 Killed, 123 Wounded in Attack in Belgium

Posted December 13th, 2011 at 8:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Five people have been killed and more than 120 others wounded in an attack in the eastern Belgian city of Liege. Belgian officials say the attacker lobbed hand grenades and fired a rifle at a bus stop in Saint Lambert Square, a busy shopping area in Liege. The victims include two teenage boys, a seventy-five-year-old […]

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Iran Intelligence Chief Visits Saudi Arabia

Posted December 13th, 2011 at 7:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Iranian officials say the country’s intelligence minister held talks with the Saudi crown prince earlier this week, in the first diplomatic meeting between the two countries since the United States accused Iran of backing a plot to kill the Saudi ambassador in Washington. There are few details of the meeting in Riyadh between Iranian Intelligence […]

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US Congress Moves Forward With Massive Defense Bill

Posted December 13th, 2011 at 7:15 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. Congress is moving forward with a massive defense bill that contains a controversial provision on the military detention of certain terror suspects. Lawmakers say they made revisions to the detainee provision in an effort to avoid a threatened presidential veto. The $662 billion bill authorizes funding for the Defense Department and the national […]

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Obama Administration Cuts Production of Presidential Coins

Posted December 13th, 2011 at 6:35 pm (UTC-5)
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The Obama administration says the U.S. Mint will stop production of the presidential $1 coins for circulation. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden announced the decision Tuesday during a Cabinet meeting on cutting waste and eliminating misspent dollars across the federal government. A White House statement said nearly 1.4 billion surplus dollar coins are sitting in […]

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Malaysia’s Prosecution Closes Arguments In Anwar’s Trial

Posted December 13th, 2011 at 6:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Prosecutors in Malaysia have wrapped up their closing arguments in the sodomy trial of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, saying there is evidence beyond reasonable doubt to convict him. But Anwar told reporters after the hearing Tuesday that nothing has been proven and he should be released. “They have not proven anything beyond reasonable doubt, and […]

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UN Chief Says More Troops May Be Needed in Somalia

Posted December 13th, 2011 at 6:05 pm (UTC-5)
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United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says international peacekeepers have helped Somalia’s government make major security gains in the capital, Mogadishu, but he says they need additional reinforcements to stabilize the rest of the country. Mr. Ban made the remarks Tuesday after a brief visit to Somalia, the first by a U.N. chief in more […]

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Apple Launches iTunes Store in Latin America

Posted December 13th, 2011 at 5:40 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S.-based technology giant Apple has launched its iTunes store in Brazil and 15 other Latin American countries. Apple announced the launch Tuesday, saying the Brazilian version of the store offers more than 20 million songs by both local and international artists. Most of the songs are priced at just under $1, with most albums at […]

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