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Somare Government Installed in Papua New Guinea Amid Stalemate

Posted December 14th, 2011 at 4:15 am (UTC-5)
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The political stalemate continued Wednesday in Papua New Guinea, where the new government of deposed Prime Minister Michael Somare has been sworn in, even as his rival refuses to follow a court order to step down. The dispute began Monday, when the Supreme Court ruled that Mr. Somare had been illegally removed from power earlier […]

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Egypt Election Factbox

Posted December 14th, 2011 at 3:45 am (UTC-5)
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-Egyptians began voting on November 28 in the country’s first parliamentary elections since pro-democracy protests forced autocratic President Hosni Mubarak from power in February. -Under rules set by Egypt’s interim military rulers, the election process starts with six weeks of staggered voting for the lower house of parliament, known as the People’s Assembly, with final […]

Egyptians Vote in New Round of Parliamentary Elections

Posted December 14th, 2011 at 3:30 am (UTC-5)
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Egyptians have begun voting in the second round of parliamentary elections, following a first round that was dominated by Islamist parties. Polls opened in nine areas Wednesday, including Aswan, Beni Suef, Giza, Ismailia, Suez and Sohag. Voting will continue Thursday for the seats in the 498-member lower house of parliament. A third round of elections […]

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Strong Earthquake Shakes Papua New Guinea

Posted December 14th, 2011 at 3:20 am (UTC-5)
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A strong earthquake has struck the South Pacific island nation of Papua New Guinea shaking parts of the country for several minutes. The U.S. Geological Survey says the 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit about 89 kilometers southwest of the country second largest city, Lae. The strong tremor, initially rated as a 7.3 magnitude, struck at a […]

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Strong Earthquake Shakes Papua New Guinea

Posted December 14th, 2011 at 2:25 am (UTC-5)
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A strong earthquake has struck the South Pacific island nation of Papua New Guinea. The U.S. Geological Survey says the 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit about 89 kilometers southwest of the country second largest city, Lae. The strong tremor, initially rated as a 7.3 magnitude, struck at a depth of about 115 kilometers. The Pacific Tsunami […]

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Obama to Thank Troops for Iraq Service

Posted December 14th, 2011 at 1:55 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama is visiting a military base in North Carolina Wednesday, where the White House says he will thank the troops who have served in Iraq. White House spokesman Jay Carney said Mr. Obama will discuss the sacrifices Americans have made during the nearly nine-year war, while marking the continuing relationship between the […]

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Hong Kong Tops Survey of Financial System Strength

Posted December 14th, 2011 at 1:55 am (UTC-5)
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Hong Kong has become the first Asian country to top an annual survey of the world’s most developed financial systems. The World Economic Forum released its annual report on Tuesday. The report says Hong Kong’s rank was bolstered by strong scores in the non-banking financial services such as initial public offerings and insurance. It is […]

US May Freeze $700 Billion in Aid to Pakistan

Posted December 14th, 2011 at 1:45 am (UTC-5)
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The U.S. Congress is expected later this week to pass a measure that would freeze up to $700 million in aid to Pakistan because of fears that Islamabad is not doing enough to combat the spread of homemade bombs. U.S. lawmakers are concerned that militants in Afghanistan are using fertilizer produced in Pakistan to develop […]

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Belgian Killer Profile

Posted December 14th, 2011 at 1:30 am (UTC-5)
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Nordine Amran, who police said killed five people and wounded more than 120 others in a Tuesday gun-and-grenade attack in the Belgian city of Liege, Was a 33-year old resident of Liege. Had a history of run-ins with police. Was not known to have any connection to terrorism. Was to speak with police Tuesday about […]

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