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South Africa Opens Apartheid Gallows Monument

Posted December 15th, 2011 at 2:45 pm (UTC-5)
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South Africa has opened a monument at a former gallows once used to execute anti-apartheid prisoners. During an inauguration ceremony in Pretoria on Thursday, President Jacob Zuma said more than 130 political prisoners were put to death at the gallows, some while singing anti-apartheid songs. The monument at the Pretoria Central Prison includes a memorial […]

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Russia Pledges $10 Billion in Eurozone Aid

Posted December 15th, 2011 at 2:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Russia says it is ready to commit more than $10 billion to the International Monetary Fund to help support the struggling eurozone economy. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev made the pledge Thursday in Brussels during the biannual EU-Russia summit. His economic adviser, Arkady Dvorkovich, earlier said $10 billion would be the minimum commitment Russia would make. […]

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Britain Upgrades 2012 Olympic Security

Posted December 15th, 2011 at 2:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Britain has again upgraded its security plan to protect athletes and visitors at this summer’s 2012 Olympics in London. Defense Secretary Philip Hammond told lawmakers Thursday that Britain now plans to deploy 13,500 troops for the Games. The military mix will include ground troops, Typhoon fighter jets, helicopters, two warships and bomb disposal experts. Earlier […]

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Obama: Congress Needs to Extend Payroll Tax Cut, Avert Shutdown

Posted December 15th, 2011 at 1:40 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama says the federal government should not shut down because Congress cannot agree on a tax issue. In Washington Thursday, the president pressed lawmakers to extend the payroll tax cut before they leave for their holiday break, saying otherwise 160 million working Americans will see their taxes increase on January 1. Federal […]

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Venezuela Extradites Drug Trafficking Suspect to US

Posted December 15th, 2011 at 1:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Venezuela has deported a top Colombian drug trafficking suspect to the United States, where he will face charges of shipping tons of cocaine to the U.S. Maximiliano Bonilla Orozco was turned over Thursday to U.S. authorities at an airport in Caracas, where he was led aboard a plane. Orozco, who also goes by the name […]

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Afghan Leaders Set New Conditions for Peace Talks with Taliban

Posted December 15th, 2011 at 1:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Afghan leaders have agreed to new conditions for resuming peace talks with the Taliban, saying the militant group must establish an address in one of three locations and stop all violence. The office of Afghan President Hamid Karzai said he discussed how to revive the stalled peace process Thursday, in a meeting with senior government […]

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US Republican Candidates Prepare for Iowa Debate

Posted December 15th, 2011 at 1:00 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Republican presidential candidates are preparing for their last debate before the start of the national nominating process in Iowa next month. The candidates will debate later Thursday in Iowa as they vie for a chance to unseat President Barack Obama, a Democrat, in the 2012 election. The Republican nominating process begins in the Iowa […]

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US Lawmakers Hope to Avert Partial Government Shutdown

Posted December 15th, 2011 at 1:00 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. lawmakers are expressing optimism a deal can be reached to avert a partial government shutdown, as federal funding expires after Friday. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said lawmakers are working Thursday to resolve differences on a bill to keep the government running and a measure to extend the payroll tax cut. Senate Republican leader […]

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Congo Supreme Court Hears Election Challenge

Posted December 15th, 2011 at 12:55 pm (UTC-5)
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The Democratic Republic of Congo’s Supreme Court has begun hearing a lawsuit seeking to annul the presidential election that returned incumbent Joseph Kabila to power. Opposition candidate Vital Kamerhe, who finished third in the vote, filed the lawsuit, in which he claims the poll was rigged in favor of Mr. Kabila. Mr. Kamerhe, who was […]

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Silent Movie ‘The Artist’ Leads Golden Globes Nominations

Posted December 15th, 2011 at 12:05 pm (UTC-5)
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A French film that pays tribute to the silent movie era leads in nominations for the Golden Globes, a high-profile Hollywood award that recognizes the year’s best achievements in film and television. “The Artist,” a silent movie shot in black and white, received six nominations. They are Best Comedy or Musical, Best Actor for a […]

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