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UN: 2.5 Million in South Sudan to Need Food Aid

Posted December 15th, 2011 at 12:00 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations World Food Program says some 2.7 million people in South Sudan will need food aid next year because of crop failure and regional conflict. The agency said Thursday it is scaling up operations in the newly-independent country to feed the people in need. Erratic rains in the region have caused crop to […]

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Villagers Rally in China Over Land Grab Deal

Posted December 15th, 2011 at 12:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Hundreds of residents of a Chinese fishing village defied authorities and rallied in protest of illegal land seizures and the death of a local leader while in police custody. Residents of Wukan Village in Guangdong province held marches and rallies Thursday accusing local officials of selling farmland to developers without their consent. Villagers have set […]

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Islamists Look to Extend Lead in Egypt Voting

Posted December 15th, 2011 at 11:50 am (UTC-5)
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The second phase of Egypt’s parliamentary elections continued Thursday, with Islamist parties looking to extend their already overwhelming electoral gains. Egyptians turned out in large numbers during the two days of voting to fill seats in the 498-member lower house of parliament. The turnout was dwindling later Thursday, with small lines forming outside polling stations […]

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Russian PM Putin Defends Parliamentary Vote, Blames Protests on West

Posted December 15th, 2011 at 11:25 am (UTC-5)
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Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has defended the results of the parliamentary elections earlier this month and rejected allegations of voter fraud. Speaking live on a four-hour long televised call-in session Thursday, Mr. Putin rejected opposition calls for new elections. He accused the organizers of mass protests against the results of working for the West. […]

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Pakistan Criticizes Proposed US Aid Freeze as ‘Wrong’

Posted December 15th, 2011 at 11:20 am (UTC-5)
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The Pakistani government has criticized a proposed U.S. law that would freeze $700 million in aid in order to pressure Islamabad to stop bomb-making materials from reaching neighboring Afghanistan and being used against U.S. troops. Pakistani foreign ministry spokesman Abdul Basit said Thursday the bill approved by the U.S. House of Representatives a day earlier […]

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Aid Groups Warn of Looming Food Crisis in West Africa

Posted December 15th, 2011 at 10:50 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations World Food Program and other aid agencies are warning of an impending food crisis in five West African countries. The agencies estimate more than 11 million people across the region face food shortages, poverty and malnutrition because of drought and poor harvests. The groups this week urged donors to act quickly to […]

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US Jobless Claims Drop to Three Year Low

Posted December 15th, 2011 at 10:50 am (UTC-5)
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The number of Americans applying for new unemployment benefits has hit a three-and-a-half year low, raising hopes the U.S. labor market is improving. The Labor Department Thursday said first time claims fell by 19,000 to 366,000 last week, dropping to a level not seen since May 2008. The four-week moving average – a less volatile […]

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Next EU Summit Announced for January

Posted December 15th, 2011 at 10:50 am (UTC-5)
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The President of the European Union has announced that another EU summit will be held around the end of January. Herman Van Rompuy said Thursday that the next summit will attempt to finalize budgetary agreements reached at a summit last week. Last week’s summit included a fiscal pact that leaders hoped would help solve the […]

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Methanol-Laced Liquor Kills 126 in Eastern India

Posted December 15th, 2011 at 10:30 am (UTC-5)
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Officials in eastern India say at least 126 people have died after drinking a batch of homemade liquor laced with the toxic chemical methanol. The residents, mostly day laborers and poor workers, became sick after buying cheap alcohol from bootleggers late Tuesday near the village of Sangrampur in West Bengal state. Officials say police have […]

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US Marks End of Military Mission in Iraq

Posted December 15th, 2011 at 9:40 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta says the dream of an independent and sovereign Iraq is now a reality, as the United States marked the end of its military mission in Iraq. Panetta spoke Thursday at a ceremony in Baghdad, calling it a “historic occasion” for both the Iraqi and American people. It comes weeks […]

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