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North Korea’s Kim Jong Il Dead at 69

Posted December 19th, 2011 at 11:40 am (UTC-5)
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North Korea’s long-time leader Kim Jong Il has died. The official Korean Central News Agency reported Monday the 69-year-old reclusive leader died Saturday of a heart attack while on a train for one of his “field guidance” tours. The agency attributed his death to “physical and mental over-work.” KCNA said his funeral will be held […]

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Syria Signs Arab League Deal Calling for Outside Monitors

Posted December 19th, 2011 at 11:30 am (UTC-5)
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Syria has agreed to an Arab League plan allowing observers into the country to verify if the government will honor a deal to stop its security forces from attacking anti-government protesters. Syria’s deputy foreign minister, Faisal Mekdad, signed the deal Monday in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, following nine months of violence that the United Nations […]

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Asian Stocks Fall After North Korea’s Leader Dies

Posted December 19th, 2011 at 11:30 am (UTC-5)
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The death of North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-il, is having a limited impact on global stocks and other economic activities on Monday. The Fitch Rating agency said it is watching the situation closely, but does not see a need to cut neighboring South Korea’s credit rating at this time. Many major Asian stock markets declined […]

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Eurozone Finance Chiefs Seeking Bailout Funds for IMF

Posted December 19th, 2011 at 11:30 am (UTC-5)
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European finance ministers are trying to raise more money to fight the continent’s governmental debt crisis. The finance chiefs from the 17 nations that use the euro are meeting Monday via a conference call to try to collect $261 billion in additional funding for the International Monetary Fund to boost its rescue fund. It is […]

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DRC Opposition Leader Calls for Kabila’s Seizure

Posted December 19th, 2011 at 11:20 am (UTC-5)
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Congolese opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi says he is the country’s rightful leader and has called for the seizure of President Joseph Kabila. Election officials say Mr. Kabila was handily won last month’s presidential poll in the Democratic Republic of Congo. But Mr. Tshisekedi has rejected the results as fraudulent and declared himself president, saying he […]

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North Korean Heir Apparent an Enigma

Posted December 19th, 2011 at 11:15 am (UTC-5)
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Kim Jong Il’s heir apparent — his third son Kim Jong Un — has risen to power swiftly in North Korea since being made a four-star general one year ago. But he is even more of an enigma than his late father. Kim Jong Un is believed to be around 28 years old. His birth […]

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DRC Opposition Leader Calls for Kabila’s Seizure

Posted December 19th, 2011 at 11:15 am (UTC-5)
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Congolese opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi has called for the seizure of President Joseph Kabila, saying he is the country’s rightful leader and will take office on Friday. Election officials say Mr. Kabila was handily won last month’s presidential poll in the Democratic Republic of Congo. But Mr. Tshisekedi has rejected the results as fraudulent and […]

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ICC Rejects Bid to Halt Release of Rwandan Rebel

Posted December 19th, 2011 at 11:10 am (UTC-5)
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The International Criminal Court has rejected a request by prosecutors to block the release of a Rwandan rebel accused of war crimes in the Democratic Republic of Congo. ICC judges ordered Callixte Mbarushimana’s release on Friday after dismising all charges against him, citing lack of evidence. Prosecutors have asked the court to keep him in […]

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Nationwide Strike Paralyses Nepal

Posted December 19th, 2011 at 10:30 am (UTC-5)
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A national strike in Nepal over the death in prison of an opposition leader has brought life in much of the country to a standstill. Schools, colleges, and businesses were closed and roads were deserted Monday as supporters of the country’s main opposition party, the Nepali Congress, gathered in city streets to enforce the general […]

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Syria Signs Arab League Deal Calling for Outside Monitors

Posted December 19th, 2011 at 10:25 am (UTC-5)
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Syria has agreed to an Arab League plan allowing observers into the country to verify if the government will honor a deal to stop its security forces from attacking anti-government protesters. Syria’s deputy foreign minister, Faisal Mekdad, signed the deal Monday in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, following nine months of violence that the United Nations […]

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