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Britain’s Prince Philip Treated for Blocked Coronary Artery

Posted December 23rd, 2011 at 8:40 pm (UTC-5)
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(Updates with new info in graphs 1-2)) The husband of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip, has undergone surgery to treat a blocked artery in his heart that Buckingham Palace said had caused him chest pains. A palace spokeswoman said the prince had undergone a “minimally invasive procedure” that inserted a coronary stent. She said he […]

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Arrest Warrant Isssued for Head of French Breast Implant Firm

Posted December 23rd, 2011 at 8:35 pm (UTC-5)
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The head of a now-defunct French breast implant company is being sought by authorities in Costa Rica for what are described as “life and death” offenses. Jean-Claude Mas is founder of Poly Implant Prothese , a firm that was shut down last year after the discovery it was using inexpensive industrial-grade silicone to manufacture its […]

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Environmental Group Says Nigerian Oil Spill Stretches 900 Square Kilometers

Posted December 23rd, 2011 at 8:20 pm (UTC-5)
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An environmental group says an oil spill off the coast of Nigeria this past week could stretch across more than 900 square kilometers of ocean. The U.S.-based group, SkyTruth, says it estimates from satellite images it has obtained that the slick is 70 kilometers long and spans 17 kilometers at its widest point. Royal Dutch […]

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Syria Says 44 Killed in Twin Bombings

Posted December 23rd, 2011 at 6:50 pm (UTC-5)
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WEB: TYPE: CN )) Syrian officials say twin suicide bombings in Damascus have killed at least 44 people and left at least 150 others injured. State television reports that two bombers used vehicles packed with explosives to attack a pair of state security facilities in the capital on Friday. The state-run SANA news agency displayed […]

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New Government Takes Power in Croatia

Posted December 23rd, 2011 at 6:20 pm (UTC-5)
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A new center-left coalition government has taken power in the former Yugoslav republic of Croatia, ending eight years of conservative rule. Zoran Milanovic of the SDP party and his 22-member cabinet were sworn in Friday in the capital Zagreb. At 45, Mr. Milanovic is Croatia’s youngest prime minister since independence in 1991. In remarks to […]

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Britain’s Prince Philip Hospitalized

Posted December 23rd, 2011 at 6:10 pm (UTC-5)
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The husband of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip, has been hospitalized with what were described as chest pains. A spokeswoman for Buckingham palace says the 90-year-old prince was taken Friday to the specialist Papworth Hospital in Cambridge for preliminary tests. No further information was made available. Prince Philip, who was born in Greece in 1921, […]

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Fuel Pipeline Blast Kills 11 in Colombia

Posted December 23rd, 2011 at 5:15 pm (UTC-5)
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An explosion has ripped through an oil pipeline in western Colombia, killing 11 people and injuring at least 70 others. Authorities say the explosion occurred early Friday in the region of Risaralda, west of the Colombian capital, Bogota. A fire that erupted following the blast was brought under control. The cause of the oil pipeline […]

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Pitsuwan: ASEAN Members Look Forward to Cambodia’s Chairmanship

Posted December 23rd, 2011 at 4:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Surin Pitsuwan, secretary general of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, says Cambodia can rely on the support and cooperation of its neighbors as it prepares to take over the chairmanship of the regional bloc at the end of the month. Analysts say Phnom Penh will have to juggle a variety of challenges, including ASEAN’s […]

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Ukraine Court Rejects Appeal of Tymoshenko Jail Sentence

Posted December 23rd, 2011 at 3:10 pm (UTC-5)
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A Ukrainian appeals court has upheld the conviction of and seven-year jail sentence for former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko. Ms. Tymoshenko was convicted of abusing her authority in a 2009 gas deal with Russia that her opponents say was too beneficial for Moscow. Prosecutor Lilya Frolova announced the court’s decision. “The appeal by the convicted […]

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Thousands Protest in Iraq’s Sunni Strongholds

Posted December 23rd, 2011 at 3:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Several thousand Iraqis in Sunni Muslim regions have taken to the streets to protest against Shi’ite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Friday’s protests took place a day after at least 69 people were killed in a wave of bombings across Baghdad. The demonstrations have also come on the heels of a growing political crisis involving Mr. […]

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