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1 Dead, 70 Wounded in Afghan Blast

Posted December 2nd, 2011 at 7:55 am (UTC-5)
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Afghan officials say a suicide truck bomb blast outside a NATO base has killed at least one person and wounded 70 other people. Authorities say the truck driver was stopped Friday morning before he could enter the base in the Muhammad Agha district of Logar province. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Kenyan, Sudanese Officials Meet Over Bashir Warrant Dispute

Posted December 2nd, 2011 at 7:15 am (UTC-5)
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Kenya’s foreign minister and Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir met Thursday in Khartoum to try to resolve a dispute over a Kenyan court ruling ordering the arrest of Mr. Bashir. The Kenyan High Court on Monday ordered the government to enforce an International Criminal Court arrest warrant for Mr. Bashir “should he ever set foot in […]

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Pakistan Defends Lack of Action in NATO Strike

Posted December 2nd, 2011 at 7:10 am (UTC-5)
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Pakistan’s military says a communications breakdown prevented it from responding effectively to the deadly NATO bombing on two border outposts that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers. The Pakistan military said Friday its ability to defend its troops was hampered by a “breakdown of communication” at various levels within the organization. Pakistan says the attack was unprovoked. […]

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Syria Hit with New War Crimes Allegations

Posted December 2nd, 2011 at 6:55 am (UTC-5)
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New allegations about Syria’s brutal crackdown on anti-government protesters are sparking U.N. calls for the regime to be tried for crimes against humanity. The United Nations’ top human rights official Friday called for Syria to be referred to the International Criminal Court. Navi Pillay told a meeting of the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva […]

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Threats Against French-Based Syrian Opposition

Posted December 2nd, 2011 at 6:20 am (UTC-5)
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France is upping security for members of Syrian opposition groups who live or work in France. French Interior Minister Claude Gueant told reporters in Paris Friday that new security measures have been put in place for members of the Syrian National Council, including Paris-based leader Burhan Ghalioun. Gueant did not share any details of the […]

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German Chancellor Says European Countries to Create Fiscal Union

Posted December 2nd, 2011 at 6:00 am (UTC-5)
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a speech to parliament Friday that European nations are moving toward a “fiscal union” with more stringent budgetary oversight in order to deal with the eurozone debt crisis. Chancellor Merkel’s comments came hours after French President Nicolas Sarkozy announced Thursday night that he and Ms. Merkel, as the leaders […]

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Former US Military Headquarters in Iraq Now Iraqis’

Posted December 2nd, 2011 at 5:25 am (UTC-5)
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The base that once served as headquarters for the U.S. military in Iraq is now under Iraqi control. A United States military spokesman said U.S. officials handed over Camp Victory to Iraq Friday, after officials from both countries signed the necessary paperwork. There was no formal handover ceremony. About 13,000 U.S. troops remain in Iraq, […]

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British Navy Arrests 7 Suspected Pirates off Somali Coast

Posted December 2nd, 2011 at 5:05 am (UTC-5)
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British authorities said Thursday they have arrested seven suspected pirates following a helicopter-led pursuit by the British Navy in the Indian Ocean. The chase began off the coast of Somalia when Royal Marines aboard the RFA Fort Victoria were alerted to two vessels allegedly attempting an act of piracy against a Spanish ship that supplies […]

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Secret Meeting Joins Syrian Opposition

Posted December 2nd, 2011 at 5:00 am (UTC-5)
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The Syrian government’s increasingly violent struggle to maintain its grip on power appears to be uniting some of the groups hoping to hasten its downfall. Officials with both the Syrian National Council and the Free Syrian Army say leaders from the two groups secretly met earlier this week in the southern Turkish province of Hatay […]

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Clinton Meets with Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi

Posted December 2nd, 2011 at 3:30 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton held in-depth discussions with democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi in Rangoon Friday on the final day of her three-day landmark visit to Burma. After their meeting at the Nobel peace laureate’s home, where she had been under house arrest for most of the past two decades, the two […]

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