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Egypt Set to Announce Election Results

Posted December 1st, 2011 at 9:15 am (UTC-5)
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Egyptian election officials are expected to announce results on Thursday from the first round of voting in parliamentary elections. The results from Monday’s and Tuesday’s polling in Cairo, Alexandria and seven other provinces were expected Wednesday. Egypt’s al-Ahram newspaper says the announcement was delayed because ballots cast by Egyptians living abroad had not been tallied. […]

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Shop Owners Protest India Retail Reform

Posted December 1st, 2011 at 8:25 am (UTC-5)
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Shopkeepers around India have gone on strike to protest the government’s decision to allow foreign retailers into the country. The strike Thursday closed markets in New Delhi, Kolkata and other cities, as small shop owners protested the policy they say will force them out of business. Activists from the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party, which is […]

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Clinton Urges Burma to End “Illicit” Ties to North Korea

Posted December 1st, 2011 at 8:20 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has called on Burma to end any “illicit” military ties to North Korea, and says more work must be done before the United States can consider lifting sanctions. Clinton said Thursday during a landmark visit to Burma that its government must respect international consensus against the spread of nuclear […]

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China Manufacturing Contracts In November

Posted December 1st, 2011 at 8:15 am (UTC-5)
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Manufacturing activity in China contracted in November for the first time in nearly three years, as countries around the world, struggling with debt and slowing growth, bought fewer Chinese exports. The China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing says its monthly purchasing managers index (PMI) fell to 49 in October. It is the first contraction since […]

Pakistanis Kidnapped in Afghanistan

Posted December 1st, 2011 at 8:15 am (UTC-5)
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Police say gunmen have kidnapped seven Pakistani engineers working in eastern Afghanistan. The engineers were working on a hospital construction project in the Pul-e-alam district of Logar province. Authorities say the Pakistanis were abducted at gunpoint Wednesday as they returned home after work. No group has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping. Elsewhere in Afghanistan, a […]

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Attorney for Strauss-Kahn Accuser Rejects Upcoming Book as “Fantasy”

Posted December 1st, 2011 at 7:35 am (UTC-5)
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Attorneys for a hotel maid who accused former IMF Chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of raping her have dismissed accusations against her in a new book. The French author of the book, Michel Taubmann, portrays maid Nafissatou Diallo as part of a conspiracy to derail Strauss-Kahn’s political aspirations. Before his May arrest in New York City, Strauss-Kahn […]

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Syria Frees Hundreds of Prisoners, Continues Deadly Crackdown

Posted December 1st, 2011 at 7:20 am (UTC-5)
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An Arab League committee charged with implementing sanctions against Syria is going after the country’s rich and powerful. The committee Thursday released a list of 17 Syrians banned from traveling to Arab states, including the brother of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the country’s richest businessman and top Cabinet ministers. Officials say the list and other […]

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Report Charges Saudis with ‘New Wave of Repression’

Posted December 1st, 2011 at 6:45 am (UTC-5)
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A human rights group claims Saudi Arabia is rounding up protesters and would-be reformers to make sure the country does not get swept up in the Arab Spring. Amnesty International Thursday accused Saudi Arabia of carrying out a “new wave of repression” as part of a crackdown on anti-government protesters. Amnesty’s interim Middle East director, […]

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A Look At Burma’s Recent Political Reforms

Posted December 1st, 2011 at 6:45 am (UTC-5)
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As U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton holds unprecedented talks with government officials and opposition leaders in Burma, here is a look back at some of the democratic reforms in the country during the past eight months: March 30: Burma ends decades of military rule, inaugurating a nominally civilian government that consists of many retired […]

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Clinton Urges Burma to End “Illicit” Ties to North Korea

Posted December 1st, 2011 at 6:40 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has called on Burma to end any “illicit” military ties to North Korea, and says more work must be done before the United States can consider lifting sanctions. Clinton said Thursday during a landmark visit to Burma that its government must respect international consensus against the spread of nuclear […]

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