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Iran Calls for New Nuclear Talks, Delays Missile Test

Posted December 31st, 2011 at 4:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Iran has proposed a new round of talks with the West on its controversial nuclear program and delayed long-range missiles tests that it had said would take place Saturday. The state-run IRNA news agency quoted Iran’s National Security Adviser Saeed Jalili as saying he invited the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and […]

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Kurdish Protesters Clash With Turkish Authorities Over Civilian Deaths

Posted December 31st, 2011 at 4:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Ethnic Kurds clashed with authorities in southeastern Turkey Saturday, three days after a government air strike killed 35 civilians mistaken for Kurdish rebels. Police used batons and tear gas to disperse crowds of angry protesters and make arrests in the region’s main city of Diyarbakir and several other locations. Protesters threw stones and molotov cocktails […]

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Nigeria Declares State of Emergency After Attacks

Posted December 31st, 2011 at 4:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has declared a state of emergency in areas hard hit by violence blamed on the radical Islamist sect Boko Haram. In an address on state television Saturday, Mr. Jonathan said the measure is in force in parts of Yobe and Borno states in the northeast, Plateau state in central Nigeria, and […]

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9 Killed in Syria, Opposition Groups Unite

Posted December 31st, 2011 at 2:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Activists say Syrian forces killed at least nine people on Saturday, as Arab League observers were in the fifth day of their mission to monitor the government’s pledge to end a crackdown on dissent. The opposition Local Coordination Committees says three of Saturday’s deaths occurred in the flashpoint Homs region. Activists also say large groups […]

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Hu’s New Year Promise: China to Safeguard Peace

Posted December 31st, 2011 at 1:00 pm (UTC-5)
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China’s president is seeking to reassure his people – and the world – during what he called uncertain times. Hu Jintao made the remarks in a New Year’s Eve speech broadcast Saturday on Chinese state-run media. President Hu said much of the uncertainty is the result of a shaky global economic recovery and also referenced […]

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China Congratulates N. Korea’s Kim Jong Un

Posted December 31st, 2011 at 12:40 pm (UTC-5)
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North Korea’s young, new leader is getting a show of support from neighboring China. Chinese President Hu Jintao sent Kim Jong Un a congratulatory message, lauding Mr. Kim’s appointment as North Korea’s supreme military commander. The message, published on an official Chinese government website, said their is a deep tradition of friendship between the two […]

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Republican Presidential Hopefuls in Final Push Before Iowa Race

Posted December 31st, 2011 at 12:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Republican presidential contenders are in their final push for voter support in Iowa ahead of the state’s presidential caucuses. Candidates trailing in opinion polls, such as Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and former speaker of the House of Representatives Newt Gingrich, were working to erode the lead of former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney. Romney’s bid received […]

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Syrian Opposition Groups United Against Assad Government

Posted December 31st, 2011 at 11:50 am (UTC-5)
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Two of Syria’s largest opposition groups are uniting to map out a path for the country’s transition, should President Bashar al-Assad’s government be toppled. Representatives from the Syrian National Council and the National Coordination Body for Democratic Change in Syria, or NCB, signed an agreement late Friday in Cairo laying out the parameters for democratic […]

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US to Sell Missile Defense System to United Arab Emirates

Posted December 31st, 2011 at 11:25 am (UTC-5)
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The United States and the United Arab Emirates have signed a deal for a missile defense system in the Persian Gulf nation. The Pentagon said in a statement Friday that U.S.-based defense contractor Lockheed Martin has been awarded a nearly two billion dollar contract to supply the UAE with two Terminal High Altitude Area Defense […]

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Obama ‘Hopeful’ about New Year

Posted December 31st, 2011 at 10:50 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama says he is “hopeful” the new year will bring about more progress for the United States, including the ability to grow the economy and create jobs. In his weekly address Saturday, Mr. Obama said he is hopeful because lawmakers did “the right thing” for millions of Americans before Christmas by preventing […]

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