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Arab League: Snipers Still Threaten Syrian Cities

Posted January 2nd, 2012 at 10:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The Arab League chief says snipers and gunfire remain a threat in Syrian cities, despite the presence of League monitors. Speaking in Cairo Monday, Nabil El Araby called for an immediate cease-fire in Syria. He said Syria’s military has withdrawn from inside cities, but that snipers are still killing people and making it difficult to […]

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Israelis, Palestinians to Meet to Salvage Peace Effort

Posted January 2nd, 2012 at 10:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Israeli and Palestinian negotiators are set to meet in Jordan for talks aimed at restarting the stalled peace process. The meeting Tuesday will be their first in more than a year, since the negotiations fell apart over the issue of Israeli settlement construction. Both sides say they are ready to re-open a dialogue, but optimism […]

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Senegal Music Star Youssou Ndour Running for President

Posted January 2nd, 2012 at 9:30 pm (UTC-5)
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World-famous Senegalese music star Youssou Ndour has officially entered the presidential race in his country. Ndour said Monday on the television station he owns that he will challenge President Abdoulaye Wade in the February election. The 52-year-old singer had announced in November he was taking time off from music in order to focus on politics, […]

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Tunisia Seeks Guarantees to Extradite Former Libyan PM

Posted January 2nd, 2012 at 9:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Tunisia’s visiting president says his country would extradite former Libyan prime minister Baghdadi al-Mahmudi to Tripoli to face charges of abuse of office, if Libya would guarantee his physical safety and a fair trial. President Moncef Marzouki told a joint news conference with Libyan leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil that the ex-prime minister could be handed […]

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India Opens Stock Market to Foreign Investors as Its Economy Slows

Posted January 2nd, 2012 at 6:55 pm (UTC-5)
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On January 15, India opens its stock markets for the first time to individual foreign investors who will be able to directly buy and sell Indian equities. Until now, foreign investors could only invest through mutual funds or institutional investors. New Delhi expressed hope that the move will attract more foreign funds, and reduce market […]

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1 Killed, 2 Injured in Indian Kashmir Protest

Posted January 2nd, 2012 at 6:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Police in Indian-controlled Kashmir Monday said security forces opened fire on hundreds of angry residents protesting mid-winter power cuts, killing one person and wounding two other people. The shooting took place outside the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation in the Boniyar area of the Baramulla district near the Line of Control — a de facto border […]

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Reports: Afghan, Pakistani Militants Unite to Fight US-led Troops in Afghanistan

Posted January 2nd, 2012 at 5:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Reports from Pakistan say al-Qaida and Afghan Taliban leaders have asked Pakistani militants to stop targeting Pakistani security forces and instead concentrate on battling U.S.-led troops in Afghanistan. The reports quoted unnamed sources as saying that following the intervention of Afghan Taliban supreme commander Mullah Omar, the Afghan and Pakistani Taliban formed a joint five-member […]

US: Republican Presidential Contenders Facing First Test in Iowa

Posted January 2nd, 2012 at 4:40 pm (UTC-5)
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With only one day of campaigning left before the first event of the U.S. presidential election process, Republican candidates are making last-minute pitches in the central state of Iowa. On Tuesday, Iowa Republicans will hold party caucuses – meetings at which they will vote for their favorite candidates. The latest voter surveys indicate that former […]

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Tens of Thousands Protest New Constitution in Hungary

Posted January 2nd, 2012 at 4:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Tens of thousands in Budapest have protested against Hungary’s new constitution, which they believe will weaken democratic institutions. The protest took place near the State Opera House Monday as the center-right Fidesz government led by Prime Minister Viktor Orban celebrated the new “Basic Law” with a gala. The protestors chanted anti-Orban slogans as government dignitaries […]

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Nigeria Fuel Prices More than Double

Posted January 2nd, 2012 at 3:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Fuel prices in Nigeria more than doubled a day after the oil-rich nation ended a popular consumer fuel subsidy. Prices at the pump on Monday soared from about 40 cents to 88 cents per liter. Witnesses reported that police in the capital, Abuja, used tear gas to disperse dozens of people who had gathered to […]

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