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Gas Shortages Spark Protests in Pakistan

Posted January 2nd, 2012 at 10:50 am (UTC-5)
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Pakistani cities were virtually paralyzed Monday as thousands of people across the country demonstrated over severe gas shortages and price hikes. Protesters burned tires and blocked highways as public transportation ground to a halt in most cities. Lines snaked around gas stations as cars stocked up on dwindling gas stocks.

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Nigeria Fuel Prices More than Double

Posted January 2nd, 2012 at 10:50 am (UTC-5)
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Fuel prices in Nigeria have 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. The Nigerian government ended the subsidy program on Sunday. President Goodluck Jonathan has said the money used on the […]

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Cameron: Britain Will Get Up to Strength in 2012

Posted January 2nd, 2012 at 10:45 am (UTC-5)
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British Prime Minister David Cameron sent an optimistic New Year’s message for Britain, citing London’s Summer Olympics and Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee, celebrating the 60th year of her reign. Mr. Cameron said Monday that while economic times are difficult, these events will focus the eyes of the world on the country, that 2012 “will be […]

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Militants Warn Southerners to Leave Northern Nigeria

Posted January 2nd, 2012 at 10:30 am (UTC-5)
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A purported spokesman for Nigerian militant group Boko Haram has warned southerners to leave the country’s north, while promising clashes with government soldiers. Abul Qaqa, who has spoken on behalf of the Islamist group in the past, told journalists in a phone conference late Sunday that the group’s fighters will “confront” soldiers sent to parts […]

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Burma to Reduce Sentences of Some Prisoners

Posted January 2nd, 2012 at 10:30 am (UTC-5)
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Burma’s government says it will reduce the sentences of some prisoners on humanitarian grounds. State television and radio announced Monday that President Thein Sein signed a clemency order to mark the country’s 64th anniversary of independence from British colonial rule on Wednesday. The government said some death sentences will be commuted to life imprisonment. Prison […]

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Arab League: Snipers Still Threaten Syrian Cities

Posted January 2nd, 2012 at 10:25 am (UTC-5)
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The Arab League chief says snipers and gunfire remain a threat in Syrian cities despite the presence of Arab monitors. Speaking in Cairo Monday, Nabil El Araby called for an immediate cease-fire in the volatile country. The Arab League has sent monitors to Syria to check on its compliance with an Arab League plan for […]

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Former Macedonian President Gligorov Dies

Posted January 2nd, 2012 at 9:50 am (UTC-5)
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The first democratically elected president of Macedonia, Kiro Gligorov, has died in Skopje. He was 94 years old. Mr. Gligorov died in his sleep Sunday night, surrounded by his family. Once a top communist official, he became president of Macedonia in 1991 when it was still part of Yugoslavia. He peacefully led the country to […]

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Congo Senate Chief Hospitalized in Paris After Attack

Posted January 2nd, 2012 at 9:05 am (UTC-5)
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The head of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Senate is in a French hospital after being attacked on New Year’s Eve in Paris. Seventy-six-year-old Leon Kengo wa Dondo was assaulted Saturday evening in the French capital. French media outlets report a group of men beat and trampled Kengo at a Paris train station, causing him […]

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Burma to Reduce Sentences of Some Prisoners

Posted January 2nd, 2012 at 8:35 am (UTC-5)
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Burma’s government says it will reduce the sentences of some prisoners on humanitarian grounds. State television and radio announced Monday that President Thein Sein signed a clemency order to mark the country’s 64th anniversary of independence. The government said some death sentences will be commuted to life imprisonment. Prison terms above 30 years will be […]

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Seoul Sees Opportunity for Better Ties with North Korea

Posted January 2nd, 2012 at 8:30 am (UTC-5)
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South Korean President Lee Myung-bak says the opportunity exists for better ties with North Korea, but he warned the North to avoid any provocations. In a nationally televised New Year’s address Monday, Mr. Lee said the situation on the Korean peninsula is entering a new turning point. “If North Korea comes to the table with […]

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