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4 Killed in NW Pakistan

Posted January 3rd, 2012 at 6:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Two separate bomb blasts in Pakistan’s northwest near the border with Afghanistan killed at least four people Tuesday. Local officials said the first bomb exploded in the city of Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, killing one person and wounding at least four others. A second bomb at a busy market in the Landi […]

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Ancient Greek Coin Collection Expected to Fetch Millions at Auction

Posted January 3rd, 2012 at 6:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Greece’s economic troubles have the world’s attention, but Greek currency from another era is taking the spotlight this week in New York. A collection of more than 600 ancient Greek coins is expected to fetch millions of dollars when they are put up for auction Wednesday. British coin expert Paul Hill says collectors consider ancient […]

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Taliban Reaches ‘Preliminary Deal’ to Open Office in Qatar

Posted January 3rd, 2012 at 5:50 pm (UTC-5)
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The Afghan Taliban said Tuesday it has reached an “initial agreement” to set up its first political overseas office in the Gulf state of Qatar. The announcement came in an e-mailed statement from Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, in which the group also called for the release of prisoners held at the U.S.-run Guantanamo Bay detention […]

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Burma Begins Clemency; Activists Say Not Enough

Posted January 3rd, 2012 at 5:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Burma on Tuesday began releasing prisoners as part of a government-ordered clemency program. Family members of inmates gathered with journalists Tuesday outside the notorious Insein prison in Rangoon, waiting for the release of relatives. Rights activists say not enough political prisoners are being freed under the deal signed by President Thein Sein Monday to coincide […]

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Oil Prices Jump 4%

Posted January 3rd, 2012 at 5:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Global oil prices rose about four percent Tuesday in the wake of rising Middle East tensions and some upbeat economic news. The cost of a barrel of crude oil for future delivery rose $3.80 in New York, to trade at $102.63, its highest level in six weeks. London’s benchmark Brent crude rose almost $4 reaching […]

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Macedonians Mourn Former President Gligorov

Posted January 3rd, 2012 at 5:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Macedonians have held a national day of mourning for the nation’s first democratically elected president, Kiro Gligorov, who died Sunday at age 94. Flags flew at half-staff across the country Tuesday as a private funeral was held at a cemetery in the capital, Skopje. Mr. Gligorov died in his sleep Sunday night, surrounded by his […]

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3 Separate Blasts Kill 12 in Afghanistan

Posted January 3rd, 2012 at 5:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Three separate blasts in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar killed at least 12 people and wounded more than 30 others Tuesday. Local officials said that in the first attack, a suicide bomber on a motorcycle blew himself up near a police checkpoint in downtown Kandahar, killing at least four children and a police officer […]

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Israeli, Palestinian Negotiators Meet; No Word on Resuming Peace Process

Posted January 3rd, 2012 at 4:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Israeli and Palestinian peace negotiators have ended their first official meeting in 15 months without saying if they are prepared to resume the stalled Mideast peace process. Israeli negotiator Yitzhak Molho and his Palestinian counterpart Saeb Erekat met Tuesday in the Jordanian capital Amman, initially in the presence of diplomats from Jordan and the Quartet […]

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Arab League to Hold Review Session on Syria Observers’ Work

Posted January 3rd, 2012 at 4:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Arab League ministers plan to meet Saturday to review an observer team’s assessment of whether the Syrian government is keeping its pledge to end a crackdown on a 10-month pro-democracy uprising. Arab officials say the meeting of the League ministerial committee on the Syrian crisis will be held in Cairo. A group of 70 Arab […]

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Reports: US Construction & Manufacturing Make Gains

Posted January 3rd, 2012 at 3:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Economic reports Tuesday paint an upbeat picture of the U.S. construction and manufacturing sectors. December’s data shows U.S. factories expanding at the fastest pace in six months. Manufacturing has been a strong spot in the faltering U.S. economic recovery. A separate Commerce Department study shows construction spending rose more than 1 percent in November, the […]

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