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Burma Begins Clemency, as Activists Express Disappointment

Posted January 3rd, 2012 at 7:15 am (UTC-5)
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Burma on Tuesday began releasing prisoners as part of a government-ordered clemency program. But some activists say not enough political prisoners are being freed under the deal. Dozens of family members of inmates gathered Tuesday outside the notorious Insein prison in Rangoon, waiting for the release of their relatives. But many were disappointed the clemency […]

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Indian Official Blasts ‘Inexcusable’ Shooting Death of Kashmir Protester

Posted January 3rd, 2012 at 6:20 am (UTC-5)
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Indian Kashmir’s top official on Tuesday criticized his country’s security forces for fatally shooting a teenage student during a protest against mid-winter power cuts. Indian paramilitary forces opened fire on the group of protesters on Monday, killing an 18-year-old student and wounding two other people. The chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir state, Omar Abdullah, […]

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France Calls for Clarification of Monitor Mission in Syria

Posted January 3rd, 2012 at 6:15 am (UTC-5)
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France has expressed concerns about the conditions under which Arab League monitors are carrying out their mission in Syria. French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said Tuesday the conditions need to be “clarified,” and also called on the U.N. Security Council to take action on Syria. Juppe said the Council “cannot stay silent” and that the […]

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Suicide Bombing Kills 4 in Southern Afghanistan

Posted January 3rd, 2012 at 5:40 am (UTC-5)
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A suicide bombing in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar has killed at least four children and a police officer. Local Afghan officials say Tuesday’s attack happened in southern Kandahar city when a suicide bomber riding a motorcycle detonated his explosives near an Afghan police checkpoint. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack. Also […]

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Iran Warns US Carrier Away From Persian Gulf

Posted January 3rd, 2012 at 5:20 am (UTC-5)
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Iran says a U.S. aircraft carrier should not to return to the Persian Gulf, a day after Tehran completed naval exercises near the strategic Strait of Hormuz. Iranian army chief Ataollah Salehi said Tuesday Iran will not repeat its warning, but did not name the U.S. carrier. A spokeswoman for the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet, […]

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Republican Presidential Contenders Facing First Test in Iowa

Posted January 3rd, 2012 at 4:50 am (UTC-5)
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Republican voters in the U.S. state of Iowa will hold party caucuses Tuesday in the first step in choosing a candidate that will challenge President Barack Obama in the November election. Voters will gather in churches, school houses and other meeting places to cast their vote. The latest voter surveys indicate that former Massachusetts governor […]

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Malaysian Police Threaten ‘Stern Action’ Against Protest for Anwar

Posted January 3rd, 2012 at 4:30 am (UTC-5)
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Malaysian police are warning activists not to participate in an upcoming rally in support of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim. Opposition activists are calling for a large protest in front of the Kuala Lumpur High Court on Monday, where a judge is expected to deliver a verdict in Anwar’s nearly two-year-long sodomy trial. But Kuala Lumpur […]

Israelis, Palestinians to Meet to Salvage Peace Effort

Posted January 3rd, 2012 at 3:55 am (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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High Level US Diplomat Begins Asia Tour

Posted January 3rd, 2012 at 3:05 am (UTC-5)
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Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell arrives in Beijing Tuesday, the first high-level U.S. visit to Northeast Asia since the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il. Campbell will also make stops in Seoul and Tokyo on his four-day diplomatic tour. The State Department says he will discuss “a range of important bilateral, regional […]

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Egypt Begins Final Stage of Lower House Vote

Posted January 3rd, 2012 at 2:55 am (UTC-5)
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Egyptians have begun voting in the final round of a staged election process to choose members of the country’s lower house of parliament. Voting began Tuesday in nine provinces, including al-Gharbiya, North Sinai and South Sinai, the last areas to hold polls in a process that began in late November. The two-day vote is part […]

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