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Exhibit of China’s Priceless Works in Japan Marks Anniversary of Relations

Posted January 7th, 2012 at 9:55 pm (UTC-5)
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An exhibition showing pricless cultural relics from China was unveiled Friday in Japan’s Tokyo National Museum. The exhibition titled “Two Hundred Selected Masterpieces from the Palace Museum, Beijing” is marking the 40th anniversary of the normalization of China-Japan diplomatic relations. The exhibits are selected from almost two million pieces in Beijing’s Palace Museum and will […]

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Pro-Democracy Demonstrators Rally in Bahrain

Posted January 7th, 2012 at 8:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Hundreds of pro-democracy demonstrators in Bahrain gathered Saturday in the capital, Manama, for a protest led by the Shi’ite-led opposition, defying a government ban. The demonstration was organized by opposition groups led by Al Wefaq, a leader of the Shi’ite majority’s protest movement. Riot police blocked roads leading to the city center, forcing demonstrators to […]

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Nigerian President Announces Government Austerity

Posted January 7th, 2012 at 7:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan went on television Saturday to promise that the government will share hardship with ordinary citizens, hit by rising fuel costs. Mr. Jonathan said that everyone must be prepared to make sacrifices. He said the foreign travel of government officials will be reduced to the barest minimum and the salaries will be […]

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Activists: At Least 21 Dead in Syria Violence

Posted January 7th, 2012 at 6:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Syrian activists say at least 21 people have been killed in clashes throughout Syria Saturday. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the majority of the deaths occurred in the flashpoint central city of Homs and in the restive Idlib province in the northwest. The clashes came as thousands of supporters of President Bashar […]

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Kenya: Airstrikes Kill 60 Militants in Somalia

Posted January 7th, 2012 at 6:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Kenya said Saturday that airstrikes have killed at least 60 al-Qaida-linked militants in southern Somalia, as part of an ongoing effort to force them out of the country. A military spokesman told reporters that al-Shabab militants were killed in Friday’s airstrikes in the town of Garbaharey in Somalia’s Gedo area. He said the military was […]

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Basque Rally in Spain Calls Attention to ETA Prisoners

Posted January 7th, 2012 at 5:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Tens of thousands of protesters marched in the streets of the northern Spanish city of Bilbao Saturday demanding the right for ETA prisoners to serve out the remainder of their sentences in their home region. Spain has dispersed the imprisoned former members of the armed Basque separatist group under its anti-terrorism law. Hundreds of ETA […]

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Official: Musharraf Faces Arrest if he Returns to Pakistan

Posted January 7th, 2012 at 5:20 pm (UTC-5)
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A prosecutor for the Pakistani government, Chaudhry Zulfiqar Ali, said Saturday that if former President Pervez Musharraf makes good on his pledge to return to Pakistan, he will be arrested. Ali said the government would enforce an existing arrest order stemming from Mr. Musharraf’s alleged connection to the 2007 assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir […]

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US Accused of Abusing Afghan Prisoners

Posted January 7th, 2012 at 2:35 pm (UTC-5)
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A commission set up by Afghan President Hamid Karzai is making serious accusations against a U.S.-run prison. In a report released to the media Saturday, the commission accused the United States of abusing and torturing Afghans held at a prison near Bagram air base, north of the capital of Kabul. The report contains few details […]

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Anti-Violence Curfew Imposed in Nigeria’s Adamawa State

Posted January 7th, 2012 at 2:20 pm (UTC-5)
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The Nigerian state of Adamawa has imposed a 24-hour curfew in response to a spate of deadly attacks on Christians by suspected Islamists. Ayo Oritsejafor, head of the Christian Association of Nigeria, told reporters Saturday that Christians have the right to defend themselves and will do so, if the attacks continue. Witnesses in northeastern Nigeria […]

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Musharraf Planning Return to Pakistan, Faces Arrest

Posted January 7th, 2012 at 1:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf will be arrested if he makes good on his pledge to return to Pakistan. Government prosecutor Chaudhry Zulfiqar Ali told reporters Saturday that the government would enforce existing arrest orders and take Mr. Musharraf into custody. The arrest order stems from the former president’s alleged connection to the 2007 assassination […]

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