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Arab League To Increase Syria Observer Mission

Posted January 8th, 2012 at 11:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Arab League foreign ministers have called on Syria to honor its agreement to stop violence against protesters, and they have agreed to increase the number of monitors observing compliance with the plan. The top diplomats from Qatar and other Arab nations met Sunday in Cairo to assess the progress of the observer mission, which has […]

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Republican Presidential Hopefuls Debate ahead of First Primary

Posted January 8th, 2012 at 11:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Two days before the first primary election in the United States, the six major candidates for the Republican presidential nomination gathered Sunday for the second debate in as many days. All the candidates have been seeking to brandish their conservative credentials against the more liberal President Barack Obama. And during Sunday’s debate in the northeastern […]

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Malaysian Court Acquits Anwar of Sodomy

Posted January 8th, 2012 at 9:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Malaysia’s high court has acquitted opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim of charges of sodomy. The judge ruled Monday that the DNA used by prosecutors as evidence was unreliable. The judge also said there was not enough corroborating evidence proving that Anwar had sex with a former male aide. Homosexuality is illegal in Muslim-majority Malaysia. If he […]

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South Korean President to Visit China

Posted January 8th, 2012 at 8:20 pm (UTC-5)
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South Korean President Lee Myung-bak arrives in Beijing Monday for an official visit that will focus on the North Korean leadership transition following the death last month of longtime President Kim Jong-Il. During his three-day stay, Mr. Lee is due to meet with his Chinese counterpart, Hu Jintao, Premier Wen Jiabo, and other high-ranking officials. […]

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Ahmadinejad Begins Visit to Latin America

Posted January 8th, 2012 at 8:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has started a five-day Latin American tour that U.S. officials have called a sign of desperation for the country heavily sanctioned over its controversial nuclear program. Mr. Ahmadinejad arrived Sunday evening in Venezuela, and was met at the airport by that country’s Vice President Elias Juau. He smiled and waved to […]

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Amnesty: Protests, Repression to Continue in Middle East in 2012

Posted January 8th, 2012 at 7:55 pm (UTC-5)
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The international human rights group Amnesty International has warned of another year of protests and government repression in the Middle East and North Africa, if the region’s rulers do not ensure democratic and human rights for their people. In a report released in London Monday, the group described how governments across the region were willing […]

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Afghan Soldier Kills NATO Colleague

Posted January 8th, 2012 at 6:50 pm (UTC-5)
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NATO says one of its service members was killed Sunday, apparently by an Afghan army soldier. The NATO statement said the incident took place in southern Afghanistan. It contained no information about the victim’s nationality. The incident appears to be the latest in a string of attacks by members of the Afghan security forces against […]

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Ailing Stephen Hawking Misses 70th Birthday Event

Posted January 8th, 2012 at 6:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking was too ill to attend a symposium held in honor of his 70th birthday at the University of Cambridge in England Sunday. But, in a recorded message, he repeated his call for humans to explore the universe for future homes. Hawking argued for continued space exploration, saying he didn’t “think we […]

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Taiwan’s Opposition Makes Gains Ahead of Presidential Elections

Posted January 8th, 2012 at 5:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Latest opinion polls in Taiwan show that President Ma Ying-jeou has lost a once comfortable lead over opposition candidate Tsai Ing-wen from the Democratic Progressive Party ahead of presidential elections scheduled for January 14. President Ma leads by less than one percentage point in some polls and lags Tsai in a few, down from leads […]

Nigeria Braces for Nationwide Strikes

Posted January 8th, 2012 at 5:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Long lines snaked through Nigerian markets and fueling stations Sunday as residents stocked up on supplies ahead of a planned national strike. The country’s major labor unions have announced a strike set to begin Monday over their discontent at a government decision to end the country’s fuel subsidy. During an emergency session Sunday, lawmakers from […]

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