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US Denies American Sentenced to Death in Iran Was Spying

Posted January 9th, 2012 at 3:00 pm (UTC-5)
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The White House is denying Iran’s accusation that an American man sentenced to death by an Iranian court was spying for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. White House spokesman Jay Carney said Monday that if the reports of the sentencing are true, the Obama administration “strongly condemns” the verdict against Amir Mirza Hekmati, an Iranian-American […]

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Germany Gets Paid to Finance Its Own Debt

Posted January 9th, 2012 at 2:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Europe’s economic powerhouse, Germany, is now getting paid to finance its own debts. In the often arcane world of international finance, investors for months have forced debt-ridden governments throughout Europe — Greece, Italy, Spain and others — to pay hefty interest rates before they purchased the countries’ bonds. But Monday in the search for a […]

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South Sudan Tribal Clashes Kill 22

Posted January 9th, 2012 at 2:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Government officials in South Sudan say new tribal clashes in troubled Jonglei state have killed 22 people. Authorities said Monday that members of the Murle tribe attacked and burned three villages belonging to the rival Lou Nuer tribe. The attack appeared to be in retaliation for a deadly raid by the Lou Nuer tribe on […]

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UN Rights Chief Welcomes Fiji’s Lifting of Emergency Rule

Posted January 9th, 2012 at 2:30 pm (UTC-5)
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The top U.N. official for human rights is welcoming a move by Fiji’s government to cancel its emergency rule but continues to express concern about the political situation there. In a statement Monday, Navi Pillay encouraged Fiji’s government to take concrete steps to ensure the rule of law and build on what she called “positive […]

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Polish Prosecutor Shoots Self After News Conference

Posted January 9th, 2012 at 2:25 pm (UTC-5)
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A military prosecutor investigating media leaks from an inquiry into the 2010 air crash that killed then-Polish president Lech Kaczynski shot himself in the head after a press conference. At the press conference Monday, Mikolaj Przybyl denied his office eavesdropped on journalists as part of the military probe. Reporters at the conference in the western […]

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Malaysian PM: Anwar Acquittal Clears Government of Wrongdoing

Posted January 9th, 2012 at 2:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak says the acquittal of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim on sodomy charges clears the government of long-standing accusations that it used political influence to sway the courts to convict Anwar and remove him from political life. Mr. Najib told Malaysia’s Bernama news agency that “today’s verdict shows once again, that despite […]

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Bombs Target Shi’ite Pilgrims in Baghdad, 16 People Killed

Posted January 9th, 2012 at 2:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Iraqi authorities say a series of bombings in Baghdad has killed 16 people and wounded more than 40 others, many of them Shi’ite pilgrims traveling to the holy city of Karbala for an annual ritual. In one of Monday’s attacks, a car bomb killed eight people in a western part of the Iraqi capital, while […]

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Officials: Afghan Soldier Kills American Colleague

Posted January 9th, 2012 at 1:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Afghan military officials said Monday that an Afghan soldier has shot and killed an American service member and wounded at least one other U.S. soldier in southern Afghanistan. The gunman was killed in Sunday’s shootout at a base in Zabul province. Officials with the international coalition in Afghanistan confirmed that a NATO service member was […]

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Detroit Auto Show Signals Renewed Industry

Posted January 9th, 2012 at 1:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The annual Detroit auto show kicked off on Monday with renewed optimism, as the industry emerges from one of the worst recessions in decades. The North American International Auto show in the U.S. auto capital, Detroit, Michigan opened to the press with more glitz, driven by rising auto sales. The event will open to the […]

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3 Killed in Nigeria Fuel Price Protests

Posted January 9th, 2012 at 1:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Tens of thousands of Nigerians are protesting soaring fuel prices, sparking clashes with police that have killed at least three people. Witnesses say a police officer fatally shot one protester Monday in the main commercial city of Lagos. Elsewhere in the city, riot police stood watch as protesters blocked roads, burned tires and chanted slogans […]

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