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Pakistan’s Army Chief Warns of “Grievous Consequences” After PM’s Comments

Posted January 11th, 2012 at 7:35 am (UTC-5)
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Pakistan’s military is warning of “grievous consequences” following the prime minister’s remarks that the country’s army and intelligence chiefs acted unconstitutionally. Earlier this week, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani was quoted as telling China’s People’s Daily online that army chief General Pervez Ashfaq Kayani and Inter-Services Intelligence head Lieutenant General Ahmad Shuja Pasha acted unlawfully […]

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Syrian President Says Country Will Triumph Over “Conspiracy”

Posted January 11th, 2012 at 7:30 am (UTC-5)
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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has told thousands of supporters the country will triumph over the “conspiracy” he has blamed for 10 months of anti-government unrest. Mr. Assad told those at a rally Wednesday in the capital, Damascus, that he wanted to draw strength from them, a day after he gave a televised address vowing to […]

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Economists Fear Germany on Brink of Recession

Posted January 11th, 2012 at 7:30 am (UTC-5)
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Germany may be on the brink of a recession as the country’s economy contracted by 0.25 percent in the fourth quarter of 2011. Economists fear another down quarter may be in-store for the first quarter of 2012. The German statistics office announced the economic news Wednesday. Despite the fourth quarter downturn, 2011 saw overall growth […]

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A Look at Recent Attacks Against Iranian Scientists

Posted January 11th, 2012 at 7:00 am (UTC-5)
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State media say a bomb killed an Iranian nuclear scientist Wednesday, the latest in a series of similar attacks. Here is a look at other attacks against Iranian scientists in Tehran. January 12, 2010: Roadside bomb kills physics professor Massoud Ali-Mohammadi. November 29, 2010: Bombs placed on cars by motorcyclists kill nuclear scientist Majid Shahriari […]

Romney Claims Victory in New Hampshire

Posted January 11th, 2012 at 6:30 am (UTC-5)
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Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has won the Republican presidential primary in New Hampshire, in a major step toward getting his party’s nomination to face President Barack Obama in the November election. With nearly all the votes counted, Romney won the state by a margin of 39-percent to 23-percent over the second-place finisher, Texas Congressman […]

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Bombing Kills Iranian Nuclear Scientist

Posted January 11th, 2012 at 6:25 am (UTC-5)
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Iranian media say a bomb blast in Tehran has killed a university professor who also worked as a scientist on Iran’s nuclear program. The Fars news agency said someone on a motorcycle planted the bomb under the car of Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, and Iranian officials have blamed Israel for the attack. The report said two […]

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Rights Activists Say Clashes Kill 4 in Central Syria

Posted January 11th, 2012 at 6:20 am (UTC-5)
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Syrian rights activists say four people were killed in clashes with government security forces as troops stormed a town near the central city of Hama. The fighting Wednesday came as an Arab League monitor quit an observer mission that is assessing whether the Syrian government is honoring an agreement to stop violence against protesters. In […]

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South Korea Predicts Nuclear Test by North Korea This Year

Posted January 11th, 2012 at 5:40 am (UTC-5)
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A South Korean government research agency says North Korea’s new leader will either order a third nuclear test or a long-range missile launch later this year. A report issued Wednesday by the Institute for Foreign Affairs and National Security warns that Kim Jong Un will engage in “military adventurism” to boost his image as a […]

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US Treasury Secretary Seeks Chinese Support for Iran Oil Sanctions

Posted January 11th, 2012 at 5:35 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner met with Chinese officials in Beijing on Wednesday for talks that were expected to focus on improved economic ties and U.S. sanctions against Iran’s nuclear program. During a meeting with Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping, Geithner said he looked forward to building on the “very strong, cooperative relationship” with China […]

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Nigeria Fuel Subsidy Protests Reach Third Day

Posted January 11th, 2012 at 5:35 am (UTC-5)
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Protesters have gathered in Nigeria for a third day calling on the government to restore a fuel subsidy, while the nation’s main labor unions urged President Goodluck Jonathan to listen to the “voice of the people.” The demonstrators were gathering in Nigeria’s main commercial city of Lagos and other areas. Protesters held a big rally […]

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