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Militants Kill 4 in Pakistan’s NW

Posted January 14th, 2012 at 4:30 pm (UTC-5)
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A group of heavily armed militants dressed in police uniforms stormed a police station in northwest Pakistan Saturday, triggering a gun battle with security forces that killed four people. Local authorities said the gunmen and suicide bombers hurled grenades into the police chief’s office in Dera Ismail Khan town, near the lawless South Waziristan tribal […]

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Croats Protest Against Joining EU

Posted January 14th, 2012 at 4:00 pm (UTC-5)
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More than 1,000 protesters gathered in Croatia’s capital, Zagreb, Saturday to demonstrate against joining the European Union. Nationalist leaning protesters and war veterans gathered at Zagreb’s main square, carrying banners with messages such as “I love Croatia – No to EU.” One protester, a war veteran, said Croats have spilled too much blood fighting for […]

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China’s PM Visits Nepal on Way to Middle East

Posted January 14th, 2012 at 2:50 pm (UTC-5)
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China on Saturday agreed to provide Nepal with more than $120 million in economic development aid and to support Kathmandu’s fragile peace process. During his brief visit to Nepal, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao met with his Nepalese counterpart, Baburam Bhattarai, and oversaw the signing of several agreements. He also promised money for infrastructure projects to […]

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1 Killed in Gaza Blasts

Posted January 14th, 2012 at 2:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Officials in the Gaza Strip say a series of explosions at the home of a militant commander in the southern part of the Palestinian territory has killed one person Saturday. Witnesses say a huge explosion, and then a series of secondary blasts, shook the neighborhood of the southern town of Rafah. It is not immediately […]

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Nigerian Unions, President Meet Over Fuel Subsidy Stalemate

Posted January 14th, 2012 at 2:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Nigerian union leaders are meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan for talks about the ending of consumer fuel subsidies. The government’s move to suspend the subsidies earlier this year has upset the nation, sparking a 5-day-long strike that helped paralyzed Africa’s top oil exporting country. Tens of thousands of people have been taking to the streets […]

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Tunisians Mark First Anniversary of Ben Ali’s Ouster

Posted January 14th, 2012 at 2:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Tunisians on Saturday marked the first anniversary of the ousting of longtime President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, who stepped down following an uprising that sparked revolutions across the Arab world. Thousands of people celebrated by marching peacefully in the capital, Tunis, waving the Tunisian flag and voicing approval of their freedom from Mr. Ben Ali’s […]

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S&P: Rising Risk of Recession in the Eurozone

Posted January 14th, 2012 at 2:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Credit-rating firm Standard and Poor’s says the risk of recession in the eurozone is rising as European leaders fail to agree on a solution to the economic crisis. S&P outlined its decision to downgrade the credit ratings of nine European countries during a teleconference with reporters on Saturday. S&P credit analyst Moritz Kraemer said S&P […]

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53 Dead in Attack on Iraqi Shi’ites

Posted January 14th, 2012 at 1:30 pm (UTC-5)
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A suicide bombing in southern Iraq has killed at least 53 Shi’ite pilgrims. It is the latest in a series of attacks on Shi’ites in recent weeks. Iraqi officials say the attack Saturday near the city of Basra wounded 137 people. The blast struck close to a police checkpoint as hundreds of thousands of pilgrims […]

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Qatar Supports Sending Arab Troops to Syria

Posted January 14th, 2012 at 1:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Qatar says it favors sending Arab troops to Syria to stop a crackdown on anti-government protesters that has left thousands of people dead. In an interview to be broadcast Sunday, the emir of Qatar told the U.S. television network CBS that some Arab troops should go to Syria to “stop the killing.” Excerpts of the […]

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Taiwan’s Ma Re-Elected, Promises ‘More Peaceful’ Relations With China

Posted January 14th, 2012 at 12:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Supporters of Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou are celebrating in the capital of Taipei and across the island. The incumbent president claimed victory in Saturday’s vote, telling throngs of supporters gathered at his election headquarters, “We have won,” after edging out opposition leader Tsai Ing-wen. President Ma also told supporters there will be smoother ties with […]

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