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Pakistan Intelligence: Taliban Leader Believed Killed in US Drone Strike

Posted January 15th, 2012 at 3:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Pakistani intelligence officials say the leader of the Pakistani Taliban, Hakimullah Mehsud, may have been killed in a January 12 U.S. drone strike in the North Waziristan tribal region. The unnamed officials said Sunday they have intercepted wireless radio conversations of the Taliban fighters discussing whether their chief was killed in the attack. Some of […]

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Bahrain’s King Proposes Boosting Elected Lawmakers’ Powers

Posted January 15th, 2012 at 2:45 pm (UTC-5)
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The king of Bahrain has proposed constitutional reforms that give more power to the Gulf state’s elected lower house of parliament, but that fall short of demands by the majority Shi’ite-led opposition. In a nationally televised address Sunday, King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa proposed giving the 40-member lower house the ability to approve and […]

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Debris from Doomed Russian Spacecraft Lands in Pacific Ocean

Posted January 15th, 2012 at 2:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Debris from a Russian space probe that was intended to travel to a moon of Mars has apparently fallen into the Pacific Ocean off the southern coast of Chile. Russia’s space agency, Roscosmos, had reported that the unmanned 14-ton Phobos-Grunt would enter the Earth’s atmosphere on Sunday but that the exact time and location were […]

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Thousands Mourn Guinea-Bissau’s Late President

Posted January 15th, 2012 at 1:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Thousands of mourners, including political and military officials, have been paying final respects to Guinea-Bissau’s late president Malam Bacai Sanha. Mr. Sanha died in a Paris hospital on January 9 at the age of 64 after suffering from a prolonged, undisclosed illness. His body was flown back for a public viewing on Saturday at the […]

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Death Toll in Italian Cruise Ship Disaster Reaches Five

Posted January 15th, 2012 at 1:05 pm (UTC-5)
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The number of those killed in the Italian cruise ship disaster has risen to five after search crews on Sunday discovered the bodies of two elderly men in the submerged section of the Costa Condordia. The huge vessel with more than 4,000 people on board ran aground late Friday off the northern Italian coast. On […]

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Nigerian Unions, Government Fail to Resolve Subsidy Stalemate

Posted January 15th, 2012 at 12:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Nigeria’s labor unions say a nationwide strike will continue Monday after negotiations with the government over fuel prices failed. Union representatives also announced they have backed off an earlier threat to stop oil production. During negotiations Saturday, union leaders called on the government to return fuel prices to the levels before $8 billion in consumer […]

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Militants Storm Police Building in Western Iraq, Killing 7 Officers

Posted January 15th, 2012 at 12:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Iraqi authorities say militants have raided a government security compound in the western city of Ramadi, killing at least seven policemen and wounding about 15 other people. Officials say the assault began Sunday morning when the insurgents set off several bombs around the capital of Iraq’s Anbar province. They say one assailant later blew himself […]

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Russia’s Doomed Mars Spacecraft Falling Back to Earth

Posted January 15th, 2012 at 11:55 am (UTC-5)
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A Russian space probe that was intended to travel to a moon of Mars is instead coming crashing to Earth. The unmanned Phobos-Grunt voyager is predicted to make re-entry on Sunday between 1641 and 2105 UTC, but exactly when and where is unknown. The satellite was launched November 9, but it got stuck in Earth […]

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Kazakhstan Votes in Parliamentary Elections

Posted January 15th, 2012 at 11:25 am (UTC-5)
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Voters in the oil-rich ex-Soviet republic of Kazakhstan cast ballots Sunday in general elections aimed at adding a second party to parliament. Local and Western news media reports said voter turnout easily exceeded the 70 percent mark as polls closed Sunday evening. To date, all seats in the Kazakh parliament has been occupied by President […]

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Arab League to Review Observers’ Final Syria Report Next Sunday

Posted January 15th, 2012 at 11:00 am (UTC-5)
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The Arab League says its foreign ministers will meet next Sunday to review a final report by observers sent to Syria to determine whether its government is honoring pledges to stop cracking down on an opposition uprising. Arab League monitors who have been operating in Syria since December 26 are due to complete their mission […]

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