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Gunmen Storm Police Building in Western Iraq

Posted January 15th, 2012 at 6:00 am (UTC-5)
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Iraqi officials say gunmen stormed a police building in the western city of Ramadi Sunday, as at least one suicide bomber detonated explosives outside the facility. Police say clashes are ongoing inside the building. It is not clear if there are any casualties. A day earlier, a suicide bomber handing out food and pastries blew […]

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UN Chief to Assad: Stop Killing Your Own People

Posted January 15th, 2012 at 5:30 am (UTC-5)
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U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon issued a call to Syria’s embattled President Bashar al-Assad Sunday to stop killing his own people. In a keynote address at a conference focused on democracy in the Arab world, Mr. Ban said “the path of repression is a dead end.” Mr. Ban told those in attendance in Beirut that the […]

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Report: Iran Warns Arab Nations Against Increasing Crude Production

Posted January 15th, 2012 at 5:25 am (UTC-5)
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Iran’s representative to the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries is warning his country’s Arab neighbors against raising their crude output to replace Iranian oil in the event of Western sanctions. A Sunday report by the Sharq newspaper quotes Mohammad Ali Khatibi as saying Tehran would view any increase of crude production as an “unfriendly act.” […]

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Somali Pirates Free Indian Crew of 21

Posted January 15th, 2012 at 5:00 am (UTC-5)
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Indian shipping officials say all 21 Indian crew members of a chemical oil tanker held hostage by Somali pirates since August have been released. An Indian shipping spokesman said late Saturday the crew and the ship, the MV Fairchem Bogey, are heading towards a safe port. He did not give any details of the release, […]

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UN Chief to Assad: Stop Killing Your Own People

Posted January 15th, 2012 at 4:30 am (UTC-5)
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U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon issued a call to Syria’s embattled President Bashar al-Assad Sunday to stop killing his own people. In a keynote address at a conference focused on democracy in the Arab world, Mr. Ban said “the path of repression is a dead end.” Mr. Ban told those in attendance in Beirut that the […]

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Third Survivor Located on Sunk Italian Ship

Posted January 15th, 2012 at 4:20 am (UTC-5)
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Rescue workers on the stricken Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia say they have made voice contact with a third survivor. A rescue spokesman said Sunday workers have not yet been able to remove the person from the overturned cruise ship. Late Saturday, a South Korean couple on their honeymoon was rescued from their cabin. At […]

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UN Chief to Assad: Stop Killing Your Own People

Posted January 15th, 2012 at 3:35 am (UTC-5)
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U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon issued a call to Syria’s embattled President Bashar al-Assad Sunday, urging him to stop killing his people. In a keynote address at a conference focused on democracy in the Arab world, Mr. Ban said “the path of repression is a dead end.” Mr. Ban told those in attendance in Beirut that […]

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China’s Wen Presses Saudi Arabia for Oil Access

Posted January 15th, 2012 at 3:00 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao arrived in Saudi Arabia Saturday on the first leg of a diplomatic mission that will also take him to Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. China’s official Xinhua news agency said that, in a meeting Saturday with Interior Minister Prince Nayef bin Abdul-Aziz, Mr. Wen pressed Saudi Arabia to open its […]

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South Korean Ship Explodes, Sinks

Posted January 15th, 2012 at 1:35 am (UTC-5)
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Maritime authorities say at least three people are dead and eight missing after a South Korean fuel tanker exploded. The South Korean coast guard says the explosion of the 4,191-ton ship occurred Sunday morning in the Yellow Sea off the western port city of Incheon. The crew consisted of 11 Koreans and five Burmese. Two […]

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Guinea-Bissau President’s Funeral Sunday

Posted January 15th, 2012 at 12:50 am (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 ahead of Sunday’s funeral. Public viewing began Saturday at the National Assembly Hall in the capital, Bissau. Flags have been flying at half staff, marking the 7-day mourning period since his death Monday. Mr. Sanha […]

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