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Pakistan’s Supreme Court: PM Faces Contempt, Must Appear

Posted January 16th, 2012 at 4:30 am (UTC-5)
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Pakistan’s Supreme Court has issued a contempt notice to Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani for failing to follow the court’s orders and open a corruption probe into the president. The notice issued Monday orders the prime minister to appear before the court on January 19. If convicted of contempt of court, Mr. Gilani can be […]

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Liberian President Set to Begin Second Term

Posted January 16th, 2012 at 4:30 am (UTC-5)
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Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is set to be sworn in Monday for her second term in office, after handily winning re-election in a November vote. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton traveled to the capital, Monrovia, for the inauguration ceremony, which is also expected to be attended by 30 heads of state. Mrs. Sirleaf […]

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Three Parties Win Seats in Kazakhstan Parliament

Posted January 16th, 2012 at 3:55 am (UTC-5)
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Three political parties will enter Kazakhstan’s parliament, where every seat is currently held by the ruling party. Election results released Monday give the pro-business Ak Zhol party and the largely pro-government Communist People’s Party at least seven percent of the vote each. Under Kazakhstan’s new election law, the second-place finisher automatically gets seats. But any […]

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Car Bomb Kills 8 in Northern Iraq

Posted January 16th, 2012 at 3:45 am (UTC-5)
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Iraqi officials say a car bomb has exploded near the northern city of Mosul, killing at least eight people and wounding three others. The blast happened Monday in an area housing displaced Shi’ite Muslims. The bombing is the latest in a series of attacks on Shi’ites in Iraq. The violence has killed more than 100 […]

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China’s Internet Population Hits 513 Million

Posted January 16th, 2012 at 3:10 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese officials say the number of Internet users in China has risen to more than half a billion. The China Internet Network Information Center said Monday China’s Internet population rose to 513 million by the end of 2011, a 12 percent increase over 2010. It said the number of people surfing the web on mobile […]

Nigeria Cuts Fuel Prices After Strike, Protests

Posted January 16th, 2012 at 2:45 am (UTC-5)
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Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has announced the government will cut fuel prices, after a week-long nationwide strike and protests against soaring costs. Mr. Jonathan said in a televised address Monday that given “hardships being suffered by the Nigerian people,” fuel prices will drop to about 60 cents per liter. That is a reduction of about […]

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Associated Press Opens News Bureau in North Korea

Posted January 16th, 2012 at 2:00 am (UTC-5)
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The Associated Press has opened a bureau in the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, becoming the first international news organization with a full-time presence to cover news from the reclusive nation in words, pictures and videos. AP opened the office Monday, after almost a year of negotiations and less than a month after the death of […]

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Cruise Ship Owners Criticize Captain

Posted January 16th, 2012 at 1:50 am (UTC-5)
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The owner of the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia, which ran aground Friday killing at least six people, says the vessel’s captain made “errors of judgment.” The Costa Crociere ship lines said Sunday the captain had brought the Costa Concordia too close to shore and made decisions during the emergency that did not follow company […]

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Qatari Emir Calls for Arab Troops in Syria

Posted January 16th, 2012 at 1:45 am (UTC-5)
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Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani has called for Arab troops to be sent to Syria to stop the ongoing violence in the country. His comments broadcast Sunday in an interview with the U.S. television network CBS represent the first such proposal made by an Arab leader. The head of the Arab League monitoring […]

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A Silent Film Wins Big at Golden Globes

Posted January 16th, 2012 at 12:15 am (UTC-5)
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Movie and television stars turned out in Los Angeles for the annual Golden Globes, a high-profile Hollywood award recognizing the year’s best achievements in film and television. The French silent film, The Artist, and the family drama, The Descendents, took home the top film prizes. The Artist won the most prizes with three wins – […]

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