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Rawlings Says Africans Should Try Own War Crimes Suspects

Posted January 17th, 2012 at 11:35 am (UTC-5)
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Ghana’s former president Jerry Rawlings says African countries, not the International Criminal Court (ICC), should try any African leaders accused of war crimes. Mr. Rawlings, now an African Union envoy, made the comments Monday at the opening session of the Pan African Parliament in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa. Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo and […]

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Report: Captain Refused Orders to Return to Italian Cruise Ship

Posted January 17th, 2012 at 11:30 am (UTC-5)
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An audio recording of an exchange between the Italian Coast Guard and the captain of a capsized Italian cruise ship reveals the captain refused orders to get back on the ship. A leading Italian newspaper, Corriere della Sera, published a transcript Tuesday of the dramatic exchange. In the conversation, a Coast Guard official demands that […]

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Investors Flock to European Debt Offerings

Posted January 17th, 2012 at 11:10 am (UTC-5)
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Investors ignored the credit downgrades for European governments on Tuesday and rushed to buy notes offered by debt-ridden Spain and Greece, as well as bonds sold by the eurozone’s bailout fund. One of the world’s three main credit rating companies, Standard & Poor’s, downgraded the credit standing of nine European countries and the bailout fund […]

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French Judge Seeks Access to Guantanamo

Posted January 17th, 2012 at 11:00 am (UTC-5)
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A French judge has requested permission from the United States to visit the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to investigate claims by former French inmates that they were tortured. Judge Sophie Clement said Tuesday she wants access to all documents relating to the arrest and transfer of three Frenchmen who were held there. […]

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Yemeni Foreign Minister Warns of Possible Election Delay

Posted January 17th, 2012 at 10:55 am (UTC-5)
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Yemen’s foreign minister says next month’s planned election to replace embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh may be delayed because of security problems in the country. In an interview broadcast Tuesday on al-Arabiya television, Abu Bakr al-Qirbi said it will be “difficult” hold the election on February 21 if Yemen does not resolve its security issues. […]

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Obama, Jordan’s King Abdullah to Discuss Mideast Crises

Posted January 17th, 2012 at 10:50 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama is meeting Jordan’s King Abdullah at the White House Tuesday at a time of numerous crises in the Middle East. Announcing the meeting last week, White House spokesman Jay Carney named the Israeli-Palestinian peace process as one of the main topics of discussion. Jordan has been mediating talks to bring the […]

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Nearly 50 Killed in South Sudan Clashes

Posted January 17th, 2012 at 10:50 am (UTC-5)
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Officials in South Sudan say nearly 50 people have been killed in a revenge attack sparked by clashes between rival communities. Authorities say the fighting began late Monday when armed men from the Murle tribe stormed a Lou Nuer village in Duk county, in the northern part of Jonglei state. This is the second attack […]

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McConnell Says Suu Kyi’s Views Will Drive Sanctions Decision

Posted January 17th, 2012 at 10:45 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that U.S. officials will be heavily influenced by the views of Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi as they consider whether to ease economic sanctions on the Southeast Asian nation. McConnell, for decades a leading force behind the sanctions, also said he sees definite evidence of […]

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Gunmen Kill VOA Reporter in Pakistan

Posted January 17th, 2012 at 10:40 am (UTC-5)
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Gunmen in northwest Pakistan have shot and killed a reporter working for the Voice of America. Mukarram Khan Aatif, who filed reports for VOA’s Deewa Radio, was attacked Tuesday at a mosque near his home in Shabqadar. The town is located roughly 35 kilometers from Peshawar, the capital of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province. Local police say two […]

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Hundreds Protest Kazakh Election Results

Posted January 17th, 2012 at 10:05 am (UTC-5)
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Hundreds of people protested Tuesday in Kazakhstan against the alleged rigging of elections that gave a huge parliamentary majority to President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s ruling party. Supporters of the opposition All-National Social Democratic Party rallied in the city of Almaty, voicing their displeasure with the results of Sunday’s election. There was no sign of violence, and […]

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