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UN Says South Sudan Peacekeeping Mission Denied Resources

Posted January 18th, 2012 at 9:00 pm (UTC-5)
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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon says critical resources were withheld from the South Sudan peacekeeping mission, hindering its ability to protect civilians during recent violence there. In a speech Wednesday at an international institute in New York, Mr. Ban said the mission was denied the use of helicopters necessary to move peacekeepers through places without […]

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Paralyzed Man Reaches South Pole

Posted January 18th, 2012 at 8:35 pm (UTC-5)
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A paralyzed man from the western U.S. state of Nevada has become the first adaptive athlete in history to reach the South Pole. Grant Kogan completed his trip to the Antarctic South Pole on the 100th anniversary of Robert Falcon Scott’s trek there with the Terra Nova Expedition. The British explorer completed his journey on […]

Russia Vows to Block Military Intervention in Syria

Posted January 18th, 2012 at 7:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Russia has vowed to block any Western attempts to intervene militarily against Syria, as the European Union prepares to tighten sanctions against President Bashar al-Assad’s government. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday any plans to send foreign troops to Syria will not be approved in the U.N. Security Council, where Moscow holds a veto. […]

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Burmese Government Officials Talk With Kachin Rebels in China

Posted January 18th, 2012 at 7:25 pm (UTC-5)
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A Burmese government delegation has met with political representatives of Burma’s armed ethnic group Kachin for talks on how to end months of armed clashes in the northern state. During the meeting Wednesday in the Chinese town of Ruili, members of the Kachin Independence Organization tried to clear the way for further talks on greater […]

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US Lawmakers Register Disapproval of Debt Limit Hike

Posted January 18th, 2012 at 6:45 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. House of Representatives has voted against President Barack Obama’s plan to raise the nation’s debt limit by $1.2 trillion, in a largely symbolic vote. Lawmakers voted 239 -176 Wednesday in favor of the “resolution of disapproval.” The vote allowed Republicans to publicly show their opposition to the increase, however it will not stop […]

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Israel Says Decision on Iran Attack ‘Far Off’

Posted January 18th, 2012 at 5:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak says any decision about a preemptive Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear program is “very far off.” Barak spoke Wednesday, a day before U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin Dempsey is to visit Israel to discuss security issues, including U.S. and Israeli concerns that Iran is trying to develop nuclear […]

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Obama Administration Rejects Controversial Pipeline Project

Posted January 18th, 2012 at 5:35 pm (UTC-5)
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VIDEO: WEB: TYPE: CN )) The Obama administration has rejected a Canadian company’s proposal to build a controversial pipeline from northern Canada to the Texas Gulf coast. The State Department Wednesday recommended that President Barack Obama reject a permit for TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline, saying the project does not serve the national interest. Officials […]

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21 Internet Companies Fight Web Control in India

Posted January 18th, 2012 at 5:00 pm (UTC-5)
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In India, 21 Internet companies, including such giants as Google and Facebook, are fighting a lawsuit after the government authorized their prosecution for failing to block offensive content that appears on their websites. The criminal lawsuit was filed by the editor of the New Delhi-based Urdu weekly, Akbari, who alleged that online material on their […]

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Hungarian PM Promises to Alter Controversial Laws

Posted January 18th, 2012 at 5:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban is promising to change several laws that have prompted the threat of European Union legal action. Mr. Orban told the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France Wednesday that differences with the EU can be easily and quickly resolved. He said he hopes to find a solution during upcoming talks with European […]

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UN, Southeast Asian Nations Work to End Violence Against Women

Posted January 18th, 2012 at 4:40 pm (UTC-5)
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An international gathering in the Philippines has concluded that widespread violence against women and children in Southeast Asia can be prevented with the implementation of strong laws and policies. Representatives from the United Nations and Southeast Asian nations met for two days in Manila this week to explore ways to address violence against women and […]

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