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Egypt Preventing US Citizens from Leaving

Posted January 26th, 2012 at 7:25 pm (UTC-5)
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The State Department says U.S. officials are very actively involved in getting Egypt to stop preventing several U.S. citizens from leaving the country. As many as five Americans, including Sam LaHood – son of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, have been stopped from boarding planes for home by Egyptian authorities. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said […]

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Iranian President Says Iran Not Opposed to Nuclear Talks With West

Posted January 26th, 2012 at 7:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says his government does not oppose negotiating with Western powers about its nuclear program but also wants them to change what he calls their “foul” behavior toward Iran. Speaking Thursday on a visit to the southern province of Kerman, Mr. Ahmadinejad accused the West of creating obstacles to negotiations. Iran and […]

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Greece Resumes Talks on Debt Writedown

Posted January 26th, 2012 at 6:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Greek Prime Minister Lucas Papademos and Finance Minister Evengelos Venizelos have resumed talks on debt writedown with international private lenders. Officials close to the talks told reporters that progress was made late Thursday during the talks, which they said focused on technical and legal issues. Talks between the Greek officials and top bank negotiators, Charles […]

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Syrian Troops Storm Damascus Suburb; 200 Detained

Posted January 26th, 2012 at 6:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Rights activists say Syrian troops have stormed a flashpoint suburb of Damascus, rounding up people in house-to-house raids as the country’s 10-month anti-government uprising edges closer to the capital. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said security forces detained 200 people Thursday during raids in Douma, a hotbed of protests and armed rebellion against […]

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German Engineer Abducted in Northern Nigeria

Posted January 26th, 2012 at 5:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Gunmen in Nigeria have abducted a German engineer in the northern city of Kano, where multiple bombings last week killed at least 185 people. The Kano police commissioner said Thursday the German man was handcuffed and put into the trunk of a car. He was taken from a construction site where he was working for […]

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US Defense Budget: 6 Key Priorities

Posted January 26th, 2012 at 5:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Highlights of the U.S. Defense Department’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2013: -Billions of dollars in cuts: The Pentagon wants $525 billion for 2013, $6 billion less than this year’s request. For Afghanistan and other overseas operations, the department seeks another $88 billion, down from $115 billion this year. Overall, the plan aims to save […]

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One Killed, Many Stranded in Heavy Snow in Eastern Europe

Posted January 26th, 2012 at 4:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Parts of eastern and central Europe were hit hard by blizzards and frigid temperatures for a second day Thursday, which killed at least one person, and left many trapped in vehicles. Romania, Bulgaria and Kosovo were especially hard hit, with some areas being covered with about two meters of snow. Romania deployed army troops and […]

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20 Militants Killed in NW Pakistan

Posted January 26th, 2012 at 3:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Reports from Pakistan say security forces have killed at least 20 militants and wounded dozens of others after coming under attack in the country’s northwest. The reports say the fighting in the remote mountainous Kurram tribal region took place early Thursday, and that 22 troops were wounded in the attack. The death toll could not […]

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EU Says Greece May Need More Eurozone Aid

Posted January 26th, 2012 at 3:05 pm (UTC-5)
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The European Union’s top economic official says that Greece’s public creditors may have to hand it more financial aid to cut its staggering debt because a prospective deal with private lenders is not likely to be big enough. EU economics commissioner Olli Rehn said Thursday that he expects the Athens government will reach a deal […]

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OSCE Sends Election Monitors to Russia

Posted January 26th, 2012 at 2:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Voting monitors for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe have launched a mission in Russia ahead of the March 4 presidential election. Mission chief Heidi Tagliavini on Thursday pledged to evaluate the election process objectively. “I can assure you that we will do our work honestly and with an open mind. We will […]

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