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Two Top Kenyan Officials Resign Over ICC Charges

Posted January 26th, 2012 at 9:25 am (UTC-5)
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Two top Kenyan officials have resigned their posts, after the International Criminal Court said they must stand trial for crimes against humanity. Francis Muthaura is stepping down as civil service chief, while Uhuru Kenyatta is resigning as finance minister. Kenyatta will retain his post as deputy prime minister. Kenyatta, Muthaura, former education minister William Ruto […]

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Fund to Battle AIDS, Malaria, TB Gets $750 Million

Posted January 26th, 2012 at 9:15 am (UTC-5)
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The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis, which is credited with saving millions of lives, is slated to get $750 million to continue its work. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation renewed its commitment to the fund on Thursday during an annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The global […]

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Papua New Guinea PM Says Military Mutiny Over

Posted January 26th, 2012 at 9:00 am (UTC-5)
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Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill says that a mutiny led by a retired military commander is over and that the government has regained control of its defense headquarters. Yaura Sasa and a group of around 30 armed rebel soldiers placed the country’s top commander under house arrest in a bloodless, pre-dawn mutiny early […]

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India Celebrates 63rd Republic Day

Posted January 26th, 2012 at 8:30 am (UTC-5)
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India celebrated its 63rd Republic Day Thursday with a parade showcasing its military and air power, and its rich and diverse cultural heritage. In New Delhi, India displayed missiles that can carry nuclear warheads, while fighter jets, long-range aircraft and helicopters flew overhead. India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and military officials laid wreaths at a […]

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Suicide Bomber Attacks Reconstruction Team in Afghanistan

Posted January 26th, 2012 at 8:20 am (UTC-5)
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Afghan officials say a suicide car bomber has killed four civilians in an attack on a NATO-affiliated provincial reconstruction team in southern Afghanistan. A spokesman for the governor of Helmand province said Thursday’s attack took place in the provincial capital, Lashkar Gah. Officials say the bomber hit a convoy of armored vehicles passing near the […]

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Former Executive of French Implant Company Arrested

Posted January 26th, 2012 at 7:55 am (UTC-5)
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French police say a former top executive of a defunct breast implant company at the center of a health scandal has been arrested. Officials say Jean-Claude Mas of Poly Implant Prothese was taken into custody early Thursday at his home in southern France. The arrest was made in connection with an investigation into possible charges […]

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Pakistan Heart Drug Death Toll Reaches 100

Posted January 26th, 2012 at 7:25 am (UTC-5)
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Authorities in Pakistan say the the number of people who have died after taking tainted heart medication has reached 100. Health officials in Punjab province said Thursday that another 300 patients remain hospitalized in the city of Lahore. The state-run Punjab Institute of Cardiology provided the heart medication to people free of charge. Police have […]

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Somali Government Supports US Military Operation to Free Hostages

Posted January 26th, 2012 at 7:15 am (UTC-5)
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The Somali government says it supports the U.S. military operation that freed two Western aid workers who had been held hostage in the war-ravaged country. In a statement released Thursday, Somalia’s transitional government said the rescue of Jessica Buchanan, an American, and Poul Thisted, a Dane, was a “great joy” to “right thinking people everywhere.” […]

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Reports: Japan’s TEPCO to Receive Massive State Bailout

Posted January 26th, 2012 at 7:15 am (UTC-5)
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News reports say the Japanese government is prepared to bailout the owner of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant for $13 billion. Tokyo Electric Power Company officials are negotiating with the government-backed Nuclear Damage Liability Facilitation Fund about its offer to purchase a two-thirds share in the company, a move that would effectively nationalize the privately-run […]

Romania is Digging Out From a Blizzard

Posted January 26th, 2012 at 7:05 am (UTC-5)
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Snow plows in Romania are battling blizzard conditions Thursday, as they assist hundreds of stranded motorists. Streets across Romania are littered with vehicles that are stuck or have been abandoned. The snowstorm, along with icing conditions, has disrupted flights and caused train delays in and out of Bucharest, the capital. The Associated Press says a […]

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