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Obama: US Considering Free Trade Pact with Georgia

Posted January 30th, 2012 at 4:15 pm (UTC-5)
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President Barack Obama says the United States is considering putting together a free trade pact with Georgia. Mr. Obama welcomed Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili to the White House Monday, saying both countries have agreed to talk about ways to strengthen trade. The U.S. leader said this includes a possible free trade agreement. President Saakashvili said […]

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EU Leaders Adopt Bigger Bailout Fund

Posted January 30th, 2012 at 3:50 pm (UTC-5)
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European leaders have approved a new, permanent $661 billion bailout fund to help rescue the continent’s debt-ridden countries, but are still faced with resolving other difficult economic issues at their first 2012 summit. The heads of state met in Brussels Monday and witnessed an immediate reminder of the continent’s financial woes. Belgian workers staged their […]

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Tibetan Exile Leaders: China’s Violence Against Protesters ‘Unsustainable’

Posted January 30th, 2012 at 3:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Chinese state-run media have accused Tibetan exiles and unnamed Western governments of pursuing an “anti-Chinese agenda” when describing recent violence in Tibetan areas under Beijing’s control. Elected leaders of Tibet’s exile community say Chinese security forces fired into a crowd of peaceful protesters last Thursday in southwestern Sichuan province, killing at least six people and […]

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China Loses WTO Appeal on Export Restrictions

Posted January 30th, 2012 at 3:40 pm (UTC-5)
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China has lost an appeal at the World Trade organization over the export of raw materials. The WTO Monday upheld a ruling that China could not restrict exports of key raw materials including bauxite, magnesium, manganese and zinc. The United States, the European Union and Mexico had all launched a complaint against China in 2009. […]

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US Citizens Seek Refuge in Cairo Embassy as Tensions Rise

Posted January 30th, 2012 at 3:15 pm (UTC-5)
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The White House says it is disappointed by Egypt’s move to bar several American citizens from leaving the country as some of them sought refuge at the U.S. embassy in Cairo and tensions escalated over a probe into foreign-funded pro-democracy groups. The White House said Monday it has discussed the situation with Egyptian military authorities […]

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US: Security Council ‘Must’ Intervene as Syrian Violence Escalates

Posted January 30th, 2012 at 3:05 pm (UTC-5)
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The Obama administration says the U.N. Security Council “must” intervene in Syria’s escalating violence by sending a message that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s crackdown on a 10-month opposition uprising is a threat to global peace and security. In a statement Monday, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Washington strongly condemns what it calls “violent […]

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Taliban, US Begin Talks in Qatar

Posted January 30th, 2012 at 2:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Afghan Taliban negotiators are meeting with U.S. officials in Qatar for a series of discussions aimed at building trust between the two sides ahead of the upcoming peace talks. Maulavi Qalamuddin, who once led the group’s religious police, said Sunday the delegation includes several former officials, as well as a former secretary to the Taliban’s […]

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Romania Sentences Former Prime Minister for Corruption

Posted January 30th, 2012 at 2:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Romania’s Supreme Court has sentenced former prime minister Adrian Nastase to two years in jail for corruption. Nastase was charged with using $2 million in state funds to finance his failed 2004 election campaign. The former prime minister has denied any wrongdoing, saying the case was politically motivated. He says he will appeal the decision. […]

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Romney Leads Polls on Eve of Florida Vote

Posted January 30th, 2012 at 2:05 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. presidential hopeful Mitt Romney holds a commanding lead on the eve of the Florida Republican primary, which could be a pivotal contest in the race for the party nomination. A Quinnipiac University Polling Institute survey of likely Florida voters indicates Romney has a 43- to 29-percent lead on his closest rival, former House speaker […]

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Georgian President Visits White House

Posted January 30th, 2012 at 2:00 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama welcomes Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili to the White House Monday for talks on further strengthening bilateral ties. The White House says Mr. Obama will reconfirm U.S. support for Georgia’s territorial integrity. It says Mr. Obama also is expected to underscore the importance of U.S. defense cooperation with Georgia, including Georgia’s contributions […]

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