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Tight Race as AU Leaders Choose Top Official

Posted January 30th, 2012 at 5:15 am (UTC-5)
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African Union leaders are trying to choose the head of the bloc’s main decision-making body during a vote on the final day of a two-day summit. The contest in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia pits incumbent AU Commission Chairman Jean Ping of Gabon against South African Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. There was a deadlock after three […]

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EU Leaders to Discuss Bailout Fund, Deficit Controls

Posted January 30th, 2012 at 4:20 am (UTC-5)
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European leaders are set to discuss new rules for controlling deficits and a proposed bailout fund, as they work to find a solution to the continent’s sovereign debt crisis. The European Union says it expects leaders at its summit Monday in Brussels to sign off on a new permanent rescue fund for countries that use […]

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Pakistan Lifts Travel Ban on Former Diplomat

Posted January 30th, 2012 at 3:20 am (UTC-5)
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Pakistan has lifted a travel ban on its former ambassador to the United States who had been under investigation for his connection to a controversial memo sent to Washington asking for U.S. help in preventing a purported army coup. Husain Haqqani, who resigned his diplomatic post, said Monday he intends to travel to the U.S. […]

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Top Senegalese Court Confirms Wade’s Eligibility for Third Term

Posted January 30th, 2012 at 2:30 am (UTC-5)
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Senegal’s top court has confirmed its ruling that President Abdoulaye Wade can run for a third term. The Constitutional Council said late Sunday Mr. Wade’s candidacy is valid, following an initial ruling Friday that sparked opposition protests. An amendment to Senegal’s constitution limits presidents to serving two terms, but Mr. Wade has argued it does […]

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South Korean President to Visit Gulf Oil States, Turkey

Posted January 30th, 2012 at 2:25 am (UTC-5)
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South Korea announced Monday that President Lee Myung-bak will visit several oil-producing countries in the Middle East in February in an effort to diversify Seoul’s oil sources. Officials say Mr. Lee will visit Turkey and then Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates in a week-long tour that begins Saturday. The president’s office said […]

Sudan Says Military Frees 14 Chinese Workers

Posted January 30th, 2012 at 2:05 am (UTC-5)
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Sudanese state media say the military has freed 14 Chinese workers who were abducted by rebels Saturday in southern Sudan. The report Monday quotes the governor of Sudan’s South Kordofan state saying the workers are in good health. South Kordofan borders newly independent South Sudan, which broke away in July. A spokesman for the rebel […]

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The Help Wins Big at SAG Awards

Posted January 30th, 2012 at 1:55 am (UTC-5)
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The Help, a movie about African American maids in the 1960s in Mississippi was the big winner at Sunday’s 18th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. The film won best ensemble, best actress for Viola Davis and best supporting actress for Octavia Spencer. In accepting her award Davis said the “stain of racism and sexism” is […]

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Taliban, US Negotiators Meet in Qatar

Posted January 30th, 2012 at 1:15 am (UTC-5)
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Taliban officials say 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 […]

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