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White House Condemns Bombing Civilians in Sudan

Posted February 2nd, 2012 at 10:00 pm (UTC-5)
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The White House is condemning the alleged bombing of civilians by the Sudanese government in two southern states, calling it unjustified and unacceptable. A White House spokesman Thursday said such attacks as those in Blue Nile and Southern Kordorfan violate international law and worsen the ongoing crisis in Sudan. He said the fighting and Sudan’s […]

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US Charges Swiss Bank with Helping Americans Evade Taxes

Posted February 2nd, 2012 at 9:20 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. Justice Department has indicted Switzerland’s oldest bank for allegedly helping customers hide more than $1.2 billion from U.S. tax collectors. U.S. authorities also seized more than $16 million in assets that the Wegelin bank holds in a U.S. account. The indictment charges Wegelin with soliciting customers from another Swiss bank, UBS, when that […]

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UN Talks on Syria Stall Again; Hama Marks 1982 Massacre

Posted February 2nd, 2012 at 8:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Ambassadors to the United Nations Security Council have failed to reach agreement on a draft European-Arab resolution to end the bloodshed in Syria, after a third straight session of talks. U.N. envoys said Thursday the latest revisions are now being drafted for them to send to their capitals for consideration. Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said […]

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Study: Malaria Kills More People Than Previously Thought

Posted February 2nd, 2012 at 8:10 pm (UTC-5)
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A new study shows that malaria could be killing many more people than some experts previously thought. The study, published in the British medical journal The Lancet Friday, says more than 1.2 million people died of the mosquito-borne disease in 2010. The disease inflicted a high toll on adults as well as children, most of […]

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European Cold Spell Kills 123, No Relief in Sight

Posted February 2nd, 2012 at 8:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Weather forecasters predict no immediate relief from the deadly cold wave that is gripping central and eastern Europe. The frigid temperatures have killed at least 123 people this week with thermometers plunging as low as minus 25 degrees Celsius in some places. In Serbia, some farmers reported finding chickens frozen to death with their eggs […]

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Rescuers Search for 100 Missing After Papua New Guinea Ferry Disaster

Posted February 2nd, 2012 at 7:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Rescuers in Papua New Guinea are searching for more than 100 people still missing after a ferry sank off the coast of Papua New Guinea Thursday morning. Officials say 238 survivors have been saved so far in a joint Australian-Papua rescue operation after the ferry Rabaul Queen sank. News reports from the region say about […]

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Clashes in Egypt as Protesters Blame Police for Soccer Deaths

Posted February 2nd, 2012 at 7:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Egyptian security forces clashed late Thursday with thousands of protesters who flooded the capital, Cairo, enraged by the failure of the country’s military rulers and police to prevent soccer violence that killed 74 people in the northern city of Port Said. Black-clad riot police fired tear gas at stone-throwing demonstrators attempting to reach the Interior […]

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US Senate Passes Insider Trading Ban

Posted February 2nd, 2012 at 6:55 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. Senate has passed a bill to stop members of Congress, top aides and senior administration officials from buying or selling stocks based on information not available to the public — a practice known as “insider trading.” The Senate passed the bill Thursday by a vote of 96 to 3. It now goes to […]

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US Condemns Attacks in Northern Mali

Posted February 2nd, 2012 at 6:50 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States has condemned attacks by armed groups on towns in northern Mali. A spokeswoman for the State Department, Victoria Nuland, told reporters in Washington Thursday that the United States is concerned about the continued violence in northern Mali towns. She called for a resumption of dialogue toward a peaceful resolution to the ongoing […]

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NATO Allies Discuss New Time Frame for Afghan Transition

Posted February 2nd, 2012 at 6:00 pm (UTC-5)
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NATO defense ministers, at a two-day meeting in Brussels, have joined the United States and France in calling for Afghan forces to take the lead in all combat operations in their country by 2013 — a year earlier than originally envisioned. NATO Secretary-General Anders-Fogh Rasmussen told the gathering he supports the new time frame, but […]

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