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Greece to Cut Government Jobs as International Debt Pressure Intensifies

Posted February 6th, 2012 at 3:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Greece has agreed to cut 15,000 jobs from its government workforce amid growing international pressure to quickly complete deals to cut its debt and impose more unpopular austerity measures. The Athens government announced the job cuts Monday, hours after German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy sternly warned it. The German and French […]

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Egypt’s Military Rulers Speed Up Nominations for Presidential Election

Posted February 6th, 2012 at 3:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Egypt’s military rulers have moved up preparations for a presidential election aimed at reinstating civilian rule, in an apparent concession to opposition activists engaged in street battles with police outside Cairo’s Interior Ministry. State news agency MENA on Monday said nominations for presidential candidates will be accepted beginning March 10, a month earlier than planned. […]

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Gunfire Reported at Nigeria Police Station

Posted February 6th, 2012 at 3:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Witnesses in the northern Nigerian city of Kano say they have heard a blast at a police station, followed by gunfire. Police in the region said they had received reports of the violence but did not confirm the attacks. The were no immediate reports of casualties or claims of responsibility. Kano, the second-largest city in […]

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US Closes Syria Embassy as Violence Continues

Posted February 6th, 2012 at 2:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States has closed its embassy in Syria and pulled all remaining diplomats out of the country as Syrian government forces intensified their rocket and mortar assault on the restive city of Homs. The U.S. State Department said Monday that embassy functions have been suspended and that Ambassador Robert Ford and other staff have […]

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China Bars Its Airlines from Paying EU Carbon Emissions Tax

Posted February 6th, 2012 at 2:10 pm (UTC-5)
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China says it is prohibiting its airlines from paying a new European Union tax on carbon emissions designed to pay for the cost of global climate warming. The new tax took effect January 1, although the EU is not collecting payments from it until next year. But China said Monday its air carriers are barred […]

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Burma: Aung San Suu Kyi Can Run For Election

Posted February 6th, 2012 at 1:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Burma’s Election Commission has given opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi official permission to run in upcoming elections. The move is seen as a key step towards the country’s democratic reforms. A spokesman for the Nobel Laureate’s National League for Democracy party said Monday the commission had approved her candidacy. Last month, Aung San Suu […]

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Factory Collapse in Pakistan Kills 9, Traps Dozens

Posted February 6th, 2012 at 1:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Rescue workers in Pakistan struggled into the night to reach dozens of people still trapped in the ruins of a factory that collapsed Monday, killing at least nine people. Police said they believe the three-story factory, which produced veterinary medical products in the eastern city of Lahore, caved in after a gas cylinder inside exploded. […]

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Vatican Sponsors Global Summit on Child Abuse

Posted February 6th, 2012 at 12:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Roman Catholic leaders from across the globe have opened an unprecedented Vatican-sponsored summit on ways to detect and prevent sexual child abuse by clergy. Organizers say the four-day, closed-door symposium, hosted by Rome’s Jesuit-run Gregorian University, includes bishops from 100 countries and representatives of more than 30 religious orders. University Vice Rector Hans Zollner said […]

Palestinian Rivals Agree to Form Unity Government

Posted February 6th, 2012 at 12:55 pm (UTC-5)
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The leaders of the rival Palestinian movements Fatah and Hamas announced they have agreed to form an interim unity government led by Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority. Mr. Abbas and Khaled Meshaal, head of the militant Islamist Hamas, said Monday the two groups would move forward without delay to form a government of […]

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Poll: Obama Leads Romney in Hypothetical Election Matchup

Posted February 6th, 2012 at 12:40 pm (UTC-5)
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A new poll indicates U.S. President Barack Obama would beat Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney in a hypothetical election matchup. The ABC News-Washington Post survey shows President Obama ahead 51 percent to 45 percent among registered voters, . The poll, conducted last week among a random sample of 1,000 adults, shows half of those surveyed […]

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