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Sudan Rebels Free Kidnapped Chinese Workers

Posted February 7th, 2012 at 12:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Twenty-nine Chinese workers kidnapped in Sudan have been freed, 11 days after they were taken hostage by rebels in Southern Kordofan state. The Red Cross flew the workers from the Kauda area in Southern Kordofan on Tuesday to Nairobi where they were handed over to Chinese embassy officials. Rebels with the Sudanese People’s Liberation Movement-North […]

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New Steps to Fight Alzheimer’s in US

Posted February 7th, 2012 at 12:10 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States is taking new steps to fight Alzheimer’s, the incurable brain-wasting disease that affects millions of Americans. The government is making $50 million available immediately for cutting-edge research on Alzheimer’s, and will boost research funding by $80 million in the 2013 fiscal year, which begins in October. Tuesday’s announcement in Washington said an […]

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BP Recorded 2011 Profit, but Faces Oil Spill Trial

Posted February 7th, 2012 at 12:05 pm (UTC-5)
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British oil giant BP says it made nearly $40 billion in profits last year even as it prepares for the opening of a massive trial later this month about damages that resulted from the company’s 2010 oil rig explosion off the southern U.S. coastline. With higher oil prices through much of last year, BP chief […]

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Russian FM Meets Syria’s Assad as Violence Continues

Posted February 7th, 2012 at 11:55 am (UTC-5)
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Russia’s foreign minister says Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will push ahead with promised reforms and soon set a date for a referendum on a new constitution aimed at broadening political participation. He spoke after the two met in Damascus to discuss the country’s escalating violence. Russian state media Tuesday quoted Sergei Lavrov as saying Mr. […]

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Cold Snap Slugs Europe; Thaw a Threat

Posted February 7th, 2012 at 11:35 am (UTC-5)
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The death toll is rising in Europe where bitterly cold air has slammed much of the continent, bringing high winds and heavy snowfall. Poland Tuesday reported another six deaths due to freezing temperatures, while officials across central and eastern Europe say hundreds of villages – and tens of thousands of people – have been cut […]

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Blasts Rock Central Nigerian City

Posted February 7th, 2012 at 11:30 am (UTC-5)
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Witnesses say two separate explosions rocked the central Nigerian city of Kaduna on Tuesday, including one near a military base. Police say one blast occurred near a bridge and the other took place at the base of the army’s 1st Mechanized Division just outside Kaduna. Officials said there were an unknown number of casualties. Police […]

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Obama Campaign Returning Funds Linked to Mexican Fugitive

Posted February 7th, 2012 at 11:25 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign says it is returning some $200,000 in donations made by the family of a Mexican casino owner who fled drug and fraud charges in the U.S. The campaign announced Tuesday that it was refunding all contributions linked to Chicago brothers Carlos and Alberto Rojas Cardona after The New York […]

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Aung San Suu Kyi Takes Campaign to Irrawaddy

Posted February 7th, 2012 at 11:25 am (UTC-5)
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Burma’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has traveled to the Irrawaddy delta for the first time since 1989, with enthusiastic crowds gathering to greet her as she attempts to round up support for her party in upcoming by-elections. Freed after years under house arrest, the Nobel laureate is running for one of 48 parliamentary […]

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US Republican Presidential Race Moves to Colorado, Minnesota

Posted February 7th, 2012 at 10:55 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is hoping to solidify his front-runner status in the race for his party’s nomination with strong showings in Tuesday’s caucuses in Colorado and Minnesota. Romney is holding a rally Tuesday in Colorado, where he appears poised to win. But polls in Minnesota have suggested former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum […]

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Liberian Ordered Deported over Child Soldier Allegations

Posted February 7th, 2012 at 10:35 am (UTC-5)
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A U.S. immigration judge has ordered the deportation of a Liberian man who is accused of presiding over killings and the use of child soldiers during Liberia’s civil war. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) says the judge found 62-year-old George Boley “removable” from the United States. Boley’s case is the first time the agency […]

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