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Egypt’s Military Rulers Speed Up Nominations for Presidential Election

Posted February 7th, 2012 at 2:06 am (UTC-5)
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Egypt’s military rulers have sped up preparations for a presidential election, after protests calling for a faster transition from military to civilian rule. State news agency MENA said Monday nominations for presidential candidates will be accepted beginning March 10, a month earlier than planned. Egypt’s ruling military has pledged to hold a presidential election in […]

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Rescuers Search for Survivors of Philippine Earthquake

Posted February 7th, 2012 at 1:20 am (UTC-5)
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Rescuers in the Philippines continued to search Tuesday for dozens of people still missing following an earthquake that triggered devastating landslides and powerful aftershocks. At least 43 people were confirmed killed after the 6.7-magnitude quake struck late Monday morning in a strait just off the heavily populated central Philippine island of Negros. Dozens of people […]

US Republican Race Moves Tuesday to Colorado, Minnesota

Posted February 7th, 2012 at 1:05 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney is hoping to solidify his frontrunner status for the Republican party’s nomination with strong showings in caucuses Tuesday in Colorado and Minnesota. Romney appears poised to win in Colorado. But polls in Minnesota have suggested any of the four Republican candidates could take first place, with former Pennsylvania Senator Rick […]

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US Closes Syria Embassy as Assad Forces Step Up Homs Assault

Posted February 7th, 2012 at 1:00 am (UTC-5)
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The United States closed its embassy in Syria and pulled all remaining diplomats out of the country, as Syrian government forces intensified a rocket and mortar assault on the opposition protest hub of Homs. The State Department says Ambassador Robert Ford and other diplomatic staff left Damascus for the Jordanian capital, Amman, on Monday, leaving […]

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US Announces Limited Easing of Sanctions Against Burma

Posted February 7th, 2012 at 12:15 am (UTC-5)
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The United States has eased one of its many sanctions against Burma in response to democratic reforms made by the country’s military-backed government. The State Department said late Monday it is lifting opposition to assessments of Burma by international financial institutions. The move will make it easier for the country to secure help from organizations […]

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