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Wade Faces Protests on Campaign Trail

Posted February 8th, 2012 at 9:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade took his controversial campaign for another term on the road Wednesday, holding a rally in a town where opposition support is strong. The president’s convoy faced rock-throwing protesters as it drove the 70 kilometers from the capital to Thies. At the rally site, thousands of supporters wearing Mr. Wade’s Democratic Party […]

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UN Condemns Tuareg Violence; New Town Under Rebel Control

Posted February 8th, 2012 at 9:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Tuareg rebels in northern Mali have seized a strategic border town, and the United Nations has urged an end to the fighting. Rebel fighters said Wednesday they seized the town of Tinzawaten, and government forces confirmed they made a “strategic” retreat. The government troops withdrew across the border into Algeria. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon […]

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Greek Party Leaders Move Closer to Deal on More Spending Cuts

Posted February 8th, 2012 at 8:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Talks between Greek political leaders on whether to accept the EU demand for more spending cuts broke up early Thursday with only one outstanding issue remaining. The heads of the three political parties that make up the coalition government must agree on the spending cuts before the European Union and International Monetary Fund grants another […]

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Pakistan, NATO Hold Border Talks Following Deadly Attack

Posted February 8th, 2012 at 8:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Representatives of the Pakistani army, NATO and Afghan forces have met for talks in an effort to improve coordination along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. The meeting Wednesday in Pakistan’s border town of Torkham is a sign of easing of tensions between the United States and Pakistan after NATO airstrikes accidentally killed 24 Pakistani soldiers last year. […]

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Poll: Majority Supports Obama on Drone Strikes, Troop Drawdown

Posted February 8th, 2012 at 8:15 pm (UTC-5)
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A new poll indicates that President Barack Obama has the overwhelming support of Americans for his use of drone strikes against terror suspects and his planned troop drawdown in Afghanistan. According to the ABC News/Washington Post survey released Wednesday, 83 percent of those polled say they approve of the president’s use of unmanned drone aircraft […]

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Rare Martian Meteorite Unveiled

Posted February 8th, 2012 at 7:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Scientists in London are giving the public a glimpse of what they call a very rare sight — a Martian meteorite. The rock was discovered in Morocco last year. Tests show it likely came from the planet Mars and took more than one-million years to plunge to Earth. Most meteorites burn up in the atmosphere. […]

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Activists Say Syrian Troops Kill 50 in Homs as Ban Considers UN-AL Mission

Posted February 8th, 2012 at 7:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Syrian rights activists say government forces have killed at least 50 people in an ongoing assault on the central city of Homs, and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has pledged to consider sending a joint U.N.-Arab League team to Syria to monitor the escalating violence. British-based rights activists say troops loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad […]

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Santorum Campaigns in Texas Following Three-State Sweep

Posted February 8th, 2012 at 6:50 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum is campaigning in Texas Wednesday, one day after winning the nominating contests in three states. Texas is a key prize for the candidates, and Santorum was there to round up both support and money. The socially conservative Santorum won Tuesday’s caucuses in Colorado and Minnesota and the primary in […]

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US: Chinese Politician Visited US Consulate in Chengdu

Posted February 8th, 2012 at 6:30 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States has confirmed that a high-ranking politician from southwestern China, reported to be on vacation, has visited a U.S. consulate this week. A spokeswoman for the State Department, Victoria Nuland, told reporters Wednesday that Deputy Mayor of Chongqing Wang Lijun had a scheduled meeting at the U.S. consulate in the city of Chengdu. […]

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US Receives Egyptian Charges Against American NGO Activists

Posted February 8th, 2012 at 4:50 pm (UTC-5)
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The Obama administration says Egypt has formally charged several U.S. citizens, in connection with an investigation into illegal foreign funding of non-governmental organizations. U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said the administration received a “formal charging document” from Egypt on Wednesday. She said translators were working through the more than 100-page long Arabic-language document to […]

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