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Germany President Announces Resignation

Posted February 17th, 2012 at 5:50 am (UTC-5)
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German President Christian Wulff has resigned amid allegations he abused a previous political post by accepting favors The annoncement comes a day after prosecutors requested Mr. Wulff’s immunity be lifted so they could investigate whether he abused his position as governor of the state of Lower Saxony. Wulff faces multiple allegations including allowing a film […]

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Libyans Mark First Anniversary of Revolution

Posted February 17th, 2012 at 5:15 am (UTC-5)
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People in Libya are celebrating the first anniversary of the revolution that topped the regime of former dictator Moammar Gadhafi. Spontaneous celebrations began in cities and towns across the country late Thursday. In the eastern city of Benghazi, security officials were on high alert as hundreds of people cheered and waved flags outside the city’s […]

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New Jersey Lawmakers Approve Same-Sex Marriage, Despite Veto Threat

Posted February 17th, 2012 at 5:00 am (UTC-5)
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A bill legalizing same-sex marriage in New Jersey is now headed to state Governor Chris Christie, after the measure passed its final legislative hurdle Thursday. The state Assembly approved the bill by a vote of 42-33, days after it passed in the state Senate. But Governor Christie, an ardent opponent of gay marriage and a […]

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HRW: China Detains Hundreds of Tibetans

Posted February 17th, 2012 at 4:45 am (UTC-5)
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A U.S.-based rights group says Chinese authorities have detained hundreds of Tibetans who went to India to receive religious instruction from the Dalai Lama. Human Rights Watch said in a statement that this is the first known instance since the late 1970s in which Chinese authorities have detained normal Tibetans in large numbers to force […]

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Iran Complains About Foreign Interference

Posted February 17th, 2012 at 4:40 am (UTC-5)
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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says foreign interference is the source of all problems in the region. He did not identify which powers he meant when he made the comment Friday in Islamabad. Mr. Ahmadinejad is holding talks with the leaders of Pakistan and Afghanistan on steps needed to stabilize the region. Pakistan’s historic ties with […]

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German Airport Strike Jeopardizes Flight Schedule

Posted February 17th, 2012 at 3:35 am (UTC-5)
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Passengers using the airport in Frankfort,Germany, one of Europe’s busiest airports, can expect a second day of flight cancellations because of a ground crew strike. On Friday, passengers were greeted by long check-in lines and cancellation notifications. Germany’s largest airline, Lufthansa, says it cancelled 300 flights Thursday, stranding thousands of passengers, primarily those on domestic […]

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Maldives President Agrees to Early Election

Posted February 17th, 2012 at 3:15 am (UTC-5)
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The new president of the Maldives has agreed to hold early elections in an apparent concession to his ousted predecessor who claims he was forced from office in a coup. Mohamed Waheed Hassan agreed Thursday to bring forward elections scheduled for October 2013 in a deal brokered by Indian Foreign Minister Ranjan Mathal. The date […]

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Senegal Opposition Calls for Fresh Anti-Wade Protests

Posted February 17th, 2012 at 2:40 am (UTC-5)
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Senegalese opposition groups are calling for fresh protests Friday against President Abdoulaye Wade’s decision to run for a third term, despite continued police attempts to thwart the demonstrations. On Thursday, riot police fired tear gas to disband activists attempting to stage an unauthorized permanent sit-in at a central square in the capital, Dakar. Police also […]

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Award-Winning New York Times Reporter Dies in Syria

Posted February 17th, 2012 at 1:00 am (UTC-5)
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Anthony Shadid, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winning international correspondent for The New York Times, has died while on assignment in Syria. The newspaper says the 43-year-old Shadid suffered a severe asthma attack Thursday while preparing to leave Syria, where he spent the past week covering opposition forces battling the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. A […]

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