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New Zealand Marks Anniversary of Devastating Earthquake

Posted February 22nd, 2012 at 3:35 am (UTC-5)
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Thousands of New Zealanders took part in an emotional ceremony Wednesday to mark the one-year anniversary of a powerful earthquake that left 185 people dead in downtown Christchurch. The names of the victims were read in the city’s North Hagley Park before tearful mourners observed two minutes of silence at the exact moment when the […]

Afghans Protest for Second Day Over Quran Burning

Posted February 22nd, 2012 at 3:10 am (UTC-5)
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Hundreds of Afghans clashed with police and security forces for a second day of angry protests aimed at NATO troops who improperly disposed of copies of the Quran. Several hundred protesters threw stones at police and shouted “Death to America” during a demonstration Wednesday outside Kabul, while another demonstration was held in a different part […]

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Greek PM: Much Work Before New Bailout

Posted February 22nd, 2012 at 2:55 am (UTC-5)
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Greek Prime Minister Lucas Papademos says the country has a lot of work to do before getting the new $172-billion bailout from the European Union and International Monetary Fund. The Greek parliament has agreed in principle to the package of spending and job cuts as demanded by the EU and IMF. The lawmakers must now […]

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Obama Celebrates Blues Music at White House Concert

Posted February 22nd, 2012 at 2:50 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama got another chance to show off his musical skills at the White House Tuesday night. “Come on…baby don’t you want to go? Come on…baby don’t you want to go? Same old place…Sweet Home Chicago!” The president traded lyrics with the legendary B.B.King on the blues classic dedicated to Mr. Obama’s adopted […]

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Afghans Protest for Second Day Over Quran Burning

Posted February 22nd, 2012 at 2:45 am (UTC-5)
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Hundreds of Afghans clashed with police and security forces for a second day of angry protests aimed at NATO troops who improperly disposed of copies of the Quran. Several hundred protesters threw stones at police and shouted “Death to America” during a demonstration Wednesday outside Kabul while another demonstration was held in a different part […]

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Australian FM Rudd Resigns Amid Ruling Party Turmoil

Posted February 22nd, 2012 at 2:30 am (UTC-5)
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Australian foreign minister Kevin Rudd has announced his resignation in the latest sign of turmoil within his country’s ruling Labor Party. Rudd announced the decision during an official visit to Washington late Tuesday, saying he could not continue in office without the support and confidence of Prime Minister Julia Gillard. Australian media have reported in […]

Apple Allows Rare Look Inside Chinese Factories

Posted February 22nd, 2012 at 2:20 am (UTC-5)
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Technology giant Apple has offered a rare look inside massive Chinese factories where some of the world’s most popular electronic products are made, following news reports that workers there face harsh labor conditions. ABC’s Nightline program visited the Chengdu facilities of Foxconn, the Taiwanese company that assembles most of Apple’s products. Several reports last month […]

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Burma Ready to Begin Preparing for 2014 ASEAN Chairmanship

Posted February 22nd, 2012 at 1:45 am (UTC-5)
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Burma says it is eager to begin planning to assume the chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in 2014. The regional bloc says Burmese Foreign Minster Maung Lwin described the preparations as “a major task” for his country during a meeting Wednesday with ASEAN Secretary-General Surin Pitsuwan in the capital of Naypyitaw. Maung […]

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Indonesian Police Forces End Bali Prison Takeover

Posted February 22nd, 2012 at 1:10 am (UTC-5)
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Indonesian security forces have regained control of a prison on the resort island of Bali several hours after rioting prisoners seized control of the facility. Heavily armed soldiers and riot police stormed the Kerobokan prison early Wednesday and quickly ended the takeover. Authorities say three prisoners were shot and wounded by rubber bullets during the […]

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