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Greek Parliament Approves More Deep Spending Cuts

Posted February 28th, 2012 at 7:45 pm (UTC-5)
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The Greek parliament late Tuesday approved another $4 billion in spending cuts, as demanded by the European Union so that Greece can get a new economic rescue loan. Tuesday’s measure includes deep cuts in civil service pensions — part of a broad package of spending cuts and other economic reforms. Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos called […]

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India’s Nationwide Strike Targets Economic Policies

Posted February 28th, 2012 at 6:40 pm (UTC-5)
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India’s three key economic sectors were crippled Tuesday after 11 trade unions took part in a nationwide strike to protest what they called “anti-labor” policies. Transport, financial and postal services were disrupted in many parts of the country, as union members stayed at home. The stoppage is a setback for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s Congress […]

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Romney, Santorum in Tight Battle for Michigan

Posted February 28th, 2012 at 5:55 pm (UTC-5)
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The top two U.S. Republican presidential hopefuls are battling for Michigan Tuesday, in a key primary that once again may reset the course of an unpredictable nomination race. Mitt Romney once held a commanding lead in the state where he was born and where his father was a popular governor, but is now fighting to […]

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Egyptian Judges Withdraw from Trial of Pro-Democracy Activists

Posted February 28th, 2012 at 5:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Egypt’s state news agency says all three judges handling the trial of 43 pro-democracy activists have recused themselves from the case that has strained Cairo’s ties with Washington. MENA said Tuesday that chief judge Mohammed Shoukry sent a notice to Egypt’s appeals court declaring he and his two colleagues can not continue with the trial […]

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Gunmen Kill 18 Shi’ites in North Pakistan

Posted February 28th, 2012 at 5:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Gunmen wearing military uniforms stopped a convoy of passenger buses in the northern Pakistani district of Kohistan Tuesday and shot dead 18 Shi’ites. Local authorities said the buses were traveling through the mountainous district to the northern town of Gilgit at the time of the ambush. They said the attackers boarded the bus, checked the […]

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EU Pulls Ambassadors Out of Belarus

Posted February 28th, 2012 at 4:40 pm (UTC-5)
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European Union members are pulling all their ambassadors from Belarus after its the authoritarian government ordered the Polish and EU ambassadors out of the country. Belarus ordered the envoys to leave in reaction to new EU sanctions imposed against Belarusian officials because of that country’s poor human rights record. A Belarusian foreign ministry spokesman says […]

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NATO Chief: Troops Show ‘Remarkable Restraint’ in Afghanistan

Posted February 28th, 2012 at 4:30 pm (UTC-5)
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NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Tuesday praised coalition forces in Afghanistan for showing what he called remarkable “restraint and professionalism” in the face of anti-coalition violence following the inadvertent burning of copies of the Quran on a U.S. military base. During a NATO seminar in Washington, Rasmussen said that despite the wave of violent […]

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Third Student Dies in Ohio School Shooting

Posted February 28th, 2012 at 3:50 pm (UTC-5)
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A third student has died from wounds suffered in a shooting at a school in the U.S. state of Ohio. One victim died hours after the shooting Monday. Two others died on Tuesday, while another two are recovering from their wounds. The alleged attacker appeared in court Tuesday. Authorities say they apprehended the teenage suspect […]

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South Sudan Gets Ceasefire With Major Rebel Group

Posted February 28th, 2012 at 3:35 pm (UTC-5)
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South Sudan has signed a peace deal with one of the largest rebel groups challenging its authority. Government spokesman Barnaba Marial Benjamin announced the agreement Tuesday, saying the group — the South Sudanese Democratic Movement — had agreed to lay down its arms under an amnesty offered by President Salva Kiir. “That agreement is a […]

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Pentagon: 9/11 Victim Remains Sent to Landfill

Posted February 28th, 2012 at 3:05 pm (UTC-5)
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A new Pentagon report reveals that partial remains from victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks were sent to a landfill after they could not be identified. The report released Tuesday says that “several portions of remains” from victims of the attack on the Pentagon and the hijacked plane that crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania were […]

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