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Syrians Vote on New Constitution as Death Toll Mounts

Posted February 26th, 2012 at 11:00 am (UTC-5)
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At least 31 Syrian civilians and soldiers were killed in widespread clashes Sunday, as voters cast ballots for a new constitution derided by the opposition and many Western powers. The new text would create a multi-party system in Syria, which has been governed solely by the Baath Party since a 1963 coup, but leaves huge […]

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Afghanistan Hunts for Suspect in Kabul Killings; Karzai Calls for Calm

Posted February 26th, 2012 at 10:15 am (UTC-5)
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Afghan authorities said Sunday they are looking for an Afghan intelligence official they believe may be responsible for shooting dead two U.S. officers at close range Saturday inside a heavily guarded command center at the Interior Ministry in Kabul. Officials have identified the shooter as Abdul Saboor, a 25-year-old intelligence officer, who had studied in […]

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Crowd Boos Incumbent as Senegal Holds Presidential Election

Posted February 26th, 2012 at 9:40 am (UTC-5)
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Senegal’s presidential election is underway after weeks of violent demonstrations triggered by the incumbent’s decision to seek a third term. Hundreds of people booed President Abdoulaye Wade as he voted at his home precinct on Sunday. Mr. Wade has angered many Senegalese by trying to extend his 12-year rule of the west African nation. Opponents […]

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Syrians Vote on New Constitution as Death Toll Mounts

Posted February 26th, 2012 at 9:10 am (UTC-5)
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At least 31 Syrian civilians and soldiers were killed in widespread clashes Sunday, as voters cast ballots for a new draft constitution amid opposition calls for a boycott of the poll. The proposed document would end the ruling Baath Party’s decades-long rule. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the continued military bombardment of […]

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Mandela leaves Hospital After Minor Surgery

Posted February 26th, 2012 at 8:05 am (UTC-5)
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A South African spokesman says former president Nelson Mandela has been released from the hospital after a surgical procedure for a “long-standing” abdominal condition. President Jacob Zuma office said Sunday the doctors found nothing “seriously wrong” with the 93-year-old anti-apartheid icon. Defense Minister Lindiwe Sisulu said Sunday, Mr. Mandela had a tiny camera inserted into […]

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South African Spokesman: Mandela Doing Well, Hospital Release Expected Soon

Posted February 26th, 2012 at 7:35 am (UTC-5)
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A South African spokesman says former president Nelson Mandela is doing well and could be released from the hospital as early as Sunday after a surgical procedure for a “long-standing” abdominal condition. Defense Minister Lindiwe Sisulu said Sunday, the 93-year-old anti-apartheid icon had a tiny camera inserted into his stomach Saturday after his planned admission […]

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Syrians Vote on New Constitution Amid Fresh Violence

Posted February 26th, 2012 at 7:30 am (UTC-5)
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Violence erupted in Syria Sunday, as the polls opened for a vote on a new constitution likely to leave embattled President Bashar al-Assad with a lot of power. Syrian state television aired footage from polling stations around the country and praised the government’s decision to hold the referendum. Critics have denounced the vote as a […]

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Three People Killed, 38 Wounded In Nigeria Suicide Car Bombing

Posted February 26th, 2012 at 7:30 am (UTC-5)
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A suicide car bombing outside a major church in central Nigeria Sunday killed at least three people and wounded more than three dozen others. Authorities say the attack during services at the Church of Christ in Jos follows Friday’s deadly attacks in two northern cities, which killed at least 17 people. Sunday’s attack came as […]

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Democracy Activists go on Trial Sunday in Egypt

Posted February 26th, 2012 at 7:30 am (UTC-5)
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The trial of dozens of democracy activists, including 16 Americans, has opened in the Egyptian capital. The Americans are among 43 people who are accused of receiving illegal funds from abroad and carrying out political activities unrelated to their civil society work. Witnesses say at least 13 of the defendants appeared in court Sunday in […]

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Chinese Flock to Obama Website

Posted February 26th, 2012 at 7:30 am (UTC-5)
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Hundreds of Chinese have flooded U.S. President Barack Obama’s Google-plus page with messages, after China seemingly unblocked the social networking service. Google-plus has not been available in China since it was launched last year, apparently blocked by the communist nation’s strict censorship system. But in the past few days, access has been available, either because […]

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