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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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Top German Court Limits Panel’s European Debt Role

Posted February 28th, 2012 at 3:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Germany’s top court has ruled that a special parliamentary panel created to ensure the country could take quick action on Europe’s debt crisis when it needed to is “in large part” unconstitutional. The Constitutional Court ruled Tuesday that the nine-member group, which meets in secret, cannot approve loans or credit lines for financially troubled countries […]

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World Bank Protest Highlights China Reform Tension

Posted February 28th, 2012 at 3:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Dissension over proposed economic reforms in China burst into the open Tuesday when a lone protester disrupted a press conference by World Bank President Robert Zoellick in Beijing. Zoellick, who is in China to explain a new report by the bank calling for structural economic reforms in the country, just started talking when Du Jianguo […]

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In Full Campaign Voice, Obama Praises Auto Industry Bailout

Posted February 28th, 2012 at 2:15 pm (UTC-5)
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President Barack Obama has given a rousing election-year endorsement of the government’s $80 billion bailout that rescued the once-faltering U.S. auto industry. Mr. Obama saluted a convention of unionized autoworkers in Washington Tuesday. He said they make him proud even as Republican presidential contenders seeking to win their party’s nomination to run against him in […]

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UN Rights Chief Urges Cease-Fire as Syria Death Toll Mounts

Posted February 28th, 2012 at 1:50 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations human rights chief has called for an immediate humanitarian cease-fire in Syria, as forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad killed dozens more people in attacks on rebellious areas. Rights groups say government troops killed at least 41 civilians Tuesday throughout Syria, including 20 in an assault on the central protest hub of […]

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Gunmen Kill Radio Director in Somalia

Posted February 28th, 2012 at 1:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Gunmen in Somalia’s capital have shot and killed the director of a radio station that was shut down by militant group al-Shabab in 2010. Witnesses tell VOA that Abukar Hassan Kadaf was attacked by two men with pistols late Tuesday as he returned to his Mogadishu home. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital. […]

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Senegal Observers See Presidential Run-Off

Posted February 28th, 2012 at 8:40 am (UTC-5)
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European Union observers say Senegal is heading toward a presidential run-off, as unofficial results suggest no candidate won a first-round majority. Thijs Berman, chief of the EU election observer team in Senegal, said Tuesday that a second round is very likely, and that any other outcome seems statistically impossible. President Abdoulaye Wade said Monday that […]

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