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Bomb Explodes Near Offices of Turkey’s Ruling Party

Posted March 1st, 2012 at 3:20 am (UTC-5)
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Turkish police and media say a bomb has exploded near the offices of the country’s ruling party in Istanbul. The chief of Istanbul’s police department was quoted saying several police officers were injured in the explosion early Thursday. State-run television showed pictures of ambulances and fire engines rushing to the scene outside the offices of […]

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South Africa’s ANC Expels Youth Leader Malema

Posted March 1st, 2012 at 3:15 am (UTC-5)
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South Africa’s ruling party has expelled its embattled youth leader, Julius Malema, after senior leaders ruled he has not shown remorse for sowing division within its ranks. A disciplinary panel of the African National Congress said late Wednesday that Malema, president of the party’s powerful Youth League, was guilty of repeatedly bringing the ANC into […]

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US-North Korean Nuclear Deal Gets Cautious Welcome in Asia

Posted March 1st, 2012 at 3:05 am (UTC-5)
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North Korea’s decision to suspend its testing of nuclear weapons and long-range ballistic missiles is being cautiously welcomed in Asia, where many residents remember a history of broken promises. U.S. and North Korean officials simultaneously announced the breakthrough Wednesday, saying Pyongyang will also halt other nuclear activities, including uranium enrichment. The United States, meanwhile, says […]

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Stranded Italian Cruise Ship Arrives in Seychelles Port

Posted March 1st, 2012 at 2:40 am (UTC-5)
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A crippled Italian cruise ship has arrived at a port in the Seychelles after three days in the Indian Ocean without power. The Red Cross set up to greet the more than 1,000 people on board the Costa Allegra who endured sweltering heat without air conditioning, lights or communication. The ship lost power and became […]

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Senegal Headed for Runoff Election

Posted March 1st, 2012 at 1:35 am (UTC-5)
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Senegal is headed for a runoff presidential election between incumbent Abdoulaye Wade and former ally Macky Sall, after initial results of Sunday’s first-round poll showed neither candidate won a majority of the votes. Provisional results released late Wednesday showed President Wade with about 35 percent of the vote and Sall with about 26 percent. Following […]

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Deadly Storm System Strikes Parts of US

Posted March 1st, 2012 at 12:55 am (UTC-5)
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A powerful storm system left behind a path a destruction across parts of middle and southern United States Wednesday, leaving 12 people dead. The system spawned a tornado that first struck the small town of Harrisburg, Illinois, killing six people and injuring 100 other residents. Officials say between 250 and 300 homes were damaged or […]

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Elite Syrian Army Units Besiege Rebel Districts in Homs

Posted March 1st, 2012 at 12:05 am (UTC-5)
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Syrian security forces launched a ground assault Wednesday on the besieged city of Homs, in an attempt to overrun rebel-held districts that have endured nearly a month of fierce bombardment. Activists said that elite the Armored Division units under the command of President Bashar al-Assad’s brother, Maher, engaged in pitched battles with Free Syrian Army […]

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