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Explosions Rattle the Republic of Congo’s Capital

Posted March 4th, 2012 at 5:00 am (UTC-5)
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Witnesses in the Republic of Congo’s capital say at least three explosions rattled Brazzaville early Sunday. There has been no confirmation of casualties. Diplomatic and government officials say the blasts came from a munitions depot just outside Brazzaville. Witnesses say a plume of smoke could been seen over Brazzaville from across the Congo River, in […]

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Putin Seeking to Regain Russian Presidency

Posted March 4th, 2012 at 4:55 am (UTC-5)
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Russians are voting in a presidential election that is likely to return Vladimir Putin to the Kremlin for a record third term. More then 200,000 volunteer poll watchers are keeping a close eye on the voting, hoping to avoid allegations of fraud like those the opposition leveled against the December 4 parliamentary elections. Another 600,000 […]

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Red Cross Appeals Syrian Authorities to Enter Rebel Stronghold

Posted March 4th, 2012 at 3:15 am (UTC-5)
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The International Committee of the Red Cross is appealing to Syrian authorities to let the humanitarian organization deliver badly needed food and other aid to thousands of people stranded in the rebel stronghold of Homs. Activists say the humanitarian situation is dire in the Babr Amr district, with food, water and electricity running out as […]

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15 Killed in Polish Train Crash

Posted March 4th, 2012 at 3:05 am (UTC-5)
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Polish emergency officials say two passenger trains have collided head-on, killing 15 people and injuring at least 54. Prime Minister Donald Tusk called the accident “the most tragic train catastrophe” in Poland in recent years, after visiting the site early Sunday. Authorities say the trains were traveling toward each other on the same track late […]

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China Boosts Military Spending by 11.2 Percent in 2012

Posted March 4th, 2012 at 12:05 am (UTC-5)
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China says its defense budget will rise 11.2 percent in 2012 to $106.7 billion, as strong economic growth continues to fuel rapid military expansion. Chinese parliamentary spokesman Li Zhaoxing told reporters Sunday that defense spending would increase about $10.6 billion over actual spending in 2011. Li said China is a large country with a long […]