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Republican Presidential Candidates Prepare for “Super Tuesday”

Posted March 5th, 2012 at 8:55 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Republican presidential candidates made their last bid for support Monday, the day before 10 states hold “Super Tuesday” nominating contests that could be pivotal in the Republican race. Rivals Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum campaigned for support in the closely watched midwestern state of Ohio, where the two are locked in a tight race. […]

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Syrian Crackdown Continues, Refugees Flee

Posted March 5th, 2012 at 8:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Syrian military forces hunted down opponents Monday in a brutal offensive against anti-government rebels following a 26-day siege in the central city of Homs. Civilians fleeing to nearby Lebanon said they feared being slaughtered in cold blood. Activist Mulham al-Jundi accused government troops of keeping the Red Cross out of the wrecked Homs district of […]

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US Lawmakers Press China on North Korean Defectors

Posted March 5th, 2012 at 8:20 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. lawmakers have joined North Korean defectors in urging China not to return refugees from North Korea to their homeland. The U.S. Congressional Executive Commission on China held a hearing Monday to highlight the urgency of the situation of dozens of North Koreans who recently fled into Chinese territory. Representative Chris Smith, a Republican from […]

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Russian Police Arrest Anti-Putin Protesters

Posted March 5th, 2012 at 8:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Russian police have detained hundreds of people, including opposition leader Alexei Navalny, at rallies disputing Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s landslide victory in Sunday’s presidential election. More than 20,000 Russians turned out Monday in central Moscow’s Pushkin Square. Some chanted, “Russia without Putin,” while others shouted, “Power to millions, not to the police.” Riot police quickly […]

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Russian President Orders Review of Khodorkovsky Case

Posted March 5th, 2012 at 6:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Russia’s outgoing President Dmitry Medvedev Monday ordered the prosecutor-general to re-examine the legality of 32 criminal cases, including the jailing of former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky and his business partner Platon Lebedev. Mr. Medvedev also called on the Justice Ministry to explain why it refused to register the People’s Freedom Party, a group led by […]

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Fire Threatens Second Arms Depot in Republic of Congo

Posted March 5th, 2012 at 6:00 pm (UTC-5)
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. WEB: None TYPE: CN )) Republic of Congo government and aid officials say fires are threatening a second munitions depot in the capital, one day after blasts at another depot killed an estimated 200 people. Officials say small blasts and fires continued to break out in and around the first munitions site in Brazzaville […]

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Netanyahu to Obama: Israel Must Be ‘Master of its Fate’

Posted March 5th, 2012 at 5:55 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama has appealed to Israel’s visiting prime minister to give sanctions time to curb Iran’s nuclear ambitions. But Benjamin Netanyahu declined to back down from possible military action, saying his country must be the “master of its fate.” Speaking Monday at the White House before their meeting, Mr. Obama said he has […]

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Reports: Tibetan Teenager Sets Himself on Fire

Posted March 5th, 2012 at 4:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Tibetan sources say there has been another self-immolation in protest of government policies in Tibetan areas of China. The latest incident involved an 18-year-old boy who died after setting himself on fire Monday. A spokesman at a Tibetan monastery in northern India told VOA the boy, identified as Dorjee, set fire to himself in Ngaba […]

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Afghan Parliament Approves Cabinet Nominations

Posted March 5th, 2012 at 4:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Afghanistan’s parliament has approved nominations of seven vacant Cabinet seats and replaced two nominees previously put forward by President Hamid Karzai, ending a two-year standoff over the lineup of the Cabinet. In a statement, Mr. Karzai thanked lawmakers for a “vote of confidence” in his ministers and for carrying out their constitutional duty. He wished […]

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Influential US Senator Calls for Airstrikes on Syria

Posted March 5th, 2012 at 4:25 pm (UTC-5)
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VIDEO: WEB: TYPE: CN )) U.S. Senator John McCain has called for U.S. airstrikes on Syria to protect population centers and create safe havens for opponents of the Syrian regime. McCain, an influential Republican from Arizona, pressed for foreign military intervention in remarks on the Senate floor Monday. He said safe havens could help the […]

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