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Obama: Iran Facing “Unprecedented, Crippling Sanctions”

Posted March 6th, 2012 at 5:25 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama has defended U.S. policy on Iran, saying Tehran is facing “unprecedented, crippling sanctions” and that the Iranian government is now isolated. Speaking at a White House news conference Tuesday, Mr. Obama stressed that U.S. and Israeli intelligence officials think the tensions with Iran can still be resolved diplomatically. He also said […]

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US Representative Donald Payne Dead at 77

Posted March 6th, 2012 at 5:10 pm (UTC-5)
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The eastern U.S. state of New Jersey’s first black congressman, Representative Donald Payne, has died after a battle with colon cancer. Sources close to the 77-year-old Payne say he died Tuesday at a New Jersey hospital. U.S. President Barack Obama Tuesday expressed his condolences to Payne’s family at the end of a news briefing. He […]

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China: Foreign Policy Serves Domestic Development, Sovereignty

Posted March 6th, 2012 at 4:55 pm (UTC-5)
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China’s foreign minister Yang Jiechi said Tuesday the country’s top diplomatic priorities are to serve the needs of domestic development and safeguard sovereignty. Yang, addressing reporters in Beijing on the sidelines of the annual session of China’s legislature, said safeguarding China’s sovereignty and security has always been the top objective of all of the country’s […]

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‘Super Tuesday’ Voters Make Mark on US Republican Presidential Race

Posted March 6th, 2012 at 4:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Voters in 10 U.S. states are making known their choice for a Republican presidential candidate, in the biggest day of voting yet in the race to choose the party’s nominee. More than one-third of the 1,144 delegates needed to win the Republican nomination are up for grabs in the “Super Tuesday” nominating contests, more than […]

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US, North Korea to Discuss US Food Assistance

Posted March 6th, 2012 at 4:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Two U.S. envoys arrived in Beijing Tuesday for talks with North Korea on finalizing the details of a plan for 240,000 tons of U.S. food aid for the communist nation and monitoring its distribution to ensure the aid reaches the most needy. The discussions, attended by Robert King, the special envoy for human rights in […]

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Top Hacker Turns Snitch, Alleged ‘Anonymous’ Leaders Busted

Posted March 6th, 2012 at 3:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Several alleged leaders of the international hacking organization “Anonymous” are not anonymous anymore. U.S. officials Tuesday announced the arrests of six high-profile hackers, including Hector Xavier Monsegur. Documents filed in a federal court in New York indicate that Monsegur, known in the hacking community as “Sabu,” cooperated with the investigation, leading to the arrests. The […]

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Obama Blasts Republican ‘Bluster’ on Iran

Posted March 6th, 2012 at 3:25 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama criticized Republican presidential candidates Tuesday, accusing them of resorting to “bluster and big talk” on the threat from Iran. Mr. Obama held his first news conference since November, speaking to reporters at the White House. He decried Republican rivals for the “casualness with which some folks talk about war.” The U.S. […]

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Sudan/South Sudan Talks in Deadlock

Posted March 6th, 2012 at 3:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Talks between Sudan and South Sudan broke down in a shouting match late Tuesday, not long after the U.N. demanded the countries take steps to avoid war. A participant in the talks told VOA that the talks stopped after the sides could not agree on the wording of a draft agreement over citizenship issues. Negotiations […]

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Avalanche Kills 37 in Afghanistan

Posted March 6th, 2012 at 2:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Rescuers in northern Afghanistan shoveled through deep snow searching for victims of Monday’s avalanche that buried an entire village, killing at least 37 people. Authorities in Badakhshan province say they fear the death toll will rise as dozens of villagers remain trapped under the snow. Afghan army helicopters descended on the remote village of around […]

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FBI Offers $1 Million in Ex-Agent’s Iran Disappearance

Posted March 6th, 2012 at 2:25 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States is offering a rare $1 million reward for information leading to the safe return of a former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent who vanished in Iran five years ago and is believed to be held hostage in the area. The FBI announced the reward Tuesday, its latest high-profile effort to determine the […]

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