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New Zealand FM Urges Continued Reforms in Burma

Posted March 7th, 2012 at 6:45 am (UTC-5)
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New Zealand’s foreign minister is urging Burma to continue making democratic reforms, as he finishes a two-day tour of the formerly reclusive southeast Asian nation. Murray McCully, the latest foreign diplomat to make a landmark visit to Burma, said Wednesday that the country should continue seeking “practical gains from the transitions that are taking place.” […]

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Six British Soldiers Presumed Dead in Afghanistan

Posted March 7th, 2012 at 6:35 am (UTC-5)
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Six British soldiers are believed dead after their armored vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb. The soldiers were patrolling in Helmand province in southern Afghanistan Tuesday evening when the blast struck. If the deaths are confirmed, it would be the single deadliest incident for British troops since a helicopter crash in 2006 killed 14. […]

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Romney Wins Biggest Prize in ‘Super Tuesday’ Contests

Posted March 7th, 2012 at 6:20 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was the winner in six of the 10 states that held nominating contests Tuesday, including a narrow victory in the crucial battleground state of Ohio The win in Ohio over his main rival, former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum, was by a margin of just one percent. Romney also secured […]

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Sonia Gandhi: Indian Voters Unhappy with Congress Party Candidates

Posted March 7th, 2012 at 5:55 am (UTC-5)
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The head of India’s Congress Party says voter unhappiness with the party’s candidates is one reason for its poor finish in recent state elections. Sonia Gandhi held a rare news conference Wednesday to talk about Congress’ defeat in three of five states where elections were held over a period between late January and early March. […]

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Suicide Bomber Kills 5 Policemen in Russia’s Dagestan Region

Posted March 7th, 2012 at 4:50 am (UTC-5)
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A female suicide bomber killed five policemen late Tuesday at a checkpoint in Russia’s troubled Dagestan region. Officials say the attack took place in the village of Karabudakhent. The official Itar-Tass news agency says police found the bomber’s severed head close to the scene. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack. Dagestani police and […]

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Liberal Democratic Star Loses Primary for Congressional Seat

Posted March 7th, 2012 at 4:25 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Representative Dennis Kucinich, a two-time candidate for the Democratic Party presidential nomination, has lost his bid for re-election in Ohio. Kucinich was defeated by fellow Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur in a primary contest made necessary when the Republican-controlled Ohio legislature redrew the state’s congressional map after the 2010 census and merged the two lawmaker’s […]

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UN Humanitarian Chief Due in Syria as International Pressure Mounts

Posted March 7th, 2012 at 3:55 am (UTC-5)
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The U.N. humanitarian chief is traveling to Syria Wednesday to push for relief workers to be given access to deliver supplies and evacuate the wounded. Valerie Amos is scheduled to be in Syria until Friday, and her visit will be followed a day later by former U.N. secretary-general Kofi Annan, the new special envoy to […]

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Beijing Criticizes US Bill Targeting Subsidized Chinese Goods

Posted March 7th, 2012 at 3:20 am (UTC-5)
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The Chinese government on Wednesday criticized the U.S. Congress for passing a law that allows the United States to impose higher tariffs on imports from China and other state-run economies. Lawmakers on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved the measure, which is meant to counteract government payments that many say give Chinese exporters an unfair advantage on the […]

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US Military Official Calls Iran Biggest Threat to Middle East Security

Posted March 7th, 2012 at 3:00 am (UTC-5)
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The head of the U.S. Central Command says Iran is the biggest threat to security in the Middle East and that Tehran is working “earnestly” to keep Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in power. General James Mattis told a Senate hearing Tuesday that Iran has not been dissuaded by international sanctions regarding its controversial nuclear program. […]

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Chinese Envoy Pushes Peace Plan in Damascus

Posted March 7th, 2012 at 3:00 am (UTC-5)
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A Chinese envoy has arrived in Syria to press for an unconditional halt to violence in the country and the beginning of political dialogue. Li Huaxin, a former ambassador to Damascus, said Wednesday he was meeting officials to explain a six-point peace plan put forward by Beijing on Sunday. “This visit aims at elaborating this […]

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