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Obama Drills Rivals on Energy Policy; Says US Cannot be ‘Held Hostage’

Posted March 15th, 2012 at 12:10 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama is slamming his political rivals, accusing them of pursuing a backward energy policy that will leave the country at the mercy of the rest of the world. Mr. Obama spoke to community college students near Washington Thursday, at a time when many Americans have seen fast rising gasoline prices. Several Republican […]

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Karzai Urges NATO Withdrawal From Afghan Villages; Taliban Suspends Talks

Posted March 15th, 2012 at 11:55 am (UTC-5)
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Afghan President Hamid Karzai is calling for NATO forces to pull back from Afghan villages and relocate to their bases following the killing of 16 civilians in southern Afghanistan earlier this week, allegedly by a U.S. soldier. Mr. Karzai’s statement Thursday came as the Taliban announced it was suspending peace talks with the United States […]

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Clinton Reaffirms US Commitment to Fighting Human Trafficking

Posted March 15th, 2012 at 11:40 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the U.S. government is recommitting itself to ending modern slavery. Speaking Thursday at the annual meeting of the president’s anti-human trafficking task force, Clinton noted that September marks the 150th anniversary of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln’s announcement of the Emancipation Proclamation. The order, issued during the U.S. Civil […]

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Obama Drills Rivals on Energy Policy; Says US Cannot be ‘Held Hostage’

Posted March 15th, 2012 at 11:05 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama is slamming his political rivals, accusing them of pursuing a backward energy policy that will leave the country at the mercy of the rest of the world. Mr. Obama spoke to community college students near Washington Thursday, at a time when many Americans have seen fast rising gasoline prices. Several Republican […]

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Death Toll Mounts as Syrians Mark Uprising Anniversary

Posted March 15th, 2012 at 11:05 am (UTC-5)
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At least 23 people are reported dead as Syrian forces continue a crackdown on dissent Thursday, the first anniversary of the uprising, while state television showed huge rallies in support of President Bashar al-Assad. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says 23 bodies were dumped in the northwestern Idlib region and some of the […]

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Anti-Putin Activist Announces Hunger Strike to Protest Jail Sentence

Posted March 15th, 2012 at 11:05 am (UTC-5)
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Russian opposition activist Sergei Udaltsov has declared a hunger strike, after being sentenced to 10 days in prison for defying police during a demonstration against Vladimir Putin’s presidential re-election. Udaltsov, who leads Russia’s Left Front movement, said Thursday the hunger strike was to protest the sentence. Udaltsov has played a key role in organizing a […]

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Karzai Urges NATO Withdrawal From Afghan Villages; Taliban Suspends Talks

Posted March 15th, 2012 at 10:40 am (UTC-5)
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Afghan President Hamid Karzai is calling for NATO forces to pull back from Afghan villages and relocate to their bases following the killing of 16 civilians in southern Afghanistan earlier this week, allegedly by a U.S. soldier. Mr. Karzai’s statement Thursday came as the Taliban announced it was suspending peace talks with the United States […]

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Swiss Hostages in Pakistan Now Free

Posted March 15th, 2012 at 10:25 am (UTC-5)
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A Swiss couple is now free after being held captive by Pakistani Taliban militants for more than eight months. Swiss tourists Olivier David Och and Daniela Widmer appeared smiling and looking healthy before television cameras Thursday at a military airbase near the Pakistani capital Islamabad. It is the first time the two have been seen […]

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Pakistan PM: Writing Swiss Would Violate Constitution

Posted March 15th, 2012 at 10:25 am (UTC-5)
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Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani says he will not write a letter to Swiss courts asking them to reopen graft cases against Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari. Speaking to students Thursday, Mr. Gilani said writing the letter would be a violation of Pakistan’s constitution, amounting to treason, a crime that carries the death penalty. […]

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IMF Set to Approve New Loan for Greece

Posted March 15th, 2012 at 10:25 am (UTC-5)
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The International Monetary Fund appears set to approve a new $36 billion loan for debt-ridden Greece, despite misgivings about the country’s economic performance with a previous loan. The board of the Washington-based IMF was expected to meet Thursday and adopt a proposal by its managing director, Christine Lagarde, for the new funding. She said last […]

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