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Al-Qaida Says it Killed American Language Teacher in Yemen

Posted March 18th, 2012 at 12:05 pm (UTC-5)
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A Yemeni militant group affiliated with al-Qaida says it has shot and killed an American teacher in southern Yemen for preaching Christianity. Militants riding a motorcycle shot the man in his car in the southern city of Taiz on Sunday. Yemeni officials say the American had been working at a European-run language institute. Authorities launched […]

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East Timor Appears Headed for Run-off Without Ramos-Horta

Posted March 18th, 2012 at 11:15 am (UTC-5)
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Preliminary election results in East Timor indicate the country is headed for a presidential run-off without incumbent leader Jose Ramos-Horta on the second-round ballot. With more than 60 percent of the vote tallied, election officials say Mr. Ramos-Horta is trailing in third place. Preliminary results show Francisco Guterres, from the main opposition Fretilin party, ahead […]

Al-Qaida Says it Killed American Language Teacher in Yemen

Posted March 18th, 2012 at 10:40 am (UTC-5)
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A Yemeni militant group affiliated with al-Qaida has claimed responsibility for a shooting that killed an American teacher in the southern city of Taiz. Militants riding a motorcycle shot the man in his car on Sunday. Yemeni officials say the American had been working in Taiz as the deputy director of a Swedish-run language institute. […]

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Former Rights Activist Joachim Gauck Elected German President

Posted March 18th, 2012 at 10:35 am (UTC-5)
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German lawmakers have elected former East German rights activist Joachim Gauck as the country’s new president. Parliament speaker Norbert Lambert said the 72-year-old Gauck received 991 votes out of 1,232 ballots cast during a special assembly of national and regional lawmakers on Sunday. His rival, 73-year-old former Nazi hunter Beate Klarsfeld, received 126 votes. Gauck […]

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Bomb Blast in Syria’s Aleppo One Day After Deadly Damascus Attacks

Posted March 18th, 2012 at 9:00 am (UTC-5)
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A bomb has exploded in Syria’s second-largest city of Aleppo, one day after a double car bombing in the capital, Damascus, killed 27 people and wounded more than 100. Syria’s state news agency says that Sunday’s explosion in Aleppo happened between two residential buildings. It says the attack was the work of “terrorists” whom the […]

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Republicans Vote in Puerto Rico Presidential Primary Sunday

Posted March 18th, 2012 at 8:35 am (UTC-5)
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Republicans in Puerto Rico are voting Sunday in a primary election to help select a candidate to challenge President Barack Obama in November’s presidential election. Residents of the U.S. commonwealth cannot vote in general elections, but will award 20 delegates to the Republican nominating convention. The frontrunner, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, and former senator […]

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IMF Chief Urges More Global Reforms, Praises China’s Business Policies

Posted March 18th, 2012 at 7:10 am (UTC-5)
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Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, ended a two-day visit to China Sunday, with words of caution about the global economic recovery and praise for the country’s business policies. Lagarde told an audience of business leaders and officials in Beijing that the world had stepped back from the brink, but still urgently […]

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Guinea Bissau Holds Presidential Poll

Posted March 18th, 2012 at 6:35 am (UTC-5)
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Voters in the coup-prone West African nation of Guinea Bissau are casting ballots for a new president on Sunday. Nine candidates are seeking the presidency in the tiny nation, which won independence from Portugal in 1974. Since then, Guinea Bissau has struggled through a dictatorship, three coups and the 2009 assassination of a president. No […]

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American Language Teacher Shot Dead in Yemen

Posted March 18th, 2012 at 5:45 am (UTC-5)
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An American language teacher has been shot dead in Yemen. Security officials say one of two men on a motorcycle opened fire on the teacher in his car Sunday in the city of Taez. The gunmen escaped. Officials say the victim was the deputy director of a language school in Yemen called the Swedish Institute. […]

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IMF Chief Urges More Global Reforms, Praises China’s Business Policies

Posted March 18th, 2012 at 5:45 am (UTC-5)
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Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, ended a two-day visit to China Sunday, with words of caution about the global economic recovery and praise for the communist country’s business policies. Lagarde told an audience of business leaders and officials in Beijing that the world had stepped back from the brink, but still […]

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