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3 NATO Troops Killed by Afghan Forces

Posted March 26th, 2012 at 2:20 pm (UTC-5)
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NATO says three coalition troops were killed Monday by Afghan security forces in two separate incidents. NATO officials said that, in the first incident, two British soldiers were shot dead at a NATO base in Lashkar Gah in southern Helmand province. Coalition troops returned fire, killing the attacker, who was wearing an Afghan army uniform. […]

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Syrian Security Forces Shell Homs, Killing At Least 8

Posted March 26th, 2012 at 2:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Syrian activists say security forces have bombarded the flashpoint central city of Homs, setting fire to houses and killing at least eight people in a key hub of a year-long uprising against President Bashar al-Assad. The activists say government shells struck several parts of Homs on Monday as part of a daily assault on remaining […]

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Reports: Vietnam Blocks Visit by Vatican Delegation

Posted March 26th, 2012 at 1:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Vietnam is reported to have blocked a Vatican delegation from visiting the Southeast Asian nation. Both the Catholic press service AsiaNews and the French news agency said Monday the Hanoi government revoked the visas of a delegation of the Vatican Commission, which was due in Vietnam last week to speak to people who knew the […]

US Supreme Court Completes Day One of Health Care Arguments

Posted March 26th, 2012 at 1:50 pm (UTC-5)
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The Supreme Court has completed its first day of arguments on President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, a landmark case that could affect the lives of nearly every American. During the nearly 90-minute hearing Monday, the justices’ intensive questioning indicated that a legal issue with the potential to derail the case will not stand in […]

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Film Director Dives to Earth’s Deepest Point

Posted March 26th, 2012 at 1:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Hollywood film director James Cameron has returned to the ocean surface after traveling to the deepest spot on Earth. The director of Titanic and other films used a specially designed submarine called Deepsea Challenger Sunday to dive nearly 11 kilometers to reach the bottom of the Mariana Trench. Cameron spent hours on the Pacific Ocean […]

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UN Decries “Forcible Seizure” of Power in Mali

Posted March 26th, 2012 at 1:00 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations Security Council says it strongly condemns the “forcible seizure of power” from Mali’s democratically elected government. In a statement released on Monday, the world body called on “mutinous troops” to cease all violence and return to their barracks. The Security Council demanded that constitutional order be restored and elections be held in […]

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Obama Seeking Another Arms Deal with Russia

Posted March 26th, 2012 at 12:35 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama says there is room for another arms control deal with Russia. After talks with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev at the Seoul nuclear summit Monday, Mr. Obama said both countries can continue to make progress in cutting stockpiles of nuclear weapons. Mr. Obama called the START agreement with Russia ratified in 2010 […]

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US, Europe Agree to Deal on Medical Isotopes

Posted March 26th, 2012 at 12:25 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States and leading European suppliers of medical isotopes say they will move away from the use of weapons-grade highly enriched uranium (HEU) to a less potent form of the material, in a push to boost global nuclear security. Medical isotopes are used in the treatment of cancer and heart disease. Scientists have been […]

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US Supreme Court Begins Hearing on Landmark Health Care Case

Posted March 26th, 2012 at 11:50 am (UTC-5)
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The Supreme Court began hearing arguments Monday on President Barack Obama’s divisive health care overhaul, a landmark case that could affect the lives of nearly every American. Supporters of the measure say the provision is needed to spread the cost of health care among all Americans. Opponents are arguing the measure violates the Constitution and […]

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Germany’s Merkel Assents to Bigger Bailout Fund

Posted March 26th, 2012 at 11:45 am (UTC-5)
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Germany is backing down from its resistance to increasing the size of the eurozone’s bailout fund to rescue debt-ridden countries. The 17-nation currency bloc has created a new $666 billion rescue fund that is set to take effect in July. But some financial analysts have said that account would not be large enough to cover […]

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