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20 Killed in Attack on NATO Supply Convoy in Afghanistan

Posted March 29th, 2012 at 5:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Afghan officials say a NATO supply convoy came under heavy fire in mountainous western Afghanistan late Wednesday, sparking a gunbattle in which at least five Afghan security guards, an Afghan soldier and 14 attackers were killed. The officials say the firefight in Farah province was intense and raged for hours following the ambush by a […]

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Dalai Lama Honored for Spirituality As China Lashes Out

Posted March 29th, 2012 at 4:50 pm (UTC-5)
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The Dalai Lama is again finding himself the center of attention, coming under attack from Chinese officials while learning he is the winner of a prize worth $1.7 million. Tibetan exiles in New Delhi yelled as they were taken away by police. Thursday’s protest were the latest in a series of demonstrations against a visit […]

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US Envoy in Russia Suggests E-Mail, Phone Being Monitored

Posted March 29th, 2012 at 4:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. ambassador to Russia has suggested that his e-mail and phone are being monitored, as journalists keep showing up at the locations where he is holding meetings. Ambassador Michael McFaul wrote on Twitter Thursday that he respects the right of the press to go anywhere and ask any question, but asks “do they have […]

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BRICS Nations Call for Shared Development Bank

Posted March 29th, 2012 at 4:25 pm (UTC-5)
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The world’s five largest developing economies wrapped up their summit meeting in the Indian capital, New Delhi, Thursday by calling for the formation of a shared development bank. Leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — or the BRICS, as they are known — said they need a more representative international financial structure. […]

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Two Billionaire Hong Kong Brothers Arrested in Graft Case

Posted March 29th, 2012 at 4:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Hong Kong’s anti-graft agency has arrested two of the world’s wealthiest tycoons on suspicion of bribery. Billionaire brothers Thomas and Raymond Kwok control Hong Kong’s biggest real estate empire and have built some of the most famous towers on the city’s skyline. They were detained for questioning Thursday, as was a former top government official, […]

Amnesty Slams Bosnia for Neglecting Victims of Wartime Rape

Posted March 29th, 2012 at 4:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Rights group Amnesty International has slammed the government of Bosnia-Herzegovina for neglecting women survivors of wartime rape. In a statement issued Thursday, the group says that Sarajevo in 2010 made a commitment to ensure justice, truth and reparation for hundreds of survivors of wartime sexual violence, but failed to enact it. Jezerca Tigani, Amnesty’s deputy […]

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Alleged Killer of 7 Buried in France

Posted March 29th, 2012 at 3:15 pm (UTC-5)
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A radical Islamist gunman who allegedly killed seven people this month has been buried in his hometown of Toulouse, France, despite objections from the city’s mayor and after a rejection from his family’s native Algeria. Mohamed Merah was laid to rest in a cemetery near Toulouse on Thursday, a week after he was killed in […]

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India’s Army Chief Calls Leak of Memo ‘Treason’

Posted March 29th, 2012 at 2:50 pm (UTC-5)
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India’s army chief says that whoever leaked a letter he wrote to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh describing his country’s defense capabilities as weak is guilty of treason. In a statement Thursday, Indian General Vijay Kumar Singh said the unauthorized release “should be treated as high treason.” He went on to say that he believes “the […]

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Report: China Threatens “Torture” For Tibet Informants

Posted March 29th, 2012 at 2:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Media rights advocacy group Reporters Without Borders says Chinese authorities openly threaten with “torture” those who circulate information on the situation in Tibet. In its statement Thursday, the Paris-based group expressed outrage at the policy of terror, which it said is openly pursued by the Chinese authorities in Gan Lho Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in the […]

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ECOWAS Delegation Turns Back from Mali

Posted March 29th, 2012 at 2:10 pm (UTC-5)
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A delegation of West African presidents has abandoned plans to meet with Mali’s junta leaders following pro-coup protests at the airport and in the capital. The delegation from the regional bloc ECOWAS was scheduled to meet Thursday in Mali’s capital, Bamako, to press for a deal restoring constitutional rule. An advisor to Ivorian President Alassane […]

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