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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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Bluegrass Legend Earl Scruggs Dead at 88

Posted March 29th, 2012 at 2:00 pm (UTC-5)
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American bluegrass musician Earl Scruggs, whose unique banjo-playing style helped shape modern country music, has died. The 88-year-old Scruggs died Wednesday in Nashville, Tennessee — known as the country music capital of the world. His son, Gary, said he died of natural causes. Friends and fans paid tribute to Scruggs Thursday and flowers were to […]

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EU Launches Cybercrime Center

Posted March 29th, 2012 at 1:55 pm (UTC-5)
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The European Union has announced a series of measures this week designed to crack down on the growing problem of cybercrime. A European Parliament committee on Tuesday proposed mandatory jail sentences across the EU for some computer crimes. Currently, each EU state has its own regulations. On Wednesday, the European Commission announced plans for setting […]

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US Jobless Benefit Claims Near Four-Year Low

Posted March 29th, 2012 at 1:45 pm (UTC-5)
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The number of unemployed U.S. workers seeking jobless assistance fell last week to the lowest level in nearly four years, a new sign the labor market is improving for the world’s largest economy. The government’s Labor Department reported Thursday that 359,000 jobless workers made new claims for financial aid, down 5,000 from the week before. […]

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Romney Earns Endorsement of Two Major Republican Figures

Posted March 29th, 2012 at 1:10 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is picking up a major endorsement Thursday — that of former U.S. president George H.W. Bush. A spokesman for Romney says Mr. Bush will announce his backing at an event in of Houston . Mr. Bush’s endorsement comes one week after his son, former Florida governor Jeb Bush, pledged […]

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Syrian Violence Kills 22 as Arab Leaders Back Peace Plan

Posted March 29th, 2012 at 1:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Violence across Syria killed at least 22 people — most of them civilians — as Arab leaders in Baghdad backed a peace plan during a summit focused on resolving the year-long Syrian crisis. Syrian rights activists say forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad killed at least 16 civilians in assaults on opposition hubs in central […]

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