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E. Guinea Says Concerned by French Arrest Warrant, Threatens Retaliation

Posted March 29th, 2012 at 1:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Equatorial Guinea warns it will take action against French companies if judges in France issue an arrest warrant for the son of President Teodoro Obiang Nguema. Two French judges on Tuesday requested the warrant for Teodorin Obiang on grounds that he acquired millions of dollars worth of French real estate and luxury goods by fraudulent […]

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US Jobless Benefit Claims Near Four-Year Low

Posted March 29th, 2012 at 12:25 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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Obama Calls for End to Oil Company Subsidies

Posted March 29th, 2012 at 12:05 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama has called for an end to tax subsidies for oil companies, saying the firms are making record profits while Americans are struggling with rising fuel costs. At the White House Thursday, the president said Congress can either vote to spend billions of dollars more on oil subsidies that keep the country […]

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Inquest Finds No Foul Play in Zimbabwe General’s Death

Posted March 29th, 2012 at 11:40 am (UTC-5)
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An inquest into the death of Zimbabwe’s most decorated army general, Solomon Mujuru, has found there was no foul play, despite speculation to the contrary. State media Thursday published comments from Attorney General Johannes Tomana, who said he agrees with the investigation’s findings, and declared Mujuru’s case a “closed and completed matter.” Mujuru, who was […]

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Azerbaijan Denies Giving Israel Military Air Access

Posted March 29th, 2012 at 11:35 am (UTC-5)
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Azerbaijan has denied a report that it granted Israel access to air bases near the Iranian border. A spokesman for the Defense Ministry in Baku said Thursday that the report in U.S.-based Foreign Policy magazine is inaccurate. On Wednesday, the magazine cited unnamed senior diplomats and security officers as saying the U.S. has concluded that […]

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Apple CEO Tours Foxconn Plant in China

Posted March 29th, 2012 at 11:05 am (UTC-5)
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Apple’s chief executive has visited a newly built iPhone and iPad production line in China, where its operations have faced accusations of harsh labor conditions. The California-based company said Thursday that its new CEO Tim Cook toured the Foxconn Zhengzhou Technology Park in the north central province of Henan. Foxconn is the Taiwanese company that […]

Japan Hangs 3, in First Executions Since 2010

Posted March 29th, 2012 at 10:50 am (UTC-5)
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Three convicted murderers have been hanged in Japan — the first time the death penalty has been carried out there in nearly two years. Japanese Justice Minister Toshio Ogawa confirmed the hangings during a news conference in Tokyo Thursday, turning aside criticism from human rights groups. “The death penalty is currently supported by the Japanese […]

Poland Warns EU Could Lose Influence

Posted March 29th, 2012 at 10:45 am (UTC-5)
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Poland’s foreign minister says the European Union could lose its global influence if it continues to delay economic decisions. Radoslaw Sikorski told parliament on Thursday that an EU decline could create a “void” in the bloc’s global influence that would most likely be filled by countries including Russia. He said the current financial crisis gripping […]

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ECOWAS Delegation Turned Back from Mali

Posted March 29th, 2012 at 10:45 am (UTC-5)
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A delegation of West African presidents has abandoned plans to meet with Mali’s junta leaders following reports of pro-coup protests at the airport and in the capital. The delegation from the regional bloc ECOWAS, which included the leaders of Ivory Coast, Benin, Niger and Burkina Faso, was scheduled to meet Thursday in Mali’s capital, Bamako, […]

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Syrian Violence Kills 15 as Arab Leaders Meet in Baghdad

Posted March 29th, 2012 at 10:35 am (UTC-5)
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Violence across Syria has killed at least 15 people — most of them civilians — as Arab leaders met in Baghdad for a landmark summit focused on trying to resolve the year-long Syrian crisis. Syrian rights activists say forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad launched assaults on opposition hubs in central Syria and the northern […]

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