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Islamist Gunman Who Killed Seven in France Denied Burial in Algeria

Posted March 29th, 2012 at 6:20 am (UTC-5)
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A Muslim leader in Toulouse, France says the family of a gunman accused of killing seven people there has been denied permission to bury him in his native Algeria. The Associated Press quotes Abdallah Zekri as saying the request to bury 23-year-old Mohamed Merah in Algeria was rejected for “reasons of public order”. Zekri says […]

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Spanish Unions Holding General Strike Thursday

Posted March 29th, 2012 at 5:35 am (UTC-5)
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Spanish unions are holding a general strike a day before Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announces a new austerity budget to meet strict guidelines set by Eurozone leaders. Spain’s Interior Ministry says at least 58 people have been arrested, largely for attempting to disrupt bus service early Thursday in Madrid. The strike is impacting public services, […]

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US Says Chinese Attitude Aggravates Tensions in Tibet

Posted March 29th, 2012 at 4:55 am (UTC-5)
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The United States says it is concerned about the situation in the Tibetan region, where another monk killed himself by self-immolation. VOA’s Tibetan Service reported Wednesday that a 20-year-old monk named Lobsang Sherab set himself on fire in the main street of Cha township in China’s southwestern Sichuan province. Sherab was a member of the […]

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Indian PM Highlights Capital Needs of Developing Countries

Posted March 29th, 2012 at 4:25 am (UTC-5)
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India’s prime minister has highlighted the need in developing countries to find funding, at the summit of the so-called BRICS nations — the world’s five largest emerging economies. Speaking in New Delhi, Thursday, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said the leaders and delegates were discussing how to expand the World Bank’s capital base, as well as […]

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Chinese Rights Advocate says Family Visited Jailed Lawyer Gao Zhisheng

Posted March 29th, 2012 at 4:25 am (UTC-5)
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A religious-freedom watchdog group says relatives of a jailed Chinese human-rights lawyer visited him last week. ChinaAid says it learned from the wife of Gao Zhisheng that her father and brother-in-law visited him for a half-hour on Saturday at a prison in a remote part of the western Xinjiang region. It was the first time […]

Apple CEO Tours Foxconn Plant in China

Posted March 29th, 2012 at 4:20 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 Hebei. Foxconn is the Taiwanese company that […]

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Fighting Ceases Along Sudan-South Sudan Border

Posted March 29th, 2012 at 2:55 am (UTC-5)
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Fighting has apparently ended along the border between Sudan and South Sudan, where air strikes and ground attacks took place this week. By Thursday morning, troops were reported to have pulled back from both sides of the border. But smoldering remains of tanks and trucks remain on the ground in Heglig, evidence of the battles […]

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Spanish Unions Holding General Strike Thursday

Posted March 29th, 2012 at 2:25 am (UTC-5)
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Spanish unions are holding a general strike a day before the Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announces new austerity budget to meet strict guidelines set by Eurozone leaders. Some strikers attempting to disrupt bus service were detained police early Thursday in Madrid. The strike is expected to have limited impact on public services including bus, rail, […]

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Arab Leaders Weigh Syria Resolution

Posted March 29th, 2012 at 2:10 am (UTC-5)
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Arab leaders are considering a draft resolution supporting special envoy Kofi Annan’s peace initiative for Syria, as they gather for a landmark summit in Baghdad. The measure drafted by Arab League foreign ministers for the summit’s approval calls for President Bashar al-Assad’s government to stop violent attacks on the opposition and allow peaceful protests. Mr. […]

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Romney Earns Endorsement of Two Major Republican Figures

Posted March 29th, 2012 at 2:00 am (UTC-5)
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Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush is planning to endorse Mitt Romney’s campaign for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination. A spokesman for Romney says the former president will throw his support to Romney at an event Thursday in of Houston, Texas. Mr. Bush’s endorsement comes one week after his son, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, […]

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