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Rick Santorum Suspends Candidacy for US Presidency

Posted April 10th, 2012 at 3:05 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. presidential candidate Rick Santorum has announced he is suspending his campaign, but vowed to continue to support the Republican bid for the presidency. Santorum made the announcement Tuesday in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, just a day after his daughter Bella was discharged from a hospital where she spent three days being treated for a rare genetic […]

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Suicide Attacks Kill 19 in Afghanistan

Posted April 10th, 2012 at 3:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Suicide bombers on Tuesday killed at least 19 people and wounded more than 30 others in separate attacks in western and southern Afghanistan, raising fears of a renewed spring offensive by insurgents. Officials say the first and deadliest attack took place in western Herat province after two suicide bombers, who were being pursued by police, […]

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Mali Speaker to Become Interim President Thursday

Posted April 10th, 2012 at 1:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Mali’s parliament speaker is expected to be sworn in as interim president on Thursday, taking temporary control of a fractured nation beset by instability. Assembly leader Dioncounda Traore will have a maximum of 40 days under the constitution to organize a new election. Mali’s constitutional court on Tuesday cleared the way for Mr. Traore’s swearing […]

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US Baseball Manager Suspended Over Pro-Castro Comments

Posted April 10th, 2012 at 1:35 pm (UTC-5)
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The manager of a professional Major League Baseball team based in Florida, home to a large population of Cuban exiles, has been suspended for five games without pay because of remarks he made in support of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen made a public statement of apology Tuesday, shortly after his […]

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China’s Communist Party Removes Politician From Top Ranks

Posted April 10th, 2012 at 1:25 pm (UTC-5)
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China’s Communist Party has suspended charismatic politician Bo Xilai from its top ranks, in the latest development in a political scandal involving him and his family. Chinese state media reported late Tuesday that Bo was suspended from the party’s 25-member Politburo and its 300-member Central Committee, on suspicion of “serious disciplinary violations.” This is the […]

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Annan Holds Out Hope for Syria Cease-fire, Despite Continued Violence

Posted April 10th, 2012 at 12:40 pm (UTC-5)
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U.N.-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan is holding out hope that Syria’s government and opposition will abide by terms of a cease-fire plan that he brokered, as a Tuesday deadline for Damascus to begin pulling its forces out of urban areas came without a cessation of attacks. The deal brokered by Mr. Annan said Syria’s government […]

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Court Date Set for Accused 9/11 Plotters

Posted April 10th, 2012 at 11:55 am (UTC-5)
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The chief war court judge at the U.S. Guantanamo Bay naval base has set May 5 as the date for the arraignment of five men accused of plotting the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States that killed nearly 3,000 people. The Pentagon said Tuesday that military judge James Pohl set the rare Saturday […]

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US: North Korea Rocket Would Violate UN Resolutions

Posted April 10th, 2012 at 11:50 am (UTC-5)
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The United States says a planned North Korean rocket launch would represent a “clear and serious violation” of the country’s obligations under U.N. Security Council resolutions. White House Spokesman Jay Carney said Tuesday the missile, if launched, would also jeopardize U.S. food aid to the impoverished country. He said the U.S. will work with its […]

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OECD Sees World’s Developed Economies Strengthening

Posted April 10th, 2012 at 11:30 am (UTC-5)
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A new report says the world’s developed economies appear headed for stronger growth in the coming months, with China advancing as well. The Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said Tuesday that its gauge of future economic growth in its 34 member nations edged up in February for the fourth straight month. The OECD […]

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Zimbabwe Party: Reports That Mugabe is Ill Are “Nonsense”

Posted April 10th, 2012 at 11:20 am (UTC-5)
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A spokesman for Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s party says media reports that the 88-year-old leader is in poor health are “nonsense.” ZANU-PF spokesman Rugare Gumbo told VOA on Tuesday that President Mugabe is “okay” and will return from his trip to Singapore by Thursday. The spokesman said Mr. Mugabe will chair a Cabinet meeting on […]

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