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

Posted April 10th, 2012 at 11:00 am (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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Malawi Pledges to Restore Relations with Donors

Posted April 10th, 2012 at 10:50 am (UTC-5)
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Malawi’s new leader is pledging to mend relations with foreign donors who withdrew aid during the rule of late President Bingu wu Mutharika. President Joyce Banda told reporters Tuesday that, in a phone call, she asked U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to unfreeze aid to Malawi that came through the U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation. […]

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Britain, Japan to Cooperate on Defense Projects

Posted April 10th, 2012 at 10:05 am (UTC-5)
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Britain and Japan have agreed to collaborate on defense-related projects, in Tokyo’s first such deal outside of its alliance with the United States. British Prime Minister David Cameron and his Japanese counterpart, Yoshihiko Noda, announced their agreement after meeting Tuesday in Tokyo. The two leaders said their countries will start joint research, development and production […]

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US Sets Plan to Block Reuse of Stolen Cellphones

Posted April 10th, 2012 at 9:50 am (UTC-5)
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The United States is creating a computerized list of stolen cellphones, part of a new campaign to curb their theft. Cellphone use is widespread in the United States, but theft of the costly handheld devices is one of the fastest growing crimes in the world’s largest economy. But the government’s Federal Communications Commission says it […]

Egypt Court Suspends Constitutional Assembly

Posted April 10th, 2012 at 9:35 am (UTC-5)
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An Egyptian court has suspended an Islamist-dominated panel that has the job of rewriting the country’s constitution. The ruling issued Tuesday follows complaints from lawyers and liberal political parties who say the Islamist majority in the new parliament abused its powers by allocating a majority of the panel’s seats to themselves and like-minded individuals. Many […]

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Zimbabwe Party Dismisses Report President is Ill

Posted April 10th, 2012 at 9:30 am (UTC-5)
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Members of President Robert Mugabe’s political party have rejected a media report saying the Zimbabwean leader has undergone “intensive” medical treatment in Singapore. Officials with ZANU-PF on Tuesday dismissed an online report by The Zimbabwe Mail newspaper claiming the 88-year-old president is seriously ill. According to party officials, Mr. Mugabe is on a 10-day “private […]

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Twin Suicide Attacks Kill 15 in Afghanistan

Posted April 10th, 2012 at 7:55 am (UTC-5)
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Suicide bombers have killed at least 15 people in two separate attacks in western and southern Afghanistan, raising fears of a renewed spring offensive by insurgents. Officials say at least 11 people were killed, including three policemen, in a suicide car bombing outside a local government facility near the capital of the western province of […]

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Activists Report Attacks in Syria as Government Claims Pullout

Posted April 10th, 2012 at 7:10 am (UTC-5)
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Syrian activists reported military attacks on two towns and no large-scale troop pullout Tuesday, even as Syria’s government claimed its forces have begun withdrawing from some cities in compliance with a U.N.-brokered truce. The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said government forces shelled the central city of Hama and the northwestern town of Mareh […]

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European Court Rules Britain Can Extradite Terror Suspects to US

Posted April 10th, 2012 at 6:25 am (UTC-5)
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The European Court of Human Rights has ruled Britain can extradite radical Muslim cleric Abu Hamza and four other terror suspects to the United States. The court ruled Tuesday that neither the conditions at a U.S. prison where they might be held nor the length of sentences they face violated European law prohibiting inhuman or […]

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Search Continues for Avalanche Survivors in Pakistan

Posted April 10th, 2012 at 6:05 am (UTC-5)
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Hundreds of rescuers continue searching for survivors of last week’s massive avalanche that buried at least 135 Pakistani soldiers and civilians at a military base in northern Kashmir. Pakistan’s military says the rescue efforts are being concentrated on five points in the high-altitude Siachen Glacier region, which was pummeled by a 20-meter wall of snow […]

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