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North Korea’s Kim Jong Un Assumes Top Party Post

Posted April 12th, 2012 at 1:10 am (UTC-5)
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North Korea has neared completion of its leadership transition, giving Kim Jong Un several new titles and solidifying his position as heir to the political dynasty established by his father and grandfather. North Korea’s official news agency said Thursday Mr. Kim was named chairman of the ruling Worker’s Party Central Military Commission, which controls the […]

Regional Forces Stand By as North Korean Launch Window Opens

Posted April 12th, 2012 at 12:45 am (UTC-5)
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Military forces in South Korea and Japan are standing by Thursday on the first day of a five-day window for a North Korean rocket launch that Pyongyang says will carry a weather satellite into space. The likelihood that the launch will come Thursday dimmed as mid-day arrived with no sign of new activity at the […]

Mali Interim President Takes Office Thursday

Posted April 12th, 2012 at 12:25 am (UTC-5)
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Mali’s parliament speaker, Diocounda Traore, is scheduled to be sworn as the country’s interim president on Thursday. Traore will have up to 40 days to organize a new election. He is coming into power as part of a transition agreement between the Economic Community of West African States and renegade Malian soldiers who ousted former […]

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Syria Cease-Fire Deadline Arrives

Posted April 12th, 2012 at 12:05 am (UTC-5)
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Syrians are waking up Thursday to a U.N.-brokered cease-fire, wondering whether a deal to end 13 months of violence and bloodshed will hold. The cease-fire went into effect at 6 a.m. local time without any reports of fresh violence. Syria’s government had promised to comply with the truce set by U.N.-Arab League peace envoy Kofi […]

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