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Britain’s Cameron Begins Historic Burma Visit

Posted April 13th, 2012 at 3:15 am (UTC-5)
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British Prime Minister David Cameron arrived in Burma Friday on the first visit by a Western leader in half a century. During his one-day visit, Mr. Cameron is due to meet with President Thein Sein in the administrative capital of Naypytaw before traveling to Rangoon for talks with pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, whose […]

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Report: Syrian Cease-Fire Starting to Falter

Posted April 13th, 2012 at 3:05 am (UTC-5)
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Activists report Syria’s shaky cease-fire has started to falter, less than a day after taking effect. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says Syrian troops clashed with rebel forces in the northwestern village of Khirbel el-Joz, near the Turkish border Friday. The group said the army deployed tanks to the area before the fighting […]

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International Community Condemns North Korean Rocket Launch

Posted April 13th, 2012 at 2:35 am (UTC-5)
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The international community is reacting strongly to North Korea’s launch of a long-range rocket, which failed shortly after liftoff Friday and has been widely seen as a provocation. The White House quickly released a statement, criticizing the failed rocket launch. Press Secretary Jay Carney said the move threatens regional security and shows that Pyongyang prefers […]

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Soldiers Take Over in Suspected Guinea Bissau Coup

Posted April 13th, 2012 at 1:55 am (UTC-5)
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Eyewitnesses say Guinea-Bissau soldiers have taken over the streets in the capital, Bissau, in an apparent coup attempt. Soldiers attacked the home of front runner presidential candidate Carlos Gomes, Jr, the outgoing prime minister. His whereabouts are unknown. Witnesses say soldiers also arrested politicians and took control of the ruling party headquarters and national radio […]

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Islamist Sect Threatens to Bring Down Nigerian Government

Posted April 13th, 2012 at 1:00 am (UTC-5)
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The purported leader of Nigeria’s violent Islamist sect Boko Haram says he will bring down the government of President Goodluck Jonathan within three months. The 14-minute video posted on social video network YouTube features a man identified as the group’s leader Abubakar Shekau, ridiculing President Jonathan’s promise two weeks ago that the security situation in […]

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North Korea Admits Rocket Launch Failure

Posted April 13th, 2012 at 12:05 am (UTC-5)
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North Korea defied international protests by launching a long-range rocket early Friday, but it appeared to fall apart and harmlessly crash into the sea shortly after blast off. North Korea’s official news agency acknowledged that the three-stage rocket failed to enter orbit. It said scientists are looking into the cause of the failure, but provided […]

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