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Bee Gees’ Robin Gibb Awakes From Coma

Posted April 22nd, 2012 at 9:00 pm (UTC-5)
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A doctor treating Bee Gees star Robin Gibb calls his waking from a coma “incredible.” Gibb is in intensive care in a London hospital where he is gravely ill with colorectal cancer. The 62-year-old singer fell into a coma last week after coming down with pneumonia. His doctor alerted his family that he may never […]

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Sudan: 400 Southern Soldiers Killed in Fight Over Heglig

Posted April 22nd, 2012 at 7:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Sudanese officials claim that 400 South Sudan troops were killed during the battle for the flashpoint town of Heglig, an oil-producing area claimed by both countries. South Sudanese troops completed their withdrawal from Heglig Sunday, saying the number of soldiers killed is just a fraction of what Sudan claims. Estimates of casualties in Sudan are […]

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Hollande Emerges as Frontrunner in French Presidential Election

Posted April 22nd, 2012 at 5:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Socialist Francois Hollande has emerged as the frontrunner in France’s presidential election after beating incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy in Sunday’s first round. First official results give Hollande 29 percent of the vote and the conservative Mr. Sarkozy 26 percent. Both will meet again in a runoff vote on May 6. Eight other candidates finished far behind. […]

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China, Russia Launch Joint Naval Exercises

Posted April 22nd, 2012 at 5:15 pm (UTC-5)
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China and Russia launched joint naval exercises Sunday in the Yellow Sea between the east coast of mainland China and the Korean peninsula. Chinese state media report that 16 Chinese surface vessels and two submarines, as well as four Russian warships, are taking part in the six days of drills scheduled from April 22 through […]

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Afghanistan, US Finalize Strategic Partnership Agreement

Posted April 22nd, 2012 at 4:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Afghanistan and the United States have finalized a strategic partnership agreement outlining their relationship following the 2014 withdrawal of Western combat troops from the country. A statement from Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s office says the draft agreement was initialed Sunday by Afghan National Security Advisor Rangin Dadfar Spanta and U.S. ambassador Ryan Crocker during a […]

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Fighting in Syria Kills 17 as UN Monitors Visit 2 Towns

Posted April 22nd, 2012 at 4:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Syrian activists say attacks by government and rebel forces have killed 16 people across the country as a small U.N. team visited more towns to monitor a 10-day old truce that has failed to end the year-long conflict. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says soldiers backed by tanks stormed the opposition hub of […]

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Vettel Wins Bahrain’s Controverial Grand Prix Race

Posted April 22nd, 2012 at 2:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Bahrain’s Formula One Grand Prix race finished Sunday without incident, despite a week of violent demonstrations leading up to the event. Two-time world champion Sebastian Vettel held off Kimi Raikkonen to claim his title in a race marked by tight security. Black smoke from burning tires still drifted over an area near the capital, Manama, […]

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France Holds Round One of Presidential Election

Posted April 22nd, 2012 at 2:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Official results from France’s presidential election show Socialist candidate Francois Hollande and incumbent President Nicolas Sarkozy advancing to a second round of voting. Partial results from Sunday’s poll give Hollande 28.4 percent of the vote, with Sarkozy receiving 25.5 percent. In a surprising finish, far-right candidate Marine Le Pen was in a strong third place, […]

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Sudans Still Tense After South Withdrawal From Disputed Town

Posted April 22nd, 2012 at 12:01 pm (UTC-5)
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The border region between the two Sudans remains volatile after the south’s withdrawal from the flashpoint town of Heglig, an oil-producing area claimed by both countries. There are reports Sunday that Sudan’s armed forces have continued air raids inside South Sudan, despite the south’s withdrawal from Heglig on Friday. The showdown over Heglig and its […]

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US Lawmaker Dismisses Iran’s Claims of Building Drone Copy

Posted April 22nd, 2012 at 12:01 pm (UTC-5)
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The chairman of the U.S. Senate’s Homeland Security Committee is dismissing Iran’s claim that it has reverse-engineered a U.S. spy drone it captured last year. Lawmaker Joe Lieberman said Sunday on U.S. television that he considered the claims little more than “Iranian bluster.” Earlier Sunday, a senior Iranian commander declared Tehran had reverse-engineered the drone […]

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