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Egypt Denies 8 US NGOs Permission to Operate in Country

Posted April 23rd, 2012 at 9:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Egypt has rejected applications by eight American nongovernmental organizations to operate in the country, including an election-monitoring group led by former U.S. president Jimmy Carter. Egyptian state news agency MENA said Monday the country’s Social Affairs Ministry denied licenses to the American civil society organizations because their activities violate Egyptian sovereignty. The news agency says […]

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Sudan’s Bashir: No More Talks with South

Posted April 23rd, 2012 at 6:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Sudan’s president, Omar al-Bashir, says there will be no further talks with South Sudan, as witnesses in the south say Sudanese warplanes have carried out bombings. Mr. Bashir made the comments to soldiers Monday during a visit to the oil-producing area of Heglig, which the Sudanese army regained from southern forces on Friday. Mr. Bashir […]

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North Korea Issues Military Threat to South

Posted April 23rd, 2012 at 6:15 pm (UTC-5)
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North Korea has escalated its war of words against the South over what Pyongyang perceives as insults by Seoul, threatening to turn the heated rhetoric into action. The country’s central television station interrupted programming Monday to read an unusual announcement from a unit of the army’s supreme command. It said the military would take “special […]

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Activists: Syrian Troops Kill 28 in Hama Day After UN Monitors Visit

Posted April 23rd, 2012 at 5:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Syrian activists say government forces have killed at least 28 people in the city of Hama, one day after residents of the opposition hub welcomed several United Nations soldiers sent to observe a shaky cease-fire in the country’s year-long conflict. The activists say Syrian security forces attacked Hama on Monday morning, shelling its Arbeen district, […]

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Former Iceland PM Guilty of Negligence in 2008 Banking Crisis

Posted April 23rd, 2012 at 5:30 pm (UTC-5)
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A court in Iceland has found former prime minister Geir Haarde guilty of negligence in his handling of the bank collapse in 2008, while acquitting him of more serious charges. Mr. Haarde is the first world leader to go on trial for his government’s handling of the global financial crisis. The court in Reykjavik convicted […]

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Burmese Democracy Party Absent From Parliament Opening

Posted April 23rd, 2012 at 4:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Burma’s parliament held its opening session Monday, but newly elected democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and 42 others in her National League for Democracy party refused to take their seats in a dispute over the wording of the oath of office. An NLD party spokesperson and Aung San Suu Kyi herself have insisted they […]

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Lebanese Man Pleads Guilty to Attempted Bombing in Chicago

Posted April 23rd, 2012 at 4:20 pm (UTC-5)
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A Lebanese citizen pled guilty Monday to charges of attempting to set off a bomb outside Chicago’s Wrigley Stadium, home of baseball’s Chicago Cubs. Under a plea deal with federal prosecutors, Sami Samir Hassoun faces up to 30 years in prison when he is sentenced in August. Undercover FBI agents provided Hassoun with a phony […]

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Troubles for US Pension System Worsen

Posted April 23rd, 2012 at 3:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Officials supervising U.S. government systems that provide pensions and medical care to the elderly say the programs are in financial trouble, and the situation has become worse over the past year. Tens of millions of elderly or disabled Americans rely on the pension program, called Social Security. Millions also count on the health insurance program […]

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Official: US to Help Defend Afghanistan Past 2014

Posted April 23rd, 2012 at 1:35 pm (UTC-5)
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A top Afghan official says the United States is promising to help defend Afghanistan for at least the next decade after Afghan forces formally take full control of their country’s security in 2014. Afghan National Security Adviser Rangin Dadfar Spanta shared the terms of the proposed U.S.-Afghan strategic deal with the country’s parliament Monday. The […]

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Eurozone Deficit Falls, but Still Short of Mandated Level

Posted April 23rd, 2012 at 1:20 pm (UTC-5)
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The 17 European nations that use the euro slashed their government deficits last year by imposing a host of austerity measures, but collectively still not enough to reach the level mandated by the European Union. In all, the EU statistics office said Monday that the currency bloc cut its deficit spending to 4.1 percent of […]

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