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Romney Faces Little Challenge in 5 Republican Presidential Primaries

Posted April 24th, 2012 at 5:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Mitt Romney will take another step toward capturing the Republican presidential nomination with expected wins in five primary elections Tuesday. Voters are casting ballots in Connecticut, Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island. Former senator Rick Santorum dropped out of the race two weeks ago. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Congressman Ron Paul have […]

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South Sudan: Next Days ‘Crucial’ to Avoid War with Sudan

Posted April 24th, 2012 at 4:50 pm (UTC-5)
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South Sudan says the next few days will be “crucial” to avoid an all-out war with its northern neighbor, Sudan. During a visit Tuesday to China for talks with Chinese President Hu Jintao, South Sudanese President Salva Kiir said Sudan’s bombings of southern territory — after South Sudanese troops withdrew from an oil town at […]

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Activist Describes Iran’s Harsh Prison Conditions

Posted April 24th, 2012 at 4:25 pm (UTC-5)
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A Kurdish human rights activist serving a three-and-a-half-year jail sentence in Iran has provided a rare glimpse into what he says are harsh conditions inside the country’s detention facilities. Reza Sharifi Boukani was arrested in 2010 after publicly supporting the pro-democracy “Green Movement.” He was later sentenced on charges that include spreading “propaganda” against the […]

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USDA Confirms Case of Mad Cow Disease in California

Posted April 24th, 2012 at 4:20 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. Agriculture Department has confirmed a case of mad cow disease, the nation’s fourth, in a dairy cow from central California. Chief Veterinary Officer John Clifford said Tuesday that at no time was human health at risk. He said the affected cow was never meant to be slaughtered for meat and that milk does […]

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Activists Describes Iran’s Harsh Prison Conditions

Posted April 24th, 2012 at 4:05 pm (UTC-5)
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A Kurdish human rights activist serving a three-and-a-half-year jail sentence in Iran has provided a rare glimpse into what he says are harsh conditions inside the country’s detention facilities. Reza Sharifi Boukani was arrested in 2010 after publicly supporting the pro-democracy “Green Movement.” He was later sentenced on charges that include spreading “propaganda” against the […]

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South Korea Readies for Possible Attack From North

Posted April 24th, 2012 at 3:25 pm (UTC-5)
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South Korean authorities have tightened security around nine conservative media outlets in Seoul, after North Korea threatened to carry a “special military action” on them by “unprecedented means and methods.” The government in Seoul says it is concerned about the threat made by Pyongyang Monday to “reduce to ashes in several minutes” the support base […]

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Engineer Arrested in BP Oil Spill Case

Posted April 24th, 2012 at 3:25 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. Justice Department says a former engineer for the oil giant BP has been arrested on charges of intentionally destroying evidence related to the 2010 oil rig explosion and massive spill in the Gulf of Mexico that killed 11 workers. Authorities said in a statement that 50-year-old Kurt Mix from Texas was arrested Tuesday […]

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Lawyer: Former Ukrainian PM on Hunger Strike

Posted April 24th, 2012 at 1:50 pm (UTC-5)
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A lawyer for Ukraine’s jailed former prime minister, Yulia Tymoshenko, says she has been on a hunger strike since allegedly being beaten up by prison guards last week. Serhiy Vlasenko said Tuesday the guards beat up Ms. Tymoshenko while while moving her to a hospital on Friday. He said her arms and stomach are still […]

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Kenyan President Promises Smooth Handover

Posted April 24th, 2012 at 1:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki says he will ensure a peaceful handover of power when he steps down from office next year. During an address to parliament Tuesday, the president said Kenya must observe the rule of law before, during and after the planned elections. He appealed to the country’s political parties to promote national interests, […]

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Greek Economy Shrinking Faster

Posted April 24th, 2012 at 1:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Greece’s central bank says the country’s troubled economy is shrinking even faster than first thought. The bank’s governor, George Provopoulos, said Tuesday the Greek economy will contract as much as 5 percent this year — the country’s fifth straight year of recession. Just a month ago, the bank had predicted the economy would shrink 4.5 […]

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