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Report: NATO Misleads with ‘Afghan-led’ Security Label

Posted April 25th, 2012 at 11:15 am (UTC-5)
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A Kabul-based think tank has accused international forces in Afghanistan of misleading the public by calling military operations “Afghan-led,” even when Afghan forces do not take a leading role. The Afghanistan Analysts’ Network charges in its report issued Wednesday that NATO applies the term so broadly that it has, in at least one instance, used […]

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Ukrainian Official: Tymoshenko’s Body Shows Bruises

Posted April 25th, 2012 at 10:45 am (UTC-5)
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Ukraine’s commissioner for human rights says a personal inspection has found the country’s jailed former prime minister, Yulia Tymosheko, has bruises on her body. Nina Karpachyova announced the findings Wednesday, a day after a lawyer for Ms. Tymoshenko said prison guards beat her up while moving her to a hospital last week. The lawyer, Serhiy […]

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Romney Sweeps Tuesday Primaries; Looks Ahead to November

Posted April 25th, 2012 at 10:15 am (UTC-5)
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Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is turning his attention toward the November general election — and U.S. President Barack Obama — after effectively securing his party’s nomination with five state primary election victories Tuesday. Romney easily won the northeastern states of Connecticut, Delaware, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania and New York. In a victory speech in New […]

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Britain Slips into Recession

Posted April 25th, 2012 at 9:40 am (UTC-5)
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Britain is back in recession. The Office for National Statistics on Wednesday said the country’s economy shrank by two-tenths of a percent for the first three months of the year. That drop follows a three-tenths of a percent decline over the last three months of 2011. A recession is defined as two consecutive three-month periods […]

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Son of Disgraced Chinese Politician Defends Himself Against Rumors

Posted April 25th, 2012 at 9:15 am (UTC-5)
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The son of disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai is defending himself against accusations that his overseas education and reportedly luxurious lifestyle have been funded by family corruption. In a statement published Tuesday in the Harvard Crimson newspaper, Bo Guagua says his tuition and living expenses at Harvard and the University of Oxford have been funded […]

Verdict in Charles Taylor Trial Due Thursday

Posted April 25th, 2012 at 8:50 am (UTC-5)
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A U.N.-backed war crimes tribunal is set to hand down a verdict Thursday in the trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor. The Special Court for Sierra Leone charged Mr. Taylor with 11 counts of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and other violations of international law for his alleged support of rebels during Sierra Leone’s […]

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Pakistan Braces for Showdown Between PM and Supreme Court

Posted April 25th, 2012 at 8:45 am (UTC-5)
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Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani says he will face the country’s Supreme Court Thursday, when it is set to announce the verdict in a contempt case against him. Mr. Gilani told his Cabinet on Wednesday that he will appear before the court. Information Minister Rehman Malik then said the entire Cabinet would accompany the […]

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North Korea Marks Army Day, Renews Threats Against Seoul

Posted April 25th, 2012 at 8:45 am (UTC-5)
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A top North Korean military official renewed Pyongyang’s threats of war against South Korea and its allies on Wednesday, even as China warned against further provocation on the tense peninsula. In a speech to mark North Korea’s “Army Day,” Vice Marshal Ri Yong-ho said his country is armed with weapons that are capable of destroying […]

Private Resupply Mission to ISS Delayed

Posted April 25th, 2012 at 8:25 am (UTC-5)
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The launch of the first privately-built and operated spaceship to the International Space Station has been postponed. California-based Space Exploration Technologies, better known as Space X, announced Tuesday it was moving the launch date from next Monday, April 30, to May 7, one week later. A spokeswoman for Space X said engineers need more time […]

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South Sudan President Cuts Short China Trip

Posted April 25th, 2012 at 8:20 am (UTC-5)
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South Sudan President Salva Kiir is cutting short a trip to China as fighting along the border with Sudan raises the threat of a full-scale war. China National People’s Congress Chairman Wu Bangguo says it is unfortunate Mr. Kiir would be canceling a trip to Shanghai due to what he called “domestic issues.” Mr. Kiir […]

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