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Seven Killed in Syria as More UN Monitors Arrive

Posted April 25th, 2012 at 8:15 am (UTC-5)
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Activists say Syrian forces killed at least seven people on Wednesday as a small group of U.N. observers resumed their mission to monitor a shaky truce in the government’s year-long conflict with rebels. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says four people were killed and several wounded when security forces opened fire on a […]

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S&P Downgrades India’s Outlook to Negative

Posted April 25th, 2012 at 8:00 am (UTC-5)
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Standard and Poor’s has cut India’s credit rating outlook from stable to negative, citing the country’s slowing economic growth and widening deficit. The U.S. ratings agency on Wednesday maintained India’s credit rating at BBB-, the lowest investment grade rating. But it said India has a one in three likelihood of a downgrade if growth prospects […]

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Confessed Norwegian Killer Insists He Is Sane

Posted April 25th, 2012 at 7:15 am (UTC-5)
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The Norwegian man behind the massacre of 77 people is telling an Oslo court he is not crazy. Anders Behring Breivik said Wednesday that a report declaring him insane was based on “fabrications” by court appointed psychiatrists. He has previously said an insanity ruling would be “worse than death.” Breivik admits to killing 77 people […]

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‘Domestic Issues’ Cutting Short South Sudanese President’s China Trip

Posted April 25th, 2012 at 6:45 am (UTC-5)
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South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir is cutting short a trip to China because of what a Chinese official called “domestic issues.” Mr. Kiir had planned to remain in the country until Saturday. He met Wednesday with Wu Bangguo, chairman of the National People’s Congress, who said it was unfortunate the South Sudanese leader would be […]

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Pakistan Flexes Missile Muscle with Test Launch

Posted April 25th, 2012 at 6:40 am (UTC-5)
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Pakistan’s military said it successfully test-fired an upgraded Shaheen-1 missile Wednesday. The Shaheen-1 is capable of hitting targets in India with a nuclear weapon, and this upgraded version is thought to have an even longer reach. The missile test comes less than a week after India claimed it successfully test-fired a new missile capable of […]

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Senate Panel Hears from LRA Victims; Examines US Efforts to Counter Rebels

Posted April 25th, 2012 at 6:15 am (UTC-5)
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A U.S. Senate subcommittee listened to testimony Tuesday from two people abducted as children by the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army, during a hearing on U.S. efforts to counter the group in central Africa. Jolly Okot, who is now a regional ambassador for the advocacy group Invisible Children, told lawmakers about being tortured and raped after […]

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Hague Talks in Hanoi Touch on China Sea Dispute

Posted April 25th, 2012 at 6:00 am (UTC-5)
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British Foreign Secretary William Hague says he has been discussing a smoldering dispute over sovereignty in the South China Sea during a rare visit to Vietnam. Hague told reporters Wednesday the dispute — which pits China against several of its neighbors — was just one of several issues in his talks with Prime Minister Nguyen […]

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USDA Confirms Case of Mad Cow Disease in California

Posted April 25th, 2012 at 6:00 am (UTC-5)
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Two South Korean retailers have discontinued selling U.S.-imported beef after a new case of mad cow disease was discovered in the United States. John Clifford, the chief veterinary officer for the U.S. Agriculture Department, announced the discovery Tuesday. “The animal was a dairy cow from the state of California. Our laboratory confirmed the findings and […]

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North Korea Marks Army Day, Renews Threats Against Seoul

Posted April 25th, 2012 at 5:50 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 […]

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Britain Slips into Recession

Posted April 25th, 2012 at 5:30 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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