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Chinese Rights Activist Escapes House Arrest

Posted April 27th, 2012 at 11:10 am (UTC-5)
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One of China’s best-known human rights activists has escaped from house arrest, setting off a police search for him, his family and those who helped him. Blind dissident lawyer Chen Guangchen fled his closely guarded home on Sunday in a village in the eastern province of Shandong, although authorities did not realize he was missing […]

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Pakistan Deports Bin Laden Family

Posted April 27th, 2012 at 11:05 am (UTC-5)
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Pakistan has deported Osama bin Laden’s family to Saudi Arabia, nearly a year after the al-Qaida leader was killed in a U.S. raid. Intelligence officials say bin Laden’s three widows — two Saudi nationals and a Yemeni — and their children were taken to the airport near Islamabad shortly after midnight on Friday, where a […]

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27 Wounded by Blasts in Ukraine

Posted April 27th, 2012 at 10:05 am (UTC-5)
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Twenty-seven people were wounded by blasts in the Ukrainian city of Dnipropetrovsk, in what authorities are calling a terrorist attack. Officials say four explosions went off within minutes Friday near a train stop, a movie theater, a park and a downtown area. Some of the bombs were reportedly planted in trash bins. President Viktor Yanukovich […]

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Spain’s Economic Fortunes Plummeting

Posted April 27th, 2012 at 10:05 am (UTC-5)
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With Spain’s economic woes deepening, its foreign minister says the country is facing “a crisis of enormous magnitude.” The Madrid government said Friday that nearly a quarter of its workers are now unemployed — the worst rate in the 17-nation euro currency bloc. The new jobless figure is an 18-year high in Spain, which has […]

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US Space Shuttle Enterprise On Way to NY

Posted April 27th, 2012 at 10:00 am (UTC-5)
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The U.S. space shuttle Enterprise is hitching a ride to New York Friday on a jumbo jet — NASA’s second shuttle flyover in just two weeks after Discovery traveled to replace Enterprise at a Washington area museum. The U.S. space agency had planned to transport Enterprise earlier this week, but the trip had to be […]

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US Economic Growth Slows

Posted April 27th, 2012 at 9:40 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. economic growth slowed down in the first three months of this year, falling to an annual rate of 2.2 percent. Friday’s report from the Commerce Department says growth was cut seven-tenths of a percentage point as governments cut spending, and imports exceeded exports. These negatives outweighed consumer spending increases and some improvements in the […]

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Defiant Gilani Refuses to Resign as Pakistan’s PM

Posted April 27th, 2012 at 8:50 am (UTC-5)
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Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani is refusing to step down, a day after the Supreme Court found him guilty of contempt for not reopening corruption cases against the country’s president. During a speech in parliament Friday, Mr. Gilani said his only crime was “protecting the constitution.” He said only parliament has the authority to […]

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Afghanistan, US, Pakistan Press For Taliban Talks

Posted April 27th, 2012 at 8:35 am (UTC-5)
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Afghan, Pakistani and U.S. officials are pushing for the restart of stalled talks with the Taliban in an effort to find a political settlement to the more than 10-year Afghan war. U.S. Special Representative to Pakistan and Afghanistan Marc Grossman met with Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Jawed Ludin and Pakistani Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani […]

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At Least 5 Dead After Explosions Rock Syrian Capital

Posted April 27th, 2012 at 8:05 am (UTC-5)
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Syrian state media say at least two huge explosions rocked central Damascus on Friday, leaving at least five people dead, as international concerns mount over Syria’s deteriorating cease-fire. Activists say one blast took place near a mosque where anti-government protesters gathered after Friday prayers. The government blamed “terrorists” for what it called a suicide bombing. […]

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US House Passes Internet Security Bill Despite Veto Threat

Posted April 27th, 2012 at 7:25 am (UTC-5)
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The U.S. House of Representatives has approved a bill aimed at securing the nation’s computer networks from cyber attackers, but opposed by the Obama administration because of privacy concerns. The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, which passed Thursday , allows private companies to voluntarily share data about potential threats or attacks on their networks […]

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