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German Trip Postponed for France’s Hollande

Posted May 15th, 2012 at 12:35 pm (UTC-5)
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The plane carrying newly installed French President Francois Hollande to Germany is heading back to France after it was struck by lighting. French officials say the plane turned around and is now returning to Paris. Mr. Hollande’s visit to Berlin for key talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel was his first order of business Tuesday […]

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Syria Says Voter Turnout 51% in Boycotted Election

Posted May 15th, 2012 at 12:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Syria says more than half of eligible voters turned out for a May 7 parliamentary election boycotted by opposition groups who said it had no credibility while the government pursues a deadly crackdown on dissent. Syrian election committee chairman Khalaf al-Izzaoui said Tuesday the voter turnout reached 51 percent, equivalent to five million people. There […]

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Eurozone Economic Growth Stalled in Early 2012

Posted May 15th, 2012 at 11:35 am (UTC-5)
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Europe says that economic growth in the 17-nation euro currency bloc stalled in the early months this year. Earlier projections in recent weeks signaled that the eurozone had fallen into a recession in the January-to-March period this year, after contracting three-tenths of a percent in the last three months of 2011. But the region’s economic […]

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UN Urges Uganda to Prosecute Captured LRA Commander

Posted May 15th, 2012 at 11:05 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations is urging Uganda to prosecute a captured field commander of the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army. Ugandan forces captured Caesar Acellam, one of the LRA’s top military leaders, in the Central African Republic on Saturday. Since then, multiple Ugandan officials have said Acellam could receive a pardon under the country’s Amnesty Act. Radhika […]

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Ex-Indian Minister Receives Bail in Corruption Case

Posted May 15th, 2012 at 11:00 am (UTC-5)
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A former Indian telecom minister accused in one of the country’s largest corruption cases is out of prison on bail. A. Raja was arrested in February of last year and is accused of brokering the sale of cellular phone licenses at cut-rate prices to the benefit of a few companies. The scandal is believed to […]

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NATO Invites Pakistan to Upcoming Afghan Summit

Posted May 15th, 2012 at 10:20 am (UTC-5)
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NATO has invited Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari to the alliance’s summit in Chicago, a day after the country’s prime minister proposed reopening ground supply routes to international troops in Afghanistan. Mr. Zardari’s spokesman said the president was considering the invitation, which he described as “unconditional” and not linked to the opening of supply lines […]

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Man on Fire Outside Courthouse Trying Mass Killer

Posted May 15th, 2012 at 10:05 am (UTC-5)
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An unidentified man set himself on fire outside the Oslo courthouse where confessed killer Anders Behring Breivik is being tried. Police said Tuesday the man doused himself with liquid before setting himself on fire in an apparent attempt to breach the security fence. Authorities told the Reuters news agency he also mumbled something but that […]

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Facebook Boosts Its Initial Stock Price

Posted May 15th, 2012 at 10:05 am (UTC-5)
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Social media giant Facebook says it is raising the price of the company stock it is offering to the public. The Internet-based social network site had initially said the more than 337 million shares of stock it is selling would be priced between $28 and $35 a share. But with strong demand for the stock […]

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Britain Dials-Up Charges in Phone Hacking Scandal

Posted May 15th, 2012 at 10:05 am (UTC-5)
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The high profile, ex-editor of a British tabloid is facing charges in a phone-hacking scandal that has shaken the country’s political establishment. Prosecutors Tuesday announced charges against Rebekah Brooks, her husband and four of her employees at the News of the World and The Sun newspapers for perverting the course of justice. They accused Brooks […]

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Greek Talks Fail, Back to the Polls for Voters

Posted May 15th, 2012 at 9:55 am (UTC-5)
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Talks aimed at resolving the political crisis hanging over debt-plagued Greece have fallen apart. A statement Tuesday from the office of Greek President Karolos Papoulias declared the talks a failure. And Socialist PASOK party leader Evangelos Venizelos says the country will now have to hold fresh elections. That vote could be held next month. Political […]

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