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South African Farmworker Found Guilty of Killing White Supremist

Posted May 22nd, 2012 at 12:35 pm (UTC-5)
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A South African court has found a black farmworker guilty of murdering white-supremacist leader Eugene Terreblanche. The court in Ventersdorp, west of Johannesburg, handed down the verdict against Chris Mahlangu. Prosecutors said Mahlangu and another farmworker broke into Terreblanche’s farmhouse in April 2010 and bludgeoned him to death during a dispute over wages. The second […]

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US Envoy to Afghanistan to Step Down

Posted May 22nd, 2012 at 12:25 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker is stepping down from his position in the coming months, even as the United States and its NATO allies work their way out of the costly war. In a statement, the U.S. Embassy in Kabul said Crocker was confirming “with regret” that he will leave as ambassador sometime mid-2012. […]

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Putin Names Former Cabinet Ministers to Kremlin Posts

Posted May 22nd, 2012 at 12:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Russian President Vladimir Putin has named seven former Cabinet ministers to Kremlin posts. Mr. Putin issued a decree Tuesday bringing the allies into his administration, one day after he announced his new government. The move is expected to shift the center of power to the Kremlin. Analysts say Mr. Putin may also use the appointments […]

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Star Trek Actor’s Remains Launched by SpaceX

Posted May 22nd, 2012 at 11:55 am (UTC-5)
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The SpaceX ship launched early Tuesday contained more than just supplies for the International Space Station; it also carried samples of the remains of about 300 people, including an actor known for his role in the Star Trek movie and television series. Actor James Doohan, who died in 2007, is among those who chose to […]

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Star Trek Actor’s Remains Launched by SpaceX

Posted May 22nd, 2012 at 11:35 am (UTC-5)
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The SpaceX ship launched early Tuesday contained more than just supplies for the International Space Station; it also carried samples of the remains of about 300 people, including an actor known for his role in the Star Trek movie and television series. Actor James Doohan, who died in 2007, is among those who chose to […]

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Gunmen Kill 10 at Rally in S. Pakistan

Posted May 22nd, 2012 at 11:25 am (UTC-5)
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Pakistani officials say unknown gunmen opened fire on a rally in Karachi Tuesday, killing at least 10 people — including women — and wounding 20 others. Sindhi nationalists, including the Awami Tehrik political group, had launched the rally late Tuesday afternoon to protest graffiti that appeared in recent days in Karachi and nearby Hyderabad. The […]

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AU, Somali Forces Move on Al-Shabab Stronghold

Posted May 22nd, 2012 at 11:20 am (UTC-5)
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Pro-government forces in Somalia are trying to seize a militant stronghold near a massive refugee camp outside the capital, Mogadishu. African Union peacekeepers and Somali government troops launched an operation Tuesday targeting the al-Shabab-controlled town of Afogye. Witnesses reported heavy fighting in an area known as the Afogye corridor. The corridor includes camps for about […]

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US Envoy to Afghanistan to Step Down

Posted May 22nd, 2012 at 10:45 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker is stepping down from his position in the coming months, even as the United States and its NATO allies work their way out of the costly war. In a statement, the U.S. Embassy in Kabul said Crocker was confirming “with regret” that he will leave as ambassador sometime mid-2012. […]

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Iran Recalls Envoy to Azerbaijan Amid Dispute

Posted May 22nd, 2012 at 10:40 am (UTC-5)
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Iran has recalled its envoy to Azerbaijan, amid a dispute between the neighboring countries as Baku prepares to host the Eurovision song contest. Iran’s embassy in Baku says Ambassador Mohammad Bagher Bahrami left for Tehran on Monday for talks on what the embassy called the “insult of religious saints.” Azerbaijani protesters rallied outside the Iranian […]

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IMF’s Lagarde Calls for Eurozone Debt Sharing

Posted May 22nd, 2012 at 10:25 am (UTC-5)
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The chief of the International Monetary Fund is calling for the 17-nation euro currency bloc to accept more liability for each others’ debts, but economic powerhouse Germany says it remains adamantly opposed to selling joint eurozone bonds. IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde told a London news conference Tuesday that with the economy contracting in the […]

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