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Ethiopia Ready for Longtime Leader’s Funeral

Posted September 1st, 2012 at 11:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Several African heads of state have arrived in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa to attend a state funeral Sunday for Ethiopia’s longtime leader Meles Zenawi. Dignitaries including Rwandan President Paul Kagame, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and former South African president Thabo Mbeki are expected to speak at the funeral. Mr. Meles’s casket will be taken […]

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Obama, Romney on the Campaign Trail

Posted September 1st, 2012 at 11:15 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney derided each other Saturday on their campaign trails. President Obama speaking in Iowa – a state the helped launch his successful 2008 White House campaign – criticized Mr. Romney for rehashing outdated ideas from the 20th century in his address at the recent Republican national […]

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Legendary US Songwriter Hal David Dies at 91

Posted September 1st, 2012 at 6:50 pm (UTC-5)
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American songwriter Hal David, who with composer Burt Bacharach wrote some of the most memorable music of the the 1960s and 1970s, has died from complications of a stroke. He was 91 years old. David teamed up with Bacharach in the late 1950s. Working with singer Dionne Warwick, the Bacharach-David songbook became a soundtrack of […]

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Late Cardinal Calls Catholic Church ‘200 Years Out of Date’

Posted September 1st, 2012 at 5:20 pm (UTC-5)
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The former Archbishop of Milan, a one-time candidate for pope who died Friday, said in his last interview that the Catholic Church is “200 years out of date.” Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini died Friday in Milan at 85 after suffering from Parkinson’s disease. His last interview was published Saturday in Italy’s Corriere della Sera newspaper, […]

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Islamic Extremists Seize Town in Northern Mali

Posted September 1st, 2012 at 4:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Islamic extremists have seized a town in northern Mali, close to government-controlled territory. Witnesses in Douentza say members of the group calling itself the Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa entered the town early Saturday morning and disarmed a local militia. No violence was reported, but one Islamist leader tells the Associated Press […]

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Armenians Protest Hungary’s Decision to Repatriate Soldier

Posted September 1st, 2012 at 2:50 pm (UTC-5)
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More than 100 Armenians gathered Saturday to protest Hungary’s decision to repatriate an Azerbaijani soldier who killed an Armenian military officer in 2004. Demonstrators burned the Hungarian flag Saturday in the Armenian capital, Yerevan. On Friday, Hungary sent Ramil Safarov back to his native Azerbaijan, where he was immediately pardoned and freed by Azerbaijan’s president, […]

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Exiled Activist Returns to Burma

Posted September 1st, 2012 at 1:15 pm (UTC-5)
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A prominent Burmese activist who had been sentenced to life in prison in absentia, has returned to his homeland after his name was removed from a government blacklist. Moe Thee Zun was cheered by supporters as he arrived at the Rangoon airport on Saturday. He had been living in exile in the United States. Moe […]

Activists: Syrian Rebels Seize Air Defense Facility

Posted September 1st, 2012 at 12:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Activists say Syrian rebels have seized an air defense facility and attacked a military airport in eastern Syria. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the attacks took place in the city of al-Bukamal in Deir al-Zor province near the Iraqi border. The monitoring group said the rebels captured 16 air defense personnel in their […]

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Clinton, Pacific Leaders Agree on Gender Equality

Posted September 1st, 2012 at 12:40 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has joined Pacific leaders in a call for full gender equality – equal treatment of men and women in all parts of social, economic and political life. Clinton and other leaders attending the 16-member Pacific Islands Forum signed a joint statement in the Cook Islands Saturday, noting that overall […]

Early Election Results Signal Victory for Angola’s Ruling Party

Posted September 1st, 2012 at 12:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Angola’s preliminary election results indicate the ruling party of President Jose Eduardo dos Santos captured almost three-quarters of the vote, a move that could extend the president’s 33-year-rule. Election officials said Saturday that provisional results from Friday’s polling show the ruling People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola captured 74-percent of the vote. The results […]

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