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Pope, Lebanese Leaders Call for Religious Peace

Posted September 15th, 2012 at 10:05 am (UTC-5)
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Pope Benedict is calling on Lebanon to be a model of peace and religious freedom in the tumultuous Middle East. The leader of the Roman Catholic Church met with Lebanese officials and religious leaders Saturday at the presidential palace in Beirut, where he was met by cheering crowds. The pope said Christians and Muslims in […]

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U.S. Authorities Question Man Allegedly Behind Anti-Islam Film

Posted September 15th, 2012 at 9:40 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. federal probation officers have briefly questioned Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the man allegedly behind the controversial film that sparked violent protests in the Muslim world. On Saturday, a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department spokesman said Nakoula took part in a voluntary interview for possible probation violations stemming from a 2010 bank fraud conviction. “He was […]

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Afghan Lawmakers Endorse Controversial Intelligence Chief

Posted September 15th, 2012 at 9:40 am (UTC-5)
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Afghan lawmakers have endorsed a new intelligence chief who has been accused by human rights groups of allowing acts of torture. Parliament on Saturday voted in Asadullah Khalid, the minister of tribal and border affairs and a former provincial governor. He takes over Afghanistan’s National Security Directorate, known as the NDS. Khalid is expected to […]

China”s VP Finally Appears in Public

Posted September 15th, 2012 at 9:35 am (UTC-5)
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China’s Vice President, Xi Jinping, has appeared in public for the first time in two weeks, speaking to students and officials at China Agricultural University in Beijing. State news agency Xinhua reports that Xi arrived at the university early Saturday for “activities marking this year’s National Science Popularization Day.” It gave no other details, but […]

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UN Syria Envoy Meets Assad; Says Mission ‘Nearly Impossible’

Posted September 15th, 2012 at 9:25 am (UTC-5)
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The international peace envoy to Syria has met with President Bashar al-Assad, and says the crisis in the country is getting worse. Lakhdar Brahimi met with Mr. Assad in Damascus Saturday, their first meeting since Brahimi took over as the U.N. and Arab League special envoy. The meeting took place as new reports came in […]

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2 US Marines Killed in Attack on Base in Afghanistan

Posted September 15th, 2012 at 9:00 am (UTC-5)
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The Taliban has claimed responsibility for an attack on a British military base in Afghanistan that killed two U.S. Marines. A spokesman for the militant group said Saturday the attack was in response to a film produced in the United States that insults the Prophet Muhammad, and because Britain’s Prince Harry is serving at the […]

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Anger Over Anti-Islam Film Simmering

Posted September 15th, 2012 at 8:50 am (UTC-5)
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Calm is returning to parts of the Muslim world after days of sometimes violent and deadly protests over an anti-Islamic video posted on the Internet. Firefighters in Egypt Saturday doused small fires dotting Cairo’s Tahrir Square, sending plumes of smoke into the air. The clean-up followed a night of clashes between demonstrators and police that […]

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U.S. Authorities Question Man Allegedly Behind Anti-Islam Film

Posted September 15th, 2012 at 8:20 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. probation officials in California have questioned the man allegedly behind the controversial film that sparked violent protests in the Muslim world. Sheriff’s officials said Saturday that Nakoula Basseley Nakoula was questioned in Cerritos near his home for possible probation violations stemming from a 2010 bank fraud conviction. They say the terms of his probation […]

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Gambian President Suspends Executions

Posted September 15th, 2012 at 7:40 am (UTC-5)
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Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has announced he is suspending executions for prisoners on death row, after being criticized for allegedly executing nine convicts last month. Mr. Jammeh announced Saturday that he is responding to numerous appeals asking for a halt to the policy. He said the moratorium will be indefinite if the violent crime rate […]

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South African Police Raid Mine Workers’ Hostel

Posted September 15th, 2012 at 6:45 am (UTC-5)
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Witnesses say South African police have fired tear gas and rubber bullets on mine workers gathered in a shantytown near Marikana, after carrying out early-morning raids on worker hostels where they seized a number of weapons. The latest violence came a day after the government vowed to crack down on illegal gatherings and strikers carrying […]

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