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Partial Draft of Egypt Consitution Limits Powers of President

Posted October 10th, 2012 at 10:35 pm (UTC-5)
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An Egyptian panel writing a national constitution has released a partial draft that includes new limits on the authority of the head of state but leaves out key sections that are the source of ongoing disputes among panel members. The partial draft published Wednesday by Egypt’s 100-member Constituent Assembly calls for a division of powers […]

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Turkey Seizes Cargo from Syrian Plane Forced to Land in Ankara

Posted October 10th, 2012 at 8:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Turkey says it has confiscated illicit cargo from a Syrian passenger plane that it forced to land in Ankara after entering Turkish airspace on a flight from Moscow to Damascus. Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Wednesday that authorities at Ankara’s Esenboga airport seized items that violated international civil aviation rules. He said the Syrian […]

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Pakistani Interior Minister: Taliban Gunman Who Shot 14-Year-Old Girl Identified

Posted October 10th, 2012 at 3:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Pakistan’s interior minister, Rehman Malik, says the Taliban gunman who gravely wounded a 14-year-old girl for speaking out for education for women has been identified and will soon be arrested. Malik says Malala Yousufzai is out of danger after doctors removed the bullet, but is still unable to travel overseas for more treatment. He said […]

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Details of Armstrong Doping Charges Revealed

Posted October 10th, 2012 at 3:50 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency says the cycling team led by seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong was involved in a sophisticated doping program. USADA chief executive Travis Tygart said the American cyclists’ use of performance-enhancing drugs was “the most professionalized and successful doping program that the sport has ever seen.” USADA has stripped Armstrong […]

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Burmese Independence Leader Dies in China

Posted October 10th, 2012 at 3:05 pm (UTC-5)
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One of the last surviving Burmese independence leaders has died in exile. Former Brigadier General Kyaw Zaw died Wednesday at a hospital in southern China, where he had lived since fleeing Burma in 1976. He was 93. Kyaw Zaw rose to prominence as one of the “30 Comrades” who led the fight for Burma’s independence […]

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Turkish State TV: Turkey Forces Syrian Plane to Land in Ankara

Posted October 10th, 2012 at 3:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Turkish state-run television says Turkey has forced a Syrian passenger plane to land in Ankara on suspicion that it was carrying weapons to Syria. The station reported Wednesday that Turkish military jets intercepted the plane and that authorities are now inspecting its cargo in the capital. The Syrian government has not commented on the report. […]

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European Commission Evaluates Potential EU Members

Posted October 10th, 2012 at 1:55 pm (UTC-5)
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The European Union says Albania, Macedonia and Montenegro are well on their way to EU membership, while Serbia, Kosovo and Bosnia-Herzegovina need to make more progress on reforms. The European Commission — the executive arm of the EU — released its annual enlargement report Wednesday, summing up the economic, diplomatic and political situations of nations […]

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Second Albanian Ex-Prisoner Sets Himself on Fire

Posted October 10th, 2012 at 1:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Albanian authorities say another former political prisoner has set himself on fire to protest delays in government compensation for victims of the country’s communist government. Officials said Wednesday 47-year-old Lirak Bejko was admitted to a hospital after suffering burns to his body. Another man was hospitalized with burns on Monday. The two are among a […]

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House Hears Testimony on September 11 Attack in Libya

Posted October 10th, 2012 at 12:25 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. House of Representatives has started hearing testimony on the situation in Benghazi prior to the September 11 attack that killed U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. The hearing Wednesday, which is being held by the Republican-led House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, includes testimony by Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Wood, […]

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Pakistani Girl Remains in Critical Condition

Posted October 10th, 2012 at 12:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Doctors in Pakistan have successfully removed a bullet from a 14-year-old girl shot by the Taliban for speaking out against the militant group and promoting education for women. Officials say Malala Yousufzai is in stable but critical condition after gunmen shot her in the head and neck Tuesday on her way home from school in […]

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