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Northern Ireland’s First Abortion Clinic Opens, Draws Protests

Posted October 18th, 2012 at 11:40 am (UTC-5)
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The first abortion clinic on the predominantly Catholic island of Ireland has opened in the British-controlled northern city of Belfast. The clinic operated by London-based family planning group Marie Stopes received its first clients on Thursday. Hours ahead of the opening, about 200 conservative Catholics and Protestants held a protest outside the clinic, holding signs […]

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Greek Anti-austerity Protests Turn Violent

Posted October 18th, 2012 at 10:10 am (UTC-5)
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Anti-austerity protests turned violent in Athens on Thursday, with hundreds of youths hurling gasoline bombs and rocks at riot police. Tens of thousands of Greek workers struck and marched to protest demands by the country’s international lenders that Athens impose more austerity measures before they will agree to hand Greece another segment of a bailout […]

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Russian Investigators File Charges Against Opposition Leader’s Aide

Posted October 18th, 2012 at 9:15 am (UTC-5)
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Russian investigators have filed criminal charges against an assistant of opposition leader Sergei Udaltsov, as part of an ongoing crackdown against opponents of President Vladimir Putin. Russia’s Investigations Committee said Thursday it charged Left Front party member Konstantin Lebedev with plotting mass riots to overthrow the government. Authorities detained Lebedev and party leader Udaltsov on […]

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Maoist Bomb Blast Kills 5 Police in India

Posted October 18th, 2012 at 8:45 am (UTC-5)
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Authorities in eastern India say a bomb planted by Maoist rebels has killed five paramilitary personnel. Senior officials with the Central Reserve Police Force told reporters that Thursday’s attack took place in the Gaya district of Bihar state. At least six other paramilitary police were wounded in the blast, including four who were flown to […]

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Renowned Pianist on Trial for Insulting Islam

Posted October 18th, 2012 at 7:35 am (UTC-5)
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A world-renowned Turkish pianist is on trial on charges of inciting religious hatred and insulting Islam in comments he made on Twitter in April. Fazil Say appeared in an Istanbul courtroom Thursday to defend himself against the charges, which stemmed from several tweets making jokes about Muslims. If convicted, he faces up to 18 months […]

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Activist Group Highlights Forced Disappearances in Syria

Posted October 18th, 2012 at 7:15 am (UTC-5)
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An global online activist group is calling attention to thousands of cases of forced disappearances in Syria, saying government security forces and paramilitary groups are using the tactic to terrorize families and communities. Avaaz released testimony Thursday from family members of those arrested, detained or abducted in Syria since the crisis began in March of […]

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Obama, Romney Highlight Debate Performances

Posted October 18th, 2012 at 6:50 am (UTC-5)
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Two days after their contentious debate, U.S. President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney will meet again in a far more congenial setting Thursday night in New York City. The two candidates have been invited to an annual dinner hosted by the city’s Catholic Archdiocese at the luxury Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. The dinner is named […]

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Rasmussen: NATO “Committed” to Continued Support for Afghanistan

Posted October 18th, 2012 at 6:40 am (UTC-5)
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NATO’s top official said Thursday that the international alliance remains committed to enabling Afghan forces to assume full responsibility for the nation’s security after 2014 when the NATO coalition ends its combat mission. Anders Fogh Rasmussen said NATO’s goal is for Afghanistan to stand on its own feet, but said the country would not stand […]

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Drone Strikes Kill 7 in Southern Yemen

Posted October 18th, 2012 at 5:50 am (UTC-5)
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Yemeni security officials say suspected U.S. drone strikes have killed at least seven al-Qaida-linked militants in southern Yemen. They say three missile strikes hit a farm early Thursday near the town of Jaar. The area was an al-Qaida stronghold until Yemen’s army launched an offensive earlier this year to take back areas of the south […]

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EU to Discuss Strengthening the Euro; Greeks Strike

Posted October 18th, 2012 at 4:40 am (UTC-5)
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Members of the European Union are meeting in Brussels Thursday to discuss how to strengthen the ailing euro currency. Germany is expected to press for the EU to play a stronger role in the economies of its member states, but it faces opposition by some member states reluctant to relinquish control over their finances. The […]

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