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India Journalist Accused in Israeli Bombing Gets Bail

Posted October 19th, 2012 at 8:20 am (UTC-5)
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India’s top court has granted bail to a journalist arrested in an attack on the car of an Israeli diplomat earlier this year. The Supreme Court on Friday also ordered Syed Mohammad Kazmi to surrender his passport to the court. Kazmi worked for an Iranian news agency. He is the only person arrested in connection […]

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Afghan Blast Kills 15 Wedding Guests

Posted October 19th, 2012 at 8:20 am (UTC-5)
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A roadside bomb blast has ripped through a minibus in northern Afghanistan, killing at least 15 people who were on their way to a wedding. Friday’s blast took place in the Dawlat Abad district of Balkh province. Authorities say at least 18 others were wounded. Police say most of the passengers were women and children. […]

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International Peace Envoy Brahimi Arrives in Damascus

Posted October 19th, 2012 at 7:55 am (UTC-5)
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International peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi arrived in Damascus Friday for talks with Syrian officials on securing a temporary cease-fire in the 19-month-old conflict between Syrian forces and rebel groups. The U.N.-Arab League envoy is expected to meet Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem on Saturday morning. It is not immediately clear whether Brahimi will meet with […]

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Leaders Meeting to Coordinate Roadmap for Mali

Posted October 19th, 2012 at 7:15 am (UTC-5)
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International leaders meet Friday in Mali’s capital to discuss ways of ousting al-Qaida-linked Islamist groups who control the country’s north. The meeting in Bamako will include representatives from the United Nations, West African bloc ECOWAS, the African Union and the European Union. ECOWAS has proposed deploying a 3,000-strong military force to dislodge the militants but […]

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US to Invite Burma to Observe Military Exercises

Posted October 19th, 2012 at 7:00 am (UTC-5)
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Thailand says the United States plans to invite Burma to observe a major regional military exercise early next year. Thai Defense Ministry spokesman Colonel Thanathip Sawangsang said on Friday that Burma will be allowed to observe “Cobra Gold,” which annually brings together more than 10,000 troops U.S. and Thai troops and other participants from countries […]

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U.S. Imposes Curfew on All American Troops in Japan

Posted October 19th, 2012 at 6:10 am (UTC-5)
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The commander of U.S. forces in Japan has imposed an nationwide curfew for all military personnel in Japan after the arrest of two American sailors for the alleged rape of an Okinawan woman. Lieutenant-General Salvatore Angelella said Friday that the immediate 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew will apply to all American service members, whether […]

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15 Killed in Blast in Afghanistan

Posted October 19th, 2012 at 6:00 am (UTC-5)
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Officials in northern Afghanistan say a roadside bomb blast has hit a minibus, killing 15 people and wounding 18 others. Authorities say the minibus was taking people to a wedding when it was hit Friday in Balkh province. Police say most of the passengers were women and children. The blast victims were taken to a […]

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Turkish FM Calls for Syrian Cease-fire

Posted October 19th, 2012 at 5:10 am (UTC-5)
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Turkey’s foreign minister has appealed to Syrian forces and rebel groups to observe a cease-fire during a Muslim holiday next week. Ahmet Davutoglu told reporters Friday that both sides should at least suspend hostilities for the four-day Eid al-Adha holiday that begins October 26. International peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi is due to visit Damascus, where […]

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N. Korea Threatens Attack if Activists in South Launch Balloons with Leaflets

Posted October 19th, 2012 at 4:40 am (UTC-5)
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North Korea has threatened to shell South Korea if activists in the South send anti-Pyongyang leaflets over the border. The North’s official Korean Central News Agency said Friday that the Western Front Command of the Korean People’s Army would conduct a “merciless strike” without warning on northwestern Phaju City, where activists say they will launch […]

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Yemen Militant Attack Kills 9 Soldiers

Posted October 19th, 2012 at 3:50 am (UTC-5)
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Yemeni officials say suspected militants killed at least nine soldiers in a suicide attack on an army base in southern Yemen Friday. Officials report that the militants drove a bomb-laden vehicle up to the gate of the base near the town of Shakra and detonated it. Friday’s attack in Abyan province came a day after […]

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