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Russia Signals Readiness for Talks on Limiting Weapons

Posted November 15th, 2012 at 1:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Russia says it is ready to launch talks with NATO on limiting conventional military forces in Europe. Moscow’s new envoy to NATO, Alexander Grushko, said Thursday that the consultations should be done without any attempts to tie them to political issues. Grushko says “the ball is in Europe’s court,” adding that Russia is waiting for […]

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Russia Warns Against US Human Rights Bill

Posted November 15th, 2012 at 1:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Russia is warning the United States in connection with the possible adoption of a bill designed to punish Russian officials implicated in human rights abuses. The legislation, known as the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act, would freeze American bank accounts and deny U.S. visas to corrupt officials and human rights violators. The Kremlin […]

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Turkey Recognizes Syrian Opposition

Posted November 15th, 2012 at 12:10 pm (UTC-5)
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The newly formed coalition of Syrian opposition groups is getting another boost, this time from Turkey. Turkish Foreign Minister Ahemt Davutoglu Thursday recognized the Syrian National Coalition “as the sole legitimate representative of the people of Syria.” His comments came at a meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Djibouti, one day after France […]

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Superstorm Sandy Spikes US Jobless Benefit Claims

Posted November 15th, 2012 at 11:55 am (UTC-5)
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Superstorm Sandy jolted the U.S. labor market last week, with claims for jobless benefits surging to their highest level in 18 months. The U.S. government said Thursday that 439,000 workers filed claims for unemployment benefits, up 78,000 from the week before. Several states said the October 29 storm wreaked havoc on businesses along the country’s […]

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Panetta Orders Military Ethics Review

Posted November 15th, 2012 at 11:10 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is ordering a review of ethics training for military officers. In a memo to Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Martin Dempsey, Panetta said a string of ethical lapses by senior military officers had “the potential to erode public confidence in our leadership and in our system for the enforcement […]

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India Regrets Death of Indian Woman in Ireland

Posted November 15th, 2012 at 11:00 am (UTC-5)
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India says it regrets the death of an Indian woman who passed away in an Irish hospital last month after being denied a termination of her pregnancy. A Foreign Ministry spokesman said Thursday the death of an Indian national in such circumstances is a matter of concern. He said Indian officials are awaiting the results […]

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Eurozone Economy Hits Second Recession in Three Years

Posted November 15th, 2012 at 10:55 am (UTC-5)
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Europe’s euro currency bloc says it has fallen into its second recession in three years. The 17-nation eurozone said Thursday its economy contracted one-tenth of a percent in the July-to-September period, following a drop of two-tenths of one percent in the previous three months. That meets the common definition of a recession — two straight […]

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Pakistan Carries Out First Execution in 4 Years

Posted November 15th, 2012 at 10:50 am (UTC-5)
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Pakistan has executed a former soldier convicted of murder — the first execution carried out in the country in four years. Authorities say Mohammad Hussain was hanged early Thursday in the city of Mianwali in Punjab province. Hussain was sentenced to death in 2009 for killing his senior officer. Pakistan’s army chief rejected his petition […]

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Ex-CIA Chief Petraeus to Testify About Benghazi Attack Investigation

Posted November 15th, 2012 at 8:35 am (UTC-5)
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Former CIA Director David Petraeus will testify before a congressional committee this week about the deadly September 11th attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Petraeus will appear before the House Intelligence Committee in a closed door session on Friday, exactly one week after he resigned after an FBI investigation uncovered his extramarital affair […]

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France Raises Issue of Arming Syrian Rebels

Posted November 15th, 2012 at 7:20 am (UTC-5)
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France says it will bring up excluding defensive weapons from the current arms embargo on Syria in order to help rebels fighting against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said in an interview Thursday his country would work toward a coordinated plan for Syria with its European allies. “For […]

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