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UN General Assembly Approves Palestinian Status Upgrade

Posted November 29th, 2012 at 6:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations General Assembly has voted overwhelmingly to recognize a Palestinian state with non-member observer status. There was jubiliation on the floor of the assembly after the resolution was approved Thursday by a vote of 138-to-9, with 41 nations abstaining. Palestinians in Ramallah erupted in wild cheers, hugging each other and honking horns after […]

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Russia Bans Pussy Riot Video Online

Posted November 29th, 2012 at 6:20 pm (UTC-5)
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A court in Moscow has ruled that Internet websites must remove video footage of a Pussy Riot band performance in which they protest against President Vladimir Putin. The court ruled Thursday that the video set in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior is too extremist, and ordered “restricted access” to it. Two members of the […]

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United Nations Opens Debate on Palestinian Statehood

Posted November 29th, 2012 at 5:50 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations has opened its debate on a bid by the Palestinian Authority to secure a diplomatic upgrade that would change its status to that of an observer state. Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas addressed the General Assembly Thursday ahead of what is expected to be successful bid. Mr. Abbas said the vote on raising […]

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Kosovo Celebrates War Crimes Acquittal of Former PM, Serbia Angry

Posted November 29th, 2012 at 3:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Kosovars are celebrating a U.N. court’s acquittal of former prime minister Ramush Haradinaj and two of his associates of war crimes, while Serbia has expressed outrage at the verdict. The Hague-based International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia on Thursday cleared Haradinaj, Idriz Balaj and Lahi Brahimaj of all charges and ordered their immediate release. […]

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Former US President George H W Bush Hospitalized

Posted November 29th, 2012 at 2:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Former U.S. President George H. W. Bush has been hospitalized for complications related to bronchitis. A spokesman at The Methodist Hospital in Houston, near his home in the southern U.S. state of Texas, said the 88-year-old former president is in stable condition and was expected to be released within 72 hours. Mr. Bush, a Republican, […]

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Support Strong for UN Palestinian Bid

Posted November 29th, 2012 at 11:50 am (UTC-5)
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The Unied Nations General Assembly is expected to decide late Thursday whether to upgrade the status of the Palestinian Authority at the world body from an entity to a non-member state. VOA’s Margaret Besheer reports from the United Nations that support is strong for the upgrade, but it will lack the backing of some key […]

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Suicide Bomber Attacks Militant Commander in NW Pakistan

Posted November 29th, 2012 at 11:40 am (UTC-5)
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A suicide bomber attacked a prominent militant commander in northwest Pakistan Thursday, wounding him and killing at least six people. Officials say Maulvi Nazir was one of at least 12 people hurt in the Thursday’s blast in Wana, the main town in the South Waziristan tribal agency. Nazir is the main militant commander in South […]

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Bangladesh Factory Owner: Nobody Told Me to Install Fire Exits

Posted November 29th, 2012 at 10:20 am (UTC-5)
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The owner of a Bangladeshi garment factory where 112 people were killed in a massive blaze says he did not know he had to install emergency exits in the building. Delowar Hossain, the managing director of Tazreen Fashion, told the Bangladeshi newspaper The Daily Star, “nobody told me there was no emergency exit which could […]

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Egypt Panel Convenes to Vote on Constitution

Posted November 29th, 2012 at 9:50 am (UTC-5)
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A controversial Islamist-dominated panel writing Egypt’s new constitution has convened to begin voting on the document’s final draft, a move likely to stoke a widening political crisis over decrees giving President Mohamed Morsi near absolute powers. Egyptian television said it would broadcast Thursday’s vote live in the assembly – a body that has been boycotted […]

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Group Says China Fueling Global Illegal Timber Trade

Posted November 29th, 2012 at 8:55 am (UTC-5)
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A top environmental group says China is fueling the global illegal timber trade as it tries to power its rapidly growing economy. A report by the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency said China’s “insatiable appetite for raw material” is also “effectively exporting deforestation around the world.” It said China, the world’s second largest economy, is the […]

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