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Egypt’s Top Court Suspends Work ‘Indefinitely’

Posted December 2nd, 2012 at 9:05 am (UTC-5)
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Egypt’s top court says it has suspended its work “indefinitely” after Islamist protesters supporting President Mohamed Morsi surrounded the courthouse Sunday. The Supreme Constitutional Court said the suspension of the court sessions was in protest of what it called “pressures.” The court was due to examine the legality of the Islamist-dominated constituent assembly that drafted […]

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Israel to Withhold Tax Transfers to Palestinians Over UN Bid

Posted December 2nd, 2012 at 8:50 am (UTC-5)
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Israel says it will withhold more than $100 million in taxes and tariff funds it collects on behalf of Palestinians to punish them for their successful bid to win United Nations statehood. Sunday’s move came as cheering crowds welcomed Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas back to the West Bank city of Ramallah following his diplomatic victory […]

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Egyptian Court Delays Ruling on Assembly

Posted December 2nd, 2012 at 6:35 am (UTC-5)
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Egypt’s top court has postponed a hearing to examine the legality of the nation’s Islamist-dominated constituent assembly, the body that drafted a new constitution up for a referendum. The court cited “administrative” reasons for the delay Sunday. The delay announcement came as supporters of President Mohamed Morsi surrounded the Supreme Constitutional Court. The court did […]

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At Least 3 Dead in Japan Tunnel Collapse

Posted December 2nd, 2012 at 6:00 am (UTC-5)
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Japanese officials say a highway tunnel collapsed early Sunday west of Tokyo, killing at least three people. Police had earlier said that they saw a number of charred bodies in a burned-out car. The death toll could be higher since several people are believed to be missing. Television reports showed black smoke billowing from the […]

Polls Open in Slovenian Presidential Runoff

Posted December 2nd, 2012 at 5:40 am (UTC-5)
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Polls have opened in Slovenia for a runoff presidential election, amid growing discontent with government cost-cutting measures designed to avoid an international bailout. The opposition candidate, center-left former Prime Minister Borut Pahor, led incumbent President Danilo Turk in the first round of voting last month. Slovenia joined the euro zone in 2007, when it was […]

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Kuwait Election Boycott is Successful

Posted December 2nd, 2012 at 5:30 am (UTC-5)
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Opposition groups in Kuwait say they have successfully boycotted a parliamentary election held under a new electoral law. Election officials say the turnout for Saturday’s election was lighter than usual with about 39 percent of eligible voters participating. Turnout for a parliamentary vote earlier this year was nearly 60 percent. Kuwaitis voted for all 50 […]

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China Imprisons Local ‘Interceptors’

Posted December 2nd, 2012 at 5:10 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese state media are reporting that a Beijing court has imprisoned 10 men for illegally detaining citizens who tried to lodge complaints with the central government. Under China’s “petitioning” system, people can request that the central government investigate abuses by local officials at a complaints office in the capital. However, Beijing’s Chaoyang District Court found […]

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Pentagon Plans to Expand Intelligence Gathering

Posted December 2nd, 2012 at 4:55 am (UTC-5)
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A leading U.S. newspaper says the Defense Department has an “ambitious” plan to assemble an espionage network, rivaling the Central Intelligence Agency in size. The Washington Post reported late Saturday the project is aimed at transforming the Defense Intelligence Agency into a spy service focused on emerging threats and more closely aligned with the CIA […]

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Taliban Attacks NATO Base in Afghanistan

Posted December 2nd, 2012 at 3:20 am (UTC-5)
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Afghan officials say suicide bombers attacked a U.S. and NATO military air base in the eastern region of the country Sunday morning. Officials say the attackers detonated two explosives-packed vehicles outside the airport entrance in Jalalabad, as several other attackers tried to break into the base. Authorities say one Afghan security official was killed and […]

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Report: Iraq Is Major Weapons Route to Syria

Posted December 2nd, 2012 at 2:15 am (UTC-5)
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A report in a prominent U.S. newspaper says the air corridor over Iraq has become a main supply route for weapons for the beleaguered government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The New York Times, in a story posted on its website late Saturday, said the American effort to stem the flow of Iranian arms to […]

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