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Mandela Remains Hospitalized, Health Improving

Posted December 17th, 2012 at 11:15 am (UTC-5)
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Former South African President Nelson Mandela remains hospitalized after undergoing recent gallstone surgery and treatment for a lung infection. A presidential spokesman said Monday that the public should assume that Mr. Mandela’s health is improving unless it supplies information to the contrary. The 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader was admitted to a Pretoria hospital on December 8. […]

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First Funerals Being Held For US School Rampage Victims

Posted December 17th, 2012 at 10:40 am (UTC-5)
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A small town in the northeastern United States is beginning the grim task of holding the first funerals for the 20 children and six adults killed in a shooting rampage at an elementary school. Funerals for two six-year-old boys are being held Monday, the first for those gunned down at the Sandy Hook Elementary school […]

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Romanian President Reappoints Rival Ponta as PM

Posted December 17th, 2012 at 10:35 am (UTC-5)
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Romanian President Traian Basescu has reappointed his arch-rival as prime minister and asked him to form the country’s new government. The move Monday follows Prime Minister Victor Ponta’s center-left governing alliance winning a two-thirds majority in parliamentary elections earlier this month. There are concerns that the partnership may not last. The two men have been […]

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US ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Talks Moving Toward Compromise

Posted December 17th, 2012 at 10:20 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama and his political opponents in Congress are moving a bit closer to reaching a compromise over contentious year-end financial issues. No deal appeared imminent Monday. But officials say the leader of the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, Speaker John Boehner, has for the first time offered to let taxes increase for wealthy […]

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Iraq Attacks Kill 26, Many in Kurdish-Claimed Areas

Posted December 17th, 2012 at 10:20 am (UTC-5)
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Iraqi authorities say bombings and shootings across the country have killed at least 26 people, about half of them in northern regions whose territory is disputed between autonomous Iraqi Kurds and Baghdad’s central government. In Monday’s deadliest attack, a car bomb killed seven people in a village near the northern city of Mosul in Iraq’s […]

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Japan’s Next PM Ramps Up Pressure on Bank of Japan

Posted December 17th, 2012 at 9:25 am (UTC-5)
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Incoming Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has renewed his pledge to pressure the Bank of Japan to ease monetary policy after leading his conservative party to a sweeping election victory. Speaking to a packed news conference Monday, Mr. Abe said the central bank should heed the election result when it meets later this week to […]

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Officials: Landmine Kills 10 Girls in E. Afghanistan

Posted December 17th, 2012 at 9:20 am (UTC-5)
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Afghan officials say 10 young girls died in an explosion in eastern Afghanistan as they were collecting firewood Monday. Authorities say they believe the blast came from an old landmine, one of many that are still hidden in fields and rural areas across the country after decades of war. General John Allen, the commander of […]

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16 Killed in Blast in Pakistan

Posted December 17th, 2012 at 7:05 am (UTC-5)
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Officials in northwest Pakistan say a bomb has killed at least 16 people and wounded more than 40. Authorities say the marketplace explosion Monday happened near government offices in the town of Jamrud, part of the Khyber tribal district. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. Khyber is home to various Islamic militant groups, […]

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Obama Joins Mourners as Community Prepares to Bury School Shooting Dead

Posted December 17th, 2012 at 7:00 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama has vowed to use all of his power to prevent tragedies like Friday’s killing of 20 children and six adults at an elementary school, as that community prepares to bury the first of the dead. Funerals for two of the kids who died in the rampage at a school in Newtown, […]

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Taliban Targeted US Company in Kabul Blast

Posted December 17th, 2012 at 6:35 am (UTC-5)
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Afghanistan’s Taliban has claimed responsibility for a blast in Kabul at a compound owned by a U.S. military contractor. Authorities say two Afghan workers were killed and at least a dozen other people were wounded in Monday’s blast in the capital. A Taliban spokesman called the attack a suicide bombing targeting an American company that […]

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