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C. Africa Rebels Threaten Capital Despite President’s Unity Offer

Posted December 31st, 2012 at 10:00 am (UTC-5)
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Rebels in the Central African Republic not backing down from their threat to invade the capital, despite President Francois Bozize’s offer to form a unity government. Fighters for the coalition of three rebel groups, known as Seleka, were holding position about 75 kilometers outside of Bangui Monday after seizing the town of Damara days earlier. […]

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Sydney Fireworks Dazzle as Asia-Pacific Greets New Year

Posted December 31st, 2012 at 9:10 am (UTC-5)
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A gigantic fireworks display has lit up Sydney harbor as Australia’s east coast and other Pacific nations become the first to welcome the new year. An estimated 1.5 million people gathered around the Sydney harbor to see the $6.9 million fireworks show, with some camping out for much of the day to get a good […]

India Remains in Mourning for Rape Victim

Posted December 31st, 2012 at 7:15 am (UTC-5)
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India remains in mourning Monday, two days after the death of a 23-year-old woman who died of severe organ failure after suffering internal injuries and brain damage in a brutal gang rape. Six men have been arrested and charged with murder in the December 16 attack in New Delhi. Police say the men could face […]

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Bombings Kill 10 in Iraq

Posted December 31st, 2012 at 4:50 am (UTC-5)
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Multiple bombings in Iraq have killed at least 10 people and wounded more than 40 others. The deadliest attack Monday happened in Mussayib, south of Baghdad, where bomb blasts killed seven people. A deadly car bombing also hit Hillah, farther south of the capital, while other attacks targeted the northern city of Kirkuk. Officials said […]

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Israel Allows Building Materials into Gaza

Posted December 31st, 2012 at 4:15 am (UTC-5)
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Israel has eased its five-year blockade of the Gaza Strip, allowing truckloads of building materials for private use to cross into the Palestinian territory in recent days. The materials purchased in Egypt are part of $400 million in projects Qatar has pledged for Gaza. Israel imposed the blockade in 2007 after the militant group Hamas […]

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Malaysia Detains Asylum Seekers from Burma

Posted December 31st, 2012 at 1:40 am (UTC-5)
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Malaysian police say they have detained around 450 asylum seekers from Burma after they illegally landed in Malaysia. A police official on Malaysia’s northern Langkawi island said Rohingya Muslims arrived Sunday after nearly two weeks in a wooden boat. The official said he does not know whether the group will be allowed to stay. The […]

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Hillary Clinton Hospitalized With Blood Clot

Posted December 30th, 2012 at 8:30 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been hospitalized with a blood clot after a recent concussion. The State Department says Clinton’s doctors found the clot in a follow-up exam Sunday. They said it was connected to the concussion she suffered after a fall several weeks ago. Clinton is being treated with anti-clotting medication at […]

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Central African Republic President Offers Unity Govt to Rebels

Posted December 30th, 2012 at 2:30 pm (UTC-5)
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The Central African Republic’s President Francois Bozize says he is willing to enter into a coalition government with the rebels who have taken control of a third of his country and are poised outside the capital. Mr. Bozize made his comments in a press conference Sunday following his meeting with visiting African Union chief Thomas […]

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Brahimi: Without Diplomacy, Syria Conflict May Kill 100,000

Posted December 30th, 2012 at 1:35 pm (UTC-5)
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International peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi has warned 100,000 people could die in Syria in the next year unless world powers press the Syrian government and rebels to negotiate an end to their 21-month conflict. Speaking Sunday in Cairo, Brahimi said the warring sides are not speaking to each other, despite his recent intensified diplomatic efforts […]

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Yemeni Officials Say US Intensifying Drone Strikes on Al-Qaida

Posted December 30th, 2012 at 11:55 am (UTC-5)
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Yemeni authorities say apparent U.S. drone strikes on al-Qaida’s branch in Yemen have intensified, with confirmation of a fourth deadly missile attack on the group in the past week. Authorities said the latest strike happened late Saturday, when an unmanned aircraft killed three suspected al-Qaida members riding a vehicle in the central province of Bayda. […]

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