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Egypt to Resume IMF Loan Talks as Currency Weakens

Posted December 30th, 2012 at 10:40 am (UTC-5)
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Egypt says it will resume negotiations in January for an emergency loan from the International Monetary Fund as the country’s economic crisis deepens with the national currency weakening to an eight-year low against the dollar. Egyptian Prime Minister Hesham Kandil said Sunday the requested $4.8 billion loan is small relative to the country’s needs. But, […]

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Central African Republic Rebels Threaten to Enter Bangui

Posted December 30th, 2012 at 10:05 am (UTC-5)
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Rebels in the Central African Republic are warning that they could enter the capital Bangui soon, despite their agreement with the government to hold unconditional talks early next month. On Sunday, the streets of the capital were largely empty and residents said they were stockpiling food in the face of a possible rebel onslaught. The […]

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Protesters Attack Iraqi Deputy PM, Guards Open Fire

Posted December 30th, 2012 at 9:00 am (UTC-5)
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An attempt by Iraq’s Sunni deputy prime minister to defuse an anti-government protest in the country’s west has ended in chaos, with his bodyguards opening fire and wounding two people as demonstrators tried to attack the official. The incident happened on Sunday near the city of Ramadi, where thousands of minority Sunnis have been staging […]

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Brahimi Says He Has Potential Syria Solution

Posted December 30th, 2012 at 7:15 am (UTC-5)
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The joint U.N.-Arab League peace envoy says he has a proposal to end the 21-month conflict in Syria. Lakhdar Brahimi said Sunday in Cairo after meeting with Arab League officials he believes his plan, based on an agreement signed in Geneva earlier this year, “could be adopted by the international community.” He made no further […]

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Indian Rape Victim is Cremated

Posted December 30th, 2012 at 6:55 am (UTC-5)
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The body of the woman whose gang rape has triggered an outpouring of grief and anger across India has been cremated in a private ceremony. The young woman’s body was flown home from Singapore after her death Saturday. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi, head of the ruling Congress party, were at the […]

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21 Missing Pakistan Paramilitaries Found Dead, Two Found Alive

Posted December 30th, 2012 at 6:15 am (UTC-5)
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Pakistan authorities say 21 of the 23 tribal paramilitaries kidnapped by militants Thursday near the city of Peshawar have been found shot dead. Officials say two of the paramilitaries survived. They say one was found alive, but wounded and has been admitted to a hospital. The other one managed to escape from his captors. The […]

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Israel Indicts Former Foreign Minister

Posted December 30th, 2012 at 4:40 am (UTC-5)
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Israeli justice officials say former foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman has been formally indicted on charges of fraud and breach of trust. The Justice Ministry filed the indictment against Lieberman in a Jerusalem court Sunday. Justice officials say Lieberman was indicted on charges relating to the promotion of an Israeli diplomat who had illegally given Lieberman […]

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19 Killed in Pakistan Blast

Posted December 30th, 2012 at 4:30 am (UTC-5)
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Officials in southwestern Pakistan say a bomb blast has hit a convoy of three buses, killing at least 19 Shi’ite Muslim pilgrims. Authorities say 25 other people were wounded Sunday – some seriously – in the remotely-triggered explosion in Baluchistan province’s Mastung district. One bus was destroyed and another badly damaged. Officials say the bus […]

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17 Killed in Pakistan Blast

Posted December 30th, 2012 at 2:00 am (UTC-5)
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Officials in southwestern Pakistan say a bomb blast has hit a convoy of buses, killing at least 17 Shi’ite Muslim pilgrims. Authorities say at least 20 other people were wounded Sunday in the remotely-triggered explosion in Baluchistan province’s Mastung district. One bus was destroyed and another badly damaged. Officials say the bus passengers were on […]

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Indian Rape Victim is Cremated

Posted December 30th, 2012 at 12:00 am (UTC-5)
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The body of the woman whose gang rape has triggered an outpouring of grief and anger across India has been cremated in a private ceremony. The young woman’s body was flown home from Singapore after her death Saturday. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi, head of the ruling Congress party, were at the […]

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