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US Joins EU Nations in Pressuring Israel to Reverse Settlement Plans

Posted December 3rd, 2012 at 7:25 pm (UTC-5)
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The Obama administration has joined European nations in trying to pressure Israel to reverse plans to build thousands of homes in the occupied areas of East Jerusalem and the West Bank, claimed by the Palestinians as part of an independent state. White House spokesman Jay Carney Monday said Israeli leaders should “exercise restraint” and “reconsider” […]

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Hungarian PM Vows to Protect Jews and Other Minorities

Posted December 3rd, 2012 at 5:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban is vowing to protect all Hungarians against racial prejudice after an apparent anti-Semitic remark by a far-right lawmaker. Parliamentarian Marton Gyongyosi of the opposition Jobbik party infuriated Hungarians last week when he suggested the government draw up a list of people of Jewish ancestry who he says pose a security […]

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Tibetan Monk Dies From Self-Immolation

Posted December 3rd, 2012 at 5:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Tibetan sources tell VOA that another person has set himself on fire in western China, as part of a protest against Chinese rule in ethnic Tibetan areas. Sources say a 29-year-old monk, Lobsang Gendun, had his hands clasped in prayer as flames engulfed him Monday evening. Witnesses in Qinghai province say the monk shouted slogans […]

Senior Egyptian Judges to Supervise Morsi’s Constitutional Referendum

Posted December 3rd, 2012 at 4:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Egypt’s most senior judges have agreed to supervise a December 15 referendum on a new constitution drafted primarily by Islamists, giving a boost to President Mohammed Morsi, who called the vote. The Supreme Judicial Council Monday said it will delegate officials to oversee the referendum, rejecting a call by lower-ranked judges with the influential Judges […]

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US Accuses Chinese Auditors of Securities Violations

Posted December 3rd, 2012 at 4:10 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. securities agency is accusing the China-based affiliates of some of the world’s largest accounting companies of violating American financial laws by refusing to divulge information about their audit work for Chinese companies that are under investigation. The Securities and Exchange Commission said Monday that five companies have “refused to cooperate” for several months. […]

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Russia, Turkey Fail to Agree on Syria

Posted December 3rd, 2012 at 2:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Russia and Turkey have again failed to come to an agreement on how to help end the Syrian conflict, an issue on which the two countries sharply disagree. Russian President Vladimir Putin has backed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad throughout the crisis, blocking Western-sponsored resolutions at the United Nations condemning the Syrian government. Meanwhile, Turkish Prime […]

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Ukraine’s Government Resigns

Posted December 3rd, 2012 at 1:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Mykola Azarov’s government Monday, a surprise move following the country’s controversial elections and ongoing economic woes. However, the president has ordered ministers to remain in their posts until the new government forms. The country’s new parliament is preparing to meet for the first time after […]

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Britain’s Prince William and Catherine Expecting a Baby

Posted December 3rd, 2012 at 1:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Britain’s St. James Palace has announced that Prince William and his wife, Catherine, are expecting a baby. In a statement Monday, the palace said the royal couple — known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge — are very pleased to announce they are expecting a baby, and that members of both their families are […]

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Israel Says No Retreat on Settlement Plans

Posted December 3rd, 2012 at 12:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Israel says it will not backtrack on a settlement expansion plan that has drawn strong international condemnation. An official in Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said Monday “Israel will continue to stand by its vital interests, even in the face of international pressure.” He said “there will be no change in the decision that […]

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Congolese Troops Enter Goma Following Rebel Pullout

Posted December 3rd, 2012 at 12:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Democratic Republic of Congo troops have returned to the eastern city of Goma, although rebels who occupied the city for nearly two weeks remain close by. Reports from the area say about 600 army troops entered Goma Monday, while government officials also started to return. The M23 rebel group pulled out of the city on […]

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