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Tibetan Teen Injured in Self-Immolation

Posted December 2nd, 2012 at 3:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Tibetan sources tell VOA that a 17-year old Tibetan man has set himself on fire as part of a protest against Chinese rule in ethnic Tibetan areas of western China. Sources say Songdhi Kyab from the Gannan region of Gansu province self-immolated around 3:30 p.m. local time Sunday. Witnesses say he was alive but appeared […]

Two Killed in Raid on Sudanese Extremist Camp

Posted December 2nd, 2012 at 3:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Sudanese officials say two people were killed in a raid on a militant Islamist training camp in the country’s southeast. Sinnar state governor Ahmed Abbas says two extremists were killed and four police officers were injured during the two-day raid that was launched Friday. At least 20 people were also arrested, including the group’s leader. […]

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South Sudan Hold Talk with Khartoum Over Border Pullout

Posted December 2nd, 2012 at 1:55 pm (UTC-5)
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South Sudan’s chief negotiator has met with Sudanese officials for talks on security and economic concerns. Pagan Amum described Sunday’s meeting with Sudan’s Defense Minister Abdelrahim Mohamed Hussein and senior official Nafie Alie Nafie as successful, but gave no further details on the specifics of the talks. Sudan and South Sudan signed a deal in […]

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Syrian Forces Pound Damascus Suburbs

Posted December 2nd, 2012 at 12:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Syrian security forces attacked rebel-held suburbs of Damascus with fighter jets and rockets Sunday, killing at least ten people and wounding dozens in an offensive to stop rebels closing in on the capital. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said fighter jets carried out two airstrikes on the Damascus suburb of Daraya, while heavy […]

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China Imprisons Local ‘Interceptors’

Posted December 2nd, 2012 at 11:50 am (UTC-5)
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China is denying reports that a Beijing court has imprisoned 10 men for illegally detaining citizens who tried to lodge complaints with the central government. Chinese media reported Sunday that 10 officials from central Henan province hired men to stop petitioners from airing their grievances in Beijing in an effort to cover up abuses. In […]

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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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