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Afghan President Meets Iran’s Security Chief

Posted January 5th, 2013 at 5:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Afghan President Hamid Karzai has met in Kabul with the director of the Security Council of Iran. Saturday’s talks with Sayeed Jaleeli took place two days before Mr. Karzai leaves for Washington, where he will hold talks with U.S. President Barack Obama. During the Kabul meeting, President Karzai said Afghanistan and Iran are two brother […]

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Ohio Police Press Public for Details on Teen Rape

Posted January 5th, 2013 at 5:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Police probing rape accusations against two teenage American football players have launched a website aimed at gaining information about an unverified video that purports to show the rape of an adolescent girl. The site, sponsored by city officials in Steubenville, Ohio, was unveiled Saturday, just days after an online video surfaced that purportedly shows a […]

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Syria’s Assad to Address Nation Sunday

Posted January 5th, 2013 at 2:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is set to deliver a speech Sunday, in a rare address to his embattled nation. The state-run news agency SANA said Mr. Assad will “speak about the latest developments” in Syria — a country wracked by a near two-year civil war that analysts say has killed more than 60,000 people. The […]

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4 Dead After Police Standoff in US Movie Theater Massacre City

Posted January 5th, 2013 at 2:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Four people are dead after a police standoff involving a gunman in the U.S. city of Aurora, Colorado, the site of a deadly mass shooting at a movie theater last year. Police say the suspect in Saturday’s shooting barricaded himself inside a house before he was shot and killed when police entered. It is unclear […]

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Reports: C.A.R. Rebels Continue Seizing Territory

Posted January 5th, 2013 at 1:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Reports from the Central African Republic say a rebel coalition has captured at least one more town just days before they are set to begin negotiations with C.A.R. government officials. Reports from the government and from local residents near the town of Bambari say the new seizures were in that area. The Associated Press quotes […]

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French Actor to Assume Russian Citizenship

Posted January 5th, 2013 at 11:50 am (UTC-5)
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French actor Gerard Depardieu traveled to the Black Sea resort of Sochi, in Russia, Saturday to meet with President Vladimir Putin and obtain Russian citizenship to dodge higher taxes in France. Mr. Putin publicly granted Depardieu citizenship on Thursday after the actor expressed dismay over a new French millionaires’ tax rate of 75 percent. In […]

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Thousands Flee Wildfires in Southern Australia

Posted January 5th, 2013 at 3:50 am (UTC-5)
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Australian authorities say thousands of people have fled wildfires raging through southern Australia, with one blaze destroying dozens of homes in the southern island state of Tasmania. The fires flared on Friday amid a record summer heat wave that pushed temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius in Tasmania, which is normally known for its cooler climate. […]

US Lawmakers Approve Aid for Storm Victims

Posted January 5th, 2013 at 2:50 am (UTC-5)
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The U.S. House of Representatives has overwhelmingly approved $9.7 billion in flood insurance aid for victims of superstorm Sandy that wreaked havoc along the East Coast. The 435-member lower chamber of Congress passed the legislation Friday 354-67 after receiving harsh criticism from lawmakers in storm-ravaged states for ending a previous session with no vote on […]

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India Gang-Rape Victim’s Friend Speaks of Ordeal

Posted January 5th, 2013 at 12:55 am (UTC-5)
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The male companion of the 23-year-old Indian woman who died last week from injuries suffered in a brutal beating and gang rape on a bus in New Delhi has told an Indian television network about their ordeal. The man said Friday that it took 25 minutes for anyone to stop and help them after they […]

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