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Obama Daughters Unfazed by Global Spotlight

Posted January 21st, 2013 at 8:55 pm (UTC-5)
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What may have seemed like the start of an exciting new adventure four years ago for Sasha and Malia Obama has apparently turned into the routine. While her father was delivering his second inaugural address Monday, television cameras caught 11-year-old Sasha yawning. She also complimented her father for, in her words, “not messing up” when […]

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Russia Sends Aircraft to Evacuate its Citizens from Syria

Posted January 21st, 2013 at 8:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Russia says it is sending two planes to Lebanon to evacuate its citizens who wish to flee the conflict in Syria. A spokeswoman for Russia’s Emergencies Ministry (Irina Rossius) said more than 100 Russians were expected to board the planes after traveling overland from Syria. She said Russia is sending the planes so that all […]

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Obama Vows Action on Climate Change

Posted January 21st, 2013 at 6:50 pm (UTC-5)
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President Obama said in his inaugural speech that he will make climate change a priority in his second term. The president said failing to address the global warming threat would betray the world’s children, and all future generations. Mr. Obama acknowledged that some people do not believe human activity such as burning fossil fuels is […]

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Global Unemployment Set To Rise Again

Posted January 21st, 2013 at 5:55 pm (UTC-5)
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The International Labor Organization says nearly 200 million people worldwide are without jobs, and unemployment is set to increase further this year. The ILO’s “Global Employment Trends 2013” report says unemployment worldwide rose by 4.2 million in 2012 after falling for two straight years. It says one-quarter of the increase is in the advanced economies, […]

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Arrest Made in Paris Murder of Kurdish Activists

Posted January 21st, 2013 at 4:35 pm (UTC-5)
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French prosecutors have filed preliminary murder and terrorism charges against an associate of three female Kurdish activists shot dead in Paris earlier this month. The suspect, a 30-year-old Turkish driver for one of the slain women, was one of two ethnic Kurds detained last week in connection with the January 10 killings. Prosecutors filed charges […]

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Obama Uses Two Bibles at Swearing-In

Posted January 21st, 2013 at 3:55 pm (UTC-5)
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When U.S. President Barack Obama took the oath of office Monday, he placed his hand on two Bibles. The first was the Bible used by former President Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, when he took the oath for his first term in 1861. The second Bible was the so-called “traveling Bible” […]

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Opposition Wins German State Election

Posted January 21st, 2013 at 12:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Germany’s center-left opposition has won a razor-thin victory in a regional election that is seen as a test for Chancellor Angela Merkel eight months before nationwide legislative elections. The opposition Social Democrats and Greens won a one-seat majority over Ms. Merkel’s center-right coalition in Sunday’s election in Lower Saxony state. Ms. Merkel described the defeat […]

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Pirates Seize Oil Tanker in Ivory Coast

Posted January 21st, 2013 at 11:25 am (UTC-5)
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Armed men have hijacked a tanker carrying 5,000 tons of oil from a port in Ivory Coast. Ivorian port officials said Monday that the Nigerian-owned vessel, along with its 16 crew members, was seized late last week as it was preparing to unload at the port in Abidjan, the country’s commercial capital. The statement says […]

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Ugandan Troops Kill Kony Bodyguard

Posted January 21st, 2013 at 9:15 am (UTC-5)
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Ugandan troops have killed a top bodyguard of Lord’s Resistance Army leader Joseph Kony. A Ugandan army official said Monday that the rebel, known as Brigadier Binani, was killed Friday during a firefight in the eastern part of the Central African Republic, near South Sudan. Army spokesman Felix Kulayigye said Ugandan troops were deployed to […]

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India Gang-Rape Trial Begins

Posted January 21st, 2013 at 9:10 am (UTC-5)
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The trial of five men accused of the brutal rape and murder of a 23-year old student in New Delhi has begun in a fast-track court for crimes against women. The start of the trial on Monday was delayed by more than an hour as defense lawyers argued that it should be open to the […]

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