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Algeria to Raise Death Toll From Islamist Siege at Gas Complex

Posted January 21st, 2013 at 9:05 am (UTC-5)
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Algeria is expected to raise the death toll from the hostage crisis at a natural gas complex, as preliminary reports showed that at least 80 people were killed. Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal was expected to announce updated casualty figures at a news conference on Monday. The Algerian government has said at least 32 militants […]

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Obama Using Two Bibles at Swearing-In

Posted January 21st, 2013 at 8:35 am (UTC-5)
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When U.S. President Barack Obama takes the oath of office, he will place his hand on two Bibles. The first is the Bible used by former President Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, when he took the oath of office for the first of his two terms in 1861. The second Bible […]

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3 Afghan Police Killed in Kabul

Posted January 21st, 2013 at 6:45 am (UTC-5)
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Afghan officials say a suicide squad launched an eight-hour assault in the capital on traffic police headquarters Monday, killing three traffic police officers. Authorities say all five attackers were killed in the standoff in Kabul. Officials say 10 people were wounded in the assault, including four police. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack. […]

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Americans Honor Martin Luther King

Posted January 21st, 2013 at 6:35 am (UTC-5)
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Americans are honoring the memory of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday with a federal holiday marking his birthday. King was a Baptist preacher who fought discrimination and racism in the 1950s and 1960s, mainly in the southern United States, where blacks were subjected to unequal treatment in society and at times […]

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Ugandan Troops Kill Kony Bodyguard

Posted January 21st, 2013 at 5:55 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 troops killed the rebel known as Binani during an operation Friday in the eastern part of the Central African Republic, near South Sudan. Ugandan troops have been working as part of an African Union […]

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South African Court Convicts Nigerian for Deadly Bombing

Posted January 21st, 2013 at 5:20 am (UTC-5)
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A South African court has found a Nigerian man guilty on terrorism charges for masterminding bombings that killed 12 people in 2010. The court ruled Monday that Henry Okah was guilty on 13 charges related to the twin car bombings in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, that came as the country celebrated its Independence Day. The […]

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India’s Supreme Court to Hear Plea to Shift Venue of Rape Trial

Posted January 21st, 2013 at 5:00 am (UTC-5)
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India’s Supreme Court has agreed to hear a plea requesting a change of venue for the trial for one of the six men accused in the brutal rape and murder of a woman last month in New Delhi. The New Delhi court said Monday it would agree to consider the request Tuesday. The lawyer for […]

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Syrian Opposition Delays Forming Government

Posted January 21st, 2013 at 4:40 am (UTC-5)
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The Syrian opposition has postponed forming a transitional government. After a meeting in Istanbul, opposition leaders said Monday they have created a five-person committee to consult with opposition forces, the Free Syrian Army and what the opposition called “friendly” countries before making proposals on an interim body. The Syrian National Coalition was formed in November […]

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Algeria: 80 Dead at Gas Complex

Posted January 21st, 2013 at 3:36 am (UTC-5)
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Algeria’s prime minister is expected to announce Monday the latest details of the militant takeover and military raid of a desert natural gas complex that left at least 80 people dead, including militants. The toll jumped Sunday when officials combing through the complex found 25 more bodies, which they said were so disfigured it is […]

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Taliban Claim Attack on Afghan Capital

Posted January 21st, 2013 at 3:35 am (UTC-5)
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Afghan officials say a suicide car bombing followed by other explosions and gunfire has rocked the capital, wounding 10 people, including four police. Authorities say the early Monday attack in Kabul targeted traffic police headquarters located near parliament. Police say two of the assailants were killed at the entrance. They say at least two other […]

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