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Ex-New Orleans Mayor Faces 21-Count Corruption Indictment

Posted January 18th, 2013 at 8:35 pm (UTC-5)
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A U.S. federal grand jury has indicted a former mayor of New Orleans, Louisiana on 21 counts of corruption, including charges he accepted payoffs from contractors while the city struggled with the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The indictment — announced Friday by the Justice Department — accuses C. Ray Nagin of conspiring to […]

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Experts Blame Faulty Battery For Dreamliner Woes

Posted January 18th, 2013 at 8:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Aviation safety and battery experts say it is likely that fires on two Boeing 787 Dreamliner planes were caused by overcharging lithium ion batteries. An All Nippon Airways Dreamliner was forced to make an emergency landing in Japan Wednesday after its pilots smelled something burning in the cockpit. An investigator said Friday that the battery’s […]

US, China Agree on UN Resolution For North Korea

Posted January 18th, 2013 at 7:10 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States and China have reached a tentative agreement on a draft United Nations Security Council resolution condemning North Korea for its December rocket launch. U.N. diplomats said Friday that the resolution would not impose new sanctions against Pyongyang, but would call for expanding the existing ones. U.N. envoys say a draft was expected […]

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US Warns Against Unilateral Moves In Japan-China Island Dispute

Posted January 18th, 2013 at 6:35 pm (UTC-5)
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US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the United States opposes any unilateral actions on the disputed islands in the East China Sea. Speaking at a joint conference with the visiting Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, Clinton called on Japan and China to resolve their territorial dispute peacefully. But she also indirectly warned China against […]

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UN Rights Chief Renews Call for Syrian War Crimes Probe

Posted January 18th, 2013 at 5:15 pm (UTC-5)
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A top United Nations official says she believes both sides in the Syrian civil war have committed war crimes, and is urging the U.N. Security Council to order an official investigation by the International Criminal Court at The Hague. U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay spoke Friday after briefing the Security Council. Her […]

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US House Republicans Call For Short Debt Limit Increase

Posted January 18th, 2013 at 3:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives are calling for a big enough increase in the country’s borrowing limit so the nation can pay its bills until mid-April. House Republican leaders said Friday the chamber would vote next week on a plan to boost the debt ceiling. The United States has already reached its current […]

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Burma to End Offensive Against Kachin Rebels

Posted January 18th, 2013 at 11:20 am (UTC-5)
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Burma says it will end its offensive against ethnic minority rebels in the northern state of Kachin, in light of growing international criticism. The government’s information ministry on Friday announced a halt to military operations in the area. The move comes as fighting between Kachin rebels and Burmese forces has moved closer to rebel headquarters […]

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Rocket Hits Syria’s Northern City of Aleppo

Posted January 18th, 2013 at 9:40 am (UTC-5)
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Syrian state media say a rocket slammed into a building in the country’s northern city of Aleppo on Friday, causing casualties. Video broadcast on state television showed large parts of the building collapsed, with medics pulling bodies out of the wreckage. The number of dead and wounded is not immediately known. State media have blamed […]

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IAEA, Iran Fail to Reach Deal on Nuclear Inspections

Posted January 18th, 2013 at 8:00 am (UTC-5)
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The chief United Nations nuclear inspector says no deal has been reached with Iran to investigate its controversial nuclear program, but that a meeting will take place next month. International Atomic Energy Agency team leader Herman Nackaerts and his team of U.N. inspectors arrived Friday at Vienna airport following two days of “intensive discussions” in […]

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Gunmen Kill Somali Journalist in Mogadishu

Posted January 18th, 2013 at 6:00 am (UTC-5)
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Gunmen have shot and killed a Somali journalist working for an independent media outlet in the capital, Mogadishu. The Shabelle Media Network says broadcast journalist Abdihared Osman Adan was shot several times as he was leaving for work early Friday. He is the first journalist to be killed in 2013 in Somalia, Africa’s deadliest country […]

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