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Nicolas Tiangaye Named Central African Republic PM

Posted January 17th, 2013 at 12:00 pm (UTC-5)
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The president of the Central African Republic has appointed opposition lawyer Nicolas Tiangaye as prime minister, as part of a deal to end a recent rebellion. President Francois Bozize made the announcement on state radio Thursday, after a meeting with members of the Seleka rebel alliance and opposition parties. The government and rebels reached a […]

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Lance Armstrong Stripped of Olympic Bronze

Posted January 17th, 2013 at 10:45 am (UTC-5)
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Disgraced U.S. cycling star Lance Armstrong has been stripped of his only Olympic medal. Officials with the International Olympic Committee sent Armstrong a letter late Wednesday asking him to the return the bronze medal he won in the road time trial during the 2000 Sydney games. The move comes as American television personality Oprah Winfrey […]

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Scene of 2012 Massacre to Reopen

Posted January 17th, 2013 at 8:15 am (UTC-5)
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A movie theater in Colorado where 12 people were killed in a shooting spree nearly six months ago is reopening to the public. The owners of the 16-theater complex in the town of Aurora will host a private ceremony Thursday for victims and their families, along with police and emergency medical personnel. The theater, which […]

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Thousands Attend Funeral for Slain Kurdish Activists

Posted January 17th, 2013 at 7:55 am (UTC-5)
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Thousands of Kurds have gathered in Diyarbakir, southeast Turkey, for the funeral of three Kurdish activists killed last week in France. The mourners filled the streets and chanted slogans of solidarity as they marched alongside vehicles carrying the women’s coffins, which were flown to Turkey from France on Wednesday. The three women, Sakine Cansiz, Fidan […]

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India Rape Case Fast-Tracked

Posted January 17th, 2013 at 7:00 am (UTC-5)
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In India, the case against five men accused of gang-raping a woman who died of her injuries has been sent to a special fast-track court. A magistrate in New Delhi announced Thursday that the first hearing in the case will be January 21st. A sixth suspect is under 18 and will be tried separately in […]

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Chinese Official Calls for Dialogue with Japan on Island Dispute

Posted January 17th, 2013 at 6:00 am (UTC-5)
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A senior Chinese leader is calling for talks with Japan to resolve an increasingly bitter dispute over a group of islands in the East China Sea. Jia Qinglin, who heads China’s top political advisory body, made the comments during a meeting with former Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama. The state-run China Daily quoted Jia as […]

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Pakistan’s Anti-Corruption Bureau Refuses to Arrest Prime Minister

Posted January 17th, 2013 at 5:40 am (UTC-5)
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The head of Pakistan’s anti-corruption bureau says it has decided not to arrest Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, despite orders to do so by the supreme court. Fasih Bokhari, chief of the National Accountability Bureau, told the court Thursday that he does not have sufficient evidence to arrest Mr. Ashraf on corruption charges. On Tuesday, […]

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Activists: Pro-Syrian Forces Kill 106 in Homs

Posted January 17th, 2013 at 5:30 am (UTC-5)
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Syrian activists say forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad have killed more than 100 people in an attack on the central city of Homs. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Thursday the attack happened Tuesday, with pro-government forces burning homes and shooting victims. It said the 106 dead included women and children, and […]

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Car Bombs Kill 7 in Iraq

Posted January 17th, 2013 at 5:10 am (UTC-5)
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Bomb attacks across Iraq have killed at least seven people, one day after the deadliest wave of violence to hit the country this year. A pair of car bombs exploded Thursday in Dujail, about 60 kilometers north of Baghdad, killing seven and wounding at least 32 others. Another car bomb caused casualties in the southern […]

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Pakistani Terrorist to be Sentenced in Chicago

Posted January 17th, 2013 at 3:40 am (UTC-5)
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Pakistani-born Tahawwur Rana, convicted in the United States of supporting terrorist plots, is to be sentenced Thursday in a Chicago federal courtroom. Rana was convicted in 2011 of providing support to the Pakistani group responsible for a 2008 attack in Mumbai, India that killed more than 160 people. He also was convicted of backing a […]

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