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British Commonwealth Approves Succession Changes

Posted December 4th, 2012 at 4:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Countries in Britain’s Commonwealth have given formal approval for a bill ending male preference in the line of succession to the throne. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg pledged Tuesday that the law would be changed as soon as possible. The measures were agreed on by prime ministers of the 15 countries of the Commonwealth that […]

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Thousands in Serbia Protest Against UN Court Rulings

Posted December 4th, 2012 at 3:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Thousands of Serbian students gathered in the capital, Belgrade, to protest a U.N. court’s recent acquittal of a former Kosovo prime minister and two Croatian generals for war crimes. More than 2,000 students gathered outside of parliament Tuesday carrying signs and waving flags while calling on lawmakers to adopt a resolution condemning The Hague’s ruling. […]

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UN War Crimes Court Upholds Bosnian Serb Convictions

Posted December 4th, 2012 at 1:55 pm (UTC-5)
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A United Nations war crimes court has upheld the convictions of two Bosnian Serbs accused of killing more than 100 people during the Balkans conflict of the 1990s. The appeals court on Tuesday affirmed the life sentence of Milan Lukic, a founding member of a group known as the White Eagles, or the Avengers, which […]

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Protesters in Belfast Riot Over Flag Vote

Posted December 4th, 2012 at 12:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Hundreds of protesters rioted in the Northern Ireland city of Belfast following a vote by councilors to remove the British flag from city hall for most of the year. Fifteen police officers were injured Monday night as demonstrators threw bottles and bricks at officers during an attempt to force their way into the building. Two […]

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Hungarian PM Vows to Protect Jews and Other Minorities

Posted December 3rd, 2012 at 5:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban is vowing to protect all Hungarians against racial prejudice after an apparent anti-Semitic remark by a far-right lawmaker. Parliamentarian Marton Gyongyosi of the opposition Jobbik party infuriated Hungarians last week when he suggested the government draw up a list of people of Jewish ancestry who he says pose a security […]

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Russia, Turkey Fail to Agree on Syria

Posted December 3rd, 2012 at 2:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Russia and Turkey have again failed to come to an agreement on how to help end the Syrian conflict, an issue on which the two countries sharply disagree. Russian President Vladimir Putin has backed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad throughout the crisis, blocking Western-sponsored resolutions at the United Nations condemning the Syrian government. Meanwhile, Turkish Prime […]

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Ukraine’s Government Resigns

Posted December 3rd, 2012 at 1:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Mykola Azarov’s government Monday, a surprise move following the country’s controversial elections and ongoing economic woes. However, the president has ordered ministers to remain in their posts until the new government forms. The country’s new parliament is preparing to meet for the first time after […]

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Britain’s Prince William and Catherine Expecting a Baby

Posted December 3rd, 2012 at 1:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Britain’s St. James Palace has announced that Prince William and his wife, Catherine, are expecting a baby. In a statement Monday, the palace said the royal couple — known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge — are very pleased to announce they are expecting a baby, and that members of both their families are […]

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Putin in Turkey for Bilateral Talks on Trade, Syria

Posted December 3rd, 2012 at 11:50 am (UTC-5)
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Russian President Vladimir Putin is meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to discuss a range of issues, including the countries’ burgeoning trade relationship and differences over the Syrian conflict. Mr. Putin arrived in Istanbul Monday for a one-day visit, his first foreign trip in two months. The Russian leader was originally due to […]

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Clinton Pushing Energy Diversity in Czech Republic

Posted December 3rd, 2012 at 7:55 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says she is “not shy” about pushing for an American firm to win a nuclear plant construction contract in the Czech Republic. U.S. firm Westinghouse and a Russian company are bidding on a $10 billion contract to expand the Temelin nuclear plant. The Czech Republic wants to boost its […]

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