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Blast Erupts Near Syrian Monitors’ Convoy

Posted May 9th, 2012 at 6:40 am (UTC-5)
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An explosion has rocked military vehicles accompanying a convoy of U.N. monitors in Syria on Wednesday, a day after international mediator Kofi Annan warned that ongoing anti-government unrest could cause Syria to descend into civil war. The blast in the southern flashpoint city of Daraa left at least six soldiers wounded. The observer mission head, […]

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US, China to Cooperate on Cyber Security

Posted May 8th, 2012 at 3:25 am (UTC-5)
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Senior Chinese and U.S. defense officials have agreed to cooperate on cyber security threats, despite recent accusations that China is behind several cyber attacks against U.S. networks. The announcement came Monday as China’s Defense Minister Liang Guanglie met in Washington with his U.S. counterpart, Leon Panetta. Panetta said it was important for both countries to […]

France’s Sarkozy Set for Defeat by Socialist

Posted May 5th, 2012 at 1:30 am (UTC-5)
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France holds its presidential runoff election Sunday, with Socialist challenger Francois Hollande expected to defeat incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy. The latest opinion polls indicate President Sarkozy has narrowed the gap behind his Socialist rival, but Mr. Hollande is still expected to emerge victorious. In office five years, President Sarkozy has faced criticism for his handling of […]

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4 Killed in Syria, Annan plan ‘on track’

Posted May 4th, 2012 at 6:25 am (UTC-5)
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Rights activists say Syrian forces killed four civilians, on Friday, as a spokesman for international envoy Kofi Annan said a peace plan for Damascus was “on track” despite continued violence. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says forces opened fire on a vehicle in Hama, killing three people. The London-based group says forces shot and […]

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Witness Say 15 Killed in Nigerian Church Attack

Posted April 29th, 2012 at 8:15 am (UTC-5)
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The group has said it wants to establish an Islamic state in northern Nigeria and does not recognize the government or the country’s constitution. Nigeria’s population of 150 million is about evenly divided between Muslims, who mostly live in the north, and Christians who dominate in the south. Hundreds of others died last year in […]

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World Awaits Landmark African War Crimes Verdict

Posted April 26th, 2012 at 5:55 am (UTC-5)
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A special tribunal in The Hague is delivering its verdict in the trial of former Liberian president Charles Taylor, accused of masterminding some of the worst human rights abuses in recent memory. The Special Court for Sierra Leone is meeting Thursday, almost five years after the trial opened. Mr. Taylor faces 11 counts of war […]

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Iran Says Cyberattack on Oil Industry Had Little Impact

Posted April 24th, 2012 at 11:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Iran says a suspected cyberattack on its state-run oil industry had little impact on operations thanks to rapid measures taken by experts to limit the spread of the virus. Iranian state news agency IRNA quotes an Oil Ministry official as saying there was “no damage” to the ministry’s computer data from the virus, which authorities […]

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Obama Makes Appeal for Peace to People in South Sudan, Sudan

Posted April 21st, 2012 at 3:35 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama made a videotaped message to the people of Sudan and South Sudan that aired Saturday, saying “conflict is not inevitable,” and their leaders have a chance not to drag them into a war. In a YouTube Internet message, Mr. Obama called on both countries to end military actions against the other. […]

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New Photos Show US Soldiers Posing with Afghan Insurgent Remains

Posted April 18th, 2012 at 11:55 am (UTC-5)
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Photographs showing U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan posing with the remains of suicide bombers are drawing condemnation from top U.S. and NATO officials. The photos from 2010 obtained by the Los Angeles Times show members of the United States Army posing with the bodies of insurgents who killed themselves in suicide attacks. The Times published two […]

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Al-Qaida Claims Kidnapping of Saudi Diplomat in Yemen, Makes Demands

Posted April 17th, 2012 at 11:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Saudi Arabia says al-Qaida has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping of a Saudi diplomat in Yemen last month and threatened to kill the man unless the kingdom releases detained militants. Saudi officials said Tuesday the terrorist network’s regional affiliate, al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, claimed the kidnapping in a phone call to the Saudi Embassy […]

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