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C. Africa Rebels Threaten Capital Despite President’s Unity Offer

Posted December 31st, 2012 at 3:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Rebels in the Central African Republic not backing down from their threat to invade the capital, despite President Francois Bozize’s offer to form a unity government. Fighters for the coalition of three rebel groups, known as Seleka, were holding position about 75 kilometers outside of Bangui Monday. In the last three weeks, the rebels have […]

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Egypt’s Morsi Urges Opposition to Join Dialogue After Enacting Constitution

Posted December 26th, 2012 at 3:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi is urging opposition groups to join him in a dialogue about the country’s future after he signed into law a new constitution that those groups bitterly oppose. In a televised address late Wednesday, Mr. Morsi said the government and the opposition must cooperate to enable Egypt to solve what he called […]

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US Political Bickering Hurts Economy

Posted December 24th, 2012 at 11:40 am (UTC-5)
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Continued political bickering in the United States is hurting stock and commodity prices and slowing spending by some U.S. holiday shoppers. Oil was trading below $89 a barrel Monday, as traders worried that an economic downturn could cut demand for energy. U.S. stocks were down in early trading, while European and Asian stocks were mixed […]

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Mali Islamists Destroy More Timbuktu Mausoleums

Posted December 23rd, 2012 at 1:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Islamist militants are tearing down more ancient mausoleums in the northern Malian city of Timbuktu. Witnesses and tourism officials say rebels from the Ansar Dine group began destroying the mausoleums Sunday with pickaxes. The militants destroyed several mausoleums in the city in July, after the U.N. cultural agency, UNESCO, put Timbuktu on its list of […]

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Police Clash with Rape Protesters

Posted December 23rd, 2012 at 7:15 am (UTC-5)
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Police in India’s capital Sunday used tear gas and water cannons for a second day on demonstrators who are demanding speedy action against the six detainees accused of a gang rape and beating of a 23-year-old female student. Sonia Gandhi, chief of the ruling Congress party, emerged from her residence after midnight to talk to […]

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Alcohol Off Menu for China’s Military

Posted December 22nd, 2012 at 5:50 am (UTC-5)
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China’s military commission has initiated strict changes for high-ranking military officers in an effort to curb a stream of corruption scandals. Reports in state media Friday said the Central Military Commission’s new rules ban senior officers from holding receptions featuring alcohol and staying in luxury hotels when on work trips. According to the new commission […]

4 Dead in Pennsylvania Shooting Spree

Posted December 21st, 2012 at 3:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Local authorities say a shooting spree in the eastern state of Pennsylvania has left four people dead and three state troopers wounded. Officials say the shootings occurred over several kilometers in Frankstown Township, about 150 kilometers from the Pennsylvania state capital, Harrisburg. They say the shooter was among those killed and the emergency is over. […]

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Federal Gun Task Force Holds First Meeting

Posted December 20th, 2012 at 6:10 pm (UTC-5)
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A U.S. federal gun violence task force formed in response to the Connecticut school massacre met for the first time Thursday, with Vice President Joe Biden leading a group of government agency chiefs seeking solutions to gun violence. The meeting in Washington included Attorney General Eric Holder, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Homeland Security Chief […]

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Laos Gov’t Denies Role in Disappearance of Activist

Posted December 20th, 2012 at 3:15 am (UTC-5)
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The government of Laos is denying responsibility for the disappearance of a prominent social activist, but human rights groups disagree, saying security camera footage suggests he was detained by Lao authorities. Sombath Somphone was last seen Saturday in the capital of Vientiane, when his jeep was stopped by authorities outside a police post. Video footage […]

Police Release names of Dead in School Massacre

Posted December 15th, 2012 at 5:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Connecticut state police have released the names of 26 people — including 20 small children — shot dead Friday in a school massacre that sent shock waves across the United States and beyond. A police spokesman released the names Saturday afternoon, pleading with journalists in the shattered community of Newtown to respect the privacy of […]

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