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14 Killed 50 Wounded in Shooting at Batman Movie

Posted July 20th, 2012 at 6:40 am (UTC-5)
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Police in the state of Colorado say at least 14 people were shot to death and around 50 were wounded in a shooting at a movie theater in a suburb of Denver. Authorities say the midnight premier of “The Dark Knight Rises,” the latest Batman movie, had just begun Friday at the Century 16 theater […]

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Russia, China Veto UN Resolution on Syria

Posted July 19th, 2012 at 1:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Russia and China vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution that would have imposed non-military sanctions on Syria, but the United States says it will work outside the Council to pressure the Assad government in Damascus and deliver assistance to victims of the fighting there. Russia and China’s “no” votes blocked extension of the U.N. monitoring […]

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Annan Calls for Delay of Vote on Syria Resolution

Posted July 18th, 2012 at 11:50 am (UTC-5)
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International envoy Kofi Annan has asked the U.N. Security Council to delay a vote on a new resolution on Syria scheduled for Wednesday, after a bomb blast in Damascus killed top Syrian officials. In Washington, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said the bombing is evidence that the situation in Syria is “rapidly spinning out of […]

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UN Chief Visits China Ahead of Security Council Showdown on Syria

Posted July 17th, 2012 at 4:55 am (UTC-5)
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U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is heading to China amid a looming showdown at the U.N. Security Council over two competing resolutions on Syria. Mr. Ban’s trip will include talks with President Hu Jintao, and his arrival comes as the official People’s Daily newspaper ran a commentary rejecting foreign intervention in the Syrian crisis. Syria is […]

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London Olympics Security Firm Can’t Fill Jobs

Posted July 14th, 2012 at 10:30 am (UTC-5)
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A private firm contracted to provide security at the 2012 London Olympics has apologized to Olympic officials for failing to provide all the personnel it had promised. G4S said Saturday it is having difficulty processing applicants for the security jobs. That has prompted British government officials to order an additional 13,500 military personnel to take […]

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Internal Report: Penn State Officials Concealed Abuse

Posted July 12th, 2012 at 11:45 am (UTC-5)
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An internal investigation into the Penn State University child abuse scandal found that university leaders, including late head football coach Joe Paterno, “concealed critical facts” about former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky’s sexual abuse of young boys. Former FBI director Louis Freeh was hired by university trustees to look into the scandal after Sandusky was arrested. […]

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US Hails Libyan Election

Posted July 8th, 2012 at 3:00 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama has hailed Libya’s first free election in decades, calling it another milestone in the country’s transition to democracy. In a written statement late Saturday, Mr. Obama extended his congratulations to Libya on behalf of the American people. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, speaking in Tokyo, also congratulated Libyans Sunday. “After […]

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US: Afghanistan Now Major Non-NATO Ally

Posted July 7th, 2012 at 3:35 am (UTC-5)
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Washington has declared Afghanistan a major non-NATO ally of the United States, providing the war-ravaged country with a long-term framework for security and defense cooperation with the U.S. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced the new status Saturday in Kabul where she held talks with President Hamid Karzai. She said after meeting with Mr. […]

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Top General Said to Defect From Syria

Posted July 6th, 2012 at 6:10 am (UTC-5)
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A top Syrian general and one-time confidante of President Bashar al-Assad has defected from Syria and is believed to be in Turkey, a potentially serious blow to Mr. Assad’s regime. Sipan Hassan of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told VOA his activist group learned from journalists and security sources in Syria that Manaf Tlas […]

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EU Oil Embargo on Iran Takes Effect Sunday

Posted June 30th, 2012 at 11:30 am (UTC-5)
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A European Union embargo on Iranian oil that takes effect Sunday is the latest move in an international effort to force Tehran to halt its disputed nuclear program. The EU and the United States want Iran to end development work that they say is intended to produce nuclear weapons. Iran says its nuclear program is […]

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