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Chinese City Stops Metal Plant Project After Mass Protests

Posted July 3rd, 2012 at 2:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Chinese authorities have scrapped a plan to build a copper plant in a central city after thousands of residents staged three days of protests against the prospect of heavy pollution from the factory. In a statement posted on its website, the government of Shifang city in Sichuan province said Tuesday it has stopped the metal […]

Report: Assad Regrets Syria Downing of Turkish Jet

Posted July 3rd, 2012 at 10:50 am (UTC-5)
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A Turkish newspaper has quoted Syrian President Bashar al-Assad saying he regrets that his forces shot down a Turkish military jet last month. The Cumhuriyet newspaper published comments from Mr. Assad Tuesday in which the leader insisted the jet was flying in Syrian airspace that had been used by Israeli planes three times. Turkey says […]

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Poland Protests Arrest of Journalist In Belarus

Posted June 23rd, 2012 at 4:30 pm (UTC-5)
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A reporter working for a Polish daily newspaper has been accused of defaming hardline Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko and has been arrested. Warsaw has demanded the “immediate release of Andrzej Poczobut”, a journalist for Poland’s leading liberal Gazeta Wyborcza daily, according to a Friday foreign ministry statement. Poland’s Foreign Ministry summoned the Belarus ambassador over […]

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Opposition: Syria Intensifies Attacks After UN Mission Suspension

Posted June 17th, 2012 at 10:25 am (UTC-5)
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Syrian opposition activists say government forces have intensified their shelling of rebel-held neighborhoods in Homs, killing a least 11 people — one day after U.N. observers suspended their work. Activists released new amateur video Sunday of what appeared to be heavy shelling in the central Syrian city. The opposition also reported that clashes and shelling […]

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British PM Says Relationship Between Media and Politicians Is Too Cozy

Posted June 14th, 2012 at 7:35 am (UTC-5)
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British Prime Minister David Cameron has gone before a media ethics panel to testify about his relationship with media mogul Rupert Murdoch. Mr. Cameron told the government-funded, independent panel that politicians and the media have had a too close relationship for the past two decades. He says there needs to be more transparency and better […]

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Kenyan Police Say Cabinet Minister Among Six Killed in Helicopter Crash

Posted June 10th, 2012 at 6:10 am (UTC-5)
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Kenyan police and government officials say Internal Security Minister George Saitoti is among at least six people killed in a police helicopter crash early Sunday, near the capital, Nairobi. Authorities say an assistant and a bodyguard of Saitoti were also killed in the crash in the Ngong hills area. Saitoti was a former Vice-President, who […]

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Obama to Award Highest Civilian Honor to 13 Recipients

Posted May 29th, 2012 at 2:05 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama is set Tuesday to award the Israeli president, a World War II resistance fighter, a former U.S. astronaut, and several others the nation’s highest civilian honor — the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In a ceremony at the White House, the president will give the medal to 13 people deemed to have […]

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Peace Envoy in Syria, 34 Dead in Hama Assault

Posted May 28th, 2012 at 11:00 am (UTC-5)
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International peace envoy Kofi Annan is in Syria to salvage a peace plan that he admits is not being “implemented comprehensively,” as rights activists report a government assault on the central city of Hama that killed at least 34 people. After arriving in the Syrian capital, Damascus on Monday, Mr. Annan urged “everyone with a […]

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Nepal Fails to Agree on New Constitution

Posted May 27th, 2012 at 8:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Nepal’s Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai called for new elections after the term of the country’s parliament, the Constituent Assembly, expired at Sunday midnight without completing the task of writing a new post-war constitution. Mr. Bhattarai, who leads a national unity government made up of the country’s four main political parties, said the Constituent Assembly had […]

EU Leaders to Focus on Economic Growth at Brussels Summit

Posted May 23rd, 2012 at 11:50 am (UTC-5)
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Leaders of the 27 nations that make up the European Union will gather in Brussels Wednesday for a summit aimed at solving the bloc’s debt crisis. The bloc’s focus has shifted from austerity to pro-growth policies since the election of Socialist Francois Hollande as president of France and the political stalemate in Greece, where voters […]

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