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Deadly Bomb Blasts Rock Pakistan

Posted January 10th, 2013 at 3:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Four separate bombings killed more than 110 people across Pakistan Thursday, including 92 deaths in Quetta. Police in the capital of Baluchistan province say a suicide bomber blew himself up inside a crowded billiard hall, followed by a second bomber there minutes later. The twin blasts killed 81 people, including police and rescue workers. More […]

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India Urges Pakistan to Probe Cross-Border Clash

Posted January 9th, 2013 at 5:40 am (UTC-5)
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India has lodged a formal complaint with Pakistan over the alleged killing of two Indian soldiers by Pakistani troops in disputed Kashmir and called on Islamabad to immediately investigate the incident. Indian officials summoned the Pakistani high commissioner (Salman Bashir) in New Delhi on Wednesday about that clash they said violated “all norms of international […]

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Mali Government Soldiers Fire Warning Shots at Rebels

Posted January 8th, 2013 at 3:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Malian soldiers fired at Islamist fighters who tried to push toward the government-controlled south of the country Tuesday. Military sources say soldiers fired “warning shots” overnight to halt the advance of fighters toward Mopti, a government stronghold about 650 kilometers northeast of the capital, Bamako. The French news agency, AFP, says the fighters retreated after […]

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Indian Rape Hearing Closed to the Public

Posted January 7th, 2013 at 6:45 am (UTC-5)
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The magistrate in India’s capital hearing the case of five of the six suspects in a brutal gang rape cleared the packed courtroom Monday, and said the proceedings will be closed to the public. She announced the closure shortly after the suspects arrived at a fast-track court Monday morning in New Delhi, saying noisy protests […]

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Indian Rape Hearing Closed to the Public

Posted January 7th, 2013 at 5:10 am (UTC-5)
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The magistrate in India’s capital hearing the case of five of the six suspects in a brutal gang rape cleared the packed courtroom Monday, and said the proceedings will be closed to the public. He announced the closure shortly after the suspects arrived at a fast-track court Monday morning in New Delhi. The hearing is […]

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Syria’s Assad Offers Dialogue, Slams Rebels in Rare Speech

Posted January 6th, 2013 at 11:25 am (UTC-5)
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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has made a rare public speech reiterating support for a political solution to his country’s civil war, while also denouncing opposition forces as “terrorists” and urging his people to fight them. In his first national address since last June, Mr. Assad appeared at the Damascus Opera House on Sunday, telling a […]

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Pakistani, Indian Troops Exchange Fire

Posted January 6th, 2013 at 4:10 am (UTC-5)
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Pakistan and India are accusing each other for starting a deadly incident Sunday along their disputed border in Kashmir. Pakistan’s military says troops from India raided a Pakistani military post on the Kashmir border, killing one Pakistani soldier and critically wounding another. Pakistan says it repelled the attack. Indian officials deny that any troops crossed […]

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UN: More Than 60,000 Dead in Syrian Civil War

Posted January 2nd, 2013 at 8:05 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations says new and exhaustive analysis shows that more than 60,000 people have died in Syria’s civil war, a figure that surpasses Syrian opposition estimates by about one-third. U.N. Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay, in a study released Wednesday in Geneva, said death reports from seven separate sources were cross-referenced by experts to […]

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Global Markets Higher As US Congress Averts Financial Crisis

Posted January 2nd, 2013 at 10:10 am (UTC-5)
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World markets are opening 2013 on a high note, after the U.S. Congress reached a deal to avert an early 2013 financial crisis that threatened to send the world’s largest economy into recession. In the U.S., key stock markets all jumped 2 percent or more in the first half hour of trading Wednesday. Stocks also […]

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Pakistan Releases More Afghan Taliban Prisoners

Posted December 31st, 2012 at 11:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Pakistan has released eight Afghan Taliban prisoners, including the minister of justice during the Taliban’s rule of Afghanistan in the late 1990s. The Foreign Ministry said in a statement Monday the prisoners were released “in order to further facilitate the Afghan reconciliation process.” Pakistan said that among those released were former Afghan Justice Minister Mullah […]

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