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Kuwait to Host Conference on Syria’s Humanitarian Crisis

Posted December 24th, 2012 at 8:55 pm (UTC-5)
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The Kuwaiti government has announced that it plans to host an international conference next month on helping solve Syria’s growing humanitarian crisis. Kuwait’s leader Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al Sabah said on the sidelines of a Gulf Cooperation Council meeting in Bahrain Monday that he will host donors in late January. He said U.N. Secretary-General Ban […]

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India Shuts Roads, Metro to Clamp Down on Rape Protests

Posted December 24th, 2012 at 12:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Indian officials closed roads and metro stations Monday in central New Delhi, in an effort to end massive demonstrations over last week’s brutal gang rape and beating of a 23-year-old student. Police barricaded roads leading to India Gate, an imposing Arc de Triomphe-style war memorial in the center of the Indian capital, which has become […]

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Afghan Policewoman Kills American Adviser in Kabul

Posted December 24th, 2012 at 10:00 am (UTC-5)
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Afghan and NATO officials say a female Afghan police officer has killed an American adviser in the Afghan capital, in the first known “insider” attack by a woman. The coalition says a woman wearing a police uniform shot and killed a contracted civilian employee of NATO on Monday inside Kabul’s heavily guarded police headquarters. Afghan […]

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Egypt Opposition Vows to Keep Fighting Islamist-Backed Constitution

Posted December 23rd, 2012 at 1:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Egypt’s liberal opposition coalition says it will keep fighting an Islamist-backed constitution despite its apparent approval in a two-stage referendum. In a Cairo news conference Sunday, the National Salvation Front said it has asked electoral authorities to investigate irregularities in the referendum, which ended Saturday with voting in 17 of Egypt’s 27 provinces. Voting began […]

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Polls Close in Egyptian Referendum on Constitution

Posted December 22nd, 2012 at 6:35 pm (UTC-5)
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The polls have closed in Egypt in the second and final round of a referendum on an Islamist-backed constitution that has sparked weeks of violence and protests. About 25 million Egyptians were eligible to cast ballots Saturday. Election officials extended the voting to 11 p.m. local time, as they did in the first round of […]

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Obama Nominates John Kerry for Top US Diplomatic Post

Posted December 21st, 2012 at 1:55 pm (UTC-5)
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President Barack Obama has nominated Senator John Kerry to be the next secretary of state. At the White House Friday, President Obama praised Kerry as the “perfect” choice to guide American diplomacy in the years ahead. He said Kerry has earned the trust and respect of his Senate colleagues and leaders around the world through […]

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Police Fire Tear Gas at Clashing Egyptian Protesters

Posted December 21st, 2012 at 12:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Police have fired tear gas at clashing protesters in Egypt’s northern city of Alexandria on the eve of a second day of polling on a controversial constitutional referendum. Anti-constitution protesters and conservative Islamists threw stones at one another on Friday, prompting riot police to fire tear gas to separate them. At least 20 people were […]

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US Remembers Connecticut Shooting Victims

Posted December 21st, 2012 at 12:00 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama and other Americans paused Friday morning, remembering the children and adults gunned down by a 20-year-old in Newtown, Connecticut, one week ago. Church bells rang in Newtown and other U.S. towns and cities as mourners stood in silence. Authorities say Adam Lanza killed his mother, then went to an elementary school, […]

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39 Killed in Ethnic Clashes in Kenya

Posted December 21st, 2012 at 8:00 am (UTC-5)
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Authorities in Kenya say at least 39 people — 30 villagers and nine attackers — have been killed in fresh clashes between two rival ethnic groups in the southeastern Tana River region. A local police official says a group of ethnic Pokomo, armed with spears and firearms, raided a village belonging to the Orma people […]

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Obama Still Optimistic Financial Deal Will Be Reached

Posted December 19th, 2012 at 3:45 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama says he is willing to do “some very tough things” to compromise with his political opponents in Congress on contentious year-end financial issues and is optimistic an agreement can be reached within days. The president says he has reached a broad framework of government spending cuts and tax rates with the […]

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