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Syrian Rebels Set Sights on Damascus Airport

Posted December 7th, 2012 at 6:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Syrian rebels say they plan to seize Damascus International Airport, declaring it a legitimate target in their fight to topple President Bashar al-Assad. A rebel commander said Friday attacks on the airport are justified because it is being used as a military zone. He said civilians should avoid the area. It was unclear just how […]

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Tsunami Warning Cancelled After Powerful Earthquake Hits Japan

Posted December 7th, 2012 at 7:35 am (UTC-5)
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A powerful earthquake shook Japan’s northeastern coast, triggering a small tsunami and causing buildings to sway as far away as Tokyo. A one-meter high tsunami swept ashore Friday in Ishinomaki, in Miyagi prefecture, the same region that was devastated by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. There were no immediate reports of damage from Friday’s […]

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Egypt President Defies Protesters Demands

Posted December 7th, 2012 at 6:20 am (UTC-5)
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Egypt’s oppostion is calling for more demonstrations on Friday after President Mohamed Morsi refused to call off a disputed constitutional referendum or curb the sweeping powers he granted himself in a decree last month. Soldiers have erected barricades with concrete blocks and barbed wire around the presidential palace in Cairo, the site of deadly clashes […]

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Afghan Spy Chief Wounded in ‘Terrorist Attack’

Posted December 6th, 2012 at 11:40 am (UTC-5)
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Afghan officials say the country’s intelligence chief is in surgery after being wounded in an assassination attempt in Kabul. The National Security Directorate said Asadullah Khalid was wounded in what it called a “terrorist attack” Thursday when an explosion hit a guest house in the capital. Khalid reportedly suffered injuries to the lower part of […]

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Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood Calls for Pro-Morsi Rally

Posted December 5th, 2012 at 9:50 am (UTC-5)
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Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood has called for a support rally for Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, as anti-Morsi demonstrators remained camped out at Cairo’s Tahrir Square and in front of the presidential palace. The Islamist group called for the demonstration later Wednesday outside of the presidential palace. They said the rally was called because opposition protesters were […]

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Egyptian Riot Police Fire Tear Gas at Protesters

Posted December 4th, 2012 at 5:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Egyptian riot police on Tuesday fired tear gas outside the presidential palace as tens of thousands of protesters marched against President Mohamed Morsi. Police tried to stop the crowd from storming the palace where Mr. Morsi was inside conducting business. The police soon retreated and let the marchers through a barrier and up to the […]

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NATO: Syria Chemical Weapons Warrant Immediate International Reaction

Posted December 4th, 2012 at 7:45 am (UTC-5)
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NATO’s Secretary General says the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government would warrant an immediate reaction from the international community. NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Tuesday the possible use of chemical weapons would be “completely unacceptable.” He spoke hours before NATO foreign ministers were expected to approve Turkey’s request for Patriot […]

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US Joins EU Nations in Pressuring Israel to Reverse Settlement Plans

Posted December 3rd, 2012 at 7:25 pm (UTC-5)
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The Obama administration has joined European nations in trying to pressure Israel to reverse plans to build thousands of homes in the occupied areas of East Jerusalem and the West Bank, claimed by the Palestinians as part of an independent state. White House spokesman Jay Carney Monday said Israeli leaders should “exercise restraint” and “reconsider” […]

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Syria Denies It Would Use Chemical Weapons

Posted December 3rd, 2012 at 10:35 am (UTC-5)
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Syria says it will not use chemical weapons against its own people after U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned the issue remains a “red line” that would prompt direct American intervention. The diplomatic sparing comes as Syrian government forces bombed rebel positions in the border town of Ras al-Ain Monday, killing at least 12 […]

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At Least 9 Dead in Japan Tunnel Collapse

Posted December 3rd, 2012 at 12:45 am (UTC-5)
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((updates death toll in hed, lede; new info in grafs 1-2, 5) Japanese officials say at least nine people died Sunday when concrete ceiling panels fell in a highway tunnel west of Tokyo. Early Monday, rescue officials were forced to suspend their work until more supports can be added to the remaining panels. Police said […]


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