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Syrian Rebel Video Appears to Show 20 Executed Soldiers

Posted September 10th, 2012 at 6:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Syrian rebels have posted an Internet video that appears to show the bodies of 20 soldiers whom they executed in the northern city of Aleppo. In the video published Monday, the bodies of men dressed in military fatigues can be seen lined up on a pavement with their heads bloodied. The men were blindfolded and […]

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Obama Edges Ahead of Romney in Latest Surveys

Posted September 10th, 2012 at 4:30 pm (UTC-5)
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New political surveys show that President Barack Obama has a small lead over his Republican rival Mitt Romney, as the two candidates enter the final eight weeks of the U.S. presidential election campaign. The Gallup and Rasmussen Reports polls Monday showed President Obama ahead of Mr. Romney by 5 percent following last week’s Democratic National […]

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Somali Lawmakers Elect New President

Posted September 10th, 2012 at 2:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Somali lawmakers have elected Hassan Sheikh Mohamud as the new president of Somalia. Mr. Mohamud defeated incumbent leader Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed in a third-round run-off vote in Mogadishu. The final tally was not immediately announced, but election watchers said Mr. Mohamud won by a comfortable margin. The election reflects a final step in a […]

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US Transfers Bagram Prison to Afghanistan

Posted September 10th, 2012 at 10:50 am (UTC-5)
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The United States has formally handed over control of a controversial prison to the Afghan government, despite a disagreement about the fate of some of its inmates. A small ceremony Monday at Bagram prison outside Kabul marked the handover of more than 3,000 prisoners from U.S. to Afghan authorities. Afghan President Hamid Karzai hailed the […]

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Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Camp Takes Narrow Lead in Election

Posted September 9th, 2012 at 10:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement has taken a narrow lead in a legislative council election that represents a major test for the autonomous Chinese territory’s new pro-Beijing government. Official results released early Monday show pro-democracy candidates won 18 of the 35 legislative seats directly elected by voters in Hong Kong’s geographical constituencies. Sixteen of the remaining […]

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Attacks Across Iraq Kill More Than 50

Posted September 9th, 2012 at 10:45 am (UTC-5)
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A series of attacks across Iraq killed more than 50 people and wounded nearly 250 others Sunday. The violence hit more than 11 cities and targeted Iraqi security forces, police recruits and markets. There has been no claim of responsibility, but attacks targeting security forces are the hallmark of insurgents in Iraq. Authorities say the […]

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Suicide Bomber Kills 6 in Afghan Capital

Posted September 8th, 2012 at 5:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Afghan officials say a teenage suicide bomber blew himself up near NATO headquarters in the capital, Kabul, Saturday, killing at least six civilians, including street children. The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan condemned the bombing, saying such acts “exploit vulnerable individuals” and coerce them into “committing horrible acts.” Kabul police said the bomber […]

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Pakistani Judge Grants Bail to Christian Girl Accused of Blaspheming Islam

Posted September 7th, 2012 at 4:25 pm (UTC-5)
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A Pakistani judge has granted bail to a mentally-challenged Christian girl accused of blasphemy against Islam. Fourteen-year-old Rimsha Masih had spent the last three weeks in jail in Islamabad after neighbors accused her of burning pages from the Quran. Judge Mohammad Azam Khan ordered her release Friday, setting bail at more than $10,000. The judge […]

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US Labor Market Slumping, Even as Jobless Rate Falls

Posted September 7th, 2012 at 1:45 pm (UTC-5)
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The slumping U.S. labor market added a meager 96,000 jobs last month, but the country’s unemployment rate declined as more Americans abandoned their search for work. The government reported Friday that the August jobless rate was 8.1 percent, down from 8.3 percent in July. It was the 43rd straight month that the figure has been […]

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US to Designate Pakistan’s Haqqani Network as Terror Group

Posted September 7th, 2012 at 10:45 am (UTC-5)
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The U.S. has moved to designate the Pakistan-based Haqqani network as a terrorist organization, a decision that could pave the way for tough financial sanctions against the militant group. A senior State Department official says Secretary of State Hillary Clinton signed a report to Congress Friday that says the group meets the criteria for a […]

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