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No Progress in Obama, Boehner Meeting on Fiscal Cliff

Posted December 13th, 2012 at 6:55 pm (UTC-5)
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The Republican speaker of the House of Representatives, John Boehner, has met again with President Barack Obama at the White House to talk about the looming fiscal cliff, but no progress was reported. The two spoke for about one hour. All sides must agree on a package of budget cuts and tax increases by December […]

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US Condemns ‘Highly Provocative’ N.Korean Rocket Launch

Posted December 12th, 2012 at 6:05 am (UTC-5)
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The United States is joining the international community in condemning what it calls a “highly provocative” long-range rocket launch by North Korea. National Security Council spokesperson Tommy Vietor said in a statement that the launch threatens regional security and is in direct violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions barring Pyongyang from ballistic missile technology. […]

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North Korea Launches Long-Range Rocket

Posted December 11th, 2012 at 10:55 pm (UTC-5)
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North Korea says it has succeeded in launching a long-range rocket and placing a satellite into orbit, defying warnings from the United Nations and its neighbors. The official Korean Central News Agency said the Unha-3 rocket “successfully lifted off” from the Sohae Space Center on Wednesday and that the satellite “entered its orbit as planned.” […]

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Egyptian Islamist Parties Reject Referendum Delay

Posted December 8th, 2012 at 11:45 am (UTC-5)
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A coalition including the Muslim Brotherhood and other Egyptian Islamist parties have rejected opposition demands to delay a December 15 referendum on a controversial draft constitution. A senior member of the Muslim Brotherhood, Khairat al-Shater, said Saturday the referendum must proceed on the scheduled date without modification or delay. Meanwhile, Egyptian state media reported that […]

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Egyptian Protesters Converge on Presidential Palace

Posted December 7th, 2012 at 9:50 am (UTC-5)
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Opponents and supporters of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi have taken to the streets of Cairo, converging on the presidential palace in another day of demonstrations that have gripped the capital. VOA’s correspondent in Cairo, Elizabeth Arrott, says anti-Morsi crowds participating in Friday’s demonstrations are furious that the Egyptian leader has refused to call off a […]

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Earthquake, Tsunami Hits Japan

Posted December 7th, 2012 at 9:30 am (UTC-5)
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A powerful undersea earthquake has shaken 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. No deaths have been reported from Friday’s […]

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Afghan Spy Chief Wounded in ‘Terrorist Attack’

Posted December 6th, 2012 at 12:55 pm (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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Egyptian Protesters Clash Outside Presidential Palace

Posted December 5th, 2012 at 12:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Opponents and supporters of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi clashed near the presidential palace Wednesday. Large crowds of supporters of Mr. Morsi converged on the palace as the day wore on, until they eventually outnumbered opponents. Edward Yeranian in Cairo reports that witnesses say the president’s supporters battled opponents and tore down their tents and forced […]

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Egyptian Riot Police Fire Tear Gas at Protesters

Posted December 4th, 2012 at 6:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Egyptian riot police 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 palace […]

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NATO Approves Turkey’s Request for Missiles on Syria Border

Posted December 4th, 2012 at 2:45 pm (UTC-5)
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NATO on Tuesday agreed to deploy Patriot missiles to the Turkish border to help defend Turkey against threats from Syria. “In response to Turkey’s request, NATO has decided to augment Turkey’s air defense capabilities in order to defend the population and territory of Turkey,” NATO foreign ministers said in a statement. NATO member Turkey first […]

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