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Russian Parliament Approves Ban on US Adoptions

Posted December 26th, 2012 at 7:45 pm (UTC-5)
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The upper house of Russia’s parliament has unanimously approved a measure banning Americans from adopting Russian children. All 143 members of the Federation Council present voted Wednesday to support the bill, which now goes to President Vladimir Putin for his signature. The legislation bans adoption of Russian children by U.S. families, ends bilateral adoption agreements […]

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Egypt’s Morsi Urges Opposition to Join Dialogue After Enacting Constitution

Posted December 26th, 2012 at 3:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi is urging opposition groups to join him in a dialogue about the country’s future after he signed into law a new constitution that those groups bitterly oppose. In a televised address late Wednesday, Mr. Morsi said the government and the opposition must cooperate to enable Egypt to solve what he called […]

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Egypt’s Morsi Urges Opposition to Join Dialogue After Enacting Constitution

Posted December 26th, 2012 at 2:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi is urging opposition groups to join him in a dialogue about the country’s future after he signed into law a new constitution that those groups bitterly oppose. In a televised address late Wednesday, Mr. Morsi said the government and the opposition must cooperate to enable Egypt to solve what he called […]

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Northeast US Braces for Blizzard Conditions

Posted December 26th, 2012 at 12:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Parts of the U.S. are bracing for blizzard conditions, as a powerful storm moves east after bringing snow and tornadoes to the southern United States. Blizzard warnings are in effect for parts of Indiana and Ohio. The National Weather Service is advising people to stay off the roads, saying snow and strong winds could create […]

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High-Ranking General Flees Syrian Regime

Posted December 26th, 2012 at 10:45 am (UTC-5)
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A top Syrian military official who headed the feared military police has told a pan-Arab TV station that he defected and joined Syria’s opposition movement. A video published on a social media website on Wednesday shows the general, Abdul-Aziz Jassem al-Shallal, saying that he left the government because the Syrian military police have strayed from […]

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Shinzo Abe Officially Approved as New Japanese Prime Minister

Posted December 26th, 2012 at 3:05 am (UTC-5)
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Shinzo Abe has been confirmed as Japan’s next prime minister, marking a return to power for the veteran politician and his Liberal Democratic Party. Japan’s lower house of parliament overwhelmingly approved Mr. Abe to form a new government Wednesday, ten days after the conservative LDP trounced the Democratic Party of Japan in parliamentary elections. The […]

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Pakistan, India Begin First Cricket Series in 5 Years

Posted December 25th, 2012 at 2:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Pakistan has beaten India in the opening match of their first bilateral cricket series in five years. The Pakistanis defeated India by five wickets Tuesday at Chinnaswamy Stadium in the Indian city of Bangalore. Security was tight for the opening match, with thousands of paramilitary soldiers and police positioned outside the stadium and surveillance cameras […]

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US Firefighter Killed Used Assault Rifle, Left Note

Posted December 25th, 2012 at 1:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The 62-year-old ex-convict who set his house on fire and ambushed firefighters in New York state, killing two, left a chilling note for authorities saying he was doing “what I like doing best, killing people.” Police from the town of Webster say William Spengler said in a two to three-page typewritten note he wanted to […]

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Deadly Passenger Jet Crash in Burma

Posted December 25th, 2012 at 8:25 am (UTC-5)
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Two people are dead after a Burmese passenger jet crash landed Tuesday morning in eastern Shan state. The Air Bagan plane, carrying 65 passengers and six crew members on a flight from Rangoon, landed on a road about three kilometers from Heho airport. Shan state is home to Inle Lake, a popular tourist destination. The […]

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Shooting Kills Two US Firefighters, Wounds Two More

Posted December 24th, 2012 at 1:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Two volunteer firefighters were fatally shot Monday in the latest example of American gun violence since a primary school shooting spree shocked the nation earlier this month. Two more firefighters were wounded as they rushed to put out a house fire near the shore of Lake Ontario, about 540 kilometers Northwest of New York City. […]

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