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North Korean Leader Calls for More Powerful Rockets

Posted December 22nd, 2012 at 11:50 am (UTC-5)
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North Korea’s leader has called for the development of more powerful rockets, following last week’s successful launch of a long-range rocket. Kim Jong Un made the call for the advancement of North Korean rockets while speaking at a banquet for rocket scientists Friday in Pyongyang. “You should develop and launch a variety of working satellites, […]

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Final Voting in Egypt on New Constitution

Posted December 22nd, 2012 at 11:20 am (UTC-5)
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Egyptians are voting Saturday 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 are eligible to cast ballots. Election officials extended the voting to 11 p.m. local time, as they did in the first round of the referendum last […]

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Putin Calls EU Heads ‘Wrong’ on Energy Policy

Posted December 21st, 2012 at 2:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Russian President Vladimir Putin has held talks with European Union officials at a summit in Brussels, discussing contentious issues such as energy, trade, human rights and policy on Syria. Afterward, Mr. Putin and the EU leaders held a contentious news conference in which Mr. Putin called European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and European Council […]

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Obama to Nominate John Kerry for Top Diplomatic Post

Posted December 21st, 2012 at 11:25 am (UTC-5)
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Senior officials say U.S. President Barack Obama will nominate Senator John Kerry to take over as Secretary as State. Administration officials, requesting anonymity, say Mr. Obama will make the nomination official later Friday. Kerry, a Democrat from Massachusetts has served as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and has traveled on behalf of President […]

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Indian Govt Vows Action Following Brutal Gang Rape

Posted December 21st, 2012 at 11:00 am (UTC-5)
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Indian officials are vowing to take measures to better protect women following the brutal gang rape of a 23-year-old student on a bus in the capital. Police have so far arrested five people in connection with Sunday’s attack and said Friday that they are searching for a sixth assailant. The suspects are accused of rape […]

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US Remembers Connecticut Shooting Victims

Posted December 21st, 2012 at 10:00 am (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 for the victims, while mourners stood in silence. Authorities say Adam Lanza killed his mother, then went to […]

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Police Fire Tear Gas at Clashing Egyptian Protesters

Posted December 21st, 2012 at 7:25 am (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. There was no immediate word […]

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North Korea Confirms Arrest of US Citizen

Posted December 21st, 2012 at 5:40 am (UTC-5)
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North Korea says it has arrested a U.S. citizen for committing crimes against the state after he entered the reclusive communist country as a tourist. The official Korean Central News Agency said Friday the man, identified as Bae Jun Ho, has confessed to unspecified crimes that it said were “proven through evidence.” It said legal […]

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30 Dead Following Ethnic Clashes in Kenya

Posted December 21st, 2012 at 5:10 am (UTC-5)
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Authorities in Kenya say at least 30 people 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 in the pre-dawn hours of Friday. The […]

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More Funerals in Newtown; More Debate on Gun Control

Posted December 20th, 2012 at 2:30 pm (UTC-5)
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More funerals and memorial services were held Thursday in Newtown, Connecticut for victims of the second-deadliest school shooting in U.S. history. The latest victims laid to rest were as young as six years old — some of the 20 children killed in Friday’s mass shooting. Twenty-six people died when a gunman opened fire on students […]

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