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Russian Protest Leader Charged with Fraud

Posted December 20th, 2012 at 2:15 pm (UTC-5)
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A prominent Russian opposition leader has been charged with fraud and money laundering. Russia’s Federal Investigative Committee said Thursday that Alexei Navalny and his brother, Oleg, are accused of defrauding a mail transport company of $1.8 million. In a statement posted to his website (blog), Navalny said the charges were reprisals for his efforts to […]

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Putin Backs Proposed Law Banning US Adoptions

Posted December 20th, 2012 at 10:00 am (UTC-5)
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Russian President Vladimir Putin is defending a proposed law that would ban Americans from adopting Russian children. During a news conference Thursday in Moscow, Mr. Putin acknowledged the bill recently passed by the State Duma, or lower house of parliament, was an “emotional” response to a new U.S. law that imposes sanctions on Russian officials […]

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S.Korea’s President-elect Warns of N.Korean Threat

Posted December 20th, 2012 at 3:40 am (UTC-5)
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South Korean President-elect Park Geun-hye vowed Thursday to make national security a priority as she warned about the dangers posed by North Korea. In her first major speech since being elected Wednesday, Ms. Park said Pyongyang’s recent rocket launch demonstrates the seriousness of the threat facing her country. She also hinted at greater engagement with […]

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Obama Still Optimistic Financial Deal Will Be Reached

Posted December 19th, 2012 at 2:10 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama says he is willing to do “some very tough things” to compromise with his political opponents in Congress on contentious year-end financial issues and is optimistic an agreement can be reached within days. The president told a White House news conference Wednesday that he has reached a broad framework of government […]

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Obama Calls on Congress to Act on Gun Control

Posted December 19th, 2012 at 12:55 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama has called on Congress to act on reinstating an assault weapons ban and closing the gun show loophole that allows guns to be purchased from private dealers without background checks. At the White House Wednesday, President Obama said he has named his vice president, Joe Biden, to lead an effort to […]

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Iraqi President Improving After Stroke

Posted December 19th, 2012 at 5:20 am (UTC-5)
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Iraqi officials say President Jalal Talabani is showing signs of improvement and responding to treatment after being hospitalized for a stroke. Deputy Health Minister Issam Namiq said Wednesday that medical teams from Germany and Iran have arrived to help with the Mr. Talabani’s care and that a British team was on its way to Iraq. […]

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S.Korean Exit Polls Suggest Tight Presidential Race

Posted December 19th, 2012 at 5:00 am (UTC-5)
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Exit polls from Wednesday’s presidential election in South Korea give a slight edge to conservative candidate Park Geun-hye, but the race appeared too close to call as voting wrapped up. The polls suggest that Park, who would become South Korea’s first-ever female president, won 50.1 percent of the vote, compared to 48.9 percent for her […]

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Fresh Attacks on Polio Workers in Pakistan

Posted December 19th, 2012 at 4:30 am (UTC-5)
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World health officials have suspended a polio vaccination campaign in Pakistan, after a series of attacks on polio workers left at least eight people dead. The World Health Organization and UNICEF directed health workers to stop the nationwide vaccination program, on Wednesday, after unidentified gunmen opened fire on members of at least three more polio […]

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S.Korean Poll Stations Open In Presidential Election

Posted December 18th, 2012 at 7:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Polls opened early Wednesday in South Korea’s closely contested presidential election, which pits the daughter of a former military ruler against a former human rights lawyer. Voting will end at 6 pm local time and results are expected later in the day. Opinion surveys released last week showed Park Geun-hye of the conservative ruling New […]

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Russia Sends Warships to Mediterranean, Eyes Syria Evacuation

Posted December 18th, 2012 at 12:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Russia has sent warships to the Mediterranean after some of its senior diplomats said last week that Moscow may call for the evacuation of Russian citizens in Syria if the government in Damascus falls. The Russian Defense Ministry said Tuesday that ships from its Baltic Fleet would replace other vessels that have been patrolling the […]

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