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Suicide Bombings Kill 19 in Northern Iraq

Posted January 16th, 2013 at 5:30 am (UTC-5)
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Suicide bombers have detonated cars packed with explosives in northern Iraq, killing at least 15 people in Kirkuk and four others in the town of Tuz Khurmatu. In Kirkuk, officials say one of the blasts Wednesday struck outside the offices of the Kurdistan Democratic Party. A separate bomb exploded nearby. More than 100 people were […]

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Fire Brigade: Helicopter Crashes in Central London

Posted January 16th, 2013 at 4:50 am (UTC-5)
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British police report at least two people are dead after a helicopter crashed into a roadway in south-central London, near a key rail station for incoming commuters. Local news reports say the aircraft hit a crane before hurtling to the ground, igniting a fireball that sent plumes of smoke into the sky. The helicopter is […]

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Suicide Blast Reported at Afghan Intelligence Service HQ

Posted January 16th, 2013 at 4:30 am (UTC-5)
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Afghan officials say suicide attackers have caused an explosion at the headquarters of the national intelligence service in Kabul. Officials told reporters that a car loaded with explosives pulled up outside the gate of the National Directorate of Security and detonated, causing a sizable blast that sent a plume of smoke into the air. Witnesses […]

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US in ‘Intense Deliberations’ over Expanding N.Korean Sanctions

Posted January 16th, 2013 at 2:30 am (UTC-5)
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A senior U.S. diplomat says Washington is pushing hard for tough international sanctions against North Korea following its successful long-range rocket launch last month. Wednesday, Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell told reporters in Seoul that he anticipates formal steps by the United Nations Security Council in the immediate future. “We are in the midst […]

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US Customs Officials Seize Shipment of Human Heads at Chicago Airport

Posted January 15th, 2013 at 12:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Customs officials at O’Hare International Airport in the U.S. city of Chicago are holding a shipment of 18 human heads reportedly bound for a U.S. research facility. The local medical examiner’s office says the heads, sent from Rome, were properly preserved, packaged and tagged as human specimens. There is no suspicion of foul play. The […]

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Suicide Bomber Kills Iraqi Sunni MP

Posted January 15th, 2013 at 10:20 am (UTC-5)
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A suicide bomber has killed an influential Sunni lawmaker and one of his bodyguards in Iraq’s western Anbar province, where thousands have been holding daily protests against Shi’ite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Ifan Saadoun al-Essawi died Tuesday when his attacker, posing as a construction worker, approached the lawmaker at a project site and blew himself […]

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Islamabad Rally Calls for Delay in Elections

Posted January 14th, 2013 at 6:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Thousands of Pakistanis have converged on the capital, Islamabad, to back the call of a charismatic Sufi cleric for an indefinite delay in elections and a crackdown on government corruption and inefficiency. Tahir-ul Qadri, who recently returned home from Canada, arrived in Islamabad early Tuesday to join the protest rally. His black, chauffeur-driven SUV was […]

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Switerland Leads Effort to Refer Syria to ICC

Posted January 13th, 2013 at 10:25 pm (UTC-5)
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More than 50 countries, led by Switzerland, will ask the United Nations Security Council Monday to refer Syria to the International Criminal Court, a move that would pave the way for war crimes prosecutions. A letter obtained by the Associated Press cites the findings of a U.N. expert panel documenting torture, sexual violence and summary […]

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Lincoln, Argo, Life of Pi Major Contenders at Golden Globes

Posted January 13th, 2013 at 10:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Steven Spielberg’s popular movie Lincoln, a portrait of the president who steered the United States through its civil war in the 19th century, and the Iranian hostage crisis drama Argo were favorites at Sunday’s Golden Globes Awards in Hollywood. Lincoln was nominated for seven awards, including Best Motion Picture, Best Actor for Daniel Day Lewis, […]

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Switerland Leads Effort to Refer Syria to ICC

Posted January 13th, 2013 at 9:15 pm (UTC-5)
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More than 50 countries, led by Switzerland, will ask the United Nations Security Council Monday to refer Syria to the International Criminal Court, a move that would pave the way for war crimes prosecutions. A letter obtained by the Associated Press cites the findings of a U.N. expert panel documenting summary executions, torture and sexual […]

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