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Egyptian Court Orders Retrial for Mubarak

Posted January 13th, 2013 at 6:35 am (UTC-5)
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An Egyptian court has ordered a retrial of ousted president Hosni Mubarak, who is serving a life sentence. The court on Sunday granted the 84-year-old former leader a new trial, several months after he was convicted for conspiracy in the killing of hundreds of protesters during an uprising that ended his three-decade rule in 2011. […]

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Obama: End of Afghan War in Sight

Posted January 12th, 2013 at 11:30 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama said in his weekly address that the core U.S. objective for going to war in Afghanistan is within reach. The president said Saturday the goal of ensuring that al-Qaida will never be able to use Afghanistan again to launch attacks against America will be met and the war in Afghanistan will […]

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French Forces Drive Out Militants in Northern Mali Town

Posted January 12th, 2013 at 9:10 am (UTC-5)
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French airstrikes in Mali’s key northern town of Konna have driven back Islamist militants who had captured the town earlier this week. Officials said Saturday that French forces had pushed rebels from Konna. The Islamists’ takeover of the town had placed the militants within 25 kilometers of Mopti, the northernmost city under Malian government control. […]

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French Hostage Killed in Rescue Attempt in Somalia

Posted January 12th, 2013 at 7:15 am (UTC-5)
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French officials say a military agent held hostage in Somalia since 2009 is believed to have been killed during an overnight raid by French troops trying to rescue him. The French Defense Ministry said Saturday Denis Allex was apparently killed during a rescue attempt, along with a French soldier. Another soldier is missing. The Ministry […]

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Democrats Urge Obama to Consider Unilateral Debt Hike

Posted January 12th, 2013 at 6:15 am (UTC-5)
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Top U.S. Democratic Senate leaders have urged President Barack Obama to consider measures that would bypass congressional approval to make sure the country does not default on it debts. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and his leadership team said in a letter to the president that he should use “any lawful steps” under his authority […]

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French Hostage Killed in Rescue Attempt in Somalia

Posted January 12th, 2013 at 6:15 am (UTC-5)
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French officials say a military agent held hostage in Somalia since 2009 is believed to have been killed during an overnight raid by French troops trying to rescue him. The French Defense Ministry said Saturday Denis Allex was apparently killed during a rescue attempt, along a French soldiers. Another soldier is missing. The Ministry says […]

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CAR Rivals Agree to Form Unity Government

Posted January 11th, 2013 at 7:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Rebels and the government in the Central African Republic have agreed to form a unity government, with President Francois Bozize remaining in power. Margaret Vogt, the United Nations’ representative in the CAR, outlined the agreement Friday after the sides reached their agreement in Gabon’s capital, Libreville. The deal calls for Mr. Bozize to stay until […]

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Obama, Karzai Meet at White House

Posted January 11th, 2013 at 10:50 am (UTC-5)
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Afghan President Hamid Karzai has arrived at the White House to meet with President Barack Obama for talks on the future role of the United States in Afghanistan. One of the main issues they are expected to discuss is the number of American soldiers who remain in Afghanistan after 2014. International troops are expected to […]

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France’s Kurdish Community Mourn Slaying of Three Women

Posted January 11th, 2013 at 10:40 am (UTC-5)
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Hundreds of Kurds have gathered outside a Kurdish information center in Paris to mourn the loss of three women slain execution-style. French police discovered the bodies of the women inside the center on Thursday. One of the victims has been identified as Sakine Cansiz, a founding member of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK. All […]

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3 Days of Mourning in Pakistan’s Quetta

Posted January 11th, 2013 at 7:35 am (UTC-5)
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Officials in Pakistan’s Baluchistan province Friday declared a three-day mourning period, following deadly bomb blasts in the province capital. Authorities said security forces have been deployed around Quetta where political and religious groups say they will hold protests against the bombings. The victims’ funerals are set to begin Friday. Police say two suicide bomb blasts […]

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