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Iraqi Sunnis Hold Mass Protest Against Shiite-Led Gov’t

Posted December 28th, 2012 at 8:10 am (UTC-5)
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Tens of thousands of Iraqis have taken to the streets in a Sunni-dominated western province, the latest in a series of demonstrations against the country’s Shi’ite-led government. The protesters blockaded a main highway Friday in Anbar province west of the capital, Baghdad, holding placards and chanting slogans against the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. […]

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Russia Acquits Prison Official in Magnitsky Death

Posted December 28th, 2012 at 5:45 am (UTC-5)
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A Russian court has acquitted a top prison official charged in the death of whistleblowing lawyer Sergei Magnitsky in 2009. The Tverskoy court Friday found Dmitry Kratov not guilty of negligence in causing Magnitsky’s death. Magnitsky, an anti-corruption lawyer died in prison after exposing an official corruption ring involved in the embezzlement of $250 million […]

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Indian Rape Victim is ‘Struggling Against the Odds’

Posted December 28th, 2012 at 3:40 am (UTC-5)
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A Singapore hospital that is treating the Indian student who was brutally gang raped in New Delhi earlier this month says the young woman is fighting for her life and has suffered a “significant brain injury.” Kelvin Loh, CEO of Mount Elizabeth Hospital, said Friday that in addition to the brain injury, the 23-year-old victim […]

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Gulf War Commander Schwarzkopf Dies at 78

Posted December 27th, 2012 at 10:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Retired Army General Norman Schwarzkopf, who commanded the U.S.-led international coalition that drove Iraqi forces out of Kuwait in 1991, has died. He was 78. Schwarzkopf died Thursday from complications from pneumonia in Tampa, Florida, where he lived in retirement. A much-decorated combat soldier in Vietnam, Schwarzkopf was known popularly as “Stormin’ Norman” because of […]

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US Closes Embassy in Central African Republic; Evacuates Staff

Posted December 27th, 2012 at 8:55 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States has temporarily shut down its embassy in the Central African Republic and evacuated the staff, because of a rebel threat to topple the government. A State Department spokesman Thursday said Washington is urging all parties to begin peace talks to offer a new vision of security for the country. He said U.S. […]

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Massive Storm Disrupts Travel in Northeastern US

Posted December 27th, 2012 at 4:10 pm (UTC-5)
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A persistent winter storm that moved into the northeastern United States Wednesday has forced the delay of hundreds of airline flights, frustrating travelers still trying to return home after the Christmas holiday. The storm spawned high winds, snow and sleet across several states all the way up to Maine. The system also created hazardous driving […]

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Reid: US Appears to be Heading Over ‘Fiscal Cliff’

Posted December 27th, 2012 at 10:55 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says it appears the United States is headed over the so-called fiscal cliff in which automatic tax hikes and spending cuts take effect. Democrats and Republicans have, so far, failed to reach an agreement preventing changes on January 1. On the Senate floor Thursday, Reid blasted House Speaker John […]

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India Gang-Rape Victim Flown to Singapore

Posted December 27th, 2012 at 6:20 am (UTC-5)
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A Indian woman who was the victim of a gang rape and brutal beating earlier this month in New Delhi has been flown to Singapore for further treatment, while the government pledges to focus on the issue of women’s safety. The 23-year-old arrived at Singapore’s Mount Elizabeth Hospital early Thursday. B.D. Athani, medical superintendent at […]

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Syrian Delegation in Russia For Talking on Ending Unrest

Posted December 27th, 2012 at 3:00 am (UTC-5)
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A Syrian delegation led by Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Maqdad has begun talks in Moscow on resolving Syria’s 21-month-old uprising. The group arrived on Thursday for meetings with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. The delegation is expected to discuss proposals made by peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi. Brahimi met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Monday […]

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Ex-President George H.W. Bush In Intensive Care in Texas Hospital

Posted December 26th, 2012 at 7:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Doctors in Houston, Texas say former president George H.W. Bush is in intensive care and in “guarded” condition at a local hospital . The 88-year-old Mr. Bush is battling what doctors call a “stubborn fever.” He entered the hospital last month with a severe cough. Mr. Bush served one term as U.S. president from 1989 […]

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