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Somali Lawmakers Elect New President

Posted September 10th, 2012 at 2:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Somali lawmakers have elected Hassan Sheikh Mohamud as the country’s new president. Mr. Mohamud defeated incumbent leader Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed in a third-round run-off vote Monday. Speaker of parliament Mohamed Sheikh Osman said the new president won in a landslide. “Sharif Sheikh Amed got 79 votes. Hassan Sheikh Mohamud got 190 votes.” Another two […]

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US Transfers Bagram Prison to Afghanistan

Posted September 10th, 2012 at 11:10 am (UTC-5)
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The United States has formally handed over control of a controversial prison to the Afghan government, despite a disagreement about the fate of some of its inmates. A small ceremony at Bagram prison outside Kabul marked the handover of more than 3,000 prisoners from U.S. to Afghan authorities. Afghan President Hamid Karzai hailed the transfer […]

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Iraq Attacks Kill At Least 92 as Sunni VP Sentenced to Death

Posted September 9th, 2012 at 6:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Insurgents in Iraq have carried out a wave of bombings and shootings that killed at least 92 people in a 24-hour period that coincided with an Iraqi court sentencing the country’s fugitive Sunni vice president to death for murder. The onslaught began late Saturday with gunmen killing and wounding Iraqi soldiers at an army post […]

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Earthquake Kills 80 in Southwest China

Posted September 7th, 2012 at 9:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Chinese state media say the death toll from a series of earthquakes in southwestern China has risen to at least 80, and more than 700 others are injured. The official Xinhua news agency says the 5.7-magnitude quake and several subsequent tremors hit Yunnan and Guizhou provinces Friday. At least 16 aftershocks have been reported. Television […]

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US Designates Pakistan’s Haqqani Network as Terror Group

Posted September 7th, 2012 at 6:25 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States is declaring the Pakistan-based Haqqani network a terrorist organization, a move that paves the way for tough financial sanctions against the militant group. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced Friday that she had signed a report to Congress that says the network meets the criteria for a terrorist designation. The Obama administration […]

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Amnesty Intl: Pakistani Girl Accused of Blaspheming Islam in Serious Danger

Posted September 7th, 2012 at 5:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Amnesty International says a mentally-challenged Christian girl accused of blaspheming Islam in Pakistan is still in serious danger even after a judge ordered her freed from jail. The human rights group said Friday’s decision to grant bail to 14-year-old Rimsha Masih is an encouraging step. But Amnesty says the Pakistani government must urgently reform its […]

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US Designates Pakistan’s Haqqani Network as Terror Group

Posted September 7th, 2012 at 1:35 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. is declaring the Pakistan-based Haqqani network a terrorist organization, a move that paves the way for tough financial sanctions against the militant group. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced Friday that she had signed a report to Congress that says the network meets the criteria for a terrorist designation. The U.S. says it […]

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Obama: Hard Road Will Lead to ‘Better Place’

Posted September 6th, 2012 at 10:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Accepting the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination Thursday, U.S. President Barack Obama told voters they “face the clearest choice of any time in a generation” when they go to the polls this November — a “choice between two different paths for America.” President Obama took the stage at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina […]

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Obama: Hard Road Will Lead to ‘Better Place’

Posted September 6th, 2012 at 9:55 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama plans to tell voters they “face the clearest choice of any time in a generation” when they go to the polls this November, asking them to choose between two different paths for America. In excerpts released in advance of Mr. Obama’s acceptance speech , Mr. Obama says “I won’t pretend the […]

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Obama: Hard Road Will Lead to ‘Better Place’

Posted September 6th, 2012 at 8:00 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama plans to tell voters they “face the clearest choice of any time in a generation” when they go to the polls this November, asking them to choose between two different paths for America. In excerpts released in advance of Mr. Obama’s acceptance speech , Mr. Obama says “I won’t pretend the […]

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