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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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Obama to Hold Fiscal Cliff Talks with Top Four Congressional Leaders

Posted December 27th, 2012 at 7:45 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama will hold last-minute White House talks with the top four congressional leaders as the deadline for avoiding the fiscal cliff fast approaches. Mr. Obama will meet Friday with Democratic and Republican Senate leaders Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell, Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner and Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy […]

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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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Obama Returns to Washington, House Called Back for Fiscal Cliff Negotiations

Posted December 27th, 2012 at 4:05 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama cut short his Hawaiian holiday and flew back to Washington Thursday as the deadline for avoiding the fiscal cliff comes down to the wire. If there is no deal by January 1, nearly every American will see his or her taxes go up, along with automatic government spending cuts. Economists fear […]

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Obama Back in Washington For Fiscal Cliff Negotiations

Posted December 27th, 2012 at 11:55 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama has returned to Washington, cutting short a vacation in Hawaii to tackle negotiations on preventing tax hikes and spending cuts from taking effect January 1. Democrats and Republicans have, so far, failed to reach an agreement on averting the so-called fiscal cliff. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says it appears the […]

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India Gang-Rape Victim Flown to Singapore

Posted December 27th, 2012 at 11:20 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 Indian prime minister is pledging to focus on the issue of women’s safety. The CEO of Singapore’s Mount Elizabeth Hospital, Dr. Kelvin Loh, said the […]

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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 9:15 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 Indian prime minister is pledging to focus on the issue of women’s safety. Singapore’s Mount Elizabeth Hospital said the 23-year-old victim arrived at the facility […]

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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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