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Pakistan, India Begin First Cricket Series in 5 Years

Posted December 25th, 2012 at 2:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Pakistan has beaten India in the opening match of their first bilateral cricket series in five years. The Pakistanis defeated India by five wickets Tuesday at Chinnaswamy Stadium in the Indian city of Bangalore. Security was tight for the opening match, with thousands of paramilitary soldiers and police positioned outside the stadium and surveillance cameras […]

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US Firefighter Killed Used Assault Rifle, Left Note

Posted December 25th, 2012 at 1:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The 62-year-old ex-convict who set his house on fire and ambushed firefighters in New York state, killing two, left a chilling note for authorities saying he was doing “what I like doing best, killing people.” Police from the town of Webster say William Spengler said in a two to three-page typewritten note he wanted to […]

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Deadly Passenger Jet Crash in Burma

Posted December 25th, 2012 at 8:25 am (UTC-5)
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Two people are dead after a Burmese passenger jet crash landed Tuesday morning in eastern Shan state. The Air Bagan plane, carrying 65 passengers and six crew members on a flight from Rangoon, landed on a road about three kilometers from Heho airport. Shan state is home to Inle Lake, a popular tourist destination. The […]

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Kuwait to Host Conference on Syria’s Humanitarian Crisis

Posted December 24th, 2012 at 8:55 pm (UTC-5)
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The Kuwaiti government has announced that it plans to host an international conference next month on helping solve Syria’s growing humanitarian crisis. Kuwait’s leader Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al Sabah said on the sidelines of a Gulf Cooperation Council meeting in Bahrain Monday that he will host donors in late January. He said U.N. Secretary-General Ban […]

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Shooting Kills Two US Firefighters, Wounds Two More

Posted December 24th, 2012 at 1:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Two volunteer firefighters were fatally shot Monday in the latest example of American gun violence since a primary school shooting spree shocked the nation earlier this month. Two more firefighters were wounded as they rushed to put out a house fire near the shore of Lake Ontario, about 540 kilometers Northwest of New York City. […]

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India Shuts Roads, Metro to Clamp Down on Rape Protests

Posted December 24th, 2012 at 12:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Indian officials closed roads and metro stations Monday in central New Delhi, in an effort to end massive demonstrations over last week’s brutal gang rape and beating of a 23-year-old student. Police barricaded roads leading to India Gate, an imposing Arc de Triomphe-style war memorial in the center of the Indian capital, which has become […]

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Brahimi Still ‘Worried’ About Syria After Meeting Assad

Posted December 24th, 2012 at 11:50 am (UTC-5)
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International peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi says he remains worried about Syria’s civil war after meeting President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus seeking a peaceful resolution to the conflict. Brahimi said Monday he exchanged views with Mr. Assad on possible solutions, but the Algerian diplomat did not elaborate or describe any signs of progress. Syrian state news […]

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Egypt: No Date for Referendum Results as Fraud Complaints Investigated

Posted December 24th, 2012 at 10:35 am (UTC-5)
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Egyptian authorities say no date has been set for official results of this month’s two-stage referendum on an Islamist-backed draft constitution, as authorities investigate opposition complaints of fraud. Speaking Monday, members of Egypt’s election commission also said they were still compiling results from the staggered voting in Egypt’s 27 provinces on December 15 and 22. […]

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Afghan Policewoman Kills American Adviser in Kabul

Posted December 24th, 2012 at 10:00 am (UTC-5)
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Afghan and NATO officials say a female Afghan police officer has killed an American adviser in the Afghan capital, in the first known “insider” attack by a woman. The coalition says a woman wearing a police uniform shot and killed a contracted civilian employee of NATO on Monday inside Kabul’s heavily guarded police headquarters. Afghan […]

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India Shuts Roads, Metro to Avoid Rape Protests

Posted December 24th, 2012 at 6:25 am (UTC-5)
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Indian officials closed roads and metro stations Monday in central New Delhi, in an effort to put an end to the massive demonstrations about the brutal gang rape and beating last week of a 23-year-old female student. Police barricaded the roads leading to India Gate, an imposing Arc de Triomphe-style war memorial in the center […]

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