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Indian Govt Vows Action Following Brutal Gang Rape

Posted December 21st, 2012 at 11:00 am (UTC-5)
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Indian officials are vowing to take measures to better protect women following the brutal gang rape of a 23-year-old student on a bus in the capital. Police have so far arrested five people in connection with Sunday’s attack and said Friday that they are searching for a sixth assailant. The suspects are accused of rape […]

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US Remembers Connecticut Shooting Victims

Posted December 21st, 2012 at 10:00 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama and other Americans paused Friday morning, remembering the children and adults gunned down by a 20-year-old in Newtown, Connecticut, one week ago. Church bells rang in Newtown and other U.S. towns and cities for the victims, while mourners stood in silence. Authorities say Adam Lanza killed his mother, then went to […]

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39 Killed in Ethnic Clashes in Kenya

Posted December 21st, 2012 at 8:00 am (UTC-5)
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Authorities in Kenya say at least 39 people — 30 villagers and nine attackers — have been killed in fresh clashes between two rival ethnic groups in the southeastern Tana River region. A local police official says a group of ethnic Pokomo, armed with spears and firearms, raided a village belonging to the Orma people […]

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Police Fire Tear Gas at Clashing Egyptian Protesters

Posted December 21st, 2012 at 7:25 am (UTC-5)
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Police have fired tear gas at clashing protesters in Egypt’s northern city of Alexandria on the eve of a second day of polling on a controversial constitutional referendum. Anti-constitution protesters and conservative Islamists threw stones at one another on Friday, prompting riot police to fire tear gas to separate them. There was no immediate word […]

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North Korea Confirms Arrest of US Citizen

Posted December 21st, 2012 at 5:40 am (UTC-5)
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North Korea says it has arrested a U.S. citizen for committing crimes against the state after he entered the reclusive communist country as a tourist. The official Korean Central News Agency said Friday the man, identified as Bae Jun Ho, has confessed to unspecified crimes that it said were “proven through evidence.” It said legal […]

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30 Dead Following Ethnic Clashes in Kenya

Posted December 21st, 2012 at 5:10 am (UTC-5)
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Authorities in Kenya say at least 30 people have been killed in fresh clashes between two rival ethnic groups in the southeastern Tana River region. A local police official says a group of ethnic Pokomo, armed with spears and firearms, raided a village belonging to the Orma people in the pre-dawn hours of Friday. The […]

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More Funerals in Newtown; More Debate on Gun Control

Posted December 20th, 2012 at 2:30 pm (UTC-5)
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More funerals and memorial services were held Thursday in Newtown, Connecticut for victims of the second-deadliest school shooting in U.S. history. The latest victims laid to rest were as young as six years old — some of the 20 children killed in Friday’s mass shooting. Twenty-six people died when a gunman opened fire on students […]

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Russian Protest Leader Charged with Fraud

Posted December 20th, 2012 at 2:15 pm (UTC-5)
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A prominent Russian opposition leader has been charged with fraud and money laundering. Russia’s Federal Investigative Committee said Thursday that Alexei Navalny and his brother, Oleg, are accused of defrauding a mail transport company of $1.8 million. In a statement posted to his website (blog), Navalny said the charges were reprisals for his efforts to […]

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Putin Backs Proposed Law Banning US Adoptions

Posted December 20th, 2012 at 10:00 am (UTC-5)
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Russian President Vladimir Putin is defending a proposed law that would ban Americans from adopting Russian children. During a news conference Thursday in Moscow, Mr. Putin acknowledged the bill recently passed by the State Duma, or lower house of parliament, was an “emotional” response to a new U.S. law that imposes sanctions on Russian officials […]

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S.Korea’s President-elect Warns of N.Korean Threat

Posted December 20th, 2012 at 3:40 am (UTC-5)
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South Korean President-elect Park Geun-hye vowed Thursday to make national security a priority as she warned about the dangers posed by North Korea. In her first major speech since being elected Wednesday, Ms. Park said Pyongyang’s recent rocket launch demonstrates the seriousness of the threat facing her country. She also hinted at greater engagement with […]

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