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Activists: Syrian Warplanes Bomb Palestinian Camp in Damascus

Posted December 16th, 2012 at 2:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Syrian opposition activists say government warplanes have bombed a Palestinian refugee camp on the southern outskirts of the capital, Damascus, killing at least eight people. The activists said Sunday’s air strike was the first of its kind on the Yarmouk refugee camp since forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad began suppressing a popular uprising in […]

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Japan’s Conservative LDP Sweeps Back to Power

Posted December 16th, 2012 at 1:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party swept to power in Sunday’s parliamentary elections, allowing the conservatives and their allies to form a new government expected to pursue a more hawkish security agenda and assert bold economic reforms. The LDP, which once dominated Japanese politics, will again hold power after three years of center-left rule, returning former prime […]

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Obama to Visit Town Shattered by School Shooting

Posted December 16th, 2012 at 12:35 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama is traveling to Newtown, Connecticut, Sunday to join in the mourning of the 20 young children and six adults shot dead in a gunman’s rampage. White House officials say Mr. Obama will meet with the families of those who lost loved ones at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday and thank […]

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Obama to Visit Town Shattered by School Shooting

Posted December 16th, 2012 at 11:15 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama is traveling to Newtown, Connecticut, Sunday to join in the mourning of the 20 young children and six adults shot dead in a gunman’s rampage. White House officials say Mr. Obama will meet with the families of those who lost loved ones at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday and thank […]

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Japan’s Conservative LDP Sweeps Back to Power

Posted December 16th, 2012 at 11:15 am (UTC-5)
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Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party swept to power in Sunday’s parliamentary elections, allowing the conservatives and their allies to form a new government expected to pursue a more hawkish security agenda and assert bold economic reforms. The LDP, which once dominated Japanese politics, will again hold power after three years of center-left rule, returning former prime […]

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Activists: Syrian Warplanes Bomb Palestinian Camp in Damascus

Posted December 16th, 2012 at 11:05 am (UTC-5)
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Syrian opposition activists say government warplanes have bombed a Palestinian camp on the southern outskirts of the capital, Damascus, killing at least eight people. The activists said Sunday’s air strike was the first of its kind on the Yarmouk refugee camp since forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad began suppressing a popular uprising in March […]

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Egyptian Rights Groups: Restage ‘Flawed’ Constitutional Referendum

Posted December 16th, 2012 at 9:50 am (UTC-5)
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Egyptian rights groups say the first round of a referendum on an Islamist-backed constitution was marred by widespread violations and should be re-staged. The coalition of seven groups made the call as the Muslim Brotherhood backers of President Mohamed Morsi claimed victory in Saturday’s vote, saying unofficial tallies showed 56-percent approval of the draft constitution. […]

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Obama to Visit Town Shattered by School Shooting

Posted December 15th, 2012 at 8:00 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama travels on Sunday to Newtown, Connecticut, in an effort to comfort a shattered town reeling from a school shooting that left 20 young children and six adults dead. A White House statement released Saturday said Mr. Obama will meet with the families of those who lost loved ones at Sandy Hook […]

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Egyptians Vote for Controversial Constitution

Posted December 15th, 2012 at 8:00 pm (UTC-5)
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The polls have closed in the first round of voting in a referendum on Egypt’s controversial new constitution. Half of Egypt’s eligible voters cast ballots Saturday for the draft constitution that has sparked weeks of violence and protests. Men and women are voting separately at schools in Cairo and nine other provinces. Egyptian President Mohamed […]

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4 Dead in Airport Attack in NW Pakistan

Posted December 15th, 2012 at 7:20 pm (UTC-5)
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At least four people have been killed and dozens more wounded in northwest Pakistan, in a suicide attack on an international airport in Peshawar province. A VOA reporter in Islamabad said the airport was hit Saturday by rockets as well as explosives from the suicide bomber. The provincial minister said the militants, including the bomber, […]

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