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Chinese Official Calls for Dialogue with Japan on Island Dispute

Posted January 17th, 2013 at 6:00 am (UTC-5)
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A senior Chinese leader is calling for talks with Japan to resolve an increasingly bitter dispute over a group of islands in the East China Sea. Jia Qinglin, who heads China’s top political advisory body, made the comments during a meeting with former Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama. The state-run China Daily quoted Jia as […]

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Pakistan’s Anti-Corruption Bureau Refuses to Arrest Prime Minister

Posted January 17th, 2013 at 5:40 am (UTC-5)
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The head of Pakistan’s anti-corruption bureau says it has decided not to arrest Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, despite orders to do so by the supreme court. Fasih Bokhari, chief of the National Accountability Bureau, told the court Thursday that he does not have sufficient evidence to arrest Mr. Ashraf on corruption charges. On Tuesday, […]

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US Orders All Boeing 787s Grounded

Posted January 16th, 2013 at 8:35 pm (UTC-5)
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The Federal Aviation Administration has ordered all U.S.-registered Boeing 787 passenger jets to stop flying until the risk of possible fires caused by lithium batteries aboard the craft can be evaluated. The FAA said it will work with Boeing and United Airlines – the only American carrier that currently operates 787s – to get the […]

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US to Recognize Somalia’s New Government

Posted January 16th, 2013 at 5:20 pm (UTC-5)
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A senior U.S. diplomat says the United States is officially recognizing the government in Somalia, opening formal diplomatic relations for the first time since militants shot down two U.S. military helicopters in Mogadishu in 1993. Assistant Secretary of State Johnnie Carson says visiting Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will […]

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Militants Seize Foreign Hostages In Algeria

Posted January 16th, 2013 at 12:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Islamist militants in Algeria say they have taken up to 41 foreigners hostage, including seven Americans, in an attack on a natural gas field. The militants tell regional media the raid early Wednesday was in retaliation for France’s military intervention in Mali. The attackers reportedly have killed two people, including a British national, and wounded […]

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Islamist Militants Seize Hostages at Algerian Gas Field

Posted January 16th, 2013 at 9:40 am (UTC-5)
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Islamist militants with reported links to al-Qaida have attacked a natural gas production facility operated by the British oil company BP in southern Algeria, kidnapping at least seven foreigners, including Japanese, British and Norwegian nationals. Algeria’s state-run news agency said one person was killed and seven others wounded in Wednesday’s attack on the field at […]

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Wave of Attacks in Iraq Kill 29

Posted January 16th, 2013 at 8:20 am (UTC-5)
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A wave of attacks in Baghdad and northern Iraq killed at least 29 people Wednesday, the deadliest violence to take place this year in a country increasingly divided along sectarian lines. A suicide bomber killed at least 15 people and wounded more than 100 by detonating a vehicle packed with explosives outside the offices of […]

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Two Dead in Suicide Attack on Afghan Intelligence HQ

Posted January 16th, 2013 at 7:30 am (UTC-5)
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Afghan officials say two security guards died as suicide bombers attacked the headquarters of the national intelligence service in Kabul. Afghan police say a vehicle loaded with explosives blew up outside the gate of the National Directorate of Security around noon on Wednesday, causing a blast that sent a plume of smoke into the air. […]

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Two Dead in London Helicopter Crash

Posted January 16th, 2013 at 6:45 am (UTC-5)
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British police report at least two people are dead after a commercial helicopter crashed into a roadway in south-central London, near a key rail station for incoming commuters. Reports say the helicopter pilot was one of those killed. Medical authorities say nine other people were injured. One of the injured was in critical condition. Local […]

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Fire Brigade: Helicopter Crashes in Central London

Posted January 16th, 2013 at 6:00 am (UTC-5)
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British police report at least two people are dead after a helicopter crashed onto a roadway in south-central London, near a key rail station for incoming commuters. Local news reports say the aircraft hit a crane atop an apartment building before hurtling to the ground, igniting a fireball that sent plumes of smoke into the […]

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