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Shinzo Abe Officially Approved as New Japanese Prime Minister

Posted December 26th, 2012 at 2:35 am (UTC-5)
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Shinzo Abe has been confirmed as Japan’s next prime minister, marking a return to power for the veteran politician and his Liberal Democratic Party. Japan’s lower house of parliament overwhelmingly approved Mr. Abe to form a new government Wednesday, ten days after the conservative LDP trounced the Democratic Party of Japan in parliamentary elections. The […]

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Holiday Storms Sweep Through Southwestern U.S.

Posted December 26th, 2012 at 1:00 am (UTC-5)
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At least two people are dead after a severe weather system swept through the southern United States on Christmas Day . Tornadoes touched down in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas, damaging or destroying scores of homes and leaving tens of thousands of residents in the region without power. The system also caused winter storms in […]

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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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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth Delivers Christmas Greeting

Posted December 25th, 2012 at 1:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth has delivered her first ever Christmas Day message in 3D. In her annual pre-recorded message, the queen paid tribute to the athletes and the “army of volunteers” that participated in the London Olympics and the Paralympics. “As London hosted a splendid summer of sport, all those who saw the achievement and courage […]

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Police: Deadly Attack on US Firefighters a Trap

Posted December 25th, 2012 at 8:55 am (UTC-5)
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Residents in a town in the state of New York are marking Christmas with heavy hearts after two volunteer firefighters were shot and killed while responding to a blaze that officials say was set as a trap. Officials say a 62-year-old ex-convict, William Spengler, set his house and car on fire early Monday to lure […]

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Pope Benedict Calls for Peace in Troubled Regions

Posted December 25th, 2012 at 8:25 am (UTC-5)
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Pope Benedict has used his annual Christmas message to the world, calling for peace in global hot spots, including Syria. The pontiff prayed Tuesday that “peace would spring up for the people of Syria,” a country where tens of thousands have died in anti-government unrest. As he stood on the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica […]

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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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Indian Policeman Injured in Mob Attack Dies

Posted December 25th, 2012 at 3:20 am (UTC-5)
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An Indian police constable who was seriously injured during a massive demonstration against a brutal gang rape has died in a New Delhi hospital. Authorities say the policeman died Tuesday, two days after he was attacked by a mob that clashed with police. Sunday’s unrest took place as police struggled to control protesters who have […]

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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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Peace Envoy Brahimi Holds Talks with Syrian President

Posted December 24th, 2012 at 6:05 am (UTC-5)
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International peace envoy Lakdar Brahimi met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus Monday to discuss a possible solution to ending the 21-month civil war. The U.N.-Arab League envoy arrived in the Syrian capital from neighboring Lebanon on Sunday, the same day Syrian opposition activists said more than 60 people were killed in a government […]

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