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Slain Pakistani Leader’s Son Vows to Fight for Democracy

Posted December 27th, 2012 at 10:50 am (UTC-5)
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The son of Pakistan’s slain former prime minister, Benazir Bhutto, launched his political career Thursday, vowing to continue his mother’s fight for democracy. In a speech marking the fifth anniversary of the leader’s death Thursday, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said his Pakistan People’s Party pledged to work for the poor and protect Pakistan against “terrorists.” Benazir […]

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India Gang-Rape Victim Flown to Singapore

Posted December 27th, 2012 at 9:15 am (UTC-5)
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A Indian woman who was the victim of a gang rape and brutal beating earlier this month in New Delhi has been flown to Singapore for further treatment, while the Indian prime minister is pledging to focus on the issue of women’s safety. Singapore’s Mount Elizabeth Hospital said the 23-year-old victim arrived at the facility […]

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Syrian Delegation in Russia For Talking on Ending Unrest

Posted December 27th, 2012 at 3:00 am (UTC-5)
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A Syrian delegation led by Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Maqdad has begun talks in Moscow on resolving Syria’s 21-month-old uprising. The group arrived on Thursday for meetings with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. The delegation is expected to discuss proposals made by peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi. Brahimi met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Monday […]

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Tropical Storm Wukong Kills Four in Philippines

Posted December 27th, 2012 at 2:50 am (UTC-5)
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Tropical storm Wukong has left at least four people dead in the Philippines, which is still recovering from a typhoon earlier this month that killed over a thousand people. Officials say three people were also missing as the storm cut through the central Philippines on Thursday, overflowing rivers, flooding towns, and making many roads impassable. […]

Massive Storm Disrupts Travel in Northeastern US

Posted December 27th, 2012 at 1:15 am (UTC-5)
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A severe winter storm moved into the northeastern United States Wednesday, creating dangerous driving conditions for motorists and stranding thousands of travelers at airports. The storm spawned high winds, snow and sleet from New York state into Maine. Some states, including Pennsylvania and Massachusetts, received at least 30 centimeters of snow, prompting authorities to urge […]

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Northeast US Braces for Blizzard Conditions

Posted December 26th, 2012 at 3:40 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. weather forecasters are warning residents in parts of two states not to travel, as a severe winter storm moves in and creates dangerous, near-zero visibility conditions. The National Weather Service has issued blizzard warnings for parts of Indiana and Ohio, as a powerful storm moves east after bringing snow and tornadoes to the southern […]

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Northeast US Braces for Blizzard Conditions

Posted December 26th, 2012 at 12:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Parts of the U.S. are bracing for blizzard conditions, as a powerful storm moves east after bringing snow and tornadoes to the southern United States. Blizzard warnings are in effect for parts of Indiana and Ohio. The National Weather Service is advising people to stay off the roads, saying snow and strong winds could create […]

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High-Ranking General Flees Syrian Regime

Posted December 26th, 2012 at 10:45 am (UTC-5)
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A top Syrian military official who headed the feared military police has told a pan-Arab TV station that he defected and joined Syria’s opposition movement. A video published on a social media website on Wednesday shows the general, Abdul-Aziz Jassem al-Shallal, saying that he left the government because the Syrian military police have strayed from […]

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Activists Say 20 Killed in Syrian Government Shelling

Posted December 26th, 2012 at 7:35 am (UTC-5)
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Syrian opposition activists say government shelling in a northern province near the Turkish border has left at least 20 people dead, including eight children. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights released a video on Wednesday showing what it said were victims of a government assault on a village in the Raqqa region. It was […]

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Shinzo Abe Officially Approved as New Japanese Prime Minister

Posted December 26th, 2012 at 3:05 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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