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Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi Captured in Libya

Libyan military officials say they have captured and detained Seif al-Islam Gadhafi, a fugitive son of former leader Moammar Gadhafi. A military spokesman said Saturday forces caught Seif al-Islam and several of his aides near the southern town of Obari. The town is near the border of Niger, which has already given asylum to another son of the former Libyan leader, Saadi Gadhafi

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Europe Faces 2012 Economic Slowdown

A new report says the 17 eurozone nations are facing a marked economic slowdown in 2012, with some countries sliding into a recession. The Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) predicted Monday that collectively the economies in the countries that use the euro currency will virtually stall in 2012. It projected growth of only three-tenths of one percent, less than a sixth of the 2 percent growth that was projected just five months ago

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Palestinians Granted Full UNESCO Membership

The United Nations cultural agency has accepted the Palestinian bid for full membership, a move that could threaten U.S. funding for the international organization. Monday's action by the Paris-based UNESCO boosts the Palestinian effort for international recognition as an independent state. Applause broke out after delegates approved membership by a vote of 107 to 14, with 52 abstentions

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UN Security Council Ends NATO Mission in Libya

The U.N. Security Council has voted unanimously to end the authorization of the NATO no-fly zone over Libya, which was established in March to protect civilians from forces loyal to then-dictator Moammar Gadhafi. The vote was held despite a request from Libya’s interim government to delay the action

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Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Dies

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdul-Aziz, who died Saturday, was the kingdom's defense minister, a post he had held for nearly 50 years. He was one of the sons of the founder of modern Saudi Arabia, King Abdul Aziz. Prince Sultan was one of a group of princes groomed for high office, receiving his early education at the royal court

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Gaddafi Killed By Libya NTC Fighters

Provisional government officials in Libya say former leader Moammar Gadhafi has died after being wounded during a battle for control of the town of Sirte. The reports have not been independently confirmed. Earlier Thursday, military leaders in the National Transitional Council (NTC) said Gadhafi had been taken into custody, and that he was badly wounded

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South African Government Worse Than Apartheid Regime – Tutu

South African archbishop Desmond Tutu says the country's government is worse than the old apartheid regime for failing to issue a travel visa to the Dalai Lama. Tutu made his comments Tuesday, soon after the Dalai Lama said South Africa's failure to give him a visa had forced him to cancel plans to attend this week's 80th birthday celebrations for Tutu, an anti-apartheid leader

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Amanda Knox acquitted for murder, goes home

Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito have been acquitted of the murder of UK student Meredith Kercher following a successful appeal in Perugia, Italy. Miss Knox, 24, and her ex-boyfriend Mr Sollecito, 27, had spent nearly four years in jail since they were convicted of killing the 21-year-old, from Coulsdon, south London, in 2007

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Alleged US Drone Crashes in Somalia

An alleged U.S. spy drone has crashed in the Somali city of Kismayo, which is controlled by the militant group al-Shabab. Witnesses in Kismayo told VOA that the unmanned drone crashed Sunday near the airport of the southern Somali city

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Russia: Putin For President, Medvedev For PM in 2012

Russia's President and Prime Minister have unveiled a plan to switch jobs next year. Ending months of intense speculation, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin agreed Saturday that he would run for a third term as President next March. Putin previously served as Russian president from 2000 to 2008. Given Kremlin control of the media and political parties, the 58-year-old leader is all but guaranteed to win again this time

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