International

President Obama: Gadhafi ‘Must Leave’

President Barack Obama issued his strongest call yet on Thursday for Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi to leave. The president also authorized the use of U.S. military aircraft to help Egyptians who have fled to Tunisia to return home to Egypt. President Obama said the United States and the world are outraged by what he called the “appalling” violence against the Libyan people. And he urged Libya’s leader to step down

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AU Declines Action Against Libya

The African Union Peace and Security Council has met to discuss events in Libya, but declined to follow other international bodies in imposing sanctions against the Gaddafi government. The Council also extended the mandate of an Ivory Coast mediation team. The United Nations and the European Union have slapped sanctions on Libya. The Arab League has suspended Libya’s membership. But ...

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President Obama’s Poll Ratings on Rise

President Barack Obama delivers the annual State of the Union Address next Tuesday to a joint session of Congress and is expected to lay out his administration’s priorities for the year ahead. Public-opinion polls show the president is enjoying a bit of a political rebound in recent weeks

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India: Manmohan Singh reshuffles cabinet

India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced a minor cabinet reshuffle Wednesday, promising major changes in the week's ahead. Mr. Singh left senior cabinet posts such as the defense and foreign ministries intact. But he moved Sports Minister M.S. Gill to the statistics ministry

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Gabrielle Giffords is alive, out of surgery after shooting

A United States congresswoman has been shot while holding an event with her constituents in the US state of Arizona. Reports coming from local news said Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head on Saturday outside a grocery store in Tucson, Arizona's second largest city. Earlier reports had it that rep. Giffords had died of her injuries. However a hospital spokesperson said the representative is alive and is fighting for her live

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UN holds emergency meeting on Korea tensions

The United Nations Security Council is holding emergency talks to try to defuse tensions on the Korean peninsula, where South Korea is vowing to proceed with a live-fire military exercise, despite threats of retaliation from the North. Russia called for Sunday's emergency talks in New York to send what it calls a “restraining signal” to the two Koreas, and to “help launch diplomatic activity” aimed at resolving their disputes politically

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American tourist stabbed to death in Israel

Israeli police say a female American tourist has been found stabbed to death on a road outside Jerusalem. Police said Sunday a second woman, a British national who reported her friend missing, was found with her hands bound and suffering from stab wounds. She told police they were attacked by two Arab-speaking men while hiking Saturday in a wooded area south of Jerusalem

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Wikileaks founder Julian Assange freed on bail

A court in London UK on Thursday ordered the immediate release of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange from prison. Assange was granted a conditional release on $316,000 bail last Tuesday , but British prosecutors acting onbehaf of Sweden appealed the court's decision, they argued that he is a flight risk and want him kept behind bars until his extradition hearing

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Dick Cheney Escapes Charges in Nigeria

British media say Nigeria has dropped bribery charges against former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, for his alleged actions as a top official at energy company Halliburton. Reports say Halliburton agreed to pay $250 million in fines in exchange for the charges being dropped. The Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes Commission says charges filed last week accused Halliburton, Cheney

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Nepal ex-crown prince arrested on gun charges

Police in Nepal say they have arrested a former crown prince after he fired a gun during an argument. Officials said Tuesday they were questioning Paras Shah, who has said in a statement he fired a single shot. Shah said two guests at a restaurant insulted him and the monarchy. He said he fired the gun because he could not bear to hear insults against his family and country

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Portugal Does Not Need International Bailout – PM Jose Socrates

Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates says his country can solve its financial problems by itself and does not need an international bailout. In an interview published Saturday, Mr. Socrates said Portugal does not “have any problem” that would require it to ask the International Monetary Fund for assistance like Greece and Ireland already have done this year

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Obama Calls on Congress to Approve Tax Deal

U.S. President Barack Obama has stepped up his appeal to Congress to approve the tax deal struck with Republican leaders. If approved, the deal would prevent taxes from increasing for Americans on January 1. During his weekly address Saturday, President Obama said the plan provides help for middle class families, and helps the unemployed through extended benefits for up to 13 months

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Eurozone Needs Comprehensive Solution to Debt Crisis – IMF

European officials are giving Greece more time to repay its $110-billion loan, even as worries grow that there might not be enough money available to rescue other financially troubled countries. The European Union insists the nearly one-trillion-dollar bailout fund it established with the International Monetary Fund is more than adequate, but conceded that earlier stress tests to determine how well Europe's biggest banks could handle the crisis were not tough enough

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Julian Assange Denied Bail

WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange has been denied bail by a London court. The judge ordered that Assange be held till his next court hearing on December 14. Assange was arrested on a warrant issued by a swedish court on rape charges. Assange founded the WikiLeaks website that has released some 250,000 secret U.S. diplomatic cables over the Internet

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WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Arrested by British Police

Authorities in London have arrested WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on an arrest warrant issued by Sweden. Assange is wanted for questioning in Sweden about allegations of rape, sexual molestation and unlawful coercion. He denies the claims. The WikiLeaks founder is due to appear in a London court later Tuesday. Assange's lawyers have said he will fight extradition to Sweden, for fear he could be turned over to the United States. Assange founded the WikiLeaks website that has released some 250,000 secret U.S. diplomatic cables over the Internet.

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Argentina Recognizes independent Palestinian State

Argentina's government has announced that it recognizes the Palestinian territories as an independent state within their pre-1967 borders, following a similar move days earlier by neighboring Brazil. The Argentine foreign ministry said Monday that President Cristina Fernandez had informed her Palestinian counterpart, Mahmoud Abbas, of the decision in a letter. The ministry said the recognition is in response to a request made by Mr. Abbas during a visit to Argentina last year. It comes three days after Brazil's recognition, also in response to a similar request

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