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Hugo Chavez Ducks Questions On Eve Of Venezuela Presidential Election

Benjamin Hart | October 7, 2012 | World
CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez held an impromptu news conference for international media Saturday on the eve of what is expected to be his closest election yet, but he refused to answer tough questions such as whether he would quit politics if he lost. Chavez excused himself from...

Afghanistan Deaths: 2 U.S. Special Forces Troops Killed By Insurgents

Benjamin Hart | October 6, 2012 | World
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Insurgents on Saturday killed two American troops in eastern Afghanistan, an area that has seen heavy fighting in recent months, the U.S. military said. No other information about the deaths was disclosed, pending notification of family members.

Syria Vows To 'Crush' Rebels As Tension With Turkey Rises

Benjamin Hart | December 6, 2012 | World
From AP/CP: BEIRUT - Syria's military will "crush" armed rebels, President Bashar Assad's defense minister warned Saturday, as the regime shelled rebel positions in two cities and near the Lebanese border in a widening offensive. Neighbouring Turkey, meanwhile, set new rules of engagement after three shells from Syria hit Turkish...

Yoani Sanchez, Cuban Blogger, Released From Jail

Shirin Barghi | October 6, 2012 | World
HAVANA -- Cuban authorities released noted blogger Yoani Sanchez more than a day after she was taken into custody near the eastern city of Bayamo, where she traveled for a Spanish man's trial over a car crash that killed another prominent dissident. Sanchez said via Twitter that authorities "deported" her...

Iran's Intelligence Ministry Launches Website

Shirin Barghi | October 6, 2012 | World
TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran's Intelligence Ministry has launched a website for the first time in a move widely interpreted as an attempt to soften its image and coax Iranians into helping provide the country's spies with information. The website,, gives the location of secret service buildings in provincial towns...

America's Longest War Leads Mother To Question 'Outrage'

Paige Lavender | December 6, 2012 | Politics
Lisa Freeman was cradling her 6-day-old grandson in her left arm and watching the news on her iPad while her daughter and son-in-law caught some much-needed sleep. The retired teacher was taking notes with her free hand when she heard the news: The nation had suffered its 2,000th casualty in...

Photos Of The Week

Shirin Barghi | October 6, 2012 | World
Every week, we bring you some of the most fascinating photos from around the world. This week, we've got massive claw-like hands in South Korea, staggering skulls in New Mexico, naked ramblers in Scotland, and an adorable happy white whale. Check them out below and vote for your...

Peru's Shining Path Rebels Burn 3 Helicopters

Shirin Barghi | December 6, 2012 | World
LIMA, Peru — Marxist Shining Path rebels have burned three helicopters that were being used by an international gas pipeline consortium at a jungle airstrip in Peru on Saturday, the country's military announced. The attack came as U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta was visiting Peru, though there was no immediate...

Peter Grillo, Hawaii Fisherman, Finds Japanese Boat, Debris From 2011 Tsunami

Andres Jauregui | October 6, 2012 | Green
Fishermen in Hawaii have discovered a Japanese boat that the U.S. Coast Guard reports washed out to sea in the March 2011 tsunami. Peter Grillo, captain of the tuna fishing vessel Zephyr found the 16-foot coastal skiff in waters 700 miles northeast of Oahu on...

Israel Shoots Down Drone Violating Airspace

Shirin Barghi | October 6, 2012 | World
By: IAN DEITCH, The Associated Press JERUSALEM -- Israeli jets scrambled to intercept a drone that crossed into Israeli airspace Saturday from the Mediterranean Sea, bringing it down without incident in the south of the country, a military spokeswoman said. Lt. Col. Avital Leibovich said Israeli systems on...

Vladimir Putin 60th Birthday: Russian President Portrayed As Tough, But Vulnerabilities Starting To Show

Shirin Barghi | October 6, 2012 | World
MOSCOW -- As he hits his 60th birthday, Vladimir Putin seems to be in the prime of life: He hang-glides with Siberian cranes, shows off judo moves and exudes supreme self-confidence at Russia's helm. But scratch the surface and a picture emerges of a surprisingly vulnerable leader whose fate hinges...

Venezuela's Presidential Election Kicks Off Tomorrow

Shirin Barghi | October 6, 2012 | World
The Associated Press CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuela's presidential election pits incumbent Hugo Chavez against challenger Henrique Capriles. Sunday's vote will determine who governs the country for a six-year term from 2013 to 2019. THE CANDIDATES

Abu Hamza Al-Masri Extradition: 5 Terror Suspects Arrive In The U.S.

Shirin Barghi | December 6, 2012 | World
NEW YORK — An extremist Egyptian-born preacher entered a U.S. courtroom Saturday for the first time to face multiple terrorism charges, complaining that his prosthetic hooks, medication and special shoes were taken away from him. The preacher was one of five terror defendants rounded up in Britain and extradited overnight...

How The Financial Crisis Is Killing African Children

Jillian Berman | December 6, 2012 | Business
Gold in general has great PR. It's slick, it's hip, it's bling. But in a remote corner of West Africa, it's killing children.

Paolo Gabriele, Pope's Butler, Convicted In Papal Leaks, Sentenced To 18 Months In Prison

Shirin Barghi | December 6, 2012 | Religion
VATICAN CITY — A painful and damaging chapter in Pope Benedict XVI's papacy closed Saturday with the conviction of his former butler on charges he stole the pontiff's private letters and leaked them to a journalist. But questions remain as to whether anyone else was involved in the plot, and...

RBS Libor Settlement Faces Delays

Reuters | December 6, 2012 | Business
* Deal now unlikely until late 2012/early 2013 - sources * Regulators at different stages of investigation - sources * Bank had hoped for settlement in early Q4 - sources By Matt Scuffham and Steve Slater LONDON, Oct 5 (Reuters) - Royal Bank of Scotland faces a delay in reaching...

Yemen: Al Qaeda U.S. Base Bomb Plot Foiled

Shirin Barghi | December 6, 2012 | World
ADEN, Oct 6 (Reuters) - Yemeni security forces foiled a plan by militants linked to al Qaeda to bomb an air base jointly used with the United States to carry out attacks against the group, a security official said on Saturday. A car packed with explosives was discovered by authorities...

Military Sexual Assault Epidemic Continues To Claim Victims As Defense Department Fails Females

Molly O'Toole | May 20, 2013 | World
NEW YORK -- On an isolated hilltop outpost overlooking a town in Eastern Afghanistan in spring 2007, a cell phone rang. If the phone -- a detonation device -- had been properly wired, Rebekah Havrilla and her team leader would have been blown up along with a hill packed full...

Tunisians Worry About Loss Of Freedoms Gained Under The Arab Spring

Jahnabi Barooah | October 6, 2012 | Religion
TUNIS, Tunisia (RNS) Three women got Nadia Jelassi into trouble. Veiled and surrounded by stones, the busts of three women were attacked by Salafists last June for being religiously offensive. The Tunis-area exhibition that displayed them was hastily shuttered. "I wanted people to interpret my art for themselves," Jelassi said...

Foxconn Workers Strike In China Over Poor Work Conditions: Reports

Alana Horowitz | December 6, 2012 | Technology
BEIJING — Foxconn Technology Group denied on Saturday that production was affected at a Chinese factory that makes Apple's iPhones, although both state media and an overseas labor watch group said some workers halted production lines on Friday, apparently over higher quality control standards. New York-based China Labor Watch reported...
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