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German FM: Sudan embassy in flames

Posted: 09/14/2012 - Guido Westerwelle told reporters in Berlin on Friday that the Embassy building was "partially in flames but fortunately... the employees are safe."

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U.S. braces for new violence over anti-Muslim film

Posted: 09/14/2012 - The Obama administration was caught by surprise by the ferocity of the Sept. 11 attack against the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed the ambassador and three other Americans.

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Official: Libyan insiders may have aided assault

Posted: 09/14/2012 - Heavily armed militants used a protest of an anti-Islam film as a cover and may have had help from inside Libyan security in their deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate, a senior Libyan official said Thursday.

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Lawmaker expelled over his anti-Putin stance

Posted: 09/14/2012 - The 291-150 vote with three abstensions to strip Gudkov of his State Duma seat also means he will no longer be protected by immunity from prosecution. His supporters fear he could face arrest.

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Bus collides with truck, killing 51 in Afghanistan

Posted: 09/14/2012 - The collision occurred in Ghazni province on a highway that links the Afghan capital of Kabul with Kandahar, the largest city in the south. At least 51 of the 56 passengers on the bus were killed.

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Defense: American set free can't leave Nicaragua

Posted: 09/14/2012 - Jason Puracal is in a safe but undisclosed place, according to a late Thursday statement by Eric Volz, the managing director of the David House Agency, the organization that has been helping his family.

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Japan Cabinet panel urges ending use of nuke power

Posted: 09/14/2012 - A Japanese Cabinet panel called Friday for phasing out of nuclear power over the next three decades as part of an overhaul of the country's energy policy following the Fukushima meltdowns.

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Change of Pakistan's blasphemy laws unlikely

Posted: 09/14/2012 - The apparent collapse of a case against a Christian girl accused of burning pages of a Quran has given a dim ray of hope to critics of Pakistan's blasphemy laws, some of the harshest in the Muslim world.

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Greece may get more time to meet commitments

Posted: 09/14/2012 - Greece may be given some more breathing room to meet its bailout commitments but no more money, European finance ministers indicated Friday as they gathered in Cyprus for a top-level meeting.

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Officials: Kenyan police stop major terror attack

Posted: 09/14/2012 - Kenyan police said Friday they disrupted a major terrorist attack in its final stages of planning, arresting two people with explosive devices and a cache of weapons and ammunition.

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Judge rules in favor of Legion in contested will

Posted: 09/14/2012 - A U.S. judge has thrown out a lawsuit contesting the will of an elderly widow who gave some $60 million to the disgraced Roman Catholic religious order the Legion of Christ.

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Russia's Putin tells critic his stunts were staged

Posted: 09/14/2012 - Putin's media appearances — riding a horse bare-chested, petting a polar bear and putting a tracking device on a Siberian tigress — have endeared him to many Russians and provoked scorn among others.

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Libyan attacks said to be 2-part militant assault

Posted: 09/13/2012 - A senior security official says the attack that killed four Americans in Libya, including the U.S. ambassador, was an organized two-part operation by heavily armed militants

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US, allies set to launch anti-mine naval exercises

Posted: 09/13/2012 - The United States and more than two dozen allies are gearing up for the largest naval exercise ever in the Middle East focused on countering the threat of anti-ship mines. A wary Iran says it will be watching closely.

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Jailing made Colombian relive kidnapping trauma

Posted: 09/13/2012 - Prosecutors alleged that far from being a victim, Sigifredo Lopez was actually in cahoots with the rebels who seized the lawmakers. The former hostage found himself a prisoner again.

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Asian casino boom aims to lure region's new rich

Posted: 09/13/2012 - The projects are part of a casino building boom rolling across Asia, where governments are trying to develop their tourism markets to capture increasingly affluent Asians with a penchant for gambling.

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Perceived insults to Islam trigger Muslim anger

Posted: 09/13/2012 - Muslim anger over perceived Western insults to Islam has exploded several times, most recently in protests this week against U.S. diplomatic posts in the Middle East.

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Cambodia genocide defendant ruled unfit for trial

Posted: 09/13/2012 - One of the leaders of the former Khmer Rouge regime will be set free after a court in Cambodia ruled Thursday that she was medically unfit to stand trial for genocide.

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Rock throwing erupts at Venezuela campaign event

Posted: 09/13/2012 - Violence erupted at an opposition campaign event Wednesday as supporters of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez blocked a road and a campaign truck was torched

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US embassies step up security after Libya attack

Posted: 09/13/2012 - Security was increased at U.S. embassies and consulates around the world, and at least one cemetery for American veterans, on Thursday following an attack that killed the U.S. ambassador in Libya.

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Under fire, a Vietnamese blogger vows dissent

Posted: 09/13/2012 - Vietnam's government has vowed to crack down on three dissident blogs, a move that appeared to backfire Thursday as record numbers of people visited the sites

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Protesters storm US Embassy in Yemen

Posted: 09/13/2012 - Chanting "death to America," hundreds of protesters angered by an anti-Islam film stormed the U.S. Embassy compound in Yemen's capital and burned the American flag on Thursday.

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Ebola outbreak kills 15 in eastern Congo

Posted: 09/10/2012 - An outbreak of the Ebola virus has killed 15 people in northeastern Congo and the local communities are quickly learning how frighteningly deadly the disease is, and how to prevent its spread.

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