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UN to lift Somalia arms embargo

UN to lift Somalia arms embargo

The UN Security Council is considering lifting an arms embargo on Somalia’s government for one year so that it can beef up its army to combat fighters. A draft resolution is due to be voted on by the divided council on Wednesday. The Somalia government has asked for the arms embargo to be lifted and the […]

March 3, 2013 | By More
Suu Kyi cautiously optimistic for Myanmar future

Suu Kyi cautiously optimistic for Myanmar future

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Thousands of elated supporters greeted Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi with rapturous cheers and a standing ovation as she took to an arena stage in an Indiana city that is home to one of the largest Burmese communities in the United States. The 67-year-old Suu Kyi, who spent […]

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Remarks at the Opening of Fifth Global Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations

Remarks at the Opening of Fifth Global Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Vienna (Austria), 27 February 2013 I thank the Government of Austria and the city of Vienna for hosting this Global Forum. I also thank the governments of Turkey, Spain, Qatar and Brazil for their generous support to the Alliance over the last five years. I am glad to be back in Vienna, where […]

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Netanyahu gets 2 more weeks to form coalition

Netanyahu gets 2 more weeks to form coalition

JERUSALEM — Israeli President Shimon Peres on Saturday granted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu another two weeks to form a governing coalition, after Netanyahu failed to build a broad coalition including ultra-Orthodox Jewish parties. In a televised address, Netanyahu told Peres that he has yet to build a coalition because some parties wish to “boycott” an […]

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Emiratis welcome Schengen Visa exemption

Emiratis welcome Schengen Visa exemption

Dubai: Emiratis are applauding the German and Spanish governments for recently exempting UAE nationals from the Schengen visa to visit the two countries. Emiratis say it will greatly ease their travels to Europe by awarding visas upon arrival in the two countries and negating the need to file often cumbersome visit visa forms at embassies […]

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GI’s WikiLeaks admission energizes his supporters

GI’s WikiLeaks admission energizes his supporters

WASHINGTON  — While it may be a curious legal strategy, an Army private’s decision to admit in court that he sent hundreds of thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks has energized his supporters around the world. Pfc. Bradley Manning, 25, has been called by some a whistleblowing hero, a political prisoner and a symbol of […]

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Obama issues pardons to 17 for minor offenses

Obama issues pardons to 17 for minor offenses

President Barack Obama on Friday issued pardons for 17 people, largely for minor offenses. Those receiving pardons came from 13 states and had been sentenced for crimes that included falsely altering a money order, unauthorized acquisition of food stamps, drug violations, and possession of an unregistered firearm. No one well-known was on the list released […]

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China executes 4 foreigners over Mekong murders

China executes 4 foreigners over Mekong murders

BEIJING (AP) — China executed four foreigners on Friday for killing 13 Chinese sailors in an attack on the Mekong River, following a live nationwide broadcast showing them being led to their deaths that harkened back to the mass public execution rallies of past years. The attack on the sailors on the Mekong highlighted drug […]

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Benedict’s final day as pope

Benedict’s final day as pope

Pope Benedict XVI waves from the balcony window of the Pontifical summer residence in Castel Gandolfo, some 35 kilometers south of Rome, to a cheering crowd gathered to see him the day he ends his pontificate, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. Pope Benedict XVI, the first pontiff in 600 years to resign, has left Vatican City […]

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Egypt opposition slams US ahead of Kerry visit

Egypt opposition slams US ahead of Kerry visit

Cairo: Egypt’s opposition has said they will hold protests in Cairo on Sunday when the new US Secretary of State John Kerry starts talks in the country. Kerry will arrive in Cairo on Saturday, and begins talks Sunday. The opposition National Group for Change said it would protest outside the Egyptian Foreign Ministry against the […]

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