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UN panel: Ex-rebels now powerhouse in Ivory Coast

Rebels in Ivory Coast who helped bring President Alassane Ouattara to power are not only commanding the nation’s armed forces but are raking in millions of dollars from illegal smuggling and a parallel taxation system, U.N. experts said in a report circulated Friday. In the 297-page report to the Security Council, the experts monitoring sanctions against Ivory Coast said government ...

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11 killed, 40 injured in bomb blast in Pakistan’s Karachi

People examine the blast site in southern Pakistani port city of Karachi on April 26, 2013. At least 11 people including a child were killed and 40 others injured on Friday night in a bomb blast that targeted a political meeting in Pakistan’s southern port city of Karachi, local media and police said. (Xinhua/Masroor) ISLAMABAD, April 26 (Xinhua) — At ...

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Obama: Syrian WMD Would Be A ‘Game Changer’

27 April 2013, 2:27 Obama: Syrian WMD Would Be A ‘Game Changer’ Tweet US President Barack Obama has warned the Syrian government that using chemical weapons would be a “game changer” as he faces rising pressure to intervene in the civil war. His comments were made during a meeting with Jordan’s King Abdullah in the Oval Office – a day ...

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Pussy Riot member denied early release from prison

Judge says Nadezhda Tolokonnikova has ‘not always followed the rules of behaviour’ Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova attends court in Zubova Polyana, where she was denied early release from prison. Photograph: Maxim Shipenkov/EPA A Russian court has rejected a plea for early release from prison by a member of the punk band Pussy Riot, whose provocative…

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Russian court rejects Pussy Riot member’s early release

Zubova Polyana (Russia): A Russian court on Saturday rejected a plea for early release from prison by a member of the feminist punk band Pussy Riot, whose provocative songs and prosecution have made them a symbol of the country’s opposition movement. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, who has been in custody since her arrest last March, is serving a two-year sentence…

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Chunk of 9/11 airplane found in NY

New York police said on Friday that they have found a fragment of one of two airplanes that slammed into the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. The huge chunk of aircraft was found wedged between two office buildings in lower Manhattan. The buildings, at 51 Park Place and 50 Murray Street, are located just two blocks from the ...

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Stocks Stall on Tepid U.S. Economic Growth

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are mostly lower on Wall Street after the U.S. economy didn’t grow as much as hoped and earnings from big companies failed to excite investors. Economic growth accelerated to 2.5 percent in the first quarter, but that was below the 3.1 percent rate forecast by economists. Goodyear Tire’s stock dropped after its revenue fell short ...

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Israeli army breaks up Palestinian march

Israeli soldiers have fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse about 500 Palestinian villagers marching towards an illegal settlement outpost in the occupied West Bank. Friday’s procession, the largest of its kind for years, followed charges by Palestinians that the Israeli settlers, whose caravans abut village land, had attacked them twice this week. Around half a million settlers have ...

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