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Ukraine re-arrests jailed Tymoshenko

KIEV (Reuters) – Ukrainian opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko has been formally re-arrested on a fresh criminal charge, her lawyer said on Friday. The move further complicates European Union efforts to secure Tymoshenko’s release because she would stay in jail on this fresh charge even if her conviction for abuse of…

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Pope Benedict will visit Cuba

Havana — Pope Benedict XVI will visit Communist-run Cuba this spring, a senior Roman Catholic Church official said Thursday, the first trip by a pontiff since John Paul II’s historic tour in 1998. The exact date of the trip, which coincides…

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Pakistan mulls deploying air defenses to border

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan may deploy air defense weapons to the Afghan border to prevent future NATO airstrikes such as the ones last month that the Pakistani military claims were pre-planned and that killed 24 of the country’s soldiers, a senior lawmaker said Friday. U.S. officials have denied last month’s attack was deliberate and have worked to repair the damage it ...

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Virginia Tech fatal shooting revives fears from 2007 massacre

Once more there were gunshots, a lockdown and a campus community trapped in offices and classrooms, waiting in fear. Once more there was terror at Virginia Tech. Less than five years after a deranged undergraduate carried out the bloodiest shooting by a lone gunman in U.S. history, the sprawling, picturesque campus was paralyzed Thursday by an incident that left a ...

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UN chief Ban Ki-moon arrives in Mogadishu

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A Somalia police official says U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has arrived in Somalia’s capital, the first visit by the U.N.’s top leader to Mogadishu in years. Ban’s arrival in the war-torn capital city has been made possible because of the military gains that African Union forces have made this year against al-Shabab militants, who last year ...

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US ambassador faces legal threat after drone attack kills two boys

Reports in the US media published earlier this year, suggested the US ambassador is informed of the intended target of every strike and asked for his agreement. Subsequently, campaigners have written to Cameron Munter, saying that unless he explains his role, they will seek to have him charged as a co-conspirator in the deaths of 16-year-old Tariq Aziz and his ...

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U.S. warns Iraq against eviction of foes of Iran

A senior U.S. official Wednesday warned Iraq against using violence to evict unarmed Iranian dissidents from a camp north of Baghdad by the end of the month, as a top member of Congress accused the State Department of moving at a snail’s pace to prevent what he called a possible massacre of the residents of Camp Ashraf. “There is no ...

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Bombing sets back efforts to stabilize Afghanistan

KABUL ‘ The fallout from this week’s deadly suicide bombing in Kabul has further splintered Afghanistan’s relations with neighboring Pakistan and set back the US-led military campaign to stabilize the region before international troops leave at the end of 2014. The attack that killed 56 people and wounded more than 160 others outside a Shiite shrine highlighted a marked decline ...

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NATO fuel tankers set ablaze in Pakistan

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Assailants torched more than 20 tankers in Pakistan carrying fuel for U.S. and NATO troops in neighboring Afghanistan on Thursday, in the first reported attack since Islamabad closed the border to protest coalition airstrikes that killed 24 Pakistani troops last month. Several hundred trucks have been stranded at poorly guarded terminals around the country as they ...

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Thousands of Indian children missing, says report

Nearly 11 children go missing in India every hour and at least four of them are never found, according to a study by a child rights organisation. The report by Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA) covers 392 of India’s 640 districts and is the first such comprehensive study on the subject. The data was compiled over two years from January 2008 ...

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