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Hostages among dead as Algerians blast Islamists from ground and air

Algerian forces launched a brazen air attack on suspected Islamist militants holding scores of foreign employees of a natural gas complex Thursday, killing kidnappers and hostages alike in what appeared to be a forceful message from Algeria that it would not tolerate jihadist movements operating within its borders. It was unclear how many hostages and kidnappers died in the assault ...

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Colorado movie theater where massacre occurred set to reopen

DENVER (Reuters) – The Aurora, Colorado, movie theater where 12 people were killed in a shooting rampage at a Batman film last July was set to reopen on Thursday evening with a private “night of remembrance” for survivors and others connected to the tragedy. The owners of the theater, Cinemark USA, offered victims or their relatives free passes to a ...

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40 years after Roe v. Wade, abortion foes are winning — and losing

Four decades after Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion, many opponents of the decision are in a celebratory mood while those backing abortion rights are glum, feeling that momentum is turning decisively against them. Yet in reality, little has changed in the fiercest and most protracted battle of the nation’s bitter culture war. Loading… Comments ...

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Gaddafi’s Son Makes His First Court Appearance

Tweet Colonel Gaddafi’s son Saif al Islam has appeared in court in Libya for the first time since his capture more than a year ago. He is accused of meeting an International Criminal Court (ICC) lawyer Melinda Taylor and of being ‘involved’ with an ICC delegation. Ms Taylor was arrested and detained for three weeks after meeting al…

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Ghana arrest Ble Goude wanted in Ivory Coast

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast – A lawyer says authorities in Ghana have arrested Charles Ble Goude, the former head of a youth movement in Ivory Coast wanted in connection with violence linked to its disputed presidential election two years ago. Netherlands-based attorney Nick Kaufman says he has been in contact with Ghanaian officials seeking the legal grounds for the arrest early ...

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IMF’s Lagarde Sees Improved World Economic Outlook

WASHINGTON (AP) — International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde says the threat of financial collapse in the global economy appears to have eased. But she is warning that developed economies still need to follow through on financial reforms and debt reduction. In a news conference Thursday on her outlook for 2013 she said: “We stopped the collapse. We should avoid ...

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Denis McDonough Likely To Be Named Chief Of Staff By Obama: Report

By Jeff Mason WASHINGTON, Jan 16 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama is likely to name deputy national security adviser Denis McDonough his next chief of staff, replacing Jack Lew after his nomination to be treasury secretary, according to sources familiar with the matter. McDonough, a longtime Obama foreign policy adviser who worked on the Democrat’s 2008 presidential campaign, would ...

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Sniper kills Russia crime boss

One of Russia’s most prominent reputed crime bosses, a 75-year-old nicknamed “Grandpa Hassan” who survived time in Soviet jails and assassination attempts, was shot dead on a Moscow street today in what may have been a turf war, authorities said. After the criminal chaos that characterised the 1991 break-up of the Soviet Union, President Vladimir Putin has claimed credit for ...

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UN: Fighting in Sudan’s Darfur Kills More Than 100

A surge in violence in Sudan’s strife-torn Darfur region has killed more than 100 people and forced 100,000 to flee, the United Nations said on Wednesday, sharply increasing its estimates after weeks of clashes. Fighters caught up in a dispute over control of a gold mine had set fire to around three dozen villages in the north of the region, ...

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Taleban to step up attacks on Afghan forces

RUSSELS ‘ Committed to withdrawal in 2014, NATO’s Afghan strategy faces a serious test in coming months with the Taleban expected to step up attacks on local forces taking over security, a senior NATO officer said on Thursday. US-led NATO forces are handing over more and more duties as the Afghanistan army this year…

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