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Nigeria: Suspected Islamic extremists kidnap 185

December 19, 2014
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Altoona Mirror    

"Islamic extremists killed 35 people and kidnapped at least 185 in an attack near the town where nearly 300 schoolgirls were taken hostage in April, witnesses said Thursday. In Sunday night's attack on the village of Gumburi, most of the kidnapped were young women, children and members of a civilian defense group fighting Boko Haram, according to residents, a security official and a local government officer." (12/18/14)

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South Korea: Court orders dissolution of leftist party

December 19, 2014
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"South Korea's constitutional court on Friday ordered the dissolution of a small leftist political party hounded by claims of pro-North Korea views. Critics say the decision could worsen already deep political divisions in a country once ruled by military dictators, and trigger a fierce debate on authorities' limits in restricting freedom of expression." (12/18/14)

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Russia: Putin says won’t force exporters to sell currency

December 19, 2014
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Athens Banner-Herald    

"President Vladimir Putin says there are no plans to introduce obligations for exporters to sell their hard currency earnings to help stabilize the ruble. He said Thursday that the government should work with exporters to help stabilize the plummeting currency, but added that it shouldn't be done through formal orders." (12/18/14)

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Nigeria: Court sentences 54 soldiers to death

December 18, 2014
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"Nigeria on Wednesday sentenced 54 soldiers to death for mutiny, assault, cowardice and refusing to fight Islamic extremists. The court-martial charges all were connected to the soldiers' refusal to deploy to recapture three towns seized by Nigeria's home-grown Boko Haram in August, according to the charge sheet." (12/17/14)

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Colombia: Rebels announce unilateral cease-fire

December 18, 2014
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Billings Gazette    

"Colombia's largest rebel group announced an indefinite, unilateral cease-fire Wednesday, saying guerrillas will refrain from staging attacks so long as they aren't targeted by the U.S.-backed military. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia made the announcement in Cuba at the end of another round of peace talks aimed at ending Latin America's oldest insurgency." (12/17/14)

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Greece: Presidential vote fails in first round

December 18, 2014
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Myrtle Beach Sun News    

"Parliament failed to elect a new Greek president in the first round of voting Wednesday, leaving another two tries before the government falls and early elections have to be called. The conservative-led government’s candidate, former European Commissioner Stavros Dimas, received 160 votes, far short of the 200 needed for an outright win." (12/17/14)

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Yemen: Two bombers kill 26 including 16 students

December 17, 2014
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Thibodaux Daily Comet    

"Amnesty International has called on the Yemeni authorities to investigate the killing of a prominent southern activist after his group accused the police of targeting him during a peaceful protest. Khalid al-Junaidi, 42, was shot dead in his car Monday as he was documenting the response to calls for civil disobedience in the southern city of Aden." (12/16/14)

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Iraq: Government combats “ghost soldier” corruption

December 17, 2014
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Worcester Telegram & Gazette    

"The Iraqi government has identified and stopped payment of tens of millions of dollars in salaries previously disbursed to nonexistent troops, known here as 'ghost soldiers,' as part of the prime minister's vow to tackle corruption in the military and regain a foothold in the battle against the Islamic State group, two senior government officials said. The initiative is part of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's plan to rebuild the U.S.-trained military which crumbled in the face of last summer's onslaught by Islamic State militants." (12/16/14)

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Uruguay: Mujica says ex-Gitmo prisoners not terrorists

December 17, 2014
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"The United States guaranteed that six former Guantanamo Bay prisoners had not been involved in terrorism before they arrived to Uruguay as refugees, President Jose Mujica said on Tuesday. The four Syrians, one Palestinian and a Tunisian arrived in Uruguay on Dec. 8 as refugees, the first prisoners from the U.S. base in Cuba to be sent to South America." (12/16/14)

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Ireland: Government plans May vote on ending marriage apartheid

December 16, 2014
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Watertown Public Opinion    

"Prime Minister Enda Kenny says Ireland's voters will be asked to legalize gay marriage, a government-backed measure that reflects rapid social change in the predominantly Catholic nation. Kenny told lawmakers Tuesday that the government would subject its planned Marriage Equality Bill to a public referendum in May, though a precise date has not been selected. The vote is needed to amend the family section of Ireland's 77-year-old constitution." (12/16/14)

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Hungary: Rights group says discrimination rising

December 16, 2014
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Tuscaloosa News    

"Europe's leading human rights organization said Tuesday that discrimination against Gypsies, Jews, gays and other minorities in Hungary is getting worse and is urging authorities to fight racist violence and take other steps to protect the vulnerable. The Council of Europe made its recommendations in a report that examines a wide range of human rights issues in the country." (12/16/14)

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Navajos buy back artifacts at disputed auction

December 16, 2014
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"The largest Native American tribe in the American Southwest won its bid Monday to buy back seven sacred masks at a contested auction of tribal artifacts in Paris that netted over a million dollars. The objects for sale at the Drouot auction house included religious masks, colored in pigment, that are believed to have been used in Navajo wintertime healing ceremonies but that generally are disassembled and returned to the earth once the nine-day ceremonies conclude." (12/15/14)

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Kerry, Netanyahu meet as UN efforts heat up

December 16, 2014
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Altoona Mirror    

"Secretary of State John Kerry met Monday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as the U.S. and Israel developed their responses to a draft U.N. resolution that would set a two-year timetable for an Israeli-Palestinian peace accord. Before departing for the talks in Rome, Netanyahu took a hard line and said he would not allow others to dictate conditions for negotiations that might compromise Israel's security. For the U.S., however, the issue is trickier." (12/16/14)

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Philippines: US Marine charged in slaying

December 16, 2014
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Baton Rouge Advocate    

"Philippine government prosecutors charged a U.S. Marine with murder Monday in the killing of a Filipino, saying the suspect acknowledged attacking the victim after he found out she was a transgender woman. Prosecutor Emilie de los Santos said there was 'probable cause' that Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton, who has been detained since shortly after the October incident, killed Jennifer Laude, whose former name was Jeffrey, in the motel room where the victim's body was found in Olongapo city, northwest of Manila." (12/15/14)

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Romania: Parliament approves a new cabinet

December 16, 2014
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Dayton Daily News    

"Parliament has approved a reshuffling of Romania's Cabinet. Prime Minister Victor Ponta, who lost last month's presidential runoff election, proposed changing seven ministers -- including the economy, finance, energy, education and communications portfolios -- and Parliament's approval that by a 377-134 vote on Monday." (12/15/14)

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Norway: Police probes spy equipment found in central Oslo

December 15, 2014
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Northwest Indiana Times    

"Norwegian police said Sunday they have warned politicians about possible eavesdropping of cellphone calls after several listening devices were reportedly found in central Oslo, including near government buildings and Parliament. Siv Alsen from the security police said the National Security Authority has begun an investigation, but could not provide more information pending the agency's report." (12/14/14)

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Liberia: Officals postpones elections again because of Ebola

December 15, 2014
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Iron Mountain Daily News    

"Officials in Ebola-stricken Liberia have postponed senatorial elections elections until the end of the week, while some urged calling off the vote for fear the results would not be credible. Ebola has killed nearly 3,200 people this year in Liberia, and many question whether elections can be held at all under such circumstances." (12/14/14)

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Denmark claims North Pole via Greenland ridge link

December 15, 2014
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Lincoln Journal Star    

"Denmark says scientific data shows Greenland's continental shelf is connected to a ridge beneath the Arctic Ocean, giving Danes a claim to the North Pole and any potential energy resources beneath it. Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard says Denmark will deliver a claim on Monday to a United Nations panel in New York that will eventually decide control of the area, for which Russia and Canada are also coveting." (12/14/14)

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Haiti: Lamothe quits under pressure

December 15, 2014
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Biloxi Sun Herald    

"Bowing to pressure, Haiti Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe has resigned, paving the way for a new government to lead the country into long overdue legislative and local elections. Lamothe said he was making the sacrifice for Haiti because the country not only needs development but also political stability to advance." (12/14/14)

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Ukraine: Poroshenko, Abbott urge Russia to abandon seceded states

December 11, 2014
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"Australia pledged its support for Ukraine during a visit by the nation's president on Thursday, with Australia's prime minister calling for an end to the bloody conflict in Eastern Europe and Ukraine's leader urging Russia to withdraw. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, a sharp critic of Russia since Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down in July over [Donetsk People's Republic], said Russia must honor a little-respected cease-fire agreement signed in September." (12/10/14)

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Chinese defendants enter pleas in US gambling case in Vegas

December 11, 2014
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Bennington Banner    

"Two more Chinese citizens took plea deals in federal court in Las Vegas in what prosecutors say was an illegal Internet gambling ring broken up by an FBI raid at high-roller suites at Caesars Palace. Hui Tang pleaded guilty Wednesday to felony transmission of wagering information. Seng Chen Yong pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor accessory charge." (12/10/14)

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Philippines: Suspected bomb kills 10 on passenger bus

December 10, 2014
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Fremont Tribune    

"The death toll from a suspected bomb explosion on a bus in the southern Philippines rose to at least 10 with another 34 people wounded, officials said Wednesday. The Rural Transit bus had picked up passengers, mostly students, and was passing near the main gate of Central Mindanao University in Maramag town in Bukidnon province on Tuesday night when the powerful blast sent shrapnel and debris flying through the vehicle, town safety officer Alejandro Navarro said." (12/09/14)

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Israel: American indicted over plot to bomb Muslims

December 10, 2014
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Boston Herald    

"An American Christian who passed himself off as an ex-U.S. Navy SEAL faces charges in Israel of trying to blow up Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem, Israeli authorities said Tuesday. Israeli police and the Justice Ministry identified the man as Adam Everett Livix, 30. Police said he faces drug charges back in the U.S. and that he once turned down an offer from a Palestinian to assassinate U.S. President Barack Obama during the leader's visit to the Holy Land in 2013." (12/09/14)

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Haiti: Commission seeks new consensus government

December 10, 2014
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"A commission recently appointed by Haitian President Michel Martelly is calling for his prime minister to resign so a new consensus government can be formed, according to a report obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press. The 11-member panel made up of former officials and religious leaders was appointed by Martelly on Nov. 28 to help resolve a political stalemate holding up long-delayed legislative and municipal elections." (12/09/14)

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Israel: Parliament dissolves itself, sets election

December 9, 2014
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Tuscaloosa News    

"Israeli lawmakers have overwhelmingly voted to dissolve parliament, officially kicking off the country's election campaign. Monday's vote in the 120-seat Knesset passed 93-0 in favor of disbanding, ending its term two years ahead of schedule. Early polls show Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu likely returning to power." (12/08/14)

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