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Donetsk People’s Republic: Ukrainian invaders ejected from another town

January 30, 2015
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Statesville Record & Landmark    

"Ukraine's military conceded Thursday that its forces had been overrun by [the Donetsk People's Republic's] forces in another town in their battle to hold onto a strategically valuable railway hub. A soldier wounded in combat for the town, Vuhlehirsk, said armored vehicles and tanks were used in the attack on [the invaders'] positions, forcing a hasty retreat." (01/29/15)

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Citing lack of funds, UN agency suspends aid to help rebuild Gaza

January 30, 2015
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Hawaii Telegraph    

"The United Nations aid agency tasked to rebuild the war-devastated Gaza strip has suspended its program of reconstructing homes for thousands of Palestinians because it is not receiving support promised by international donors. The program was designed to provide cash assistance to thousands of Palestinians who needed to repair homes damaged or destroyed during Israeli bombardments last summer." (01/29/15)

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NY: Venezuelan general surfaces after 11 months on the run

January 30, 2015
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ABC    

"A dissident Venezuelan general who has been in hiding for nearly a year emerged Thursday for a public appearance in New York. Retired Brig. Gen. Antonio Rivero has been on the run since President Nicolas Maduro ordered his arrest last spring, accusing him of training 'fascists' to foment unrest during street protests that rocked the socialist South American country." (01/29/15)

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Nigeria: Angry youths stone leader’s convoy; police fire gas

January 30, 2015
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Spartanburg Herald Journal    

"Youths angry at the Nigerian government's failure to fight Islamic extremists threw stones Thursday at President Goodluck Jonathan's electioneering convoy in the eastern city of Yola, breaking windshields and windows on several vehicles. An Associated Press reporter was unable to see if anyone was hurt. Police used tear gas and whips to disperse the mob." (01/29/15)

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Greece, eurozone creditors gear up for clash over bailout

January 29, 2015
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Fort Dodge Messenger    

"Greece's new radical left government has shot the first salvo in what is expected to be a tough clash with fellow eurozone countries over budget cuts that Athens says are choking the life out of its economy. The government of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said Wednesday it would ignore key budget commitments and reforms previous administrations had promised in exchange for rescue loans from fellow eurozone countries." (01/28/15)

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North Korea may be restarting nuke plant: US institute

January 29, 2015
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Connecticut Post    

"North Korea may be attempting to restart its main nuclear bomb fuel reactor after a five-month shutdown, a U.S. research institute said Thursday. If true, the finding, which is based on recent commercial satellite imagery, will be an added worry for the United States and the North's neighbors at a time of increasing animosity over recent U.S. sanctions against the North and Pyongyang's fury about a U.N. push to punish its alleged human rights abuses." (01/28/15)

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Chile: Lawmakers approve same-sex civil unions

January 29, 2015
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"Chilean lawmakers gave final approval on Wednesday to a bill that recognizes civil unions between same-sex couples. The legislation now goes to President Michelle Bachelet, who is expected to sign it. Government spokesman Alvaro Elizalde welcomed the bill's passage as 'a breakthrough that we are proud of as a government.'" (01/28/15)

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Extremists rampage in northeast Nigeria, no troops fighting

January 29, 2015
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Wheeling News-Register    

"Islamic extremists are rampaging through villages in northeastern Nigeria, killing, burning and looting with no troops protecting civilians, fleeing villagers said Wednesday. More than 40 people have been killed in seven villages in Adamawa state this week, according to resident Emmanuel Kwache." (01/28/15)

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Fresh violence vs. Ukrainian invaders in DPR may be used as excuse for more sanctions against Russia

January 28, 2015
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Oklahoma City Sun    

"Many [invading Ukrainian] soldiers among dozens killed in fresh attacks allegedly [in Donetsk People's Republic], prompting West[ern] threats of more sanctions against Russia for openly aiding and arming the [Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics]. But Russian President Vladimir Putin stood as defiant as he always has been and accused the Ukrainian government of prolonging the conflict by refusing to talk to the [seceded states]." (01/27/15)

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Mexico: Investigators believe all 43 missing students are dead

January 28, 2015
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Boston Herald    

"Investigators are now certain that 43 college students missing since September were killed and incinerated after they were seized by police in southern Guerrero state, the Mexican attorney general said Tuesday. It was the first time Jesus Murillo Karam said definitely that all were dead, even though Mexican authorities have DNA identification for only one student and a declaration from a laboratory in Innsbruck, Austria, that it appears impossible to identify the others." (01/27/15)

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Mali: Three killed, 13 hurt in protest

January 28, 2015
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Redding Record Searchlight    

"U.N. peacekeepers said they fired tear gas and warning shots on Tuesday to disperse a protest that had degenerated into violence outside one of their bases in northern Mali. Three people were killed and several wounded, including some by gunfire, the force said. But two witnesses - Attouyoube Maiga, a passerby, and Aboubacrine Abouhayata, a local radio journalist - told The Associated Press they saw U.N. troops fire live rounds into the crowd that had gathered in the city of Gao." (01/27/15)

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Greece: Tsipras sworn in as prime minister

January 27, 2015
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Iron Mountin Daily News    

"Tieless and eschewing the traditional religious swearing-in ceremony, but with a surprise coalition deal in the bag and a sanguine international reception, radical left leader Alexis Tsipras took over Monday as austerity-wracked Greece's new prime minister. Hours earlier, the 40-year-old's Syriza party trounced the outgoing, conservative government in Sunday's national elections, on a platform of easing social pain and securing massive debt forgiveness." (01/26/15)

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Argentina: Fernandez proposes rehaul of intelligence services

January 27, 2015
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ABC    

"President Cristina Fernandez said Monday her government had nothing to gain from shielding Iranian officials suspected in Argentina's largest terrorist attack, using her first public comments since the mysterious death of a prosecutor to reject his accusations against her and call for an overhaul of the intelligence services. Without saying who might have killed Alberto Nisman, Fernandez called on Congress to dissolve Argentina's spy agencies." (01/26/15)

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Complaints challenge orders limiting female guards at Gitmo

January 27, 2015
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Bismarck Tribune    

"Some female guards at the Guantanamo Bay prison have filed equal opportunity complaints challenging court orders barring them from jobs that would require touching detainees while escorting them to hearings and attorney-client meetings, a military judge said Monday. The two complaints filed with the Defense Department's Office of Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity complicate a dispute that stems from the detainees' assertion that their Muslim faith prohibits physical contact with females who are not their wives or relatives." (01/26/15)

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Ukraine: Poroshenko says phone calls prove rebels attacked city, killed 30

January 26, 2015
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Beloit Daily News    

"Ukraine's president said Sunday that intercepted radio and telephone conversations prove that Russia-backed separatists were responsible for firing the rockets that pounded the southeastern city of Mariupol and killed at least 30 people. The attack on Mariupol, a strategically situated port city that had been relatively quiet for months, alarmed the West and looked likely further to aggravate relations with Russia." (01/25/15)

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WHO adopts reforms to repair reputation after bungling Ebola

January 26, 2015
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Watertown Public Opinion    

"The World Health Organization has proposed reforms that could overhaul its structure after botching the response to the biggest-ever Ebola outbreak, a sluggish performance that experts say cost thousands of lives. On Sunday, several dozen of WHO's member countries approved a resolution aimed at strengthening the U.N. health agency's ability to respond to emergencies, though many of the details have yet to be worked out and it's unclear what concrete changes will result." (01/25/15)

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Zambia: Lungu sworn in as new president

January 26, 2015
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Roanoke Times World    

"Edgar Lungu was sworn in as Zambia's new president Sunday. 'I am humbled eternally and debted to you all, my fellow citizens,' said Lungu at the inauguration ceremony. 'The bottom line is that we want the country to go foward and to banish poverty in our midst.'" (01/25/15)

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New Horizons NASA probe begins photography of Pluto

January 26, 2015
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Chicago Chronicle    

"A NASA probe called New Horizons is to start photographing the icy world of Pluto from 200-million km away, after travelling 5-billion km over the course of nine years to get near the dwarf planet. The historic mission to Pluto is being billed as the last great encounter in planetary exploration of our Solar System and will be the first opportunity of its kind for scientists to study the furthest planet in the Solar System up close." (01/26/15)

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Japan faces deadline to free Islamic State hostages

January 22, 2015
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Omaha World    

"The deadline for paying ransom for two Japanese hostages held by the Islamic State group was fast approaching early Friday with no signs of a breakthrough. With time running short, the mother of one of the hostages, journalist Kenji Goto, appealed for an end to hatred and destruction." (01/22/15)

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Russia, Ukraine agree on pullback line for heavy arms

January 22, 2015
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Boston Herald    

"Diplomats from Russia and Ukraine agreed Wednesday on a dividing line from where both sides should pull back their heavy weapons, just hours after [Donetsk People's Republic] forces deployed more arms and manpower to an emerging flashpoint [the seceded state]. Germany's Foreign Minister, who hosted a meeting of his counterparts from Russia, Ukraine and France, said the four parties had agreed that the demarcation line defined in the Minsk agreement of last year should form the basis for the withdrawal." (01/21/15)

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Argentina: New questions about death of prosecutor

January 22, 2015
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Altoona Mirror    

"Mystery deepened in the gunshot death of a prosecutor who had accused Argentina's president of covering up a terror attack with Wednesday's revelation that a door to his apartment barely locked and the discovery of a previously unknown entry. The locksmith who opened the back door to give investigators access to the home where Alberto Nisman was found dead said it was barely closed, raising questions about whether a killer might have entered or exited what was earlier described as a 13th-story apartment locked from the inside." (01/22/15)

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International court urged for Central African Republic

January 22, 2015
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ABC    

"The United Nations commission that has accused both sides in the conflict in Central African Republic of crimes against humanity is urging the U.N. to establish an international court to prosecute perpetrators. Law professor Philippe Alston, a commission member, warned against a proposal being considered to set up a special criminal court in the country." (01/21/15)

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US, Cuba spar over migration policy at historic Havana talks

January 22, 2015
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Fort Dodge Messenger    

"The United States said Wednesday it dispatched additional ships to the Florida Straits to halt Cuban rafters but rebuffed demands for broader changes to U.S. migration rules that dominated the first day of talks between Cuban officials and the highest-ranking U.S. delegation to the island in more than three decades. Cuba urged the U.S. to end immigration privileges that grant virtually automatic legal residency to any Cuban who touches U.S. soil. Its government blames the Cold War policy for luring tens of thousands of Cubans a year to make perilous journeys by sea and land to try to reach the United States." (01/21/15)

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Jamaica: Official says marijuana reform bill ready

January 22, 2015
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Daytona Beach News-Journal    

"Jamaica's Cabinet has approved a much-anticipated bill of drug law amendments that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of pot and pave the way for a legal medical marijuana industry on the Caribbean island, the justice minister said Wednesday. Following the Cabinet's authorization, Justice Minister Mark Golding said he expects to introduce the legislation in the Senate by the end of this week. Debate could start before the end of the month in the pot-steeped country where the drug, known popularly as 'ganja,' has long been culturally entrenched but illegal." (01/21/15)

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Yemen: Shiite insurgents control presidential palace and residence

January 21, 2015
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Washington Post    

"Shiite insurgents controlled the palace and residence of Yemen's besieged president Wednesday following attacks that threatened to topple a government that has been a key American ally in the fight against al-Qaeda. The assaults by the Houthi rebel faction -- believed to be backed by Iran -- marked a major setback for Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi. Witnesses said early Wednesday that his presidential guards fled after Houthi fighters seized the palace Tuesday and surrounded Hadi's home, where he is thought to be held up, following intense clashes in the capital, Sanaa, that began Monday." (01/21/15)

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