International

North Korea Invalidates 1953 Armistice That Ended the Korea War

March 11, 2013

“North Korea also cut off direct phone links with South Korea at the inter-Korean border village of Panmunjom, according to South Korea’s Yonhap news agency. The phone line was the emergency link for quick, two-way communication between the two sides.”

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Analysis: Chinese Economic Data Indicates Weakest Start to Year Since 2009

March 10, 2013

“Production increased 9.9 percent in the first two months and retail sales rose 12.3 percent, government data showed March 9, trailing economists’ estimates.”

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Nigerian Ansaru Militants Kill 7 Foreign Hostages From Italy, Britain, Greece, and Lebanon

March 10, 2013

“In an online statement posted on Saturday, the militant group Ansaru said it had killed the captives. Ansaru is suspected of being an offshoot of the Boko Haram network.”

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Christians Protest Across Pakistan; Authorities Arrest 160 Suspects For Burning Christian Homes

March 10, 2013

“But it remains to be seen whether anyone will be held to account. Mob violence is not uncommon following blasphemy allegations, and police often round up large numbers of suspects. However, these arrests rarely result in actual convictions.”

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Security Threat Cancels Defense Secretary Hagel’s Press Conference With Afghan President Karzai

March 10, 2013

“Pentagon press secretary George Little said the cancellation was not due to Karzai’s earlier comments about the U.S. and the Taliban.”

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai Accuses the U.S. and Taliban of Working Together to Convince Afghans That Foreign Soldiers Shouldn’t Leave

March 10, 2013

“Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Sunday accused the Taliban and the U.S. of working in concert to convince Afghans that violence will worsen if most foreign troops leave – an allegation the top American commander in Afghanistan rejected as “categorically false.”"

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Falkland Islands Residents Begin Voting on Sovereignty Referendum to Rebuke Argentina

March 10, 2013

“An overwhelming “yes” vote is likely, prompting Argentina to dismiss the referendum as a meaningless publicity stunt. A high turnout is expected, however, as islanders embrace it as a chance to make their voices heard.”

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Thousands of Pakistani Muslim Protesters Burn 100 Christian Homes in Lahore in Response to Blasphemy

March 9, 2013

“Around 3,000 Muslim protesters took part in multiple simultaneous arsons of Christian homes, that belonged to low to middle-class families from the minority community.”

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Violent Protests Erupt in Egypt After Court Upholds Death Sentences For 21 Soccer Rioters

March 9, 2013

“Three protesters have been killed and reportedly 65 injured in Cairo as outraged crowds protest both in the Egyptian capital and the city of Port Said over the latest verdict on the deadly Port Said stadium riot in February 2012.”

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Dozens of Gunmen Abduct Private Television Station Owner and 5 Crew in Tripoli, Libya

March 9, 2013

“One of the anchors at the Alassema station where the attack took place, Mohammed al-Sharkassi, told another news network that he had also been accosted outside his workplace by “individuals who identified themselves as former rebels.””

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North Korea Vows to End Non-Aggression Pact With South Korea

March 9, 2013

“The state-run agency said North Korea “abrogates all agreements on nonaggression reached between the North and the South … [and] also notifies the South side that it will immediately cut off the North-South hotline.”"

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Mexico Supreme Court Rules Anti-Gay Terms Are Hate Speech Not Protected By Freedom of Expression

March 9, 2013

“The court ruling says that “even though they are deeply rooted expressions in Mexican society, the fact is that the practices of the majority of society can’t validate the violations of basic right.””

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Mexican Authorities Arrest 21 Suspects in Connection to Drug Cartel-Linked Attacks on Journalists and Politicians

March 9, 2013

“Prosecutors in the northern state of Durango said the kidnap-killing of a local politician in February was among the gang’s alleged crimes. The victim, Mario Alberto Landeros, had been planning to run for mayor of a city in the state.”

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U.S. State Department Delays Award For Controversial Egyptian Activist

March 9, 2013

“Ibrahim was named earlier this week as one of 10 winners of the International Women of Courage award, an honor to be given on Friday.”

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Former Lead Detective For South African Runner Oscar Pistorius’ Murder Case Quits Police Force

March 9, 2013

“The decision by detective Hilton Botha to quit followed criticism for his bungling of the investigation into Pistorius’ shooting of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Feb. 14, as well as the revelation that he faced attempted murder charges for a 2011 case in which he fired at a vehicle.”

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