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UN envoy to Assad: Change is urgently needed

Saturday, September 1, 2012 | Updated: Saturday, September 1, 2012 11:27am Comments (0) E-mail Print Tweet Page 1 of 1 BEIRUT (AP) — The new U.N. envoy to Syria says President Bashar Assad’s regime should realize that the need for change is both “urgent” and “necessary.” In an interview with al-Arabiya television on Saturday, Lakhdar Brahimi also told the Syrian ...

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Togo: Police question former Interior Minister

LOME, Togo — Security forces fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of demonstrators in Lome demanding the release of Pascal Bodjona, Togo’s former Interior Minister and number two man to President Faure Gnassingbé, who was taken in for questioning by police. Crowds of sympathizers holding placards calling for the release of Bodjona Saturday were quickly dispersed. Bodjona is to be ...

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Officials declare final winner of Mexico vote

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s highest electoral authority declared Friday that Enrique Pena Nieto was the legitimate winner of the country’s July 1 presidential election, formally opening the transition to a new government despite continuing claims of fraud by the second-place candidate of the left. The Federal Electoral Tribunal said leftist candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador had failed to prove ...

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Twin suicide attack on NATO Afghan base kills 12

GHANZNI, Afghanistan: Ten civilians and two police were killed and dozens more were wounded Saturday in a Taliban twin suicide attack targeting a US-run military base in central Afghanistan, officials said. The first bombing was carried out by a militant on foot, followed by a huge blast from a truck bomb that destroyed much of a local bazaar near the ...

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Isaac remnants dumping heavy rain across Missouri, Illinois

(Reuters) – The remnants of Hurricane Isaac were grinding slowing northward early on Saturday with its center now deep into Missouri and the heavy rain stretching for hundreds of miles east into Illinois amid reports of tornadoes and high winds, meteorologists said. Drought-stricken areas of Missouri and Illinois were easily absorbing the rain Friday and the system was expected to ...

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Ban Ki-moon defends visit to Iran

UN secretary general Ban Ki-Moon. (AFP) More Coverage "I believe in the power of diplomacy and I believe in dialogues and I believe in engagement. This is exactly what I did during my visit to Tehran," Ban told Reuters on a stopover in Dubai before flying back to UN headquarters in New York. While conceding he had not always been ...

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Floodwaters ebb in La., leaving a sopping mess

BELLE CHASE, La. — Floodwaters from Isaac receded, power came on and businesses opened Friday ahead of the holiday weekend, the beginning of what is certain to be a slow recovery for Louisiana. Newly nominated Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney visited flood-ravaged communities, and President Barack Obama said he would arrive Monday — appearances this part of the country is ...

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Death toll rises to 41 in Venezuela refinery blast

Photos PUNTO FIJO, Venezuela – (AP) — The death toll rose to 41 at Venezuela’s biggest oil refinery, where fires were still raging on Monday two days after a powerful explosion. Hospital officials in the western city of Maracaibo said on Sunday that a soldier and a member of the had died. The two men were taken to the hospital ...

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UNICEF calls for funds to help Syrian refugee children in Jordan

Syrian refugees arriving in Jordan are being sheltered at Za’atri camp. Photo: UNHCR/A. Eurdolian 27 August 2012 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is urgently appealing for additional funds to meet the health and protection needs of an increasing number of Syrian refugee children and their families who have fled to Jordan to escape the ongoing conflict in their ...

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Some 10,00 Syrian refugees stuck at Turkish border

ANKARA, Turkey – Some 10,000 Syrian refugees are waiting on the Syrian side of the border as Turkey rushes to build more camps to accommodate the influx and carries out more stringent security checks on the newcomers, Turkish officials said Monday. Enlarge Syrian children, who fled their home with their family due to fighting between the Syrian army and the ...

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