South Sudan army advances to retake rebel-held Bor town

January 4, 2014 11:03 am· Comments Off on South Sudan army advances to retake rebel-held Bor town 

KHARTOUM, Jan. 4 — South Sudanese army said Friday it was advancing toward the strategic town Bor, held by rebels loyal to former vice-president Riek Machar, when negotiations between the two sides started Friday in Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.

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9 killed as gunmen attack prison in southern Mexico

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MEXICO CITY, Jan. 4 — At least nine people were killed and two others seriously injured when a group of gunmen attacked a prison in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero, state prosecutors said Friday.

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Cubans now allowed to sell cars

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HAVANA, Jan. 4 — New and used cars went on sale on Friday in Cuba for the first time in more than 50 years under a new law.

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Police beefs up security at Chinese consulate in San Francisco

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WASHINGTON, Jan. 4 — Police in San Francisco have boosted security at the Chinese consulate general there after an arson attack on Wednesday caused severe damage to the facilities, the U.S. State Department said on Friday.

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U.S. condemns violence in Cambodia, urges restraint

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WASHINGTON, Jan. 4 — The United States on Friday condemned violence in Cambodia and urged all sides to exercise restraint after police opened fire on striking workers, killing three.

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Detained war crime suspect takes oath as elected mayor in Kosovo

January 4, 2014 11:03 am· Comments Off on Detained war crime suspect takes oath as elected mayor in Kosovo 

PRISTIA, Jan. 4 — Newly elected mayor of the Municipality of Skenderaj/Srbica, Sami Lushtaku, was briefly taken from the Mitrovica detention center on Friday to his hometown to take the oath for third term in office.

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Merkel to handle immigration issue amid heated debate

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BERLIN, Jan. 4 — German Chancellor Angela Merkel will form a committee to deal with the ongoing debate over the so-called "poverty immigration", her spokesman Georg Streiter said on Friday.

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Terrorist 'leader' behind attack of Iranian embassy in Beirut falls

January 4, 2014 11:03 am· Comments Off on Terrorist 'leader' behind attack of Iranian embassy in Beirut falls 

BEIRUT, Jan. 4 — The DNA results confirmed Friday that the man detained by the Lebanese army intelligence is Majed al-Majed, the "emir" of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades.

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Rebels attack gas line causing fire, blackout in Damascus

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DAMASCUS, Jan. 4 — Terrorists targeted a key gas line in the countryside of the capital Damascus Friday evening, causing a huge fire and a major blackout in Damascus and the southern region in general, the country's oil minister Sulaiman Abbas told the official SANA news agency.

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75 al-Qaida militants killed in clashes in western Iraq

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BAGHDAD, Jan. 4 — At least 75 al-Qaida-linked militants, including one of their top leaders, were killed on Friday in the clashes with Iraqi security forces and local tribesmen in western Iraq, police said.

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