U.S. alarmed by escalating violence in Sudan

March 23, 2012 9:28 am· Comments Off on U.S. alarmed by escalating violence in Sudan 

WASHINGTON, March 23 — The U.S. government is alarmed by the escalating violence between Sudan's government forces and rebels in the country's southern state bordering South Sudan, urging all parties to bring peace to the border region.

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AU strongly condemns action of mutineers in Mali

March 23, 2012 9:28 am· Comments Off on AU strongly condemns action of mutineers in Mali 

ADDIS ABABA, March 23 — The African Union (AU) on Thursday strongly condemned the action of the mutineers who announced that they have taken power in Mali.

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UN Security Council slams mutiny in Mali, demands release of detained officials

March 23, 2012 9:28 am· Comments Off on UN Security Council slams mutiny in Mali, demands release of detained officials 

UNITED NATIONS, March 23 — The UN Security Council on Thursday strongly condemned the action of mutinous soldiers seizing power by force in Mali, and demanded the release of all detained officials, including some government ministers arrested during the military coup.

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2nd Ld-Writethru: UN chief slams mutiny in Mali

March 23, 2012 9:28 am· Comments Off on 2nd Ld-Writethru: UN chief slams mutiny in Mali 

UNITED NATIONS, March 23 — UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday strongly condemned the mutiny in Mali, in which the government was overthrown, and called on "those responsible to refrain from any actions that could increase violence and further destabilize the country."

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Concerns about coup in Mali "very strong": senior UN official

March 23, 2012 9:28 am· Comments Off on Concerns about coup in Mali "very strong": senior UN official 

UNITED NATIONS, March 23 — B. Lynn Pascoe, UN under- secretary-general for political affairs, said here Thursday that the global organization has significant concerns about the situation in Mali, where the president has been overthrown.

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Baghdad-hosted Arab summit to discuss Syrian, Palestinian issues

March 23, 2012 9:28 am· Comments Off on Baghdad-hosted Arab summit to discuss Syrian, Palestinian issues 

CAIRO, March 23 — The upcoming Arab Summit will focus on the latest developments in Syria and the Palestinian cause, the Arab League (AL) deputy secretary general Ahmad bin Hili said on Thursday.

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Social injustice, environmental risks need to be tackled together: UN chief

March 23, 2012 9:28 am· Comments Off on Social injustice, environmental risks need to be tackled together: UN chief 

UNITED NATIONS, March 23 — Social justice and environmental protection are equally urgent and intrinsically linked goals, with coordinated global action needed on both fronts at an upcoming United Nations sustainable development conference, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a forum in Istanbul, Turkey, on Thursday.

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Japanese int'l cooperation agency willing to expand aid to Tunisia

March 23, 2012 9:28 am· Comments Off on Japanese int'l cooperation agency willing to expand aid to Tunisia 

TUNIS, March 23 — Japan's international cooperation agency (JICA) is willing to expand its cooperation with Tunisia, the head of the agency Sadako Ogata said Thursday, Tunisia's official TAP press agency reported.

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Plane carrying 8 missing in southern Chile: authority

March 23, 2012 9:28 am· Comments Off on Plane carrying 8 missing in southern Chile: authority 

SANTIAGO, March 23 — A small plane with eight people onboard went missing in southern Chile shortly after taking off on Thursday morning, said Chile's Civil Aviation Authority in a press release.

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Nobel Prize winning discoverer of Vitamin C honored in Hungary

March 23, 2012 9:28 am· Comments Off on Nobel Prize winning discoverer of Vitamin C honored in Hungary 

By Peter Murphy

SZEGED, Hungary, March 23 — Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, a Hungarian professor at Ferencz Jozsef University in Southern Hungary's Szeged, was awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1937.

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