Firecracker victims in Central Luzon reach 46

December 29, 2012 8:59 am· Comments Off on Firecracker victims in Central Luzon reach 46 

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga, Dec. 29 — Injuries caused by firecrackers and fireworks have now reached 46 in Central Luzon with three days to go before the New Year's Eve celebration.

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Iranian lawmaker says Patriot missiles in Turkey to create regional military imbalance

December 29, 2012 8:59 am· Comments Off on Iranian lawmaker says Patriot missiles in Turkey to create regional military imbalance 

TEHRAN, Dec. 29 — Iranian lawmaker Nozar Shafiei said Friday that the deployment of NATO's Patriot missile systems in Turkey will create military imbalance in the region, Press TV reported.

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China lawmakers propose unified environmental monitoring

December 29, 2012 8:59 am· Comments Off on China lawmakers propose unified environmental monitoring 

BEIJING, Dec. 29 — Chinese lawmakers on Friday suggested formulating an environmental monitoring law to prohibit disorderly, arbitrary monitoring of the environment.

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Tunisian opposition party claims to be target of assassination attempt

December 29, 2012 8:59 am· Comments Off on Tunisian opposition party claims to be target of assassination attempt 

TUNIS, Dec. 29 — Beji Caid Essebsi, Tunisia's former interim prime minister and head of secular opposition party Nida Tounes (Tunisia Call), claimed to have been the target of a foiled assassination attempt, El Maghreb newspaper reported Friday.

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Another group of Ukrainian citizens evacuated from Syria via Lebanon

December 29, 2012 8:59 am· Comments Off on Another group of Ukrainian citizens evacuated from Syria via Lebanon 

KIEV, Dec. 29 — A group of Ukrainians, consisting of 11 women and 12 children, has been evacuated from Syria. The press service of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said the Ukrainian nationals were expected to arrive in Kiev by a flight from Beirut of the Ukrainian-Mediterranean Airlines at 19:00 local time (21:00) Moscow time on Friday.

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India gang rape victim dies in hospital

December 29, 2012 8:59 am· Comments Off on India gang rape victim dies in hospital 

SINGAPORE, Dec. 29 — A 23-year-old college student who was recently gang-raped in the Indian capital of Delhi died in a private hospital in Singapore on early Saturday, the hospital said.

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N. Korea looks technically set for nuke test: U.S. think tank

December 29, 2012 8:59 am· Comments Off on N. Korea looks technically set for nuke test: U.S. think tank 

By Lee Chi-dong

WASHINGTON, Dec. 29 — North Korea appears to be ready to conduct a nuclear test in as little as two weeks once a political decision is made to move forward, a U.S. think tank said Friday in an assessment based on satellite imagery.

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U.S. Dollar mixed against major currencies

December 29, 2012 8:59 am· Comments Off on U.S. Dollar mixed against major currencies 

NEW YORK, Dec. 29 — The U.S. dollar traded mixed against major currencies Friday as U.S. Congress still hasn't reached a deal on averting the "fiscal cliff" while U.S. economic data favored the dollar.

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U.S. pending home sales rise to highest level since April 2010

December 29, 2012 8:59 am· Comments Off on U.S. pending home sales rise to highest level since April 2010 

WASHINGTON, Dec. 29 — Home sales contracts rose to the highest level since April 2010, fresh evidence of the recovering U.S. property market, a leading U.S. industry group reported Friday.

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UN chief appoints special advisor on Haiti

December 29, 2012 8:59 am· Comments Off on UN chief appoints special advisor on Haiti 

UNITED NATIONS, Dec. 29 — UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon on Friday appointed Paul Farmer from the United States as his special advisor for an initiative to help eliminate cholera in Haiti.

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