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April 12, 2009

Kidnapped US Captain freed

Putting an end to one part of the hostage crisis off the coast of Somalia, Navy Seal snipers managed to rescue a U.S. captain of a commercial freighter Sunday from Somalian pirates. The captain had been held hostage during a five-day standoff between Somalian pirates and U.S. forces, which included daring escapes by both the crew and the captain. Three Somalian hostage takers were killed in the raid.

By freeing Capt. Richard Phillips, the crisis is certainly not over, as Somalian warlords have vowed revenge.

"This could escalate violence in this part of the world, no question about it," said Bill Gortney, the commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command.

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April 5, 2009

Obama urges action after North Korea Tests Missile

The U.S. and its allies held an emergency session in U.N. today after North Korea tested a long-range missile, which fizzled into the Pacific Ocean. President Obama, who is on European tour, is seeking punishment for North Korea’s supposed breaking of the rules on a treaty preventing the nation’s testing of ballistic missiles.
“North Korea broke the rules, once again, by testing a rocket that could be used for long-range missiles, Obama said in Prague. Obama also warned that North Korea’s action will most likely further isolate the nation.

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March 29, 2009

UN Suggests Power-sharing for KirKuk

The United Nations is expected to advise a power-sharing system of government for Iraq's ethnically divided region of Kirkuk. The oil-rich Kirkuk region in northern Iraq has experienced much ethnic violence between Kurds, the majority, and Arabs, Turkomen and other rival ethic groups.

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Concert for Holocaust Survivors Condemned by Palestinian Activists

Palestinian political activists condemned a camp youth orchestra Sunday for their performance for Holocaust survivors in Israel last week. The group will ban the orchestra's director, an Israeli Arab woman, from entering the camp.
Adnan al-Hindi, leader of the camp's Popular Committee, said the young musicians had been exploited by the orchestra director, Wafaa Younis, for "normalizing" ties with Israel.

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March 1, 2009

Israel's Attorney General Says He'll Indict Olmert

Israel's attorney general told Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Sunday that he plans to indict him on suspicion of accepting bribes from a Jewish-American businessman. The controversy forced the Israeli leader to resign following public resentment.
Olmert has denied guilt in the five pending corruption investigations. Attorney General Meni Mazuz said in a news release that Olmert will have one last chance to change his mind.

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February 22, 2009

Suicide Attack Kills One, Injures 17 in Cairo

A suicide attacker in Cairo killed a woman and injured 17 people in a famed bazaar.

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February 15, 2009

Close Vote Ends Terms Limits for President Chavez of Venezuela

In a Venezuela referendum Sunday, President Hugo Chavez won the right to seek an unlimited number of terms. With 94 percent of the vote counted, the constitutional amendment was favored 54 to 46 percent.
Chavez is not up for re-election again until 2012 but may now have a lifetime to construct his view of a socialist state.
"Today we opened wide the gates of the future," Chavez said, who is in his third term as president. "In 2012 there will be presidential elections, and unless God decides otherwise, unless the people decide otherwise, this soldier is already a candidate."

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February 8, 2009

108 Die in Austrailian Wildfire

In the most deadly wildfire ever reported in Australia's history, 108 people have died as of Monday. This figure is expected to rise as firefighters move further into the fire zone. At least 700 homes were destroyed as well in the Victoria state, located in the southeastern corner of Australia.
One of the hardest hit areas include Marysville, 50 miles north of Melbourne, where 90 percent of the buildings have been destroyed and trees were reported to have exploded in contact with the fire.

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February 1, 2009

Israel Retaliates from Militant Rocket Fire

Following rocket and mortar fire from Palestinian militants in Gaza Sunday, Israel soon retaliated with bombings and gunfire. The attacks come during Israel's declared ceasefire and preceding Israel's parliamentary elections next week.

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Non-violent Protest Signals Easier Pullout Obama says

Elections in Iraq on Sunday will bode well for a pullout of U.S. military in the near future says Obama.

"We are in a position to start putting more responsibility on the Iraqis and that's good news not only for the troops on the ground but for the families who are carrying an enormous burden," Obama said.

Obama's campaign promise was to remove troops from Iraq in 16 months.

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