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  • Despite local concern, judge orders Newtown 911 tapes released

    November 27, 2013 6:43 AM 43

    A Connecticut judge Tuesday ordered the release of recordings of 911 calls made the day of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Conn., rejecting a state prosecutor's arguments that they should remain sealed to protect witnesses and the victims' families. Judge Eliot Prescott made his decision after listening to the tapes himself, and he gave the state's

  • Americans back Iran deal by 2-to-1 margin: Reuters/Ipsos poll

    November 27, 2013 1:41 AM 115

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Americans back a newly brokered nuclear deal with Iran by a 2-to-1 margin and are very wary of the United States resorting to military action against Tehran even if the historic diplomatic effort falls through, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed on Tuesday. The findings were rare good news in the polls for President Barack Obama, whose

  • Judge orders release of Newtown 911 recordings

    November 26, 2013 11:17 PM 41

    A Connecticut judge on Tuesday ordered the release of the 911 recordings from the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, but the tapes will not be immediately unsealed. The state's Freedom of Information Commission ruled in September that the recordings should be provided to The Associated Press, but State's Attorney Stephen Sedensky III asked for a stay while

  • Gunmen kill two Belarus military instructors in Yemen

    November 26, 2013 9:54 AM 36

    SANAA (Reuters) - Gunmen on a motorcycle killed two Belarussian military instructors in Sanaa on Tuesday, police and defense ministry sources said, in a shooting similar to other attacks the Yemeni authorities have blamed on al Qaeda. The sources said the experts, attached to a presidential security force, were shot as they left a hotel where they had lived

  • Iran talks reverberate through web of Mideast alliances

    November 26, 2013 5:42 AM 41

    Speculation about a thaw between Washington and Tehran touches on the idea of a 'hinge' moment that realigns the region politically. BEIRUT — The interim accord hammered out between Iran and global powers focuses narrowly on Tehran's nuclear ambitions but the reaction across the Middle East points to a broader significance: the prospect of a geopolitical

  • Campaign against Gender Violence Kicks off in Armenia

    November 25, 2013 9:02 PM 60

    YEREVAN (ArmRadio)—“16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence” kicked off in Armenia Monday, an international campaign that runs from November 25 to December 10, International Human Rights Day. It includes two global campaigns: 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence and the White Ribbon Campaign. Since 1991, more than 3,700 organizations in 164 countries

  • Bangladesh announces polls despite boycott threat

    November 25, 2013 3:53 PM 79

    The main opposition coalition has vowed to hold a series of nationwide protests unless Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina resigns and transfers power to a non-partisan caretaker administration to oversee the elections. Hasina has rejected the demand. Instead, earlier this month Hasina formed what she calls an all-party election-time government to oversee the polls

  • Afghan elders endorse U.S. troops’ presence but President Karzai still refuses to sign

    November 25, 2013 3:38 AM 37

    Best news photos of the week Delegates said it was in Afghanistan’s “vital national interest” to have a partnership with the United States, and they urged Karzai not to delay the signing of the bilateral security agreement until after the country holds elections in April. “President Karzai should promise us, he should sign the [agreement] as soon as possible

  • Desert Island Discs: Miliband brothers' rift still open

    November 24, 2013 5:26 PM 49

    Ed Miliband has said his relationship with brother David has still not fully recovered, more than three years after their fight for the Labour leadership. The Labour leader told BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs it was "healing", following his narrow victory in 2010, On the programme Mr Miliband defended his party's handling of the candidate selection

  • Holodomor: Memories of Ukraine's silent massacre

    November 24, 2013 5:12 PM 44

    Eighty years ago, millions of Ukrainians died in a famine that many label a genocide by the Soviet regime of Joseph Stalin. As Ukraine prepares to embark on its annual memorial events, the BBC's David Stern finds that memories of the massacre are undimmed for many. Nina Karpenko, an energetic 87-year-old, demonstrates what it took to survive Ukraine's