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Massive rally for Chavez planned in Caracas

Venezuela’s leftist leadership has called for a massive show of support for ailing President Hugo Chavez in Caracas on Thursday – the day he is supposed to be sworn in to a new six year term in office. National Assembly speaker Diosdado Cabello said on Tuesday that a huge rally would be held that day to show the public’s support ...

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Pakistani intelligence officials say 8 militants killed in American drone strike

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan — Pakistani intelligence officials say 8 militants killed in American drone strike. Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Loading… Comments Weigh In Corrections? Recommend…

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Officials: Wild dogs kill 4 in Mexico City park; police have trapped 25 animals

MEXICO CITY — Authorities have confirmed that four people whose mutilated bodies were found in a hilly park on the eastern edge of Mexico City over the past two weeks were killed by wild dogs. Mexico City prosecutors said in a statement that experts determined that a woman and a 1-year-old child found in the Cerro de la Estrella park ...

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In Fending Off Critics, Obama Points to Hagel as Vietnam War Hero

WASHINGTON — In his effusive endorsement of Chuck Hagel as his choice for secretary of defense on Monday, President Obama set in motion a White House campaign that officials predict will overcome weeks of accusations that the Republican former senator from Nebraska is anti-Israel, antigay and soft on Iran. The president extolled Mr. Hagel’s record as a decorated veteran of ...

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10 Things to Know for Tuesday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday: 1. NOMINEE FOR DEFENSE A POSSIBLE TRAILBLAZER If confirmed, Chuck Hagel would the first enlisted soldier and first Vietnam vet to head the Pentagon. 2. CARNAGE IN COLO….

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China Says It Will Overhaul Re-education System

BEIJING — China will start reforming its draconian system of re-education through labor in the coming year, according to the state media, signaling the incoming leadership’s determination to alter one of the government’s more widely despised cudgels for punishing petty criminals, religious dissidents, petitioners and other perceived social irritants. China’s New Leadership: Full Coverage Read our ongoing coverage of the ...

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Whitewater tourist killed in Ethiopia

Vienna – A 27-year-old Austrian tourist was killed in Ethiopia when his group was attacked during a whitewater rafting trip on the Nile, the Austrian foreign ministry said on Monday. The victim was with three fellow Austrians when the attack occurred on Sunday, 550km from the capital Addis Ababa. The other three – part of a group of 10 Austrians ...

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Gov’t spent $18 billion on immigration enforcement

The Obama administration spent more money on immigration enforcement in the last fiscal year than all other federal law enforcement agencies combined, according to a report on the government’s enforcement efforts from a Washington think tank. The report on Monday from the Migration Policy Institute, a non-partisan group focused on global immigration issues, said in the 2012 budget year that ...

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HTC 4Q Profit Falls 91% as Brand Falls Behind in Smartphone Wars

HTC’s losing streak continued on Monday as its fourth-quarter profit fell 91% thanks to poor sales in the U.S. market. The company posted a 4Q net profit of $34.4 million, its lowest since 2004, but still beating…

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NOBEL PRIZE WINNER PAUL KRUGMAN: Obama Must Get Ready To Mint The Trillion Dollar Coin

The movement to mint a trillion dollar platinum coin gets its biggest backer yet: Paul Krugman. In a new post up titled Be Ready To Mint The Coin he writes: It’s easy to make sententious remarks to the effect that we shouldn’t look for gimmicks, we should sit down like serious people and deal…

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