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4:35 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Haiti Then And Now: 3 Years After The Earthquake

Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church in downtown Port-au-Prince, Jan. 17, 2010.
David Gilkey NPR

Originally published on Fri January 11, 2013 4:07 pm

Evidence of loss remains even three years after a massive earthquake claimed the lives of as many as 200,000 people in Haiti. In the middle of Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince, there is a cathedral whose sun-washed walls reach into the sky where a roof used to be.

A lone flagpole marks the spot where the National Palace, a symbol of Haiti's government, once proudly stood.

And on a downtown street that once bustled with storefronts, there is now a row of vendors who sell their wares under tent poles and umbrellas.

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Latin America
3:33 am
Fri January 11, 2013

After 50 Years, Cuba Drops Unpopular Travel Restriction

A traveler stands at the check-in lobby at Havana's Jose Marti International Airport last year. On Jan. 14, Cuba scraps a much-reviled, decades-old exit permit requirement, easing most Cubans' exit and return.
Dwamons Boylan Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri January 11, 2013 8:35 am

For the first time in five decades, Cubans will no longer need an "exit permit" to travel. The change, which takes effect Monday, is part of a broader immigration reform by President Raul Castro making it easier for Cubans to go abroad — and also to return.

But critics say the communist government continues to treat travel as a privilege, not a right, and a useful tool to punish dissent.

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The Two-Way
7:17 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Three Kurdish Activists Found Dead In Paris; 'Without Doubt An Execution'

An undated of Sakine Cansiz, one of three Kurdish activists found shot to death today in Paris.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu January 10, 2013 12:10 pm

Three Kurdish women, one of them a founding member of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) that seeks autonomy for Kurds in Turkey, were found shot to death today in Paris.

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Middle East
3:59 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Wary Of Syria's War, Israel Plans A Fence In The Golan Heights

An Israeli tank in the Golan Heights overlooks the Syrian village of Bariqa in November. Israel, which captured the Golan Heights from Syria in 1967, says it's building a fence there because it's concerned about spillover from the Syrian war.
Ariel Schalit AP

Originally published on Sun January 13, 2013 9:04 am

Concerned about spillover from Syria's civil war, Israel says it will build a fence in the Golan Heights along the line that has effectively served as the border since wars between them in the 1960s and 1970s.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who recently made the announcement, says he's concerned about Syrian rebel groups that have succeeded in capturing areas close to the frontier. He says that building the fence, which would extend for more than 40 miles, is a precaution.

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World News
10:11 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Strike by Pakistani truckers carrying NATO goods

Credit Tore Urnes / Flickr

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Officials say truckers who carry supplies to NATO troops in Afghanistan have gone on strike in northwest Pakistan to protest lower pay.

Jehanzeb Khan, head of a transport workers union, says the strike began Wednesday in response to the government's decision to require truckers to go through authorized companies to carry NATO supplies instead of making individual deals.

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The Two-Way
9:28 am
Wed January 9, 2013

India, Pakistan Trade Accusations Over Border Killings

Wednesday in Rajouri, India, officers paid their respects at the coffin of one of two Indian soldiers killed Tuesday in a skirmish with Pakistani troops.
AFP/Getty Images

India reacted angrily today at what it called the "inhumane treatment" of one of two soldiers killed Tuesday in a skirmish along the de facto border with Pakistan.

Pakistan challenged the Indian army's allegations and said it is prepared to hold an investigation through the United Nations Military Observers Group for India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) into recent ceasefire violations along what is known as the Line of Control (LOC).

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World News
11:52 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Quake in Aegean Sea shakes Turkey and Greece

Large sharp rocks sticking out from the emerald waters of the Aegean Sea.
Credit Horia Varlan / Flickr

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — An earthquake centered beneath the Aegean Sea shook cities and islands in Turkey and Greece on Tuesday, causing panic in some areas but no injuries or damage, officials said.

The Istanbul-based Kandilli Observatory said the quake, with a preliminary magnitude of 6.2, occurred at 4:16 p.m. (1416 GMT) off the coast from Turkey's northwestern Canakkale province.

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World News
10:22 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Bulgaria: Investigator of bomb attack is fired

Sofia, Bulgaria
Credit David Holt / Flickr

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Officials have fired the leader of an investigation of a bomb attack in Bulgaria that killed five Israeli tourists and a Bulgarian bus driver for revealing sensitive information about the probe to the media.

Last week Stanelia Karadzhova told Bulgaria's 24 Chasa daily that one of three suspected terrorists who carried out the attack at the airport of the Black Sea city of Burgas in July has been identified and that all the suspects were foreign nationals. Karadzhova was quoted as saying the evidence suggests the bombing was not a suicide attack.

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World News
10:13 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Kuwaiti journalist jailed for Twitter 'insults'

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KUWAIT CITY (AP) — A Kuwait newspaper says an online journalist has been sentenced to two years in prison for posts deemed "insulting" to the Gulf nation's ruler — the second such ruling this week.

The decision reflects a widening social media crackdown across the Gulf Arab states to quell perceived political dissent.

Kuwait's pro-government Al Watan newspaper reported Monday that Ayyad al-Harbi, a journalist at news website Sabr, was charged with posting Twitter messages considered offensive to the nation's Western-allied emir. No other details were given.

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World News
3:05 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Italy's Monti unveils campaign symbol

Mario Monti, Prime Minister of Italy, at the Rebuilding Europe’s Competitiveness Meeting, Villa Madama, Rome 30th October 2012
Credit World Economic Forum

ROME (AP) — Italian Premier Mario Monti has unveiled his logo for February elections and pledged to scrutinize parliamentary candidates on his ticket to eliminate those with conflicts of interest, convictions or organized crime ties.

Moving forward in his campaign, Monti summoned journalists Friday evening to show off his symbol, a circle with stripes of red, white and green, the colors of the Italian flag — and the slogan "Civic choice with Monti for Italy."

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