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Libyans hold 1st nationwide vote in decades

July 8, 2012 • World NewsComments Off

A Libyan woman votes at a polling station in the old city of Tripoli, Libya, Saturday, July 7, 2012. Jubilant Libyan voters marked a major step toward democracy after decades of erratic one-man rule, casting their ballots Saturday in the first parliamentary election after last year’s overthrow and killing of longtime leader Moammar Gadhafi. But...

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Ivory Coast youth leader speaks from hiding

July 8, 2012 • World NewsComments Off

FILE – A Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010 photo from files showing Charles Ble Goude talking with other members of incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo’s new cabinet ahead of the official announcement, in an antechamber at the presidency in Abidjan, Ivory...

Israeli draft pits secular Jews vs. ultra-Orthodox

July 8, 2012 • World NewsComments Off

In this Monday, July 2, 2012 Israeli soldiers pray next to the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray, in Jerusalem’s Old City. Deep in the heart of Mea Shearim, a Jerusalem bastion of hardline ultra-Orthodox Jews, hundreds of bearded young...

Elite counterdrug units proposed for Mexico

July 7, 2012 • World NewsComments Off

FILE – In this June 14, 2012 file photo, then presidential candidate Enrique Pena Nieto, right, of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, greets retired Colombian Gen. Oscar Naranjo during a press conference in Mexico City. Naranjo, who was named top...

Tensions in Libya ahead of first post-Gadhafi vote

July 7, 2012 • World NewsComments Off

An electoral official prepares a polling station for the National Assembly election in Tripoli, Libya, Friday, July 6, 2012. The Libyan National Assembly elections will take place on July 7, 2012 and will be the first free elections since 1969. (AP Photo/Manu...

US, allies press Assad as top Syrian general flees

July 7, 2012 • World NewsComments Off

FILE – In this Oct. 6, 2002 file photo, Syrian President Bashar Assad, center, with Syrian Defense Minister Mustafa Tlass, right, and Hassan Turkmany, Chief of Staff, visit the tomb of the unknown soldier, in Damascus, on the occasion of the 29th...

Art historians claim to find new Caravaggio works

July 6, 2012 • World NewsComments Off

FILE – In this Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011 file photo visitors admire the portrait of Caravaggio by an unknown painter during the presentation to journalists of an exhibit dedicated to the Lombard painter titled: “Caravaggio in Rome”, in Rome....

New tests revive debate over Arafat death

July 5, 2012 • World NewsComments Off

FILE – In this Dec. 24, 2002 file photo, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat talks to the media during a press conference at his headquarters, in the West Bank town of Ramallah. Yasser Arafat’s body may be exhumed to allow for more testing of the...

Student murder stokes fears of Egypt's Islamists

July 5, 2012 • World NewsComments Off

Egyptian boys hold posters of Ahmed Hussein Eid who was fatally stabbed by three bearded men during his funeral procession in the city of Suez, Egypt, Wednesday, July 4, 2012. The murder of a university student by suspected militants as his girlfriend looked...

Vatican gets report card on financial transparency

July 5, 2012 • World NewsComments Off

Pope Benedict XVI waves during an audience to newly appointed archbishops, the day after they received the pallium, a woolen shawl symbolizing their bond to the pope, at the Paul VI hall, Vatican, Saturday, June 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca) VATICAN...