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Thousands rally for Pakistan’s Imran Khan

Tens of thousands of people have rallied in support of Pakistani cricket legend and opposition politician Imran Khan in the southern city of Karachi. Sunday’s rally further cemented Khan’s status as a rising force in Pakistani politics, ahead of the 2013 elections. The turnout was particularly impressive because the event was held outside his traditional support base, Punjab province. Karachi, ...

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NKorea calls heir Kim head of key body

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea’s main state newspaper is calling Kim Jong Il’s heir the head of the ruling Workers’ Party Central Committee. The reference means Kim Jong Un will control one of the country’s highest decision-making bodies as he prepare to take power following his father’s death more than a week ago. The North’s main Rodong Sinmun ...

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‘Anonymous’ hackers target U.S. security think tank

LONDON – The loose-knit hacking movement “Anonymous” claimed Sunday to have stolen thousands of credit-card numbers and other personal information belonging to clients of U.S.-based security think tank Stratfor. One hacker said the goal was to pilfer funds from individuals’ accounts to give away as Christmas donations, and some victims confirmed unauthorized transactions linked to their credit cards. Anonymous boasted ...

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Top Hamas leader leaves Gaza on multi-nation tour

Gaza City: Gaza’s prime minister left the territory yesterday on his first trip abroad since his Hamas movement seized power in June 2007, hoping to improve ties with Muslim countries swept up in the uprisings convulsing the Arab world. Prime Minister Esmail Haniyah’s deputy, Mohammad Awad, said the Gaza leader would visit Egypt, Sudan, Qatar, Bahrain, Tunisia and Turkey. Reconciliation ...

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Syrian city ‘under siege’ by army

Residents in the Syrian city of Homs are calling for western intervention, as activists say the area has come under renewed attack from forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad. Residents told Al Jazeera on Saturday that army tanks were shelling the city. Activists in the Bab Amr district said they had been under seige for the last 48 hours. “There ...

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Thousands flock to Bethlehem for Christmas celebrations

BETHLEHEM, Palestine — Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal – the Catholic church’s top spiritual leader in the Holy Land – on Saturday led the procession on the eight-kilometer (about 5-mile) road from Jerusalem to Bethlehem. For the Christmas procession of about 30 vehicles, the Israeli authorities opened a large iron gate in the Israeli-built separation…

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Dozens killed in deadly bomb attacks at churches in Nigeria

A radical Muslim sect waging an increasingly sophisticated sectarian fight claimed responsibility for the attack and another bombing in the restive city of Jos, as explosions also struck the nation’s north east. One blast struck a church in the north-eastern town of Gadaka and two explosions rocked the northern city of Damaturu, making five blasts in total. The Christmas Day ...

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Newt Gingrich fails to get on Virginia GOP ballot

The Virginia Republican Party announced Saturday that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich had failed to gather enough signatures to run in the state’s GOP presidential primary, an embarrassing setback that underscored how far he has to go to build a fully functioning campaign organization just days before the first votes of the primary season. Party officials said Gingrich fell short ...

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CIA suspends drone flights in Pakistan to not ‘worsen’ relations after soldiers mistakenly killed in November

U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan for the last six weeks have been suspended Washington acknowledged Saturday following the killing of 24 Pakistani soldiers last month. Earlier in the week the chief of Pakistan’s defense committee acknowledged Washington’s paused drone strikes but have only now admitted it through an official with the Obama administration, according to CNN. The strikes have been ...

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