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Paraguay’s new president takes office

ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) Multimillionaire Horacio Cartes vowed to battle poverty on Thursday as he assumed the presidency of Paraguay, one of the most unequal nations in South America and a place where his business dealings have made him a target of U.S. criminal probes. Wearing Paraguay’s red-white-and-blue presidential sash, the tobacco magnate said he intends “to win every battle in ...

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Tunisia Islamist chief stands firm

TUNIS – The chairman of Tunisia’s ruling Islamist party rejected opposition demands for a non-party government on Thursday and said the experience of Egypt should prompt parties to engage in more dialogue to resolve the country’s crisis. Ennahda party chairman Rached Ghannouchi said he could accept the creation of a national unity government if all political parties were represented, but ...

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Local research essential to universal health coverage, UN agency reports

15 August 2013 – The United Nations health agency today called on countries to continue investing in local research as a step towards developing a system of universal and affordable health coverage. Launching the “World health report 2013: Research for universal health coverage” in Beijing, China, the Director-General of the UN World Health Organization (WHO) called universal coverage “the single ...

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U.S. mission in Jordan could last years as Syria war rages: Dempsey

AMMAN (Reuters) – The top U.S. military officer told American troops in Jordan on Thursday that their mission to help the kingdom contain the fallout from Syria’s war would likely last years, as the United States bolsters support for the key regional ally. General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, addressed a group of mostly U.S. planners ...

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Israel frees Palestinian prisoners ahead of Wednesday’s talks

Israel began an operation to free 26 Palestian prisoners on Tuesday hours before the two sides were to hold new direct peace talks amid a growing row over settlements. The 26 prisoners are the first batch of some 104 long-term detainees who are to be freed in stages as part of a U.S.-brokered deal which brought Israel and Palestinians back ...

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UN rights chief urges talks to save Egypt from further disastrous violence

15 August 2013 – The United Nations human rights chief today appealed to all parties in Egypt to act with restraint and initiate talks, following a day of bloody violence that left hundreds dead and many more injured. “I deplore the loss of life and call on all in Egypt to seek a way out of the violence. I urge ...

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Egypt: VP ElBaradei resigns to protest raids

CAIRO – Egypt’s vice president and pro-reform leader Mohamed ElBaradei has resigned to protest deadly police assaults against two sit-in protest camps by supporters of the ousted president. ElBaradei submitted his resignation Wednesday in a letter to interim President Adly Mansour. A copy was emailed to The Associated Press. He says he is not prepared to be held responsible for ...

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Egypt: VP ElBaradei resigns to protest raids

CAIRO – Egypt’s vice president and pro-reform leader Mohamed ElBaradei has resigned to protest deadly police assaults against two sit-in protest camps by supporters of the ousted president. ElBaradei submitted his resignation Wednesday in a letter to interim President Adly Mansour. A copy was emailed to The Associated Press. He says he is not prepared to be held responsible for ...

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After hundreds killed, Egypt faces new uncertainty

CAIRO — Egypt faced a new phase of uncertainty on Thursday after the bloodiest day since its Arab Spring began, with nearly 300 people reported killed and thousands injured as police smashed two protest camps of supporters of the deposed Islamist president. Wednesday’s raids touched off day-long street violence that prompted the military-backed interim leaders to impose a state of ...

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After hundreds killed, Egypt faces new uncertainty

CAIRO — Egypt faced a new phase of uncertainty on Thursday after the bloodiest day since its Arab Spring began, with nearly 300 people reported killed and thousands injured as police smashed two protest camps of supporters of the deposed Islamist president. Wednesday’s raids touched off day-long street violence that prompted the military-backed interim leaders to impose a state of ...

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