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UN chief proposes peacekeepers as option for Mali

EDITH M. LEDERER Associated Press= UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon proposed a U.N. peacekeeping force for Mali with 11,200 troops working alongside a non-U.N. force that would conduct major combat and counter-terrorism operations against Islamic extremists Tuesday as one option to maintain security after French forces leave the crisis-wracked West African nation. The U.N. chief said in a ...

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Strong earthquake sways buildings in Taiwan

TAIPEI, Taiwan – A strong earthquake has been felt throughout Taiwan, but no casualties or damage has been reported yet. The Central Weather Bureau says the quake Wednesday registered at magnitude 6.1. The tremor struck a rural township in Nantou County, about 250 kilometers (about 155 miles) south of Taipei where it swayed buildings. Earthquakes frequently rattle Taiwan, but most ...

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Hiring freeze leads to 800 Air Force Life Cycle Management Center job vacancies

A civilian hiring freeze has opened more than 800 job vacancies nationwide that the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center has been unable to fill because of sequestration, a top Air Force commander said. Lt. Gen. C.D. Moore, AFLCMC commander headquartered at Wright-Patterson, which has 150 openings, said the number of unfilled positions has “actually been growing because of the ...

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Over 50 killed in Afghan violence in two days

KABUL, March 26 (Xinhua) — More than 50 people, mostly militants, have been killed in attacks and bombings across Afghanistan since Monday morning, authorities said Tuesday. At early Tuesday morning, five Afghan policemen and eight militants were killed when Taliban launched a coordinated attack on a police compound in Jalalabad city, the provincial capital of eastern Nangarhar province. “Eight suicide ...

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Somalia refugees abused and raped – Human Rights Watch

Internally displaced people in Somalia are suffering sexual violence and other forms of abuse, reports the Human Rights Watch (HRW) campaign group. The abuse takes place at the hands of armed groups, including government forces, it says. In the report, women who fled famine and conflict describe being gang-raped in camps in the capital, Mogadishu. Managers of the camps – ...

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Group of Emerging Nations Plans to Form Development Bank

JOHANNESBURG — A group of five emerging world economic powers met in Africa for the first time Tuesday, gathering in South Africa for a summit meeting at which they plan to announce the creation of a new development bank, a direct challenge to the dominance of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Connect With Us on Twitter Follow ...

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S&P Nears Record as Home Price Surge Lifts Stocks

NEW YORK (AP) — More good news on the economy Tuesday drove the Standard & Poor’s 500 index to within two points of its record closing high. Connect With Us on Twitter Follow @NYTNational for breaking news and headlines. Twitter List: Reporters and Editors The S&P rose 12.08 points, or 0.8 percent, to 1,563.77. Its record close of 1,565.16 was ...

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He Has Millions and a New Job at Yahoo. Soon, He’ll Be 18.

One of Yahoo’s newest employees is a 17-year-old high school student in Britain. As of Monday, he is one of its richest, too. That student, Nick D’Aloisio, a programming whiz who wasn’t even born when Yahoo was founded in 1994, sold his news-reading app, Summly, to Yahoo on Monday for a sum said to be in the tens of millions ...

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