Rio De Janiero Fire Destroys Carnival Costumes

Monday, February 07, 2011

A fire in Rio De Janiero Monday morning torched costumes and other materials set aside for Brazil's world-famous Carnival.

Several warehouses and a samba school were burned in the blaze, which has reportedly destroyed thousands of costumes being stored for next month's Carnival. No serious injuries were reported, according to the BBC.

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Giffords' Astronaut Husband Heading to Space, Says NASA

Friday, February 04, 2011

WNYC

The astronaut husband of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will head into space, a decision that came nearly one month after his wife survived a gunshot wound to the head.

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Protesters Flood Tahrir Square on 'Day of Departure'

Friday, February 04, 2011

WNYC

More than 100,000 protesters have been pouring into Tahrir Square in Egypt's capital Cairo as pressure to remove President Hosni Mubarak mounts, according to the Associated Press.

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Protests Rage on in Egypt

Thursday, February 03, 2011

The White House continues to call for "free and fair elections," amid continuing protests in Egypt this week. Meanwhile, uprisings throughout the region, especially in Yemen, are also gaining ground. 

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Cyclone Yasi Hits Australia

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Cyclone Yasi roared its way across the coast of Queensland, Australia, Wednesday night, bringing strong winds and rain to an area still recovering from weeks of rain and flooding.

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Obama Urges 'Orderly Transition' in Egypt

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak says he won't run again in September elections. President Barack Obama, who spoke to Mubarak following his announcement on Tuesday, is urging an "orderly transition."

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Protests in Egypt Continue for a Seventh Day

Monday, January 31, 2011

Monday marked the seventh day of protests in Egypt. Demonstrations are expected to continue on Tuesday, with protestors trying to mobilize one million people in Cairo, according to The Associated Press.

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Florida Judge Rules Against Health Care Law

Monday, January 31, 2011

A Florida judge has ruled that the nation's new healthcare law is unconstitutional, marking a victory for the 26 states who challenged it. The states challenged a provision of the law that requires Americans to buy health insurance or pay a penalty.

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Rahm Emanuel Cleared to Run for Mayor of Chicago

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Rahm Emanuel is back on the Chicago mayoral ballot.

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New Protests Erupt in Yemen as Demonstrations Continue in Egypt

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Thursday marked the third day of protests against President Hosni Mubarak in Egypt, and new protests against the ruling government in Yemen — the latest country in the region to experience demonstrations against the government.

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Three People Killed in Protests in Egypt

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Thousands of protestors calling for President Hosni Mubarak's resignation took to the streets in Egypt on Tuesday. At least three people — two protestors and one policeman — have been killed, according to The Associated Press.

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Rahm Emanuel Fights for Mayoral Candidacy in Chicago

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel has taken his fight to keep his name on the ballot for Chicago's mayoral election to the Illinois Supreme Court.

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7.2 Magnitude Quake Hits Pakistan

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

An 7.2 magnitude earthquake rocked southwest Pakistan Tuesday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. No immediate reports of damage were available, although the Associated Press reported the quake was felt in provinces close by.

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Dictator Duvalier Returns to Haiti

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Associated Press reports that former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier is facing accusations of corruption and embezzlement, according to one of his lawyers. The news comes just days after Duvalier unexpectedly returned to his native country.

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Tunisia Tries to Form Temporary Government

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Tunisia has formed a temporary government comprised of members of the party of the deposed president and opposition party leaders, until new elections can be held in the country, the Associated Press reported on Monday.

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Reince Priebus Named Chairman of RNC

Friday, January 14, 2011

The Republican National Committee has named Reince Priebus as its new chairman, replacing Michael Steele. On Friday, Steele abandoned his re-election bid, endorsing Maria Cino and asking his supporters to back her.

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Prime Minister Takes Control of Tunisia

Friday, January 14, 2011

Tunisian Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi has taken control of the country temporarily, as protests against President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali erupted throughout the country forcing him out, the Associated Press reported Wednesday afternoon.

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Congress Increases Security Following Arizona Shooting

Monday, January 10, 2011

Members of Congress are increasing their vigilance at public gatherings following the shooting in Arizona on Saturday. Six people were killed and Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords is in critical condition, after a man opened fire in front of a supermarket in Tucson.

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Authorities Investigate Suspicious Package in D.C.

Friday, January 07, 2011

The Associated Press reports that a package that ignited at a postal center in Washington, D.C., was addressed to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

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Gibbs Announces February Departure From White House

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs says he'll continue to advise the president.

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