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Judge grants runner Oscar Pistorius bail

Judge grants runner Oscar Pistorius bail

Runner Oscar Pistorius, charged in his girlfriend's death, got bail Friday, with a South African magistrate saying he didn't think the Paralympian would flee.

Palestinian hunger striker sentenced

Palestinian hunger-striker Samer Issawi was sentenced to eight months in prison for violating parole but he may be confined only until March, officials said.
Military chiefs note sequester's effects

Military chiefs note sequester's effects

U.S. military leaders said mandated budget cuts would have serious consequences, including the curtailing of training for 80 percent of the ground forces.

ICRC sends rapid-response team to S. Sudan

The International Committee of the Red Cross said it dispatched a rapid-response team to South Sudan to help people displaced by renewed conflict.

NATO helps Georgia clear leftover mines

NATO said it closed its partnership project with Georgia that helped the country remove unexploded ordnance left from a 2008 war with Russia.

U.S. sees looming al-Qaida threat

The U.S. State Department said there is information to suggest al-Qaida and other militant groups may target U.S. national interests overseas.
Obama discusses voting rights, sequester

Obama discusses voting rights, sequester

The Voting Rights Act challenge before the Supreme Court and the sequester were among topics U.S. President Obama discussed in an interview on SiriusXM Friday.

NATO soldier dead in Afghan bombing

A NATO soldier died Friday in a roadside bomb explosion in southern Afghanistan, the International Security Assistance Force announced.

3 dead in Vegas shooting, fiery car crash

Three people died in Las Vegas after the driver of a Maserati was shot and crashed his vehicle into a taxi, which burst into flames, police said.

Iran says its ready for nuclear talks

Iran stands by a policy of favoring negotiations with the international community over aggressive rhetoric, the Iran's U.N. Ambassador Mohammad Khazaei said.

U.N. ramps up Haiti cholera efforts

The United Nations said it has increased efforts to eliminate cholera in Haiti, though claims victims brought against the organization are "not receivable."
Egypt opposition objects to elections plan

Egypt opposition objects to elections plan

Opposition figures in Egypt said they are alarmed that the government has released a date for elections even though election-law terms remain in dispute.
Storm system carries snow, sleet, rain

Storm system carries snow, sleet, rain

Snow fell in parts of the Midwest and other regions had a snow-sleet-rain mix Friday, all part of a storm system pushing eastward across the United States.

Palestinians, Israel security forces clash

Palestinians threw stones at Israeli security forces at the Mughrabi Gate in Jerusalem after Friday morning prayers, officials said.

Cuba to settle $30 billion debt to Russia

Russia and Cuba will sign an agreement to settle a $30 billion Cuban debt by the end of 2013, Russian Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov said Friday.

U.S. drone strikes on rise in Afghanistan

The U.S. military carried out 506 drone strikes in 2012 in Afghanistan, a 72 percent increase from the previous year, Pentagon data indicate.

Spanish king distancing from son-in-law

A business partner of the son-in-law of the king of Spain testified the monarch was aware their charity was troubled long before the palace acknowledged it.

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37 lbs. of cocaine seized at U.S. border

A man was arrested for trying to sneak $440,000 worth of cocaine past a border checkpoint at Calexico, Calif., U.S. Homeland Security officials said.

Russia calls for int'l involvement in Mali

The international community must increase its efforts to prevent the conflict in Mali from escalating, Russian Foreign Ministry officials said Friday.

Park calls for punishment for North Korea

Incoming South Korean President Park Geun-hye said Friday it's important to strongly punish North Korea if Pyongyang acts recklessly.

National Guard to quell Chicago violence?

Chicago law enforcement officials should reach out to Illinois and U.S. governments for help stop homicides in Chicago, a retired U.S. Army general said.
Chavez treated for respiratory ailment

Chavez treated for respiratory ailment

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is being treated for breathing problems that arose after he underwent cancer surgery, a government official said.

BBC releases Savile probe documents

The BBC posted 3,000 of pages of transcripts online Friday from a review into why an investigation of abuse by BBC personality Jimmy Savile was dropped.

Obama schedule for Friday, Feb. 22

President Obama welcomes Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to the White House Friday, the daily schedule indicated.
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