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U.S. Military Repeals “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Policy

Posted September 20th, 2011 at 11:13 am (UTC-5)
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After years of court battles and contentious debate, the U.S. military has formally ended its policy under which homosexuals could serve as long as they did not reveal their sexual orientation. The policy known informally as “don’t ask, don’t tell,” ended at 12:01a.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Tuesday. In a statement, U.S. President Barack Obama […]

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IMF Downgrades US Economic Forecast, Urges ‘Credible Fiscal Policy’

Posted September 20th, 2011 at 10:42 am (UTC-5)
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The International Monetary Fund has downgraded its forecast for the U.S. economy this year, predicting growth will be limited to 1.5 percent. That’s one percentage point lower than its previous projection. In a report released Tuesday, the IMF says several factors prompted the downgrade, including subdued consumer and business confidence, a stagnant labor market, a […]

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Outgoing US Commander Recalls Response to North Korean Attack

Posted September 20th, 2011 at 5:03 am (UTC-5)
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An outgoing U.S. military commander in South Korea says U.S. forces had aircraft in the air and launchers ready to fire in the hours after a North Korean attack on the South last year. The U.S. military newspaper Stars and Stripes quotes Major General Michael Tucker describing the action at a ceremony Tuesday in South […]

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US Official Defends Plan to Upgrade Jets for Taiwan

Posted September 20th, 2011 at 12:08 am (UTC-5)
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A senior U.S. official says a reported offer to upgrade Taiwan’s fleet of F-16 fighters will provide the same level of quality as the more advanced fighters that Taiwan is seeking to purchase. The official, who briefed reporters Monday on condition he not be identified, was seeking to refute charges by Taiwan and its supporters […]

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Ban on Gays Opening Serving in US Military to End

Posted September 19th, 2011 at 7:35 pm (UTC-5)
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After years of court battles and contentious debate, the U.S. military on Tuesday formally ends its “Don’t ask, Don’t tell” policy, under which gays can serve as long as they do not openly acknowledge their sexual orientation. The policy was instituted during the Clinton administration as a compromise to the complete ban on homosexuals in […]

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Clinton Encourages Kosovo, Serbia to Enforce Trade Deal

Posted September 19th, 2011 at 6:56 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is encouraging Kosovo and Serbia to implement a trade deal after a customs dispute erupted in violence last month. Clinton met in New York Monday with Kosovo President Atifete Jahjaga and Prime Minister Hashim Thaci. A senior State Department official told reporters that Clinton believes trade between Kosovo and […]

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China Warns Against US-Taiwan Arms Deal

Posted September 19th, 2011 at 5:35 pm (UTC-5)
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A Taiwanese official has asserted that the United States is becoming more “wary” about selling arms to his government, as Chinese reaction to those arm sales gets stronger and stronger. Taiwan’s Deputy Defense Minister Andre Yang made the remark Monday at an annual U.S.-Taiwan defense industry conference in Virginia. His comment followed reports that the […]

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US Presses Pakistan for Action on Haqqani Network

Posted September 19th, 2011 at 4:13 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has pressed Pakistan to take action against the Haqqani militants the U.S. blames for a suicide attack on the U.S. embassy in Kabul last week in which four people died and more than 100 others were wounded. Clinton delivered the message during a meeting with her Pakistani counterpart, Hina […]

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US Urges Turkey to Smooth Relations With Israel

Posted September 19th, 2011 at 3:15 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has urged Turkey to smooth over its growing diplomatic dispute with Israel. Clinton met with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu Monday in New York, as world leaders gathered for the annual United Nations General Assembly meeting. She called on Turkey to “keep the door open” with Israel. The United […]

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US Space Satellite May Crash to Earth by Week’s End

Posted September 19th, 2011 at 2:23 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. space agency NASA says one of its school-bus sized satellites is expected to crash back to Earth by week’s end. But the agency is not sure where it will land. The projected crash zone covers most of the inhabited portions of the planet, and officials expect the debris footprint to be about 800 […]

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