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Berlusconi Opposes Libya Mission; Rome Cuts Involvement

Posted July 7th, 2011 at 7:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Italy’s prime minister has voiced serious doubts about the NATO intervention in Libya as his conservative government announced plans to cut back its participation in the mission. Silvio Berlusconi said Thursday he has always been against the war but that his “hands were tied” once the U.N. authorized a no-fly zone to protect Libyan civilians. […]

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Blasts Hit Turkmenistan Town, Evacuation Ordered

Posted July 7th, 2011 at 6:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Authorities in a town near the capital of Turkmenistan have ordered residents to evacuate after a series of explosions shook the area. There were conflicting reports of casualties and the location of the blasts in Abadan, about 20 kilometers west of the capital, Ashgabat. Authorities say the explosions took place at a fireworks warehouse and […]

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Stolen Picasso Recovered, Suspect Arrested

Posted July 7th, 2011 at 6:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Police have recovered a valuable drawing by Pablo Picasso and arrested the man they say had walked off with it in broad daylight. Police announced Thursday they had arrested Mark Lugo at a hotel room in the town of Napa, in California. Authorities said they also found the missing artwork, “Tete de Femme,” stripped from […]

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North Sudan Army Demobilizes Southern Members

Posted July 7th, 2011 at 6:10 pm (UTC-5)
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The army of north Sudan is demobilizing some 15,000 southerners from its ranks, as the south gets set to declare independence. The pro-government Sudanese Media Center reports there will be a dismissal ceremony in Khartoum Thursday, to be addressed by Defense Minister Abdel Rahim Mohammed Hussain. The new Republic of South Sudan is due to […]

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US Senators Urge Protection for Mekong River

Posted July 7th, 2011 at 6:00 pm (UTC-5)
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A group of U.S. senators is urging Washington to use its “voice and vote” in international institutions to ensure strict environmental safeguards for the Mekong River in Southeast Asia. The senators, led by Democrat Jim Webb of Virginia, introduced a resolution in the Senate Thursday. It calls on U.S. representatives in such global institutions as […]

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Murdoch’s Controversial Career Spans Nearly Six Decades

Posted July 7th, 2011 at 4:45 pm (UTC-5)
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The career arc of the man at the center of Britain’s phone hacking scandal, Rupert Murdoch, spans nearly six decades — from his start as a reporter for Britain’s Birmingham Gazette and a copy editor for London’s Daily Express in the early 1950s, to his current incarnation as the head of News Corporation (also known […]

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US Stocks Close Higher

Posted July 7th, 2011 at 4:30 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. stocks were higher at closing Thursday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose seven-tenths of a percent to 12,719. The S&P 500 was up one percent to close at 1,353 and the Nasdaq composite index climbed 1.4 percent to 2,873. European stock prices closed higher. London’s Financial Times index gained almost nine-tenths of a percent […]

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Chavez Visits Troops After Surgery

Posted July 7th, 2011 at 4:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has appeared at a military base in an apparent show of strength after his recent surgery in Cuba to remove a cancerous tumor. The president did not stay long at the base Thursday, saying he did not have much time. But he strolled among cadets and soldiers and told them he […]

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Ex-Yugoslav Officer Released Early From Prison

Posted July 7th, 2011 at 3:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Former Yugoslav army officer Veselin Sljivancanin has been released from prison after serving two thirds of his 10-year term for war crimes committed during the Balkan conflict of the 1990s. Sljivancanin was one of three Yugoslav officers convicted by the United Nations war crimes tribunal for failing to prevent a murder of some 200 Croatian […]

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Crude Oil Prices Rise

Posted July 7th, 2011 at 3:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Here are the prices of some key commodities traded in New York on Thursday: Crude oil prices rose $2.05 to $98.70 per barrel. Copper prices were up 11 cents at $4.43 per pound. Coffee prices rose nearly 1 cent to $2.68 per pound. Cocoa futures dropped $8 to $3,194 per ton. In Chicago trading, wheat […]

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