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Rival Rallies in Yemen Following President’s Speech

Posted July 8th, 2011 at 2:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Thousands of Yemenis turned out for rival demonstrations on Friday, a day after President Ali Abdullah Saleh made his first public appearance since being injured in a June attack. Pro-government rallies took place in several cities, including the capital Sana’a, where the Associated Press says Mr. Saleh’s supporters gathered outside of his vacant presidential palace. […]

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Turkmenistan Blasts Damage Town, Cause Remains Unclear

Posted July 8th, 2011 at 2:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Reporters for Western news agencies in Turkmenistan say a series of explosions that shook a town near the capital, Ashgabat, caused heavy damage to residential areas. The journalists who visited the town of Abadan on Friday reported seeing streets covered in debris and houses and apartment blocks with smashed windows. Authorities had ordered residents to […]

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China Floods Take a Toll: 70 Dead or Missing

Posted July 8th, 2011 at 2:10 pm (UTC-5)
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China’s state-run news agency says at least 70 people are dead or missing after a week of heavy rains across the country. Xinhua Friday reported that the downpours and resulting floods and landslides have killed 49 people, with 21 others reported missing. In a statement, the National Disaster Reduction Commission has estimated nearly $1 billion […]

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Indian Athletes Test Positive for Doping

Posted July 8th, 2011 at 1:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Three Indian athletes have tested positive for banned substances. The director-general of India’s National Anti-Doping Agency said Friday that Sini Jose, Jauna Murmu and Tiana Mary Thomas will appear before a disciplinary panel after results from a second test or “B samples” tested positive. Jose, Murmu and Mary are all 400-meter runners and are among […]

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Nearly Half a Million Protest in Syrian Flashpoint City, 13 Killed Nationwide

Posted July 8th, 2011 at 1:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Nearly half a million people jammed the streets of the flashpoint Syrian city of Hama as activists said at least 13 people were killed nationwide Friday in the continuing backlash against President Bashar al-Assad. At least six deaths took place in the Damascus suburb of Dumair, where activists say security forces shot demonstrators. They say […]

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Horn of Africa Drought Crisis Overwhelms Aid Agencies

Posted July 8th, 2011 at 1:30 pm (UTC-5)
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United Nations and international relief agencies are appealing to the international community to help millions of people in the Horn of Africa who are suffering from the region’s worst drought in 60 years. The agencies say they are overstretched and underfunded in dealing with the drought crisis that is affecting Ethiopia, Kenya, central and southern […]

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US Stocks Drop after Unemployment Report

Posted July 8th, 2011 at 1:20 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. stock prices dropped Friday after a government report showed an increase in unemployment in a still-struggling economy. The Dow Jones Industrial average was down nearly one percent in mid-day trading, the broader S&P 500 index fell more than one percent and the NASDAQ lost nine-tenths of one percent. European stock prices had shown gains […]

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Passenger Plane Crashes in Congo

Posted July 8th, 2011 at 1:00 pm (UTC-5)
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A Congolese passenger plane trying to land in bad weather has crashed in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Congolese officials say the plane was carrying more than 100 people when it went down while approaching the international airport at Kisangani Friday. Congo’s information minister, Lambert Mende, says about 40 passengers appear to have survived. Officials […]

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Forces Told ‘Shoot on Sight’ to End Karachi Violence

Posted July 8th, 2011 at 12:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Pakistani security forces have been ordered to shoot on sight when confronting disorders in Karachi, where days of political and ethnic violence have left up to 85 people dead. About 1,000 additional police and paramilitary forces were deployed in Karachi on Friday with new orders to shoot any armed “miscreants” they encounter. Interior Minister Rehman […]

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Elephants Electrocuted Near Indian Sanctuary

Posted July 8th, 2011 at 12:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Three elephants have been electrocuted near a wildlife sanctuary in northern India. Officials say the elephants were killed after they pulled down an electric pole and became entangled by the wires near the Dudhwa National Park. The sanctuary is located about 240 kilometers from Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh state. The animals were said […]