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CPJ: Azerbaijan Bars Entry to Photographer, Citing Her Armenian Origin

Posted July 8th, 2011 at 12:10 pm (UTC-5)
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A U.S.-based media rights group says Azerbaijan has denied entry to a freelance photographer for the Bloomberg news agency because of her Armenian origin. The Committee to Protect Journalists says Diana Markosian, who also freelances for Voice of America, flew to the Azerbaijani capital, Baku, from the Latvian capital, Riga, on June 27, but was […]

Passenger Plane Crashes in Congo

Posted July 8th, 2011 at 12:00 pm (UTC-5)
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A 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 Kisingani Friday. Congo’s information minister, Lambert Mende, says about 40 passengers appear to have survived. Officials said […]

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US Unemployment Climbs to Year’s Highest Level

Posted July 8th, 2011 at 11:45 am (UTC-5)
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The unemployment rate in the United States increased to 9.2 percent in June, the highest level this year. Friday’s report from the Labor Department showed that American employers added only 18,000 jobs in June, the smallest increase in nine months and another indication that the U.S. economy is still struggling to recover from a deep […]

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Shuttle Atlantis Blasts Off on Final Mission

Posted July 8th, 2011 at 11:40 am (UTC-5)
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The U.S. space shuttle Atlantis blasted off Friday on a mission to the International Space Station — the 135th and final flight of the 30-year-old space shuttle program. The space agency NASA said as many as 1 million people were gathered in and around the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to watch the historic lift-off. […]

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Congolese Colonel Surrenders Following Mass Rape Accusations

Posted July 8th, 2011 at 11:40 am (UTC-5)
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A Congolese colonel accused of leading his troops on a multi-day rampage and mass rape has turned himself. A military spokesman for the Democratic Republic of Congo said Friday that the colonel, known as Kifaru, surrendered Thursday with about 100 of his men. Some DRC officials accused Colonel Kifaru and his men of pillaging Nakiele, […]

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Israel Holds Pro-Palestinian Activists at Airport

Posted July 8th, 2011 at 11:30 am (UTC-5)
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Israeli officials have detained more than 30 suspected pro-Palestinian activists who arrived from Europe at the international airport near Tel Aviv on Friday. Organizers of the fly-in had said they expected hundreds of activists to arrive in Israel this week for what they call a show of solidarity with Palestinians in the West Bank. However, […]

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India’s Supreme Court Defers Opening of Temple Treasure Vault

Posted July 8th, 2011 at 11:30 am (UTC-5)
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India’s Supreme Court, citing security concerns, has halted the opening of the last vault at a Hindu temple where billions of dollars worth of treasures have been uncovered. More than $20 billion in gold, jewels, and ancient artifacts were found buried last week in vaults underneath the Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple in India’s southern state of […]

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British Police Arrest PM’s Former Aide, Ex-Editor in Tabloid Scandal

Posted July 8th, 2011 at 11:25 am (UTC-5)
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British police have arrested Prime Minister David Cameron’s former communications chief and a former editor as part of an investigation into alleged widespread phone hacking by the News of the World tabloid. London’s police department said it detained the former Cameron media advisor, Andy Coulson, on Friday for suspected corruption and conspiring to intercept communications. […]

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UN Security Council Votes to Bolster South Sudan

Posted July 8th, 2011 at 11:20 am (UTC-5)
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The world’s newest nation will have the support of United Nations peacekeepers. The U.N. Security Council Friday unanimously approved the deployment of up to 7,000 military personnel as well as 900 international police for South Sudan. The fledgling nation is set to declare its independence Saturday with a ceremony in the soon-to-be capital of Juba. […]

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Nearly Half Million Syrians Protest in Flashpoint City

Posted July 8th, 2011 at 11:10 am (UTC-5)
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Near a half a million protesters jammed the streets of the flashpoint city of Hama in an anti-Syrian government rally on Friday, as the U.S. ambassador traveled there to show American solidarity with protesters. Rights activists told Western news media that crowds in Hama topped more than 450,000 – one of the largest gatherings since […]

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