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Afghan Guard Kills 2 NATO Troops

Posted July 9th, 2011 at 5:25 am (UTC-5)
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Afghan police say a rogue Afghan guard has shot dead two NATO troops and wounded a third in a northern province. Police chief General Qasim Jangalbagh said the guard opened fired on the NATO soldiers Saturday as they were traveling with a reconstruction convoy in Panjshir province. A NATO service member fired back and killed […]

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Thousands Protest in Malaysia’s Capital

Posted July 9th, 2011 at 5:10 am (UTC-5)
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Thousands of protesters have descended on Malaysia’s capital – despite the closing of key roads – to attend a banned rally demanding electoral reforms. Police in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday fired rounds of tear gas and used water cannons to disperse the crowds. Toxins in the chemically-laced water used in the cannons hang in the […]

Israel Detains More than 120 Pro-Palestinians Activists

Posted July 9th, 2011 at 4:55 am (UTC-5)
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Israel says it has detained more than 120 pro-Palestinian activists arriving on flights into the international airport near Tel Aviv. Officials said Saturday authorities have placed the activists in jails as they await deportation. Organizers of the so-called fly-in had said they expected hundreds of activists to arrive in Israel this week to show solidarity […]

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British Royal Couple Begin California Visit Saturday

Posted July 9th, 2011 at 4:50 am (UTC-5)
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, better known as William and Kate, begin their first full day in California Saturday, following a 9-day trip to Canada. The newly-married British royal couple arrived in Los Angeles Friday for a 3-day visit. They were greeted by local and state dignitaries, including Governor Jerry Brown. On Saturday, William […]

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South Sudan Boasts Oil Reserves, Myriad Problems

Posted July 9th, 2011 at 4:45 am (UTC-5)
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The new Republic of South Sudan enters the world with great economic potential but faces huge challenges in its quest for peace and prosperity. The country possesses large oil reserves that made the former unified Sudan the third-largest oil producer in sub-Saharan Africa. Its population – estimated at between 8 million and 13 million – […]

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Former First Lady Betty Ford Dies

Posted July 9th, 2011 at 4:10 am (UTC-5)
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Former U.S. first lady Betty Ford, an outspoken advocate for women’s rights and the founder of the Betty Ford Center for substance abuse, has died at the age of 93. Family members said she died Friday evening. Mrs. Ford was born in Chicago in 1918. She moved to New York in her twenties where she […]

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South Sudan Celebrates Independence

Posted July 9th, 2011 at 3:55 am (UTC-5)
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Thousands of people have gathered in South Sudan’s capital for celebration’s marking the new nation’s independence. South Sudan officially became the world’s newest country at midnight local time Friday, prompting residents in the capital, Juba, to dance in the streets. A large crowd has now assembled at a stadium in Juba for the formal declaration […]

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20 People Killed In Mexico Bar Attack

Posted July 9th, 2011 at 3:10 am (UTC-5)
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Mexican officials say gunmen shot and killed 20 people inside a bar in Monterrey, Mexico late Friday. Local media say more than two dozen attackers opened fire on the patrons at a bar in a busy commercial district. Monterrey has been the scene of deadly battles involving drug cartels fighting over routes into the United […]

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Malaysia Arrests Hundreds, Fires Tear Gas at Protest

Posted July 9th, 2011 at 2:10 am (UTC-5)
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Police in Malaysia’s capital have detained more than 400 protesters and have fired tear gas on crowds of people in an effort to prevent a banned rally demanding electoral reforms. Police have sealed off key Kuala Lumpur roads and deployed tucks mounted with water cannons near the stadium where electoral reform activists plan to hold […]

British Author Freed from Singapore Prison

Posted July 9th, 2011 at 1:45 am (UTC-5)
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Singapore has released a British author who was imprisoned for more than a month on contempt charges. Alan Shadrake was released Saturday and is expected to be deported to London. The 76-year-old author’s contempt charges stemmed from his book, Once a Jolly Hangman: Singapore Justice in the Dock, denouncing Singapore’s use of mandatory executions for […]