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US Military Chief Urges Chinese-US Security Cooperation

Posted July 10th, 2011 at 11:50 pm (UTC-5)
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The top U.S. military officer says Washington is committed to maintaining its military presence in Asia, and that the United States and China must work together to ensure regional security. Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, made the comment Sunday at the start of a four-day trip to China. The […]

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Alabama Plane Crash Kills Family of Seven

Posted July 10th, 2011 at 11:45 pm (UTC-5)
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A small plane crashed late Saturday night in the U.S. state of Alabama after one of the plane’s two engines failed, killing all seven onboard. The local coroner said the deceased include the mother, father and five children. The father of the children was piloting the aircraft. The private plane crash occurred near the Demopolis, […]

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ADB to Help Boost Biomass Use in Southeast Asia

Posted July 10th, 2011 at 11:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The Asian Development Bank says it will help the Greater Mekong subregion increase the use of organic waste, or biomass, in agriculture. The bank said Monday the program will help the region to meet its growing need for clean energy and food security of poor and rural households. In a press release, the ADB said […]

Crew Rescues 2 Chinese Coal Miners After Eight Days

Posted July 10th, 2011 at 11:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Chinese search teams have rescued two men who had been trapped underground in a coal mine for more than a week. Crews continued their digging Sunday in search of another 14 miners who have been trapped since July 2, when heavy rains caused a collapse at the mine in southern Guangxi province. The rescued men […]

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Space Debris on Course with Atlantis and International Space Station

Posted July 10th, 2011 at 10:50 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. space agency NASA is tracking a piece of Soviet space debris that could collide Tuesday with the International Space Station and the space shuttle Atlantis. The debris will make its closest approach Tuesday, right in the middle of a planned spacewalk. According to NASA officials the debris is from a Soviet era satellite […]

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US Opens Consulate in Northern Iraq to Boost Investment

Posted July 10th, 2011 at 10:25 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States has opened a consulate in Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdish region, in an effort to lure more American investors to one of the most stable and dynamic regions of the country. U.S. Ambassador James Jeffrey opened the new mission in the Kurdish city of Irbil Sunday, saying Iraq needs the support of American businesses. […]

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US Suspends $800 Million in Military Aid to Pakistan

Posted July 10th, 2011 at 10:10 pm (UTC-5)
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A top White House official said Sunday the United States has decided to suspend $800 million in military aid to Pakistan. White House Chief of Staff William Daley told ABC’s This Week that although U.S.-Pakistani ties are difficult and complex right now, they must be made to work over time. He said Pakistan has been […]

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Russian Boat Sinks on Volga, 2 Dead, 100 Missing

Posted July 10th, 2011 at 10:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Russian authorities say there is little chance of finding any more survivors from a tourist boat that sank Sunday in the Volga River, leaving at least 100 people missing. Only two bodies have been found so far, while about 80 others were rescued or swam to shore. Officials say they fear many of the missing […]

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Thousands Protest for Democracy in Morocco

Posted July 10th, 2011 at 8:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Thousands of supporters of Morocco’s February 20 opposition movement rallied Sunday to protest constitutional changes they say fail to ease King Mohammed VI’s autocratic grip on power. At least 1,000 people marched in the capital, Rabat, while more than 8,000 took to the streets of the economic hub, Casablanca. They were met by some counter-demonstrators […]

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Obama, Congressional Leaders Meet for Debt Reduction Talks

Posted July 10th, 2011 at 8:35 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama met briefly Sunday with top congressional leaders at the White House about what so far has been an elusive deal with Republicans on raising the nation’s debt ceiling. The talks lasted less than 90 minutes — much shorter than expected. No progress was reported, but all sides plan to meet again […]

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