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31 Dead, 200 Injured in 2 Indian Train Accidents

Posted July 10th, 2011 at 8:05 pm (UTC-5)
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In India, two passengers trains were derailed in separate incidents Sunday, leaving at least 31 people dead and about 200 others injured. Rescuers in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, the site of the first derailment, were searching for survivors in the wreckage of the Kalka Mail train that jumped the track en route to […]

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US, France Confront Syria Over Embassy Protests

Posted July 10th, 2011 at 8:00 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States has accused Syria of organizing an angry, two-day demonstration outside the U.S. embassy in Damascus to protest Ambassador Robert Ford’s visit to the besieged anti-government town of Hama. France lodged similar complaints Sunday after a pro-government mob damaged its Syria missions. A senior State Department official said protesters called on Ford to […]

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UN Seeks Aid for Somali Drought Victims

Posted July 10th, 2011 at 7:45 pm (UTC-5)
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The head of the United Nations refugee agency issued an urgent appeal Sunday for funds to help the victims of what he described as the “worst humanitarian disaster” in the world – the drought in Somalia. UNHCR chief Antonio Guterres called for “massive support” for the thousands of refugees who cross the borders of Kenya […]

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Turkmenistan Says Fireworks Blast Killed 15; Opposition Says Hundreds Dead

Posted July 10th, 2011 at 7:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Officials in Turkmenistan say an explosion at a fireworks warehouse near the capital, Ashgabat, last week killed 15 people, but the opposition and Russian media say hundreds are dead. After days of official silence, the Turkmen government said unusually hot weather triggered the blast in the town of Abadan, killing 13 civilians and two soldiers. […]

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Mexican Military Rescues 20 Hostages

Posted July 10th, 2011 at 7:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Authorities in Mexico say the military has rescued 20 people who were being held for ransom in a house in the northern city of Monterrey. Officials Sunday said the men were found with their hands and feet tied, and were being held for ransoms ranging from nearly $2,000 to about $4,300. Monterrey has been the […]

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Buenos Aires Mayor Faces Run-Off

Posted July 10th, 2011 at 6:55 pm (UTC-5)
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The mayor of Buenos Aires, Argentina appears headed for a run-off, after getting the most votes in mayoral elections widely viewed as a test of President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner’s re-election hopes. Official results from Sunday’s vote are not available, but exit polls indicate the incumbent mayor, Mauricio Macri, and Senator Daniel Filmus, the government […]

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US Suspends $800 Million in Military Aid to Pakistan

Posted July 10th, 2011 at 6:35 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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Obama, Congressional Leaders Meet for Debt Reduction Talks

Posted July 10th, 2011 at 6:35 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama is meeting with top congressional leaders at the White House to seek out what has so far been an elusive deal with Republicans on raising the nation’s debt ceiling. They face an August 2nd deadline before the current ceiling is reached and United States defaults on its debt for the first […]

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US Military Chief Urges Chinese-US Security Cooperation

Posted July 10th, 2011 at 5:45 pm (UTC-5)
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The top U.S. military officer said Sunday that 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 at the start of a four-day trip to China, […]

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Lebanon: Interpol Issues ‘Red Alerts’ for Hariri Murder Suspects

Posted July 10th, 2011 at 5:30 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.N.-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon says Interpol has issued its highest-level international alerts for four suspects in the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. The court’s Beirut spokesman, Martin Youssef, said Sunday that Interpol circulated the so-called “red notices” against each of the accused at the request of the Netherlands-based tribunal. […]

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