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Gunmen Blow Up Egyptian Gas Pipeline to Israel

Posted July 11th, 2011 at 10:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Egyptian security officials say saboteurs have blown up a natural gas pipeline station that distributed supplies to Israel and Jordan. The officials say Tuesday’s massive, pre-dawn blast occurred close to the town of El-Arish in the northern Sinai Peninsula, near the Israeli border. The attack was the fourth on pipelines in Sinai since February, and […]

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Japan: Idled Nuclear Plants to Resume Operation Only After Passing ‘Stress Test’

Posted July 11th, 2011 at 9:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Japanese officials said Monday the country’s idled nuclear plants will be allowed to resume operations only after passing new two-stage “stress tests” designed to evaluate their resilience to major catastrophes. The officials said the full safety assessment is part of government efforts to restore public confidence in atomic energy after the March 11 earthquake and […]

Day of Mourning Tuesday in Russia for Volga Boat Victims

Posted July 11th, 2011 at 8:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has declared Tuesday a national day of mourning for the more than 125 people believed killed when a tourist boat sank on the Volga River Sunday. Rescuers have recovered 64 bodies so far and say there is no hope of finding anyone else alive. Many of the victims were children who […]

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Syria: Clinton Says Assad Has ‘Lost Legitmacy’

Posted July 11th, 2011 at 8:45 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has “lost legitimacy” and that the United States has no interest in his government retaining power. Clinton cautioned Mr. Assad and his supporters Monday that there is no truth to suggestions the U.S. is secretly hoping the current government emerges intact from the country’s […]

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US to Require Gun Buyer Information on Border

Posted July 11th, 2011 at 8:40 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. federal officials are ordering gun shops in states bordering Mexico to report multiple sales of high-powered rifles. Under the new policy announced Monday, dealers in the states of Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas will have to report purchases of two or more of those rifles within a five-day span. Officials say the requirement […]

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‘BRICS’ Countries Vow to Fight Diseases in Poor Nations

Posted July 11th, 2011 at 8:20 pm (UTC-5)
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The grouping of top five emerging countries vowed Monday to help the world’s poorest nations to fight diseases and to improve access to low-cost and effective lifesaving medicines. Meeting in Beijing, health ministers from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — known as the BRICS countries — said their cooperation will help strengthen public […]

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Obama: US Backs Russian Mediation in Libya if Gadhafi Goes

Posted July 11th, 2011 at 7:55 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama told his Russian counterpart Monday that the United States is prepared to support Moscow’s mediation in Libya provided it leads to a democratic transition and the departure of leader Moammar Gadhafi. The White House said Mr. Obama spoke with President Dimitry Medvedev by telephone, thanking him for Russia’s negotiation efforts in […]

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Juncker: Eurozone Nations to Bolster Lending Capacity

Posted July 11th, 2011 at 7:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Eurozone chief Jean-Claude Juncker says finance ministers from countries that use the euro currency have agreed to bolster their lending capacity to help struggling nations. Juncker said after a meeting in Brussels Monday that the ministers believe the European stability fund needs to be more flexible. He also said they are considering giving countries that […]

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Top Afghan Bank Denies Facing Collapse

Posted July 11th, 2011 at 7:35 pm (UTC-5)
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One of Afghanistan’s top financial institutions, Azizi Bank, has denied it is facing collapse like the corruption-ridden Kabul Bank and says its liquidity is solid. Afghan lawmakers on Monday demanded that the acting central bank governor appear before parliament to answer questions about Azizi Bank’s current state. The bank’s senior customer relations manager, Fraidoon Mohtasheme, […]

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Huge Explosion Rocks Cyprus Naval Base, 12 Dead

Posted July 11th, 2011 at 7:05 pm (UTC-5)
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A massive explosion at a naval base on Cyprus Monday killed 12 people, wounded 62 others, and knocked out power to half the Mediterranean island. The commander of the Cypriot navy, Andreas Ioannides, was among those killed. Cypriot President Dimitris Christofias has declared three days of official mourning, with the nation’s flags to be flown […]

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