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Moody’s Cuts Ireland’s Credit Rating to Junk

Posted July 12th, 2011 at 6:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Moody’s credit rating service has cut Ireland’s rating to junk status, adding that the outlook for the Irish economy is negative. This means that, according to Moody’s, Irish government bonds are a high-risk investment. Moody’s says Ireland likely will need another international bailout. The rating service says Ireland is meeting the conditions of the loan […]

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Afghan President’s Slain Brother a Controversial Power Broker

Posted July 12th, 2011 at 6:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The younger half-brother of Afghan President Hamid Karzai was considered the most powerful figure in the southern province of Kandahar — the birthplace of the Taliban. Ahmad Wali Karzai’s role as chief of the Kandahar provincial council was largely consultative, but his power came from his tribal and family connections, as well as the wealth […]

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Dalai Lama Feels ‘Freer’ Since Giving up Political Role

Posted July 12th, 2011 at 6:35 pm (UTC-5)
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The Dalai Lama says he feels “freer” since he relinquished his role as the political leader of the exiled Tibetan government. Now, he says, he can devote his energy to helping others live happier lives and to promoting religious harmony. The Tibetan spiritual leader spoke to VOA Tuesday in Washingon, where he has been guiding […]

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As Russia Mourns Tourist Boat Victims, Medvedev Orders Transport Safety Investigation

Posted July 12th, 2011 at 6:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has ordered a sweeping check of the nation’s transport services as the country observed a national day of mourning for more than 125 people believed killed in Sunday’s sinking of a Volga River tourist boat. Boats on the river blew a long blast of their horns at noon Tuesday to mourn […]

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Cypriots Riot After Deadly Munitions Blast

Posted July 12th, 2011 at 6:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Police on Cyprus used tear gas to break up a crowd that stormed onto the grounds of the presidential palace in Nicosia Tuesday during a protest over a fatal blast at a naval base. Several hundred demonstrators broke away from a peaceful march in the capital and pushed their way onto the palace grounds. Thousands […]

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Chilean Copper Miners Resume Work Following Strike

Posted July 12th, 2011 at 6:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Unionized workers at Chile’s Codelco, the world’s largest copper producer, have returned to work following a 24-hour strike over the future of the state-owned company. The more than 40,000 employees returned to their mines across the country Tuesday. They walked off the job Monday over modernization plans that union officials say will lead to job […]

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Nigeria University Shuts After Bomb Threats

Posted July 12th, 2011 at 5:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Thousands of people are fleeing a northern Nigerian city, and the university there has closed indefinitely following threats from a radical Islamist sect. The University of Maiduguri in volatile Borno State shut down Monday, and officials say it will remain closed until the security situation improves. Officials say the university received a letter from the […]

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France: Libya Diplomatic Opening Possible

Posted July 12th, 2011 at 5:50 pm (UTC-5)
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France’s foreign minister says NATO members have had contact with emissaries from Moammar Gadhafi who say the embattled Libyan leader is ready to give up power. Alain Juppe said Tuesday the discussions do not yet constitute fully-fledged negotiations. But, he said, emissaries are telling French officials that, in their words, “Mr. Gadhafi is prepared to […]

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Afghan President’s Half-Brother Assassinated

Posted July 12th, 2011 at 5:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s half-brother, Ahmad Wali Karzai, was assassinated at his home in Kandahar city Tuesday by a man identified as a member of his security team. Afghan officials say Ahmad Wali Karzai — a powerful figure in the country’s south — was shot and killed by his longtime friend, Sardar Mohammad, who was […]

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Astronauts Complete Final Spacewalk of US Shuttle Era

Posted July 12th, 2011 at 4:50 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. astronauts Ron Garan and Mike Fossum have completed the final spacewalk of NASA’s 30-year shuttle program. Garan and Fossum spent about six-and-a-half hours outside the International Space Station Tuesday. The two astronauts performed a variety of tasks, including retrieving a broken ammonia pump from outside the space station and installing a robot used for […]

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