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Israel Approves Jerusalem Museum Project Despite Muslim Objections

Posted July 13th, 2011 at 12:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The Israeli government says it has given final approval to the construction of a museum over part of an ancient graveyard in Jerusalem – a project delayed for years by objections from local Muslims. Israeli interior ministry spokeswoman Efrat Orbach says the Museum of Tolerance received a permit on Tuesday and construction can begin immediately, […]

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Afghan President Mourns Slain Brother

Posted July 13th, 2011 at 12:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Grief-stricken Afghan President Hamid Karzai led thousands of mourners Wednesday at the funeral of his half-brother, a regional power broker who was assassinated a day earlier. President Karzai wept openly, and at one point, climbed into the grave to kiss the face of the slain Ahmad Wali Karzai during the burial in the family village […]

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Italy Unveils Newly Discovered Statue of Emperor Caligula

Posted July 13th, 2011 at 12:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Italy has unveiled a statue believed to be a rare depiction of the notorious Roman emperor Caligula sitting on a throne like the Greek god Zeus. Officials say the 2.5-meter statue, broken into several large pieces and a head, had been covered with earth for 2,000 years near Lake Nemi, just south of Rome, where […]

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Pakistani Intelligence Chief Heads to US Amid Tensions

Posted July 13th, 2011 at 12:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani says he is concerned about the U.S. decision to suspend $800 million in military aid to his country. Mr. Gilani said Wednesday that while the fight against militants on Pakistani territory is Pakistan’s war, the country’s efforts are benefiting the whole world. His comments come as Pakistan’s intelligence chief […]

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Arab League Chief Slams ‘Foreign Interference’ Following Talks in Syria

Posted July 13th, 2011 at 12:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Arab League chief Nabil Elaraby slammed what he called “foreign interference” in Arab affairs on Wednesday, following talks with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Syria’s state-run SANA news agency says Elaraby told reporters in Damascus that his group does not accept outside interference in the “internal affairs of Arab countries.” His comment comes in the wake […]

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‘Green’ Technology Generating US Jobs, Pay

Posted July 13th, 2011 at 12:05 pm (UTC-5)
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A new look at the impact of so-called “green” technology shows it is starting to pay off for at least some U.S. workers. The report released Wednesday by the Washington-based Brookings Institution says industries that provide some benefit for the environment now employ 2.7 million Americans. It says these “green” jobs – part of what […]

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Indian Officials: ‘Terrorists’ Coordinated Deadly Mumbai Blasts

Posted July 13th, 2011 at 12:05 pm (UTC-5)
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India’s home minister says authorities believe the back-to-back blasts that killed at least 13 people in Mumbai were a “coordinated attack by terrorists.” P. Chidambaram appealed for calm, after three separate explosions struck India’s financial capital Wednesday evening. The home minister said more than 54 people were wounded, and authorities expect the number of casualties […]

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Indian Officials: ‘Terrorists’ Coordinated Deadly Mumbai Blasts

Posted July 13th, 2011 at 12:00 pm (UTC-5)
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India’s home minister says authorities believe the back-to-back blasts that killed at least 13 people in Mumbai were a “coordinated attack by terrorists.” P. Chidambaram appealed for calm, after three separate explosions struck India’s financial capital Wednesday evening. The home minister said more than 54 people were wounded, and authorities expect the number of casualties […]

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China Announces New Human Rights Plan

Posted July 13th, 2011 at 12:00 pm (UTC-5)
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China, facing ongoing Western pressure to improve its widely criticized human rights record, says it is drafting a new “action plan” aimed at expanding democracy and strengthening the rule of law. The official Xinhua news agency, quoting State Council information chief Wang Chen, says the new plan announced Wednesday will set forth “comprehensive and systematic” […]

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Suicide Attack Kills 5 French Troops in Afghanistan

Posted July 13th, 2011 at 11:50 am (UTC-5)
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Officials say a suicide bomber has killed five French soldiers in eastern Afghanistan. Wednesday’s attack took place in the Tagab district of Kapisa province. French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s office said the bomber detonated his explosives near French troops who were protecting a local council meeting in the Joybar area. At least one Afghan civilian was […]

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