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Bangladesh Opposition Launches Hunger Strike

Posted July 13th, 2011 at 9:30 am (UTC-5)
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Bangladeshi opposition members launched an eight-hour hunger strike in the capital Wednesday as part of their ongoing protest against a constitutional amendment they say will allow the ruling party to cling to power. There were not any immediate reports of violence during the protest in Dhaka. Last week, clashes between security personnel and demonstrators wounded […]

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Venezuelan President Expects Chemotherapy or Radiation

Posted July 13th, 2011 at 9:25 am (UTC-5)
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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says he may have chemotherapy or radiation treatment following his recent surgery for cancer. Mr. Chavez announced Wednesday that he is starting the second stage of treatment for cancer, although he did not elaborate on what kind of cancer he has. He said chemotherapy or radiation treatment would be the third […]

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Imports Getting Cheaper in US

Posted July 13th, 2011 at 9:25 am (UTC-5)
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Goods from around the world are starting to get less expensive for American companies and consumers. The U.S. Labor Department said Wednesday the cost of imported goods fell half a percent in June , dropping for the first time in a year. The report said the decline was driven by sharp decreases in the price […]

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Afghan President Mourns Slain Brother

Posted July 13th, 2011 at 9:20 am (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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Brazilian Plane Crashes, Kills 16

Posted July 13th, 2011 at 9:10 am (UTC-5)
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Brazilian authorities say a small plane has crashed in northeastern Brazil, killing all 16 people on board. Brazil’s air force says it is investigating. The regional airliner went down early Wednesday, shortly after takeoff from the city of Recife. It was heading to the city of Natal. The air force did not say what caused […]

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Obama, Clinton Holding Talks with Russian FM

Posted July 13th, 2011 at 9:05 am (UTC-5)
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is meeting with U.S. leaders in Washington, just one day after saying U.S. missile-defense plans for Europe remain an irritant in relations between the two nations. The missile-defense issue could dominate Lavrov’s talks with President Barack Obama Wednesday. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is joining the White House meeting and […]

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Foul Foot Odor Used to Catch Malaria-Carrying Mosquitoes

Posted July 13th, 2011 at 9:05 am (UTC-5)
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Researchers in Africa have found that the odor of dirty socks can lure mosquitoes into traps and help slow the spread of malaria. Dr. Fredros Okumu of the Ifakara Health Institute in Tanzania says that in a recent experiment, the foul odor attracted four times as many mosquitoes into the traps than did humans sleeping […]

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Thousands Protest Government “Negligence” in Cyprus Blast

Posted July 13th, 2011 at 9:05 am (UTC-5)
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Cyprus police say they have arrested 20 demonstrators who tried to breach gates leading to the island’s presidential palace in the capital, Nicosia. The arrests occurred as thousands of demonstrators filled the streets to protest what they call official negligence in an explosion that killed 12 people Monday at a naval base. Protesters hurled rocks, […]

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Pakistani Intelligence Chief Heads to US Amid Tensions

Posted July 13th, 2011 at 8:50 am (UTC-5)
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Pakistan’s intelligence chief is heading to Washington to meet with senior U.S. officials on Wednesday, following the Obama administration’s decision to suspend $800 million in military aid to Pakistan. A spokesman for the Pakistani military says General Ahmad Shuja Pasha of the country’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency will discuss intelligence coordination matters during his one-day visit. […]

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Koreas Fail to Settle Resort Dispute, Deadline Extended

Posted July 13th, 2011 at 8:45 am (UTC-5)
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North and South Korea failed to agree on the fate of $300 million in seized South Korean assets at a shuttered mountain resort in the North. A South Korean team, including Unification Ministry officials, journeyed to the Kumgang mountain resort Wednesday to try to stop Pyongyang from following through on threats to seize the resort […]

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