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Putin Blames ‘Irresponsibility’ and ‘Greed’ for Deadly Riverboat Accident

Posted July 14th, 2011 at 3:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is blaming “irresponsibility” and “greed” for the recent sinking of an aging riverboat that killed at least 113 people. Prime Minister Putin made an unannounced visit Thursday to Kazan, the central Russian city from which the ill-fated Bulgaria had departed and was sailing back to on Sunday when it listed […]

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Protesters Disrupt Shell Facility in Nigeria

Posted July 14th, 2011 at 2:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Protesters in Nigeria broke into a Shell oil facility in the southern Niger delta demanding the company improve electrical supplies in their communities. Thursday’s demonstration by members of four local communities occurred at the Kolo Creek logistics base in Bayelsa state. The demonstrators accuse Shell of breaching an agreement to provide electricity and roads to […]

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Ai Weiwei’s Wife, Lawyers Dispute Tax Charges at Hearing

Posted July 14th, 2011 at 2:30 pm (UTC-5)
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The wife and associates of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei appeared Thursday before a local taxation bureau to challenge charges that the artist has evaded hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxes. Ai’s wife, Lu Qing, appeared at the hearing with lawyers for the design company Beijing Fake Cultural Development, which Lu heads. The lawyers complain […]

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US TV’s ‘Mildred Pierce,’ ‘Mad Men’ Get Most Emmy Nominations

Posted July 14th, 2011 at 2:25 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Depression-era miniseries Mildred Pierce and 1960s advertising drama Mad Men have nabbed the most nominations for this year’s Emmy Awards honoring the best in American primetime television. HBO’s Mildred Pierce earned 21 nods for the 63rd annual ceremony, while AMC’s Mad Men secured 19, including in the categories of best drama series, lead actor […]

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13 Turkish Soldiers Killed, 7 Wounded In Clash With Kurdish Militants

Posted July 14th, 2011 at 2:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Turkish officials now say Kurdish militants killed 13 soldiers and wounded seven others in clashes in the southeastern Diyarbakir Province. At least five rebels also died in the fighting. Government authorities say the operation is ongoing with more troops sent to the region to hunt for rebels in Diyarbakir Province. The Associated Press says Thursday’s […]

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Political Violence Kills 15 in Karachi

Posted July 14th, 2011 at 2:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Fresh political violence in Pakistan’s southern port city of Karachi has killed at least 15 people, following inflammatory remarks by a senior member of the country’s ruling political party. Police said Thursday the violence overnight in Karachi erupted after Zulfiqar Mirza, the head of the ruling Pakistan People’s Party in Sindh province, criticized the rival […]

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China Appoints New Catholic Bishop Without Vatican Input

Posted July 14th, 2011 at 1:55 pm (UTC-5)
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China’s government-backed Catholic church has ordained a third bishop in less than a year without Papal approval, in a move expected to further strain ties between Beijing and the Vatican. The state-sanctioned church on Thursday elevated the Rev. Joseph Huang Bingzhang as the bishop of Shantou city in southern Guangdong province. It is the third […]

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Indian PM Vows to ‘Relentlessly’ Pursue Mumbai Attackers

Posted July 14th, 2011 at 1:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Senior Indian officials are defending the government’s security measures in Mumbai and promising answers, as they face popular anger and grief after three consecutive bomb blasts there killed at least 17 people and wounded 133 others. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh arrived in the city Thursday, a day after the blasts exploded within 20 minutes of […]

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Mistrial Declared in Clemens Perjury Case

Posted July 14th, 2011 at 1:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The judge overseeing the perjury trial in Washington of former star major league baseball pitcher Roger Clemens has declared a mistrial over inadmissible evidence shown to the jurors. U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton said Thursday that Clemens could not be assured a fair trial after prosecutors showed jurors evidence against his orders during the second […]

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Pakistani Intelligence Chief Set for CIA Talks

Posted July 14th, 2011 at 1:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Pakistan’s intelligence chief is visiting Washington for talks with U.S. officials, days after the United States decided to suspend $800 million in aid to Pakistan. Ahmad Shuja Pasha is expected to meet with acting CIA Director Michael Morell and other officials on Thursday. The Pakistani military says the talks will be held to coordinate intelligence […]

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