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South Sudan Becomes 193rd United Nations Member

Posted July 14th, 2011 at 10:45 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations has admitted newly independent South Sudan to the world body. The U.N. General Assembly on Thursday admitted the country by acclamation, after a Security Council resolution recommending South Sudan for membership. The world’s newest nation declared independence on Saturday, splitting from Sudan. The two sides fought a bloody 21-year civil war that […]

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Political Violence Kills 14 in Karachi

Posted July 14th, 2011 at 10:45 am (UTC-5)
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Fresh political violence in Pakistan’s southern port city of Karachi has killed 14 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 Muttahida Quami […]

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China Raises Quotas on Rare Earth Exports

Posted July 14th, 2011 at 10:45 am (UTC-5)
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China is doubling its export quotas for rare earths – 17 elements vital to producing modern electronics and batteries. The move comes days after the World Trade Organization ruled the country had violated trade rules by limiting shipments of raw materials. The Ministry of Commerce said Thursday on its website that the quota for the […]

Arab League Seeks UN Palestinian Statehood Recognition

Posted July 14th, 2011 at 10:40 am (UTC-5)
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The Arab League says it will ask the United Nations for recognition of an independent Palestinian state — a move opposed by Israel, the U.S. and some European Union nations. Arab League chief Nabil Elaraby announced the decision on Thursday, following a meeting in Qatar. Elaraby did not say when the group would present its […]

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US Monitoring Group Detects Suspected Mass Graves in Sudan

Posted July 14th, 2011 at 10:30 am (UTC-5)
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A U.S. satellite monitoring group has released images of suspected mass graves in Sudan’s Southern Kordofan state. The Satellite Sentinel Project says it has identified three excavated areas consistent with mass graves in Kadugli. According to the group, witnesses say Sudan’s armed forces and Arab militias have systematically killed suspected supporters of the newly independent […]

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Airstrikes Kill 3 Islamist Militants in Southern Yemen

Posted July 14th, 2011 at 10:10 am (UTC-5)
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Yemeni security officials say airstrikes on Islamist militants in the southern province of Abyan have killed at least three fighters. The officials say the airstrikes happened before dawn Thursday, hitting a police station seized by the militants earlier this year in the town of Wudiya. There were conflicting reports about whether U.S. or Yemeni warplanes […]

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Reports: US Sales Up; Jobless Claims Down

Posted July 14th, 2011 at 10:10 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. retail sales rose a modest one-tenth of a percent in June, as consumers bought more cars. Thursday’s data from the Commerce Department was better than most economists had predicted. A separate report from the Labor Department showed the number of Americans signing up for unemployment declined by 22,000 to a nationwide total of 405,000. […]

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Angry Words, Higher Stakes as US Debt Talks Hit Day 5

Posted July 14th, 2011 at 10:00 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama and lawmakers are trying again to reach a deal to raise the country’s debt limit and prevent a possible default that could rattle markets across the globe. Talks between the Obama administration and congressional leaders enter day five Thursday, following new warnings from the head of the U.S. central bank and […]

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Libyan Rebels Retake Village, World Powers Mull Libya’s Future

Posted July 14th, 2011 at 10:00 am (UTC-5)
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Libyan rebels are planning their next move after retaking a strategic village near Tripoli, while world powers are gathering in Turkey for talks on Libya’s future. Rebels regained control of al-Qawalish on Wednesday, following bitter clashes with forces loyal to leader Moammar Gadhafi. The opposition fighters have been trying to use the village, located about […]

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Media Baron Murdoch and Son Balk at Phone-hacking Testimony Next Week

Posted July 14th, 2011 at 9:50 am (UTC-5)
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Media baron Rupert Murdoch and his son James are refusing to testify before Parliament next week about the phone-hacking and police bribery scandal that has engulfed their British media operations. The elder Murdoch told Parliament’s media committee Thursday that he was not available to attend next Tuesday’s hearing. But the 80-year-old chief of News Corporation […]

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