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Japan Reactor Shut Down, No Radiation Leaks

Posted July 15th, 2011 at 11:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Japan’s Kansai Electric Power Company says it plans to manually shut down the Number One reactor at its Ohi power plant Saturday because of a technical problem, but no radiation leakage had occurred. Kansai officials said the reactor, located about 350 kilometers west of Tokyo, will be closed for checks after pressure in a tank […]

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UN Lifts Sanctions Against 14 Ex-Taliban

Posted July 15th, 2011 at 9:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations Security Council has removed 14 former Taliban members from its sanctions list. The de-listing, announced Friday, is seen as key to getting the insurgent group to participate in peace talks with the Afghan government. Kabul had urged the U.N. sanctions committee to take off the list a number of former Taliban members […]

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Chavez to Get Cancer Treatment in Cuba

Posted July 15th, 2011 at 7:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says he will travel back to Cuba Saturday for a “second phase” of treatment for his cancer. Mr. Chavez told reporters Friday the new phase will include chemotherapy. He said he had sent a letter to the national assembly formally asking their permission for the trip. The Venezuelan leader has not […]

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Obama to Meet Saturday With Dalai Lama

Posted July 15th, 2011 at 7:20 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama has invited the Dalai Lama to meet with him Saturday at the White House. The White House announced the meeting Friday, at the very end of the Tibetan spiritual leader’s nearly two-week visit to the U.S. capital. The White House had previously declined to commit publicly to a meeting. It will […]

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Zimbabwe Police Arrest 4 Journalists

Posted July 15th, 2011 at 6:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Zimbabwe’s main journalist organization says police have arrested four journalists while they were covering a story about a police officer. The head of the Zimbabwe Union of Journalists, Foster Dongozi, said the four were detained by police Friday while they were reporting on the eviction of a police officer north of the city of Bulawayo. […]

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At Least 32 Dead in Syrian Protests

Posted July 15th, 2011 at 5:40 pm (UTC-5)
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At least 32 people have been killed after Syrian security forces opened fire on demonstrators during some of the largest protests to date against President Bashar al-Assad’s government. Tens of thousands of demonstrators rallied across the country, where some waved large Syrian flags and chanted anti-government slogans. Witnesses and activists say police responded with live […]

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Italian Parliament Approves Austerity Measures

Posted July 15th, 2011 at 5:35 pm (UTC-5)
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The Italian parliament has given final approval to sharp budget cuts aimed at calming fears that Europe’s third largest economy could be consumed by the continent’s debt crisis. The parliament’s lower house, the Chamber of Deputies, voted 316 to 284 on Friday in favor of a four-year austerity plan worth at least $68 billion. The […]

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Another News Corps Exec Resigns in Phone-Hacking Scandal

Posted July 15th, 2011 at 5:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Les Hinton has resigned from his post at the head of the U.S. media group Dow Jones in the wake of the News of the World phone-hacking and police bribery scandal. Dow Jones Friday confirmed Hinton’s resignation was effective immediately. Dow Jones is owned by Rupert Murdoch’s international media conglomerate, News Corporation. But Hinton’s resignation […]

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US Stocks Rise

Posted July 15th, 2011 at 4:40 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. stock market indexes rose in Friday’s trading. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose three-tenths of a percent to close at 12,480. The S&P 500 gained six-tenths of a percent to end at 1,316 and the NASDAQ jumped one percent to hit 2,790. European stock markets were mixed at the close of trading. London’s Financial […]

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Oil Prices Rise

Posted July 15th, 2011 at 4:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Here are the prices of some key commodities traded in New York on Friday: Crude oil prices rose more than $1 to settle at $97.24 a barrel. Coffee prices fell 5 cents to end at $2.53 per pound. Copper prices rose 3 cents to close at $4.41 per pound. Cocoa futures gained $12 to end […]

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