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Man Questioned for Mumbai Bombings Dies in Custody

Posted July 17th, 2011 at 9:40 am (UTC-5)
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An Indian man has died after being questioned by authorities in connection with last week’s bomb blasts in Mumbai that killed 19 people. Faiz Usmani died in a Mumbai hospital Sunday after being picked up by police for questioning. A police spokesman says the man was taken to doctors after complaining of hypertension after not […]

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China Formally Protests Obama Meeting with Dalai Lama

Posted July 17th, 2011 at 9:20 am (UTC-5)
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China lodged a formal protest Sunday with the U.S. embassy in Beijing over a meeting between President Barack Obama and the Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader seen by Beijing as seeking independence for his homeland. In a statement, the Chinese Foreign Ministry characterized Saturday’s meeting in Washington as an act “that has grossly […]

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Kenya Wants to Stop Flow of Somali Refugees

Posted July 17th, 2011 at 9:00 am (UTC-5)
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Kenyan and British officials met in Nairobi Sunday to discuss the drought that has sent thousands of Somalis fleeing into Kenya to escape starvation. Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga said Kenya would like feeding programs to be set up on the Somali side of the border to stop the flow of refugees. He also renewed […]

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Clinton Backs Greek Economic Recovery Plan

Posted July 17th, 2011 at 9:00 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the United States “unequivocally” supports Greece’s economic recovery plan to battle its debt crisis. Clinton said in Athens Sunday that that United States strongly backs the Greek government’s determination to make the necessary reforms to put the country on sound financial footing. After meeting with Greek Foreign Minister […]

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Sao Tome Votes for New President

Posted July 17th, 2011 at 8:15 am (UTC-5)
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Voters in the African nation of Sao Tome and Principe went to the polls Sunday to pick a new president. Ten candidates are competing to succeed President Fradique de Menezes, who is constitutionally barred from seeking a third term. The contenders include former president Manuel Pinto da Costa, who led a one-party socialist state from […]

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Transition to Afghan Security Forces Begins

Posted July 17th, 2011 at 7:40 am (UTC-5)
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NATO has handed over control for security in Afghanistan’s central Bamiyan province to Afghan security forces. Bamiyan is the first of seven areas to accept responsibility for its own affairs in the initial phase of the transfer. A ceremony was held Sunday in Bamiyan to mark the transition. Bamiyan province has seen little fighting since […]

Clinton in Greece for Debt Talks

Posted July 17th, 2011 at 6:40 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in Greece for two days of talks with government officials, which are expected to focus on the Greek economic crisis. Clinton is to meet Sunday with Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou. A senior official traveling with Clinton says that during her meetings in Athens, she will press both […]

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10 Militants Killed in Afghanistan

Posted July 17th, 2011 at 6:40 am (UTC-5)
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Officials in eastern Afghanistan say Afghan and foreign troops have killed at least 10 insurgents. Authorities say the Taliban fighters were killed Sunday in a school in Nangarhar province. Officials say the coalition forces targeted the militants on the ground and with airstrikes. Authorities say there were no children at the school during the attack.

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Venezuela’s Chavez in Cuba to Begin Cancer Treatment

Posted July 17th, 2011 at 6:15 am (UTC-5)
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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez arrived in Cuba late Saturday to begin chemotherapy, after undergoing surgery last month to remove a cancerous tumor. Before boarding his plane in Caracas, Mr. Chavez said he was going away for a few days, but the length of his stay in Cuba is not known. Earlier in the day, President […]

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Indonesian Volcano Becomes More Violent

Posted July 17th, 2011 at 5:40 am (UTC-5)
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A volcano in central Indonesia that has been spitting ash, rocks and smoke for a week, unleashed its most powerful eruption yet on Sunday, sending panicked villagers racing back to emergency shelters. Vulcanologists said the eruption of Mount Lokon on northern Sulawesi island shot ash and debris 3,500 meters into the air. There were no […]