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Clinton in India for Economic, Security Talks

Posted July 18th, 2011 at 7:40 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in India late Monday for two days of talks aimed at strengthening political and economic relations with the South Asian country. Clinton’s visit is part of an ongoing U.S.-India strategic dialogue that began last year with talks in Washington. The secretary of state will spend Tuesday in discussions […]

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Canada’s FM: Chinese Fugitive’s Case Must Run Canadian Legal Course

Posted July 18th, 2011 at 7:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Canada’s foreign minister says the case of a fugitive Chinese financier jailed in Canada must go through that country’s independent legal process before he can be extradited to China. John Baird told reporters in China Monday that he discussed the case of Lai Changxing with Chinese officials. He said that Canadian and Chinese people “don’t […]

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Greek Finance Minister: Deal for 2nd Bailout ‘Attainable’

Posted July 18th, 2011 at 6:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Greek Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos says a deal for another economic bailout for Greece is “attainable” at this week’s emergency European Union summit in Brussels. Venizelos tells the Associated Press that a deal can be reached. He calls a solution for Greece a “self-defense mechanism” that will help avoid a “domino effect” in which Greece’s […]

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Pacific Tropical Storm Forms

Posted July 18th, 2011 at 6:25 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. weather forecasters say Tropical Storm Dora – in the Pacific off southern Mexico – could reach hurricane strength by Tuesday night. The system, however, is expected to remain out to sea. The National Hurricane Center in Miami says in its latest advisory Monday that Dora has wind speeds of 75 kilometers per hour. The […]

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Ex-Croatian PM Extradited from Austria

Posted July 18th, 2011 at 6:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Former Croatian Prime Minister Ivo Sanader was extradited from Austria back to Croatia Monday to face charges of corruption. Croatian police met him at the Austrian border and drove him to a prison in Zagreb. Austrian police arrested him in December after the Croatian parliament lifted his immunity from prosecution. Mr. Sanader faces several charges […]

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US Officials Meet Gadhafi Envoys, Urge His Departure

Posted July 18th, 2011 at 6:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Libyan and U.S. officials say representatives from the two governments held direct talks recently, but Washington stresses that that the sole objective was to deliver a “firm” message that Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi must leave power. U.S. State Department officials Monday said the one-time meeting “was not a negotiation,” but rather was intended to deliver […]

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Venezuela’s Finance Minister Says Chavez to Seek Re-Election in 2012

Posted July 18th, 2011 at 5:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Venezuela’s finance minister says there is no doubt that President Hugo Chavez will run for re-election next year, despite returning to Cuba to begin chemotherapy following recent cancer surgery. Finance Minister Jorge Giordani made the comment on state television Monday, two days after President Chavez flew back to the island, where he underwent surgery last […]

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House Panel Wants to Limit Aid to Pakistan

Posted July 18th, 2011 at 5:40 pm (UTC-5)
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A U.S. House of Representatives panel is proposing limits on aid to Pakistan if it does not help the United States investigate a possible Pakistani support network for Osama bin Laden. The U.S. investigation seeks to discover how the al-Qaida terrorist leader could have remained hidden in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad before U.S. special […]

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Japan, S. Korea Insist on Inter-Korean Dialogue Ahead of Nuclear Talks

Posted July 18th, 2011 at 5:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Nuclear negotiators for Japan and South Korea have reiterated that a dialogue between the two Koreas is a precondition for returning to six-party talks on North Korea’s nuclear disarmament. South Korea’s chief nuclear envoy Wi Sung-lac and his Japanese counterpart Shinsuke Sugiyama reaffirmed their positions during a meeting Monday in the South Korean capital Seoul. […]

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White House: President Obama Met With Dalai Lama as Religious Leader

Posted July 18th, 2011 at 5:05 pm (UTC-5)
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The White House has defended U.S. President Barack Obama’s meeting last Saturday with Tibetan spritual leader the Dalai Lama, after an official protest from China. Spokesman Jay Carney told reporters Monday that the president’s meeting with the Dalai Lama at the White House was an expression of Mr. Obama’s support for the preservation of Tibet’s […]

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