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Zoellick Urges Bold Action On World Trade

Posted July 18th, 2011 at 10:05 am (UTC-5)
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The head of the World Bank says the U.S. government should stop making excuses and start leading in efforts to make a deal in the Doha free trade talks. Robert Zoellick said at a World Trade Organization meeting in Geneva Monday the agreement would boost trade and that is the best way to bolster badly […]

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Sectarian Violence in Syria Kills at Least 30

Posted July 18th, 2011 at 10:05 am (UTC-5)
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Syrian rights activists say an outbreak of sectarian fighting between supporters and opponents of President Bashar al-Assad has killed about 30 people in the central city of Homs. The activists say the fighting began late Saturday when the dismembered bodies of three government supporters were returned to relatives in Homs. The three Assad loyalists belonged […]

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Indian, Pakistani Officials Lay Groundwork for Peace Talks

Posted July 18th, 2011 at 10:05 am (UTC-5)
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Indian and Pakistani officials have met in New Delhi to lay the groundwork for talks aimed at advancing the peace process between both countries. Monday’s discussions in the Indian capital focused on confidence-building measures to enhance travel and trade across the Line of Control, which divides the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir between India and […]

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Ex-Nazi Guard Demjanjuk Facing New Charges

Posted July 18th, 2011 at 9:40 am (UTC-5)
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Bavarian prosecutors have opened a new probe into ex-Nazi death camp guard John Demjanjuk after a German attorney filed a complaint accusing him of additional war crimes. The new investigation holds Demjanjuk responsible for the deaths of nearly 5,000 people at Flossenbuerg concentration camp in Germany between October 1943 and December 1944. The 91-year-old Ukrainian-born […]

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Petraeus Hands Over Command in Afghanistan

Posted July 18th, 2011 at 9:35 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. General David Petraeus has handed over command of American and NATO troops in Afghanistan to U.S. General John Allen, transferring responsibility at a time when international forces are beginning to pull out of the war-torn country. Petraeus steps down after a mixed year in which he oversaw a surge of 30,000 additional U.S. troops […]

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Clinton Travels to India for Economic, Security Talks

Posted July 18th, 2011 at 9:15 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives 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. While in India, the secretary of state will meet […]

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Sudan Rejects Dual Citizenship for South Sudanese

Posted July 18th, 2011 at 8:55 am (UTC-5)
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Sudan’s ruling party has affirmed the government will not grant dual citizenship to people of South Sudan, after the new country said it will allow dual nationality. Citizenship is a key unresolved issue between the neighboring countries, which separated when South Sudan declared independence on July 9. A spokesman for Sudan’s National Congress Party, Ibrahim […]

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Iran Guard Says in Control of Opposition Bases on Iraq Border

Posted July 18th, 2011 at 8:50 am (UTC-5)
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Iran state media say Iranian Revolutionary Guards are in control of three bases of an Iranian Kurdish opposition group along the border of neighboring Iraq. Guard Colonel Delavar Ranjbarzadeh claimed on Monday “a large number” of deaths of opposition group fighters from clashes Saturday and Sunday. A rebel spokesman earlier said that many soldiers were […]

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Missile Warheads Stolen From Romanian Train

Posted July 18th, 2011 at 8:45 am (UTC-5)
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Romanian military authorities are investigating the theft of missile warheads from a train carrying military equipment from Romania to Bulgaria. Railway workers noticed Saturday the seals of a railway car were broken when the train arrived in the town of Giurgui (Romania), near the border with Bulgaria. An investigation showed that four boxes of military […]

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Fitch Expects More Fraud Allegations Against Chinese Companies

Posted July 18th, 2011 at 8:40 am (UTC-5)
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A U.S. credit ratings company says allegations of accounting irregularities at Chinese companies traded in the United States are likely to continue. Fitch Ratings analyzed 35 U.S.-listed Chinese companies and said in a report Monday that they have an above average risk of facing fraud allegations. Fitch reviewed the companies after a series of allegations […]