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EU Denounces Israeli Plans for New Settlement Homes

Posted July 19th, 2011 at 10:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The European Union has denounced Israeli plans to build hundreds of new apartments in two Jewish West Bank settlements, saying it is “deeply disappointed” in a move that threatens regional peace efforts. The EU said Tuesday that such actions run counter to repeated efforts by the international community to achieve a peaceful solution to the […]

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Murdoch: News Corp Will Emerge a Stronger Company

Posted July 19th, 2011 at 10:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Media baron Rupert Murdoch is telling his employees that News Corporation will emerge from the British newspaper phone hacking scandal a “stronger company.” In an e-mail note to company workers Tuesday, Murdoch said it will take time to rebuild trust and confidence. But he said he is determined to live up to the expectations of […]

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Typhoon Hits Japan’s Shikoku Island

Posted July 19th, 2011 at 9:20 pm (UTC-5)
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A powerful typhoon has reached Japan’s Shikoku Island and parts of the Kinki region in the western part of the country. The Japan Meteorological Agency says typhoon Ma-on was heading north Tuesday with strong winds of more than 90 kilometers per hour. The Kyodo news agency reports that the storm hit southern Shikoku early Wednesday […]

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Obama: No More Time ‘to Posture’ on US Debt

Posted July 19th, 2011 at 9:10 pm (UTC-5)
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The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives has approved a plan to cut more than $100 billion from the federal budget next year, in exchange for raising the country’s borrowing limit. By a mostly partisan vote, the so-called Cut, Cap and Balance Act was approved Tuesday night. It would cut non-defense federal spending, limit future spending […]

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Peruvian President-Elect Visits Cuba

Posted July 19th, 2011 at 8:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Peruvian President-elect Ollanta Humala has visited Cuba, his last stop on a multi-nation tour ahead of his inauguration on July 28. Mr. Humala met Tuesday in Havana with President Raul Castro and Mr. Castro’s brother, former president Fidel Castro, for talks on various issues. The incoming Peruvian leader also spoke by telephone with Venezuelan President […]

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Yemen’s Opposition Forms 2nd National Council

Posted July 19th, 2011 at 8:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Yemen’s mainstream opposition coalition has announced a new alliance that it says will unite all forces seeking to oust longtime President Ali Abdullah Saleh and end months of violence. It is the second such group formed in days. An opposition spokesman Tuesday said the new “National Council for the Forces of the Revolution” will unify […]

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China’s Baidu Signs Deal With Record Labels

Posted July 19th, 2011 at 8:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Baidu company, which operates China’s most popular Internet search engine, has agreed to distribute licensed songs from three global music labels in a deal aimed at helping stop piracy. Baidu says it signed an agreement with One-Stop China — a joint venture between Universal Music, Warner Music and Sony Music. Under the two-year deal, announced […]

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Greek Militants Convicted for 2009 Bombings

Posted July 19th, 2011 at 7:50 pm (UTC-5)
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A court in Athens has convicted six members of the Greek militant group Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire for three separate terrorist bombings in 2009. The six were given prison terms Tuesday ranging from 11 to 25 years. A sixth member of the group was sentenced on charges unrelated to the bombings. Two members […]

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21 Arrested for Alleged Cyber Attacks

Posted July 19th, 2011 at 7:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Authorities in the United States, Britain and the Netherlands have arrested 21 people accused of mounting coordinated cyber attacks against companies and organizations. The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation said Tuesday it had arrested 14 people for allegedly hacking into the servers of a popular website that manages online payments, Paypal, blocking people from being […]

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Expert: Unauthorized Markets Help North Korea Survive

Posted July 19th, 2011 at 7:40 pm (UTC-5)
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An American expert on North Korea says a growing number of people in the impoverished state rely on informal markets to make up for shortages of food and other necessities. Stephen Linton, chairman of the Eugene Bell Foundation, told an audience in Washington Tuesday that the communist government turns a blind eye to many practices […]

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