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Libyan Forces, Rebels Continue Battle for Brega

Posted July 19th, 2011 at 7:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Clashes have intensified in Libya’s eastern oil port of Brega, as anti-government fighters fought to expand their control beyond the city’s residential sectors. Opposition forces Tuesday said loyalist troops in trucks disguised with rebel flags had shelled their positions, killing eight insurgents and wounding dozens more. But a rebel spokesman also said radio intercepts from […]

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Russia Launches Powerful Space Telescope

Posted July 19th, 2011 at 6:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Russia has launched what experts say is the biggest and most powerful space telescope ever built. Russian scientists say the Spektr-R took off from the launch pad in Kazakhstan Monday and shortly after, began orbiting the Earth. The builders of Spektr-R say the telescope is designed to look billions of light years back into time […]

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ICG: Sri Lanka Far From Reconciliation

Posted July 19th, 2011 at 6:20 pm (UTC-5)
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An international research group says that two years after the end of Sri Lanka’s 25-year war against the Tamil Tiger rebels, the country is further from reconciliation than ever. In a new report published Monday, the International Crisis Group said what it termed the government’s “intransigence and triumphalism” after crushing the rebels in May 2009 […]

Pacific Storm Dora Approaches Hurricane Strength

Posted July 19th, 2011 at 6:10 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. weather forecasters say Tropical Storm Dora is expected to become a hurricane late Tuesday as it swirls in the Pacific off the coast of Mexico. The National Hurricane Center in Miami says in its latest advisory that Dora is about 475 kilometers south-southeast of Acapulco, Mexico, with winds of 110 kilometers per hour. It […]

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Clinton: US, India United in Terror Fight

Posted July 19th, 2011 at 6:05 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her Indian counterpart, S.M. Krishna, have urged Pakistan to do more to eliminate “terrorist sanctuaries” on its territory, as the two countries ended another round of a strategic dialogue. Clinton, who also met with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, said Tuesday the U.S. and India are united in […]

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Nigerian Police Plead Not Guilty to Killing Islamic Leader

Posted July 19th, 2011 at 5:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Five Nigerian police officers have pleaded not guilty to charges that they killed the leader of a radical Islamic sect two years ago. The officers were charged Tuesday at a court in the capital, Abuja, with “unlawfully killing” Mallam Mohammed Yusuf and some of his followers, and with committing a “terrorist act.” Yusuf was the […]

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Southern Chile Buried in Heavy Snow

Posted July 19th, 2011 at 5:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Residents of southern Chile’s mountainous Auracania region are digging out after a massive snowstorm dumped about 2 meters of snow in the area, leaving many communities isolated from the rest of the country and without power. Emergency crews have been working to clear roadways of snow to allow for transportation in and out of the […]

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Australian Aborigine Actor David Ngoombujarra Dies

Posted July 19th, 2011 at 5:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Australia’s best-known indigenous actor David Ngoombujarra, whose films included “Rabbit-Proof Fence” and “Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles,” has died. He was 44. Ngoombujarra was found Sunday in a park in Freemantle, a port city near Perth on Australia’s west coast. He later died at a Freemantle hospital. The cause of death has not yet been […]

Guinean President Survives 2 Attacks

Posted July 19th, 2011 at 5:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Guinea’s President Alpha Conde survived two attacks Tuesday on his home in the capital, Conakry, including an assassination attempt in the early morning hours. Mr. Conde said in a nationwide broadcast that gunmen targeted his bedroom with gunfire and a bazooka in the pre-dawn attack. He said he survived because he was not sleeping in […]

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Activists: Pro-Assad Forces Kill 13 People in Central Syria

Posted July 19th, 2011 at 4:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Syrian rights activists and witnesses say pro-government forces have shot and killed at least 13 people since Monday in the central city of Homs, a center of recent protests against President Bashar al-Assad. The activists and residents of Homs say Syrian troops and pro-Assad militiamen opened fire on a funeral procession outside the city’s Khaled […]

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