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US Builders Putting Up More Homes

Posted July 19th, 2011 at 9:20 am (UTC-5)
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Demand for housing kept U.S. builders busy last month, pushing the number of new home construction projects to a five month high. The U.S. Commerce Department said Tuesday so-called new housing starts increased 14.6 percent from May to June, led by a jump in construction on multi-family homes. The report said the number of permits […]

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Clinton Says US, India United in Terror Fight

Posted July 19th, 2011 at 9:10 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the United States and India are united in fighting “violent extremist networks,” and that the two nations are increasingly working together on homeland security issues. Her comments came Tuesday in the Indian capital, New Delhi, as she began two days of talks with Indian officials aimed at strengthening […]

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Landmines Hamper Libyan Rebel Offensive

Posted July 19th, 2011 at 9:05 am (UTC-5)
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Libyan rebels say they are being hampered by land mines as they continue their push on Tuesday to gain full control of the eastern oil port of Brega. More than 40 people on both sides have been killed since last week, when the rebels launched an offensive near Brega against forces loyal to Libyan leader […]

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Stolen Romanian Warheads Recovered

Posted July 19th, 2011 at 9:00 am (UTC-5)
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Dozens of old rocket warheads stolen from a train carrying military equipment from Romania to Bulgaria were recovered Monday near a railway station in the southern Romanian town of Chitila. Railway workers found four crates containing 64 warheads were missing Saturday, after discovering the seals of a railway car were broken when the train arrived […]

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Pakistan: Mortars From Afghanistan Kill Pakistani Soldiers

Posted July 19th, 2011 at 9:00 am (UTC-5)
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Pakistani officials say mortars fired from Afghanistan have hit a paramilitary post in Pakistan’s tribal region, killing four soldiers. The latest incident of cross-border violence occurred Tuesday in the Angoor Adda area of South Waziristan. Local security officials say at least two other paramilitary soldiers were wounded. Afghan officials did not immediately comment on the […]

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Japan Claims Success in Stably Cooling Damaged Reactors

Posted July 19th, 2011 at 8:25 am (UTC-5)
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Japan says it has succeeded in the first stage of a plan to stably cool damaged nuclear reactors at the Fukushima-Daiichi power plant and says it will stick to a previously declared January 2012 timetable for a cold shutdown of the reactors. A government spokesman says authorities will also consider by January a schedule for […]

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Guinean President Survives Attack on House

Posted July 19th, 2011 at 8:05 am (UTC-5)
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Guinean President Alpha Conde escaped an assassination attempt early Tuesday when unidentified gunmen attacked his home. Mr. Conde, who was not injured in the assault, later appeared on state television and appealed for calm. Witnesses reported hearing heavy shooting overnight at the president’s home in the Kipe suburb of the capital, Conakry. In his speech, […]

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European Stocks Higher in Midday Trading

Posted July 19th, 2011 at 7:50 am (UTC-5)
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European stock prices are higher in midday trading Tuesday. London’s Financial Times index is up one-half of one percent. The CAC-40 in Paris is up 1.4 percent, and the DAX index in Frankfurt is up more than one and one-half percent. In New York, the S&P futures contract is up more than eight points, indicating […]

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Thai Panel Certifies Yingluck’s Election, Easing Fears of Instability

Posted July 19th, 2011 at 7:35 am (UTC-5)
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Thailand’s election commission on Tuesday endorsed the election to parliament of Pheu Thai leader Yingluck Shinawatra, clearing the way for her to become the nation’s first female prime minister. The commission said it had voted unanimously to dismiss complaints that Ms. Yingluck violated election laws by involving banned politicians — including her elder brother — […]

US House to Vote on Deficit Cutting Proposal Opposed by Obama

Posted July 19th, 2011 at 7:20 am (UTC-5)
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The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives votes Tuesday on legislation that would cut billions of dollars from the federal budget in exchange for raising the country’s borrowing limit and avoiding a first-ever default. The so-called Cut, Cap and Balance Act, supported by the Republican Party’s Tea Party faction and other fiscally conservative groups, would also […]

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