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Sarkozy Honors French Dead from Afghanistan

Posted July 19th, 2011 at 7:20 am (UTC-5)
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French President Nicolas Sarkozy is paying homage to seven French soldiers killed last week in Afghanistan. A somber ceremony held in Paris Tuesday was also attended by French military leaders. Last week was one of the deadliest for French troops during their involvement in the Afghan conflict. The French government will begin a troop drawdown […]

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Asia Markets Close Mostly Higher

Posted July 19th, 2011 at 7:15 am (UTC-5)
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Major Asian stock markets closed mixed Tuesday. Tokyo’s Nikkei index lost nearly one percent to finish at 9,890. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index gained nearly one-half of one percent to finish the day’s trading at 21,902. Share prices were higher in Bangkok, Manila, Singapore and Wellington, but lower in Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, Sydney, Taipei […]

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Clinton Says US, India United in Terror Fight

Posted July 19th, 2011 at 7:10 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 capital, New Delhi, as she began two days of talks with Indian officials aimed at strengthening political […]

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Pakistan’s Zardari Set to Visit Afghan Capital

Posted July 19th, 2011 at 6:50 am (UTC-5)
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Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari is set to visit Kabul on Tuesday for talks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai. Mr. Zardari’s office said Monday the two leaders will discuss issues of bilateral importance, and that Mr. Zardari will offer condolences to Mr. Karzai on the recent assassination of his brother, Ahmad Wali Karzai. The visit […]

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Murdochs to Face British Parliament

Posted July 19th, 2011 at 6:50 am (UTC-5)
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Media mogul Rupert Murdoch, his son James, and former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks face questions from British Parliament Tuesday in a growing phone-hacking scandal. The questioning is expected to last several hours. British Prime Minister David Cameron cut short a trip to Africa to attend the emergency session of Parliament and contain […]

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Israeli Military Boards Gaza-Bound Yacht

Posted July 19th, 2011 at 6:40 am (UTC-5)
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The Israeli navy has boarded a French yacht carrying pro-Palestinian activists who were trying to breach Israel’s naval blockade of the Gaza Strip. The military said the navy took control of the Dignity al-Karama on Tuesday, and was taking it to the Israeli port of Ashdod. There were no immediate reports of any violence. The […]

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Activists Say Syrian Security Forces Kill 13 in Homs

Posted July 19th, 2011 at 6:30 am (UTC-5)
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Witnesses and activists say Syrian security forces have killed 13 people in the central city of Homs, as part of a continued crackdown against a more than four-month-long anti-government uprising. The activists say the killings happened Monday and Tuesday, and come days after sectarian fighting in the city between supporters and opponents of President Bashar […]

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Heavy Shooting Near Guinea Presidential Residence

Posted July 19th, 2011 at 6:25 am (UTC-5)
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Guinean President Alpha Conde escaped an hour-long attack on his residence that left his home riddled with bullet holes when unknown assailants attacked early Tuesday. One person is reported to have been killed in the attack. The Associated Press reports the victim was a member of the presidential security detail. Mr. Conde, who was not […]

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Aung San Suu Kyi Leads Hundreds in Martyr’s Day March

Posted July 19th, 2011 at 6:20 am (UTC-5)
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Burmese democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi led hundreds of supporters through the streets of Rangoon in a Martyr’s Day march Tuesday to honor her father and other fallen national heroes. A reporter for VOA’s Burmese service says more than 2,000 people joined the procession to the Martyr’s Mausoleum, including about 100 members of the […]

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Landmines Hinder Libyan Rebel Battle for Eastern Oil Port

Posted July 19th, 2011 at 6:15 am (UTC-5)
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Libyan opposition forces say landmines strewn throughout the streets in the eastern oil port of Brega are making it difficult to secure full control of the town, after days of fighting with troops loyal to leader Moammar Ghadhafi. Rebel commanders said Monday they have broken through government lines and routed most of Mr. Gadhafi’s troops. […]

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