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Pakistan Protests US Arrest of Alleged Agent

Posted July 21st, 2011 at 2:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The Pakistani government is protesting the arrest in the United Staes of a man accused of acting as a Pakistani agent tasked to influence U.S. policy on Kashmir, the disputed Himalayan region divided between India and Pakistan. In a statement issued Thursday, Pakistan said a demarche was made to the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad to […]

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British Forces Detain Two Britons in Afghanistan

Posted July 21st, 2011 at 2:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Officials say British forces have detained two Britons in Afghanistan, amid media reports the two were suspected of fighting for the Taliban. In London, Britain’s foreign office Thursday confirmed the detention of the two British nationals and said embassy staff was providing assistance. No other details were given. Afghan officials told news agencies that the […]

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White House Reports ‘No Progress’ on Debt Deal

Posted July 21st, 2011 at 2:00 pm (UTC-5)
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A White House spokesman says he has no progress to report on a deal to slash spending and avoid a possible default on the country’s massive debt. But it also guaranteed the country will pay its bills on time. Obama administration spokesman Jay Carney told reporters Thursday the White House “is absolutely confident” Congress will […]

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New Somali Minister for Women Kidnapped

Posted July 21st, 2011 at 1:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Somalia’s new minister for women has been kidnapped by the militant group al-Shabab, less than a day after her appointment. Reports citing a relative and various Somali officials say Asha Osman Aqil was seized by al-Shabab fighters in Somalia’s Middle Shabelle region. Somali Prime Minister Abdiweli Mohamed Ali had named her to his cabinet on […]

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Catastrophe Declared in Chile’s Auracania Region Following Heavy Snow

Posted July 21st, 2011 at 1:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Chilean officials have declared a “catastrophe” in eight southern districts where heavy snowfall has left an estimated 6,500 people isolated. Chilean President Sebastian Pinera says that the declaration will free up more resources to help those who need help in the mountainous Auracania region. Days of bad weather have left some areas buried under nearly […]

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Malawi Protests Death Toll Rises to 18

Posted July 21st, 2011 at 1:30 pm (UTC-5)
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The government of Malawi now says at least 18 people have been killed during clashes between police and anti-government protesters that began Wednesday. Malawi’s health ministry raised the death toll Thursday, soon after President Bingu wa Mutharika appealed for calm in a nationwide radio address. The president said he is willing to sit down and […]

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US & European Stocks Rise

Posted July 21st, 2011 at 1:15 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. stock market indexes rose in Thursday’s midday trading. The Dow Jones Industrial Average advanced 1.2 percent, the S&P 500 rose 1.4 percent and the NASDAQ gained eight-tenths of a percent. European stock markets were higher at the close of trading. London’s Financial Times 100 index gained eight-tenths of a percent to end at 5,900, […]

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US Government, Companies Prepare for Unthinkable Default

Posted July 21st, 2011 at 1:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Top U.S. officials have repeatedly said the consequences of a possible default are so severe there is no alternative to raising the debt ceiling. But with less than two weeks to go until the August 2 deadline, key U.S. agencies and private financial firms are also planning for a worst-case scenario. The chief of the […]

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Netanyahu to Arab TV: Israel Ready to Negotiate ‘Everything’

Posted July 21st, 2011 at 1:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has told Arabic television network Al-Arabiya that he is ready to put “everything on the table” if Palestinians agree to renew peace talks. In a rare interview with an Arab news organization broadcast Thursday, Mr. Netanyahu also says he is willing to negotiate anywhere and with anyone who accepts Israel’s […]

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Hackers Claim They Breached NATO Documents

Posted July 21st, 2011 at 12:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Computer hackers are claiming they have breached a vast collection of NATO documents. They say the documents are so confidential that it would be “irresponsible” to publish most of them. The group called Anonymous said Thursday that it has about 1 gigabyte of information, and posted links to two documents that were labeled “NATO Restricted.” […]

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