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Hurricane Dora Strengthens Off Coast of Mexico

Posted July 21st, 2011 at 12:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Hurricane Dora is close to becoming a powerful Category Five storm, as it moves in the Pacific Ocean near Mexico’s southern coast. At last report , the Miami-based National Hurricane Center said the storm was located about 390 kilometers southwest of Cabo Corrientos. It is traveling northwest at a speed of 19 kilometers per hour. […]

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Much of US Swelters in Heat Wave

Posted July 21st, 2011 at 12:50 pm (UTC-5)
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An oppressive heat wave that has gripped the central and southern United States for days is moving east, bringing temperatures as high as 38 degrees Celsius to an area stretching from Chicago to Washington. The National Weather Service said Thursday that excessive heat watches, warnings and advisories are in effect for much of the central […]

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Hadzic Headed For Hague War Crimes Tribunal As Early As Friday

Posted July 21st, 2011 at 12:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The former leader of Croatia’s ethnic Serbs, Goran Hadzic, could be handed over to the U.N. War Crimes Tribunal in the Hague as early as Friday. The last remaining fugitive sought by the tribunal, Hadzic, was arrested Wednesday in the mountainous Fruska Gora region, about 65-kilometers north of Belgrade. The 52-year-old Hadzic led Croatia’s rebel […]

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UN to Open New Routes to Somalia’s Famine-Stricken Areas

Posted July 21st, 2011 at 12:15 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations World Food Program says it will soon open new routes to famine-stricken parts of Somalia where the presence of militants has made it hard to reach starving people. Executive Director Josette Sheeran said Thursday that the WFP is preparing to open new land and air routes into what she called the “core […]

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Top Lawmaker: US Cannot Afford to ‘Wish or to Wait’ for Debt Deal

Posted July 21st, 2011 at 12:10 pm (UTC-5)
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One of the most powerful lawmakers in the United States is challenging President Barack Obama to back a Republican plan to slash spending and avoid a possible default. House Speaker John Boehner told reporters Thursday Mr. Obama needs to show leadership and that it is “not enough to wish or to wait for a solution.” […]

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Landslides Kill 11 in Nepal

Posted July 21st, 2011 at 12:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Landslides have killed at least 11 people, including a Dutch tourist, in Nepal. Authorities say the landslides were triggered by monsoon rains. The victims were killed Wednesday in an area north of Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu. Officials say the Dutch man was trekking in the Syafrubeshi area when a landslide buried him. South Asia’s monsoon season […]

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India Announces Successful Test-Firing of New Missile

Posted July 21st, 2011 at 11:50 am (UTC-5)
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The Indian government says its military has successfully carried out the first test-firing of a new quick-reaction, short-range missile. The spokesman for India’s Defense Research and Development Organization said the test-firing occurred Thursday morning off the coast of the country’s eastern state of Orissa. The surface-to-surface “Prahaar” missile is capable of carrying different types of […]

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Two More Suspicious Deaths in British Hospital

Posted July 21st, 2011 at 11:40 am (UTC-5)
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British police have linked two more deaths at a northwest England hospital to insulin-contaminated saline, as they continue to hold a nurse for questioning. Greater Manchester Police say the deaths of an 83-year-old man who died Thursday and an 84-year-old woman who passed away July 14 are now part of the investigation. Three other deaths […]

Bulgaria’s Population Shrinks 7 Percent in Last Decade

Posted July 21st, 2011 at 11:25 am (UTC-5)
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Bulgaria’s population has shrunk to 7.4 million people, a drop of seven percent in the last decade and the latest sign of declining population across the one-time communist countries of central and eastern Europe. The Bulgarian government said Thursday that a third of the country’s people live in its three biggest cities, the capital Sofia, […]

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US Warns of Possible Terror Threat Against Public Utilities

Posted July 21st, 2011 at 11:00 am (UTC-5)
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A U.S. government bulletin is warning that violent extremists could try to use insider access to sabotage public utility facilities — including chemical plants, oil refineries and nuclear power plants. This week’s bulletin from the Department of Homeland Security notes that extremists have obtained insider positions and attempted to solicit employees at public utilities. A […]

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