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Iran’s Guard Denies Spy Plane Downing Report

Posted July 22nd, 2011 at 3:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Iran’s Revolutionary Guard has refuted a report from state media earlier this week that it shot down an unmanned U.S. spy plane . Instead, the Guard said in a statement Friday that its air defenses hit a test target flying over a uranium enrichment site. The Guard statement contradicts a claim by an Iranian lawmaker […]

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Hague Tribunal Jails Serbia’s Extradited Goran Hadzic

Posted July 22nd, 2011 at 3:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Goran Hadzic, the former leader of Croatia’s ethnic Serbs, was jailed at the United Nations detention center at The Hague Friday after being extradited from Serbia earlier in the day. Hadzic disappeared in 2004 when the Hague tribunal in the Netherlands indicted him on 14 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity during the […]

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Cambodian Prime Minister Criticizes VOA, Radio Free Asia

Posted July 22nd, 2011 at 3:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Friday sharply criticized Voice of America and Radio Free Asia, saying their news reports are “very inferior.” He accused the two broadcasters, both funded by the U.S. government under the Broadcasting Board of Governors, of distorting information, or containing “zero” information. The prime minister made the comments in response […]

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Bomb Rocks Norway Government Headquarters, Killing Two, Injuring 15

Posted July 22nd, 2011 at 2:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Violent attacks savaged normally peaceful Norway on Friday, with an Oslo bomb blast killing at least seven people and then a gunman disguised as a police officer opening fire on a youth camp. The twin assaults occurred within hours of each other, although it was not immediately clear they were linked. The mid-afternoon bomb blast […]

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Six Killed in Syrian Unrest

Posted July 22nd, 2011 at 2:40 pm (UTC-5)
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At least six people were killed in Syria on Friday where security officers have responded to mass protests with force. The deaths occurred after tens of thousands of anti-government demonstrators rallied for President Bashar al-Assad’s resignation, in what has become the most serious challenge yet to his 11-year rule. Witnesses and activists say the deaths […]

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UN: ‘Strong Evidence’ of Atrocities in Sudan’s Southern Kordofan

Posted July 22nd, 2011 at 2:35 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations says there is “strong evidence” that atrocities are being carried out by Sudanese forces in the Southern Kordofan area. In a statement Friday, U.N. human rights experts cited “credible reports” of ongoing mass killings, arbitrary detentions, kidnappings, aerial bombardment and attacks on churches. The U.N. said if proven true, the acts could […]

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Jordanians Rally For Reforms

Posted July 22nd, 2011 at 2:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Several hundred Jordanians rallied for political reforms in the capital, Amman, on Friday. Some burned an American flag to protest against what they called U.S. interference in their reformist movement. Others denounced what they said were attacks on freedom of the press. Last week, several journalists were among those injured after police with batons moved […]

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US Financial Officials Meet about Debt Contingencies

Posted July 22nd, 2011 at 2:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Some of the U.S. government’s top finance officials are taking a closer look at what might happen if deadlocked debt talks between the president and lawmakers turn into an all-out stalemate. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and central bank chief Ben Bernanke met in Washington Friday with William Dudley, who heads the Federal Reserve’s New York […]

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US Experts See North Koreans Turning to Informal Markets

Posted July 22nd, 2011 at 2:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Experts on North Korea say a growing number of people in the impoverished state are depending on informal markets to make up for shortages of food and other necessities. Several participants at a conference in Washington earlier this week reported signs of increased public use of markets in the country. North Korea’s communist government normally […]

Father of NY Terror Plotter Convicted

Posted July 22nd, 2011 at 2:10 pm (UTC-5)
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A U.S. jury has found the father of an admitted terrorist who plotted to bomb the New York City subway system guilty of lying to investigators and hiding evidence in the case of his son. Afghan-born U.S. citizen Mohammed Zazi was convicted Friday of both counts against him — obstruction of justice and conspiracy. The […]

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