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50 Insurgents Killed in Eastern Afghanistan

Posted July 22nd, 2011 at 10:40 am (UTC-5)
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NATO says Afghan and coalition forces have killed more than 50 insurgents during a military operation in eastern Afghanistan. The coalition said Friday the fighting occurred in Paktika province’s Sar Rawza district during the clearance of a Haqqani network encampment. The network is affiliated with al-Qaida and the Taliban. NATO said the site was an […]

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Caterpillar, GE Report Rising Profits

Posted July 22nd, 2011 at 10:35 am (UTC-5)
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The world’s largest construction and mining equipment company reported a 44 percent increase in profits Friday. While earnings grew, they fell short of Wall Street expectations and the stock price fell after the report. Caterpillar said its expected sales and profits were hurt by Japan’s multiple disasters and slowing demand in China. GE saw its […]

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Thousands of Syrians Rally After Midday Prayers

Posted July 22nd, 2011 at 10:25 am (UTC-5)
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Tens of thousands of Syrians renewed calls for President Bashar al-Assad’s resignation on Friday in rallies across the country. Witnesses and activists say protesters took to the streets in towns in the northeastern Hasaka province, a mostly Kurdish region. Reuters news agency says Syrian security forces used batons and tear gas to push back demonstrators […]

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US Stocks Mixed

Posted July 22nd, 2011 at 10:20 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. stock market indexes rose in Friday’s early trading. The Dow Jones Industrial Average retreated four-tenths of a percent, the S&P 500 fell three-tenths of a percent, while the NASDAQ gained one-tenth of a percent. European stock markets were higher in afternoon trading. London’s Financial Times 100 index and the CAC-40 in Paris moved up […]

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Blast Rocks Norway Government Headquarters

Posted July 22nd, 2011 at 10:00 am (UTC-5)
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An explosion in Oslo, Norway has damaged several government buildings. The office of Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg is reported to be one of the areas damaged. The cause and exact location of the blast is not yet clear. At least one person has been injured. Details are still emerging.

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Britain’s Cameron Calls for James Murdoch to Account for Phone-hacking Testimony

Posted July 22nd, 2011 at 9:55 am (UTC-5)
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British Prime Minister David Cameron says News Corporation executive James Murdoch has “questions to answer” about disputed testimony he gave to Parliament this week about how much he knew about the phone-hacking scandal engulfing his company. Murdoch, the heir apparent to Rupert Murdoch’s vast global media empire, told a parliamentary investigative committee that when he […]

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Egyptians Rally for Change Despite Cabinet Reshuffle

Posted July 22nd, 2011 at 9:40 am (UTC-5)
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Hundreds of Egyptian protesters renewed calls for reforms on Friday, saying Thursday’s Cabinet reshuffle stopped short of meeting their demands. Chanting activists rallied in Cairo’s Tahrir Square. Some demonstrators erected a tent city in the square two weeks ago and vowed to remain there until the interim government met their demands. Protesters are calling for […]

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Deadly Heat Wave Bakes United States

Posted July 22nd, 2011 at 9:35 am (UTC-5)
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Americans sweltering under a brutal heat wave are bracing for more. The National Weather Service issued excessive heat warnings for parts of the eastern and central United States Friday, saying temperatures could soar as high as 39 degrees celsius, with high humidity making it feel like 46. Already, health officials are blaming the severe heat […]

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Protests in Indian Kashmir After Alleged Rape by Soldiers

Posted July 22nd, 2011 at 9:35 am (UTC-5)
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Protests have erupted in Indian-controlled Kashmir after a woman claimed she was abducted and raped by two soldiers in the disputed region. The hundreds of participants in Friday’s demonstrations shouted anti-India slogans and called for the arrest of the Indian army personnel. The woman told police that the men abducted her Tuesday, held her in […]

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Malawi Blocks Funeral for 7 Protesters

Posted July 22nd, 2011 at 9:10 am (UTC-5)
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Authorities in Malawi have blocked a mass funeral for seven people killed during protests in the northern town of Mzuzu. Mourners gathered at a funeral home hosting the seven dead, insisting on carrying out the funeral despite officials’ fears the event would incite more violence. Troops were patrolling Mzuzu and other major cities Friday after […]

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