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Turkey: No Normalizing Israeli Ties Without Apology

Posted July 23rd, 2011 at 6:25 am (UTC-5)
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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey will not normalize relations with Israel until Israel apologized for its deadly raid on a flotilla bound for the blockaded Gaza Strip last year. Mr. Erdogan said Saturday Israel also should pay compensation to the families of the Turkish victims killed in the raid and lift the […]

China’s Most Wanted Fugitive Arrives in Beijing from Canada

Posted July 23rd, 2011 at 6:00 am (UTC-5)
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China’s most wanted fugitive has arrived in Beijing after being deported from Canada following a 12-year extradition battle. Lai Changxing arrived in China Saturday. He is facing charges for allegedly orchestrating a multi-billion-dollar smuggling operation. A Canadian court cleared the way late Thursday to extradite Lai. China’s Foreign Ministry welcomed the decision. Canadian Foreign Minister […]

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Obama Set to Meet Congressional Leaders After Debt Talks Collapse

Posted July 23rd, 2011 at 5:45 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama is set to meet with congressional leaders of both parties Saturday after a top Republican broke off negotiations on raising the country’s borrowing limit. Mr. Obama said he was offering what he called “an extraordinarily fair deal.” The president said Friday it is “hard to understand” why House Speaker John Boehner […]

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More Than 90 Killed in Norway’s Twin Attacks

Posted July 23rd, 2011 at 5:35 am (UTC-5)
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Norwegian police are questioning the suspected gunman who shot and killed at least 84 people at a youth summer camp hours after he set off a bomb blast that killed seven people in the capital, Oslo. Police announced the updated death toll Saturday from the most violent events Norway has witnessed since World War Two. […]

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Clinton Challenges North Korea to Improve Relations with South Korea

Posted July 23rd, 2011 at 3:45 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says North Korea has to improve relations with South Korea before nuclear disarmament talks continue. Speaking Saturday at the ASEAN meeting in Bali, Secretary Clinton said the United States is encouraged by a meeting between officials from the two Koreas on the sidelines of the summit. But she said […]

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More Than 90 Killed in Norway’s Twin Attacks

Posted July 23rd, 2011 at 3:40 am (UTC-5)
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Norwegian police say a gunman shot and killed at least 84 people at a youth summer camp in the normally peaceful Nordic nation, hours after he set off a bomb blast that killed seven people in the capital, Oslo. Police official Roger Andresen announced the updated death toll Saturday from the most violent events Norway […]

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Sri Lankans Vote for Local Councils

Posted July 23rd, 2011 at 3:20 am (UTC-5)
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Sri Lankans are voting in local elections across the country, including in the island nation’s former war zone. Saturday’s vote will decide 65 local councils. At least 20 of the councils are in areas once controlled by former Tamil Tiger rebels, who fought a 25-year civil war that ended in May 2009. Nationals elections were […]

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US Contractor Appeals 15-Year Sentence in Cuba

Posted July 23rd, 2011 at 3:15 am (UTC-5)
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A U.S. contractor has appealed his 15-year jail sentence in Cuba. On Friday, Alan Gross told the communist country’s Supreme Court he meant Cuba no harm while working on telecommunications equipment. He says he was only trying to improve Internet service for a small Jewish community. He was detained in late 2009 while working on […]

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Clinton Challenges Parties in S. China Sea Dispute to Prove Territory Claims

Posted July 23rd, 2011 at 2:05 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has challenged parties in the South China Sea dispute to show legal proof of their territory claims. Secretary Clinton on Saturday said China and several members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ claims must also be in line with an 1982 international of law of the sea. On […]

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