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Norway’s PM Leads Memorial Service to 93 People Killed in Attacks

Posted July 24th, 2011 at 1:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Norway’s prime minister has led a memorial service in Oslo for the 93 people so far confirmed killed on Friday by a Norwegian gunman and bomber who had expressed anti-government and anti-Muslim rants on the internet. Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg addressed hundreds of mourners gathered at Oslo Cathedral Sunday, telling them that Norway has suffered […]

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Gay Couples Exchange Marriage Vows Across New York State

Posted July 24th, 2011 at 1:05 pm (UTC-5)
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New York on Sunday was witness to hundreds of gay marriages. New York State is the sixth in the nation, and so far the most populous, to sanction same-sex weddings. Beginning in the western town of Niagara Falls, gay and lesbian couples began exchanging marriage vows at the stroke of midnight, local time. The greatest […]

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Sudan Launches New Currency

Posted July 24th, 2011 at 12:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Sudan’s central bank began circulating a new currency Sunday, less than a week after newly-independent South Sudan did the same. The new Sudanese pound is similar to the old one but the bills are different colors and have been stripped of symbols representing the south. The old Sudanese pound has plunged in value this year […]

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Russia Says Security Forces Kill 3 Rebels in Dagestan

Posted July 24th, 2011 at 12:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Russian officials say security forces have exchanged fire with suspected militants in the North Caucasus republic of Dagestan, killing three of the militants. Authorities say the shootout began before dawn Sunday when Russian police surrounded a house where they say four militants had been hiding in the town of Dagestanskiye Ogni. Officials say the security […]

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Activists Report Arrests in Syrian Capital

Posted July 24th, 2011 at 11:55 am (UTC-5)
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Syrian rights activists say army units have swept through the capital, Damascus, and detained scores of people. Rights groups say the arrests took place late Saturday. The French news agency quotes activists who say government troops set up roadblocks on routes into the Qabun district and deployed in front of mosques with automatic rifles. AFP […]

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Russian Boat Sinking Death Toll Rises to 120

Posted July 24th, 2011 at 11:45 am (UTC-5)
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Russian officials say divers have recovered six more bodies from the wreckage of a tourist boat that sank earlier this month in the Volga River, raising the death toll to at least 120. Officials said Sunday two people also remained missing and were presumed dead in Russia’s worst river disaster in decades. The tourist boat […]

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Burma says Government to Meet with Aung San Suu Kyi Monday

Posted July 24th, 2011 at 11:15 am (UTC-5)
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A Burmese official says pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi will meet Monday with a minister from the country’s new army-backed civilian government. The unidentified official, quoted in Burmese media, said the Nobel laureate will meet with Labor Minister Aung Kyi at a state guest house in Rangoon. Aung San Suu Kyi has not commented […]

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Italian Tanker Hijacked Off West Africa

Posted July 24th, 2011 at 10:30 am (UTC-5)
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Pirates in the Gulf of Guinea have hijacked an Italian fuel tanker with 23 crew members on board. The Italian news agency ANSA reports that three pirates seized control of the RBD Anema e Core on Sunday. It says the ship was carrying a cargo of diesel fuel and that the ship’s crew consists of […]

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NATO Transfers Control of Northern Province to Afghans

Posted July 24th, 2011 at 10:25 am (UTC-5)
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NATO troops have handed control to Afghan forces in the northeastern province of Panjshir, the latest in a series of security transitions in the country. Sunday’s handover ceremony makes Panjshir the sixth area to be put under Afghan security responsibility over the past week. Panjshir province, which lies about 130 kilometers from Kabul, has been […]

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ANC Youth Leader Accused of Having ‘Secret Fund’

Posted July 24th, 2011 at 9:45 am (UTC-5)
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A South African newspaper says the ruling party’s youth leader has a “secret fund” he is using to finance a lavish lifestyle. The City Press says Julius Malema is the sole trustee and main beneficiary of the “Ratanang Family Trust,” created in 2008 after Malema became head of the ANC Youth League. Malema is known […]

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