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US, Indonesia Call for Follow-Up on South China Sea Agreement

Posted July 24th, 2011 at 4:40 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Indonesian Foreign Minister Marti Natalegawa have called for urgent follow-up on an agreement by China and the ASEAN countries for a peaceful resolution to disputed territory in the South China Sea. The two top diplomats discussed the issue in a bilateral meeting Sunday in Bali. At a joint […]

Car Bombing in Yemen Kills at Least 7 Near Military Base

Posted July 24th, 2011 at 4:30 am (UTC-5)
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Officials in Yemen say a car bomb outside a military base in the city of Aden on Sunday has killed at least seven people and wounded more than 15 others. Officials say the blast occurred as troops were preparing to leave for Abyan province to assist in fighting al-Qaida-linked militants. No one has claimed responsibility […]

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Tamil Alliance Post Majority Win in Sri Lankan Election

Posted July 24th, 2011 at 4:05 am (UTC-5)
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A Sri Lankan political party associated with the defunct Tamil Tiger rebels has won a majority of local council elections in the former war zones of the island nation. The Tamil National Alliance won control of 20 of the 25 councils it contested in the Tamil majority north and east on Saturday. President Mahainda Rajapaksa’s […]

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North Korea Holds Local Elections

Posted July 24th, 2011 at 3:55 am (UTC-5)
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North Koreans voted Sunday for more than 27,000 representatives for local assemblies, with the balloting expected to unanimously favor the ruling communist party. The North’s official Korean Central News Agency said polling stations were crowded with well-dressed voters eagerly waiting for their turns…with many dancing to music of drums and gongs. During their four-year term, […]

Thai Helicopter Crash Kills Three

Posted July 24th, 2011 at 2:40 am (UTC-5)
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Thai officials say three military men were killed and another was injured Sunday when a Thai army helicopter crashed near the border with Burma. It was the third military helicopter to crash in the same area in just over a week. Sunday’s crash brought the total fatalities in the three accidents to 17. The Bell […]

NATO Warplanes Bomb Sections of Libyan Capital

Posted July 24th, 2011 at 2:40 am (UTC-5)
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NATO-led airstrikes targeted Libya’s capital, Tripoli, early Sunday. Witnesses said at least one explosion occurred near a residence of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. Libyan state television also reported airstrikes in the capital, but gave no details. There are no reports of any casualties. On Saturday, one of at least six bombings occurred at a military […]

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Norway Carnage Suspect: Killings Cruel But Necessary

Posted July 24th, 2011 at 2:35 am (UTC-5)
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The lawyer for the Norwegian man suspected in Friday’s horrific bombing and shooting rampage says his client deems his acts “atrocious” but necessary. Defense lawyer Geir Lippestad said Saturday Anders Behring Breivik has expressed willingness to explain himself in court. The lawyer said his client has admitted responsibility for the attacks, which killed at least […]

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Top Senate Democrat: Republicans Not Compromising on Debt Crisis

Posted July 24th, 2011 at 2:20 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has accused Republican lawmakers of pushing the United States to the “brink of default,” by resisting compromise in high-stakes budget talks. In a statement following an urgent meeting late Saturday with congressional leaders, Reid said he will only accept a deal that raises the U.S. $14.3 trillion debt ceiling […]

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Death Toll from China High-Speed Train Crash Reaches 33

Posted July 24th, 2011 at 2:15 am (UTC-5)
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Emergency workers in eastern China are searching for survivors in the mangled wreckage of two high-speed trains involved in a collision which left at least 33 passengers dead and nearly 200 others injured. China’s official Xinhua news agency said an older generation bullet train was traveling from Hangzhou, the capital of eastern Zhejiang province, to […]

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Latvians Vote to Dissolve Parliament

Posted July 24th, 2011 at 2:10 am (UTC-5)
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Latvians have overwhelmingly voted to dismiss parliament in an unprecedented referendum aimed at ending corruption and what is widely considered a culture of graft between government and business leaders. The Central Election Commission said Saturday initial results show nearly 95 percent of those who voted support the legislature’s dissolution. Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis said he […]

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