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Turkish Court Jails Man for 23 Years for Killing of Armenian Journalist

Posted July 25th, 2011 at 11:05 am (UTC-5)
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A Turkish court has sentenced an ultranationalist to almost 23 years in prison for the assassination of an ethnic Armenian journalist more than four years ago. In Monday’s ruling, the juvenile court in Istanbul convicted 21-year-old Ogun Samast of murder and illegal firearm possession for shooting Hrant Dink outside his office in January 2007. Authorities […]

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Last Yugoslav War Crimes Suspect Makes First Court Appearance

Posted July 25th, 2011 at 11:05 am (UTC-5)
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The former leader of Croatia’s ethnic Serbs has refused to enter a plea during his first appearance at the United Nations war crimes tribunal in the Hague. Goran Hadzic faces 14 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity for his involvement in the Balkans’ conflict of the early 1990s. The 52-year-old was arrested last […]

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Vietnam’s National Assembly Names New President

Posted July 25th, 2011 at 10:55 am (UTC-5)
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Vietnam’s one-party National Assembly has named a wartime prisoner of the former South Vietnamese government as the country’s new president. The assembly on Monday selected 62-year-old Truong Tan Sang, a former mayor and communist party chief in Ho Chi Minh City. Sang, the lone presidential candidate, held the communist party’s number-two post since 2006. He […]

Former Telecom Minister: Indian PM Knew About Cut-Rate Mobile Phone License Sales

Posted July 25th, 2011 at 10:40 am (UTC-5)
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India’s former telecommunications minister, who is charged in connection with the country’s biggest corruption scandal, says the prime minister and other top officials knew about his decision to sell mobile phone licenses at below-market prices. During Monday’s court appearance in New Delhi, A. Raja denied wrongdoing in a scandal that is believed to have cost […]

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Iran Shelling Kills 2 in Iraq’s Kurdish Region

Posted July 25th, 2011 at 10:35 am (UTC-5)
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Cross-border shelling by Iranian forces has killed two people and wounded at least two others in Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdish region. Iraqi Kurdish officials said Monday the artillery fire hit the town of Sidkan, about 20 kilometers from the border. Iran began an offensive against Kurdish rebels in the border region earlier this month and routinely […]

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Strauss-Kahn Accuser Speaks Out

Posted July 25th, 2011 at 10:30 am (UTC-5)
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The New York hotel maid who accused former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault has gone public in media interviews, saying she wants justice and for her alleged attacker to go to jail. Nafissatou Diallo agreed to interviews with Newsweek magazine and ABC television more than two months after the incident in […]

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World Markets Await US Debt Deal

Posted July 25th, 2011 at 10:30 am (UTC-5)
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Stock prices in the United States, Asia, and Europe declined in Monday’s trading, as investors waited to find out whether President Barack Obama and U.S. congressional leaders would reach agreement on raising the federal debt limit. The benchmark U.S. index was down half a percent, London’s FTSE fell three-tenths of a percent, while Japan’s NIKKEI […]

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Aung San Suu Kyi Meets Burmese Official in Rangoon

Posted July 25th, 2011 at 10:10 am (UTC-5)
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Burmese democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi met on Monday with a high-level government minister for the first time since her release last year from house arrest. The government official later described the talks as a “first step” toward further cooperation and said the two sides had agreed to meet again. Aung San Suu Kyi […]

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US Stocks Fall

Posted July 25th, 2011 at 10:05 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. stock market indexes declined in Monday’s early trading as investors worried that bickering politicians in Washington have not reached agreement on increasing the legal limit on borrowing. The Dow Jones Industrial Average retreated 1.1 percent, the S&P 500 fell one percent and the NASDAQ lost nine-tenths of a percent. European stock markets were lower […]

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Vatican Recalls Its Ambassador to Ireland

Posted July 25th, 2011 at 10:00 am (UTC-5)
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The Vatican has recalled its ambassador to Ireland, following the Irish parliament’s severe criticism of the Roman Catholic Church’s role in covering up child sex abuse. A Vatican spokesman said Monday that Archbishop Giuseppe Leanza had been recalled from Dublin for consultations. The highly unusual step came after Ireland’s parliament accused church officials of covering […]

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