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Mexican Health Officials On Alert For Measles Outbreak

Posted July 26th, 2011 at 5:50 am (UTC-5)
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Mexican health officials are on high alert for a possible measles outbreak after a baby girl arrived in Mexico City from France with the disease earlier this month. Mexican health authorities are offering free measles vaccinations to travellers and employees at Mexico City International Airport. Measles has an incubation period of 21 days. The French […]

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Obama: Failure to Raise US Debt Ceiling Will Cause Incalculable Damage

Posted July 26th, 2011 at 5:40 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday will discuss a pair of competing plans to raise the nation’s debt limit, with the deadline to avoid a possible first-ever debt default now just one week away. President Barack Obama said Monday night in a televised address that Congress risks sparking a “deep economic crisis” if lawmakers fail to reach […]

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Norway Minister Defends Police Response to Massacre

Posted July 26th, 2011 at 5:35 am (UTC-5)
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Norway’s justice minister has praised police for their response to gun and bomb attacks that killed 76 people Friday, saying officers did “fantastic” work. Justice Minister Knut Storberget said Tuesday it is important to have “an open and critical” approach to evaluating the response, but that there is “a time for everything.” His comments follow […]

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South Korean Groups Sent Truckloads of Flour Into North

Posted July 26th, 2011 at 5:10 am (UTC-5)
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Members of a South Korean relief group crossed into North Korea Tuesday with 12 trucks full of flour, marking the first food aid of its kind since a North Korean attack last year. The convoy with 300 tons of flour rumbled across the border Tuesday in the border city of Paju. The Reverend In Myung-jin, […]

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Asian Markets Rise as Dollar Sinks

Posted July 26th, 2011 at 4:45 am (UTC-5)
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Asian stock markets were mostly higher in trading Tuesday. Tokyo’s Nikkei index gained almost one-half of a percent to close at 10,098. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index rose one and one-quarter percent to end at 22,572. Elsewhere, share prices were higher in Shanghai, Sydney and Taipei. Markets dipped in Wellington and Manila. The dollar was […]

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UN Says Urgent Aid Needed in Libyan Capital

Posted July 26th, 2011 at 4:30 am (UTC-5)
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United Nations humanitarian agencies say residents in some parts of Libya’s capital, Tripoli, need urgent aid as a result of the ongoing conflict in the country. The U.N. says medical supplies, including vaccines, are running low, and that residents are facing shortages of fuel and power. It also says food prices are rising and there […]

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Airlift of Food for Somalia and Horn of Africa to Begin Tuesday

Posted July 26th, 2011 at 4:05 am (UTC-5)
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The U.N. World Food Program will begin airlifting food to Somalia Tuesday. WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran says this will be the first airlift of food since the U.N. declared a famine in two parts of Somalia last week. The United Nations says “massive” action is needed to save millions of people living in the […]

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Vietnam’s Dung Expected to Win Second Term as PM

Posted July 26th, 2011 at 3:55 am (UTC-5)
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Vietnam’s National Assembly is expected to elect Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung to a second term Tuesday, cementing Mr. Dung’s role as the country’s most powerful politician. The vote by the 500-member assembly is considered a formality after Mr. Dung was backed for the job at a congress of the ruling Communist Party in January. […]

Tajik Police Kill Escaped Militant

Posted July 26th, 2011 at 3:40 am (UTC-5)
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Officials in Tajikistan say police have killed one militant and wounded another from a group that escaped from prison nearly a year ago. Authorities said Tuesday one policeman was also killed and two others wounded in a clash with the militants Monday near the Afghan border. The militants were part of a group of 25 […]

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India Again Raises Interest Rate to Combat Rising Inflation

Posted July 26th, 2011 at 3:25 am (UTC-5)
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India’s central bank has again raised its key interest rate in an effort to temper the country’s high inflation. The Reserve Bank of India on Tuesday increased the repurchase, or repo rate, by 50 basis points to 8 percent. The repo rate is the rate at which it lends to commercial banks. It also raised […]

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