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Suicide Bombing Kills Mayor of Afghanistan’s Kandahar City

Posted July 27th, 2011 at 10:45 am (UTC-5)
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A suicide bomber has killed the mayor of Afghanistan’s southern city of Kandahar, the latest in a series of high-profile assassinations of key allies of President Hamid Karzai. The Taliban claimed responsibility for Wednesday’s attack that killed Mayor Ghulam Haider Hamidi and wounded at least one bystander. A Taliban spokesman said the attack was to […]

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US Congressman Calls Somali Group Prime Terror Threat

Posted July 27th, 2011 at 10:25 am (UTC-5)
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A United States congressman says a Somalia-based terror group is recruiting more Muslim Americans than al-Qaida. Republican Peter King, the chairman of the Homeland Security Committee in the House of Representatives, told fellow lawmakers Wednesday that the Somali group al-Shabab has successfully recruited 40 Muslim Americans to join its ranks. King said al-Shabab’s recruitment campaign […]

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Bulgarian Court Upholds Murder Conviction

Posted July 27th, 2011 at 10:25 am (UTC-5)
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Bulgaria’s highest court has upheld the 20-year prison sentence for Australian Paul “Jock” Palfreeman, who was convicted of fatally stabbing one man and wounding another in December, 2009. The Associated Press reported the 24-year-old Palfreeman appealed the Sofia City Court conviction, arguing that he had acted in self defense while intervening to prevent an attack […]

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Iraq Urges Kuwait To Stop Port Building

Posted July 27th, 2011 at 10:15 am (UTC-5)
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Iraq has asked Kuwait to suspend work on a controversial megaport in the Persian Gulf due to concerns that it could hurt Baghdad’s shipping interests. Iraqi spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh released a statement Wednesday saying his government has asked Kuwait to stop construction of the Mubarak Port on Bubiyan Island until it could assure Iraq that […]

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Palestinian President Vows To Pursue Statehood Recognition

Posted July 27th, 2011 at 10:10 am (UTC-5)
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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday again vowed to seek United Nations membership for a proposed Palestinian state. He added that the bid is not an alternative to reopening negotiations with Israelis and restarting the Mideast peace process. Mr. Abbas met with Palestinian council members Wednesday in the West Bank city of Ramallah to discuss […]

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US Credit Rating Could Drop Even if Debt Deal Agreed

Posted July 27th, 2011 at 10:05 am (UTC-5)
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Financial analysts are saying that the United States faces the loss of its top AAA credit rating even if President Barack Obama and Congress reach an agreement in the next few days to raise the nation’s borrowing limit. Most analysts say they think the president and lawmakers will craft a last-minute deal to raise the […]

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Kosovo Special Police Withdraw from Border Posts in Serb-Dominated Areas

Posted July 27th, 2011 at 10:00 am (UTC-5)
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Kosovo officials say special police units have withdrawn from two border posts in an ethnic-Serb enclave after a day of violent confrontations with Serb protesters. The Kosovo special police officer launched an operation late Monday to seize control of the Brnjak and Jarinje crossings on the border with Serbia, but minority Serbs tried to block […]

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Rights Group: Zimbabwe Police Arrest 13 Demonstrators

Posted July 27th, 2011 at 9:55 am (UTC-5)
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A Zimbabwean rights group says police have arrested 13 of its members who accused authorities of harassing opponents of President Robert Mugabe. Stendrick Zvorwadza with Restoration of Human Rights says the members were detained while protesting outside a court in the capital, Harare, on Wednesday. The protesters had gathered at the site to press for […]

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Judge Rejects Prosecution Request to Arrest Tymoshenko

Posted July 27th, 2011 at 9:50 am (UTC-5)
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The judge in former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko’s abuse of power trial has refused a prosecution motion to arrest her for disrupting the proceedings. In his decision in the Kyiv court, Judge Rodion Kireyev agreed with prosecutors that Tymoshenko had disrupted and delayed the proceedings while showing disdain for the court. But he dismissed […]

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Indian, Pakistani Foreign Ministers Call for New Cooperation

Posted July 27th, 2011 at 9:40 am (UTC-5)
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The foreign ministers of India and Pakistan have hailed a “new era of cooperation,” after meeting for the first time since peace talks resumed earlier this year. While Wednesday’s talks in the Indian capital, New Delhi, produced no major breakthroughs, Indian Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna said relations were on the right track. Pakistan’s newly-appointed foreign […]

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