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Venezuela’s Chavez Says He Feels Reborn

Posted July 28th, 2011 at 7:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez sang and danced on the balcony of the presidential palace, celebrating his 57th birthday amid a struggle against cancer. Crowds of supporters cheered the Venezuelan leader Thursday as he vowed to live a long life despite the illness. Earlier in the day, Mr. Chavez compared himself to a phoenix risen from […]

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Libyan Rebels Say Military Chief Shot Dead

Posted July 28th, 2011 at 7:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Libya’s rebel leadership council says its top military commander, Abdel Fattah Younes, and two of his aides have been shot dead by unknown assailants. Transitional National Council head Mustafa Abdel Jalil said Thursday that Younes and his aides – both colonels – were killed before arriving for questioning at an opposition judicial committee hearing regarding […]

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8 Afghan Drug Smugglers Killed on Tajik Border

Posted July 28th, 2011 at 7:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Tajik officials say border guards have killed eight Afghan drug smugglers trying to sneak into the country. The officials say troops patrolling the southern border spotted a group of 12 people crossing a river dividing the two countries. They say gunfire broke out and eight drug carriers were killed, while the remaining four managed to […]

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US Congressional Vote on Debt Issue Delayed

Posted July 28th, 2011 at 7:30 pm (UTC-5)
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A vote in the House of Representatives on a Republican plan to raise the U.S. debt ceiling and cut spending has been postponed. U.S. media, quoting congressional sources, say the vote was delayed because Republican leaders are seeking more congressional support to pass a plan put forth by House Speaker John Boehner. It is not […]

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Police: US Soldier Close to Targeting Military Personnel

Posted July 28th, 2011 at 7:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Police say a U.S. soldier arrested after bomb-making material was found in a motel room in the state of Texas planned to target military personnel. A local police chief, Dennis Baldwin, said Thursday the suspect seemed close to carrying out an attack on Fort Hood, a U.S. Army base in the state. Baldwin described it […]

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Russia Hoping toComplete WTO Negotiations by Year End

Posted July 28th, 2011 at 6:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Russia says its accession to the World Trade Organization could be finalized by the end of this year. The head of Moscow’s delegation for trade negotiations, Maxim Medvedkov, said Thursday that all the talks and formalities could be completed by mid-December, when the WTO’s general council plans to hold a meeting. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir […]

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HRW: Pakistan Fails to Confront Military, Intelligence Agencies on Abuses

Posted July 28th, 2011 at 6:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Human Rights Watch says Pakistan’s government should immediately end widespread disappearances of suspected militants and activists by the military, intelligence agencies, and the paramilitary Frontier Corps in southwestern Baluchistan province. In a report released Thursday, the New York-based rights group documents dozens of forced disappearances, in which the authorities take people into custody and then […]

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N. Korea Diplomat: 1st Day of Talks with US ‘Constructive’

Posted July 28th, 2011 at 6:05 pm (UTC-5)
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A top North Korean diplomat is calling the first day of new talks with the United States “constructive and interesting.” Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan, the head of a North Korean delegation, said the two sides exchanged views Thursday on general issues and called the atmosphere good. Special envoy Stephen Bosworth is leading the […]

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US Congressional Vote on Debt Issue Delayed

Posted July 28th, 2011 at 6:05 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. congressional sources say a vote in the House of Representatives on a Republican plan to raise the debt ceiling and cut spending has been postponed. U.S. media quoting the sources say the vote has been delayed because Republican leaders are seeking more congressional support to pass a plan put forth by House Speaker John […]

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Tunisia’s Ben Ali Again Convicted in Absentia

Posted July 28th, 2011 at 5:45 pm (UTC-5)
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A Tunisian court has sentenced former president Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali in absentia to 16 years in prison, his third conviction in recent weeks. The court Thursday found Mr. Ben Ali guilty on charges that include corruption, property fraud and abuse of power. In two previous trials, the former strongman was convicted for embezzlement as […]

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