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10 Killed in Battle to Keep Somali Aid Flowing

Posted July 28th, 2011 at 12:15 pm (UTC-5)
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At least 10 people are reported to have been killed in the Somali capital Mogadishu, as African Union and government forces battle militants to protect the flow of food aid. Witnesses said the deaths occurred during heavy fighting Thursday — one day after the World Food Program airlifted 14 tons of food into Mogadishu. At […]

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Zambia’s President Sets Election for Septemer 20

Posted July 28th, 2011 at 12:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Zambia’s President Rupiah Banda has set national and local elections for September 20, and will seek his first full term in office. Mr. Banda has also dissolved parliament and his Cabinet as required by law when new polls are announced. During a nationwide address, Mr. Banda said he and the vice president will carry out […]

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US Congress Set To Vote On Debt Issue

Posted July 28th, 2011 at 11:55 am (UTC-5)
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The U.S. House of Representatives is to vote Thursday on a plan by Republican House Speaker John Boehner to raise the debt ceiling and cut spending. Boehner’s plan has attracted criticism from the ultra-conservative Tea Party faction of the Republican party, and opposition from Democrats. Conservatives say it cuts too little spending, Democrats complain Boehner’s […]

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Sweden Releases Rwandan Genocide Suspect

Posted July 28th, 2011 at 11:55 am (UTC-5)
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Sweden’s high court has released from custody a man accused of taking part in Rwanda’s 1994 genocide. Sylvere Ahorugeze was arrested in 2008 while on a visit to Sweden. In its ruling, the Supreme Court reversed an earlier decision to keep him in custody pending an extradition request from Rwanda. The court said Ahorugeze has […]

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Venezuela’s Chavez Says He Feels Reborn

Posted July 28th, 2011 at 11:45 am (UTC-5)
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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is celebrating his 57th birthday, comparing himself to a phoenix risen from the ashes. The Venezuelan leader told state TV by phone Thursday he felt reborn even though he soon faces a second round of chemotherapy in his battle with cancer. He said he will still host a summit of Latin […]

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Coordinated Taliban Assault Kills 19 in Southern Afghanistan

Posted July 28th, 2011 at 11:35 am (UTC-5)
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Afghan authorities say militants launched an hours-long assault using explosives and gunfire on government buildings in the volatile southern province of Uruzgan Thursday, one of the deadliest attacks to hit the country in recent months. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the coordinated attack, which killed at least 19 people and wounded 37 others. The group […]

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New US Jobless Benefit Claims Fall to 16-Week Low

Posted July 28th, 2011 at 11:30 am (UTC-5)
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Applications for jobless benefits dropped in the U.S. last week to their lowest level since early April, a sign the nation’s labor market may be starting to improve. The U.S. government reported Thursday that the number of first-time benefit claims fell by 24,000 from the previous week to 398,000, the first time in 16 weeks […]

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Arson Blamed for Southern California Wildfire

Posted July 28th, 2011 at 10:55 am (UTC-5)
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A wildfire that has consumed almost 6,000 hectares of rugged land in the western U.S. state of California is being blamed on arson. Fire officials in the southern part of the state refused to release any additional information about the cause of the blaze, which started July 21 on the Los Coyotes Indian Reservation. More […]

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Libyan Rebels Advance in Western Region

Posted July 28th, 2011 at 10:55 am (UTC-5)
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Libyan rebels say they have seized the western town of Ghezaia, after launching an offensive in the region on Thursday. Medical officials say at least two rebels have been killed in fighting with forces loyal to leader Moammar Gadhafi in the area, which is near the Tunisian border. Mr. Gadhafi’s forces have used the town […]

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Report: Medvedev Orders FM to Draft Response to US Sanctions Over Magnitsky Case

Posted July 28th, 2011 at 10:50 am (UTC-5)
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Russian news reports say President Dmitry Medvedev has instructed the Foreign Ministry to prepare a response to a move by the United States to impose visa restrictions against Russian officials believed to be responsible for the death of imprisoned lawyer Sergei Magnitsky. The Interfax news agency says Mr. Medvedev ordered the ministry to prepare similar […]

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