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Taliban Launches Coordinated Assault in Southern Afghanistan

Posted July 28th, 2011 at 10:50 am (UTC-5)
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Afghan authorities say militants launched an hours-long assault on government buildings in the volatile southern province of Uruzgan Thursday, killing at least 19 people and wounding 37 others. Officials say the attackers armed with explosives and guns targeted the governor’s house and police headquarters in Tarin Kot, as well as the base of a militia […]

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UN Peacekeepers Deployed to Sudan’s Abyei Region

Posted July 28th, 2011 at 10:45 am (UTC-5)
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The top United Nations peacekeeping official says 500 troops have been deployed to the disputed Abyei region, which is claimed by both Sudan and South Sudan. Alain Le Roy told the Security Council Wednesday that he expects to have up to 1,200 troops in the region by Sunday. Le Roy says the situation in oil-rich […]

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US Stocks Advance in Early Thursday Trading

Posted July 28th, 2011 at 10:30 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. stock indexes moved slightly higher in early trading Thursday. Both the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the broader S & P 500 index are up one-tenth of a percentage point, while the NASDAQ index is ahead two-tenths of a percent. Stocks are falling in afternoon trading in Europe. London’s Financial Times index is down […]

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Mubarak Trial to be Held in Cairo

Posted July 28th, 2011 at 10:30 am (UTC-5)
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Egypt’s ex-president Hosni Mubarak will face trial next week in Cairo. Questions over Mr. Mubarak’s health had led to speculation the trial would be postponed or take place in the resort city of Sharm el Sheik, where he is being treated. But state media quote Egypt’s deputy justice minister as saying the trial will begin […]

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Tropical Storm Advances on Gulf of Mexico

Posted July 28th, 2011 at 10:00 am (UTC-5)
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Tropical Storm Don is churning through the Gulf of Mexico, moving toward the coast of the southern U.S. state of Texas. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says the storm is moving west-northwest at about 17 kilometers per hour with sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour. Forecasters also say Don could grow stronger […]

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Report: Nearly 3,000 ‘Disappeared’ During Syria Crackdown

Posted July 28th, 2011 at 9:50 am (UTC-5)
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A global activist group says nearly 3,000 people have “disappeared” in Syria since March during the government’s crackdown on a political uprising. The Avaaz organization announced its findings on Thursday as it launched a campaign to pressure Syria to allow an international delegation to investigate the disappearances. Meanwhile, the Associated Press quotes Syrian activists who […]

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Indian State Chief Minister to Quit in Illegal Mining Scandal

Posted July 28th, 2011 at 9:50 am (UTC-5)
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Indian media say the chief minister of the southern state of Karnataka has submitted his resignation in response to accusations that he and other officials were involved in a major illegal mining scam. The reports say B.S. Yeddyurappa of the Hindu nationalist party BJP agreed to step down Thursday, hours after party leaders meeting in […]

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US-North Korea Talks Begin in New York

Posted July 28th, 2011 at 9:45 am (UTC-5)
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North Korean diplomats have arrived at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, where U.S. special envoy Stephen Bosworth greeted them at the door, as the two delegations meet Thursday for their first high-level direct talks in 18 months. Neither side spoke to the news media gathered outside. Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan, who […]

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US Lawmakers Voting on Republican Debt Plan

Posted July 28th, 2011 at 9:45 am (UTC-5)
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The U.S. House of Represenatives 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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Philippines to Probe Arroyo Vote Fraud Allegations

Posted July 28th, 2011 at 9:45 am (UTC-5)
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The Philippines’ Department of Justice says it is opening a formal inquiry into fresh allegations that former President Gloria Arroyo used police to alter vote results from the 2004 presidential election. Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said the probe will examine claims by a former police superintendent that he and other rogue officers broke into […]