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Mexico Homicides Up Sharply in 2010

Posted July 29th, 2011 at 5:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Mexico’s statistics institute says the number of homicides in the country climbed by nearly 25 percent last year as the nation’s drug war intensified. The National Institute of Statistics and Geography said in a new report that it recorded 24,374 homicides over the course of last year, compared with 19,803 two years ago. The statisticians […]

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US Military Chief Aims to Reassure Afghans

Posted July 29th, 2011 at 4:55 pm (UTC-5)
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The top U.S. military officer has arrived unannounced in Afghanistan to reassure a country rattled by a recent wave of high-profile attacks and assassinations. Admiral Mike Mullen said Friday that U.S. officials are “not surprised at the spectacular attacks” and had predicted an increase in violence as the U.S. prepares to turn over control of […]

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UN: Burma Must Release Remaining Political Prisoners

Posted July 29th, 2011 at 4:50 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations Secretary General says Burma’s government must release all remaining political prisoners as its first priority in improving its relations with the international community. According to a U.N. statement, Ban Ki-moon said Friday it was the “single most important step” the government should take. He welcomed the government’s recent reform measures, and said […]

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Family, Activists Urge Iran to Free US Hikers

Posted July 29th, 2011 at 4:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Family members and rights activists made fresh appeals for Iran to free two U.S. hikers on Friday, two days before Tehran holds what it calls the “final” hearing in their case. Iran has held Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer on charges of spying for two years. Iranian authorities allege the two men and a third […]

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Oil Prices Fall

Posted July 29th, 2011 at 4:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Here are the prices of some key commodities traded in New York on Friday: Crude oil prices slid nearly $2 to settle at $95.61 a barrel. Coffee prices rose 1 cent to end at $2.40 per pound. Copper prices gained 1 cent to close at $4.47 per pound. Cocoa futures were unchanged at $2,974 a […]

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US Stocks Fall

Posted July 29th, 2011 at 4:10 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. stock indexes were mixed in Friday’s trading. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was off eight-tenths of a percent to finish at 12,144. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell six-tenths of a percent to close at 1,292 while the NASDAQ lost four-tenths of a percent to reach 2,756. European stock markets were lower at […]

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U.S., North Korean Diplomats Finish Talks

Posted July 29th, 2011 at 4:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Diplomats from the United States and North Korea have completed their first senior-level direct talks in 18 months. Both the heads of the North Korean and U.S. delegations said after the talks ended early Friday afternoon in New York the discussions were constructive and business-like. North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan, speaking briefly […]

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Pilot Errors Outlined in 2009 Air France Crash

Posted July 29th, 2011 at 4:05 pm (UTC-5)
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French investigators probing the 2009 crash of an Air France jet over the Atlantic have released a report linking pilot errors to the deadly accident and calling for better pilot training to cope with an emergency. The report from the French air accident investigation agency says the pilots of Air France 447 did not realize […]

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Oil Prices Fall

Posted July 29th, 2011 at 3:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Here are the prices of some key commodities traded in New York on Friday: Crude oil prices slid nearly $2 to settle at $95.61 a barrel. Coffee prices rose 1 cent to end at $2.40 per pound. Copper prices gained 1 cent to close at $4.47 per pound. Cocoa futures were unchanged at $2,974 a […]

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S. African Gold Strike Continues, Talks to Resume Monday

Posted July 29th, 2011 at 3:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Spokesmen for striking South African gold miners and the companies they work for said Friday talks were set to resume on Monday. Neither side offered details on the current status of wage negotiations. The miners are demanding a 14 percent pay raise while they have been offered seven to nine percent raises. Thousands of miners […]

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