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U.S., North Korean Diplomats Hold Second Day of Talks

Posted July 29th, 2011 at 12:40 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. and North Korean diplomats are holding a working luncheon during their second day of talks in New York Friday. The two delegations spent the morning talking at the U.S. mission to the United Nations. After the first session Thursday, Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan, the head of the North Korean delegation, called the […]

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EU Urges Serbia and Kosovo to Reduce Tensions

Posted July 29th, 2011 at 12:35 pm (UTC-5)
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The European Union has appealed to Serbia and Kosovo for restraint amid escalating tensions along their northern border. EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on Friday urged the two sides to work toward a return to dialogue. Ashton said an EU envoy will visit the region in the coming days to attempt to get the […]

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India to Make Iranian Oil Payments Through Turkey

Posted July 29th, 2011 at 12:25 pm (UTC-5)
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India says it plans to pay Iran billions of dollars in unpaid crude oil purchases through Turkey. Indian Oil Minister S. Jaipal Reddy did not elaborate on the methods the government would use to route payments to Iran through Turkey during comments to reporters in New Delhi Friday. Unnamed sources say India’s largest buyer of […]

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Turkey’s Entire Military Command Resigns

Posted July 29th, 2011 at 12:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Turkey’s entire military command has resigned. The reason for the mass walk-out was not clear. Local Turkish media said Friday the head of the armed forces, and the army, naval and air commanders had tendered their resignations to the government. Relations between Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Islamic-rooted government and the military have been strained. […]

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Islamists Demand Religious Law in Massive Egypt Rally

Posted July 29th, 2011 at 11:55 am (UTC-5)
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Islamists lobbied for the establishment of Sharia law in Egypt as tens of thousands of demonstrators packed Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Friday demanding swift reform. Several Islamist political groups arranged transportation for supporters to gain a voice in the formation of a new government. They were largely sidelined during the country’s revolution. Egypt’s leading Islamist […]

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Obama Urges Action On Debt Issue

Posted July 29th, 2011 at 11:50 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama says it is increasingly urgent that Democrats and Republicans in Congress reach agreement on a measure to increase the legal limit on government borrowing and cut spending. Mr. Obama says the two sides are in rough agreement on how much spending to cut, and on a process to reform taxes and […]

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US Stocks Mixed in Early Trading Friday

Posted July 29th, 2011 at 11:50 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. stock indexes were mixed in the first hours of trading Friday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is down a small amount, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index is up two-tenths of a percent and the NASDAQ by one-half of a percentage point. European stock markets are lower in afternoon trading. London’s Financial Times […]

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Vatican Reassigns Ireland Envoy to Czech Republic

Posted July 29th, 2011 at 11:35 am (UTC-5)
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A papal diplomat at the center of a bitter confrontation between Ireland and the Vatican has been transferred to the Czech Republic. Pope Benedict recalled Archbishop Giuseppe Leanza from Dublin earlier this week following the Irish parliament’s strong criticism of the Roman Catholic Church for its role in covering up child sex abuse. Leanza will […]

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US Driving Fuel Efficiency Standards Higher

Posted July 29th, 2011 at 11:25 am (UTC-5)
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Cars and trucks sold in the United States will be required to use half as much fuel as they do now under a new agreement being rolled out by the White House. President Barack Obama and leaders of the world’s largest automakers announced new, higher fuel efficiency standards Friday. The agreement calls for the average […]

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Nigerian State Orders Parents to Immunize Against Polio

Posted July 29th, 2011 at 11:25 am (UTC-5)
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Officials in Nigeria’s northern Kano state say parents who refuse to have their children vaccinated against polio may be prosecuted. The government order issued this week comes as the United Nations children’s agency, UNICEF, has been pressuring Nigeria’s northern states to promote vaccination against the highly contagious disease. Officials began a four-day immunization campaign in […]

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