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Dubai Passes on 2020 Olympic Bid, Eyes 2024

Posted July 29th, 2011 at 11:25 am (UTC-5)
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The Gulf city of Dubai decided Friday to pass on bidding for the 2020 Olympics and will concentrate on a possible run for the 2024 games. The National Olympic Committee of the United Arab Emirates said a feasibility study found that while 70 percent of the infrastructure is in place for 2020, “a bid would […]

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Norway Mourns, Buries Victims of Massacre

Posted July 29th, 2011 at 11:20 am (UTC-5)
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Norwegians have honored the memory of the 76 people killed in last week’s bombing and shooting rampage, as the first funerals were held one week after the attacks that traumatized the country. Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg led a somber national memorial service in the capital, Oslo, Friday, with members of the ruling Labor Party raising […]

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Drought-stricken Section of US Welcomes Advance of Tropical Storm Don

Posted July 29th, 2011 at 11:15 am (UTC-5)
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A drought-stricken section of the southwestern United States is welcoming the advance of Tropical Storm Don, hoping that its drenching rains will cover parched lands. The storm, packing winds of 80 kilometers an hour, is centered in the Gulf of Mexico, about 400 kilometers southeast of the city of Corpus Christi, Texas. Forecasters say Don […]

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Security Forces Fire on Rallies in Syria

Posted July 29th, 2011 at 11:15 am (UTC-5)
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Syrian security forces have used live ammunition and tear gas on anti-government demonstrators who gathered for rallies across the country on Friday. Witnesses and activists say forces have fired shots to disperse protesters in the southern city of Daraa and in the seaside town of Latakia. State-run media reports say “masked saboteurs” fired shots and […]

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Obama Urges Action On Debt Issue

Posted July 29th, 2011 at 11:00 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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Obama: Common Sense Will Prevail

Posted July 29th, 2011 at 10:55 am (UTC-5)
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Mr. Obama said he remains confident he and lawmakers can come to an agreement to slash the country’s budget deficits while also raising the debt limit, saying “common sense and cooler heads will prevail.” He also called on lawmakers to show the type of leadership the American people deserve and expect.

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Obama: Plenty of Ways Out of Debt Crisis

Posted July 29th, 2011 at 10:55 am (UTC-5)
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Mr. Obama said there are “plenty of ways out of this mess,” and pledged to work toward a compromise that can pass both houses of Congress and that he can sign into law. But the president warned that “we are almost out of time,” to raise the country’s borrowing limit before Tuesday, when the Treasury […]

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Obama Blasts Republican Plan for Debt ceiling

Posted July 29th, 2011 at 10:45 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama is criticizing Republican lawmakers for wasting time on a bill that he says will not solve the debt crisis, and calling for a bi-partisan agreement to lift the borrowing limit and cut spending. Mr. Obama said at the White House Friday that the plan Republican leaders are trying to push through […]

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Funeral Held For Libyan Rebel Military Chief

Posted July 29th, 2011 at 10:45 am (UTC-5)
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Mourners turned out in Libya’s rebel capital of Benghazi on Friday for the funeral of the opposition’s slain military chief, gunned down Thursday along with two of his aides. The Associated Press says thousands of people turned out for the funeral procession for Abdel Fattah Younes. The head of the opposition Transitional National Council said […]

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UN Calls on Malawi to Investigate Riot Crackdown

Posted July 29th, 2011 at 10:40 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations human rights office has called on authorities in Malawi to investigate allegations of human rights violations by security forces during a crackdown on anti-government demonstrators last week. A spokeswoman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights said Friday that the office has been following “with great concern” the reports of human […]

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