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Syrian Forces Crack Down on Thousands of Protesters

Posted July 29th, 2011 at 9:05 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. Also, the Associated Press quotes activists who say troops opened fire on demonstrators in the town […]

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Anti-Government Protesters Rally in Yemen

Posted July 29th, 2011 at 9:00 am (UTC-5)
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Massive rallies are unfolding across Yemen on Friday as anti-government activists renew calls for change. Demonstrators are seeking an end to President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s 33-year rule. Mr. Saleh remains in Saudi Arabia where he is recovering from injuries sustained in a June attack on his presidential compound. On Thursday, heavy clashes between Yemeni forces […]

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US Economic Growth Slower Than Expected

Posted July 29th, 2011 at 8:55 am (UTC-5)
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The U.S. economy grew at a slower rate than expected in the first half of this year. Friday’s report from the Commerce Department says the gross domestic product expanded at just a 1.3 percent annual rate. The GDP is the sum of all the goods and services produced in a nation and is the broadest […]

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Syrians Gather for Friday Protests as Crackdown Continues

Posted July 29th, 2011 at 8:00 am (UTC-5)
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Syrians are taking to the streets Friday in another day of anti-government protests, as activists accuse security forces of killing more demonstrators. Activists said security forces shot and killed at least two civilians Thursday night in the eastern province of Deir el-Zour, while the Reuters news agency reported more firing at demonstrators Friday in the […]

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Shaken Libyan Rebels Hold Funeral for Slain Military Chief

Posted July 29th, 2011 at 8:00 am (UTC-5)
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Libya’s rebel capital of Benghazi was tense Friday, as gunfire reportedly erupted in the streets of Benghazi amid preparations for the funeral of the opposition’s slain military chief. The rebel leadership council says its top military commander, Abdel Fattah Younes, and two of his aides were shot dead by unknown assailants on Thursday. Transitional National […]

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Lebanon Tribunal Names 4 Suspects in Hariri Murder

Posted July 29th, 2011 at 7:45 am (UTC-5)
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A United Nations-backed tribunal has released the names of four men wanted for the 2005 murder of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. The Special Tribunal for Lebanon identified the suspects Friday as Salim Jamil Ayyash, Mustafa Amine Badreddine, Hussein Hassan Oneissi and Assad Hassan Sabra. The four are members of the Lebanon-based Hezbollah militant […]

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Tens of Thousands Pack Egypt’s Main Square in Protest

Posted July 29th, 2011 at 7:45 am (UTC-5)
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Tens of thousands of angry Egyptians packed Cairo’s main square on Friday, demanding a swifter pace of reform and justice. Rallies were expected to start after Muslim noon prayers, but thousands arrived early and joined others camped out in Tahrir Square. Many chanted demands for an Islamic state. The rallies come after Egyptian officials announced […]

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European Markets Lower at Midday

Posted July 29th, 2011 at 6:55 am (UTC-5)
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European stock markets were lower in midday trading Friday. London’s Financial Times 100 index was down seven-tenths of a percent , to 5,830. The CAC-40 in Paris was down one percent , to 3,677. And the DAX in Frankfurt was down nine-tenths of a percent , at 7,125. The S&P futures contract was down seven […]

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Sri Lanka’s Deaf March for Equal Rights

Posted July 29th, 2011 at 6:45 am (UTC-5)
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Hundreds of deaf Sri Lankans took to the streets of the capital Friday to demand equal rights and equal access to education, jobs, and health care. The protesters held a demonstration outside the main railroad station in Colombo to highlight their plight. Sri Lanka is still struggling to return to normalcy after a 25-year brutal […]

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Polish Report: Russians Share Responsibility for Smolensk Plane Crash

Posted July 29th, 2011 at 6:40 am (UTC-5)
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A Polish investigation into the plane crash last year that killed President Lech Kaczynski and 95 others finds Russian air traffic controllers gave incorrect instructions to the plane’s pilots. The report, released Friday, also said lighting was bad at the airstrip where the plane crashed near the Russian city of Smolensk. The long-awaited assessment also […]

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