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Turkey’s Top Military Commander’s Appointment Expected Saturday

Posted July 30th, 2011 at 6:00 am (UTC-5)
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Turkey’s entire military command has resigned amid escalating tensions between the secularist military and Islamic-rooted government. Local Turkish media said Friday the head of the armed forces, General Isik Kosaner, and the army, naval and air commanders had tendered their resignations to the government. Media reports say Kosaner asked to leave because he “deemed it […]

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Obama: Failing to Reach Debt Agreement Would Be ‘Inexcusable’

Posted July 30th, 2011 at 5:40 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama is urging Republicans and Democrats in Congress to agree on a plan to raise the country’s debt limit, as the nation edges closer to the threat of a default next week. In his weekly address Saturday, President Obama said the two sides must reach a compromise by the Tuesday deadline so […]

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Ukraine Mine Blast Death Toll Reaches 18

Posted July 30th, 2011 at 5:05 am (UTC-5)
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) Ukraine’s Emergencies Ministry says the death total has reached 18 from Friday’s explosion at a mine in the country’s east. President Viktor Yanukovych flew to the mine in Luhansk region to meet with families late Friday. Mr. Yanukovych has called for a government commission to investigate the blast that initially killed 16, injured three […]

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4 Children Die in Indonesia Landslide

Posted July 30th, 2011 at 4:20 am (UTC-5)
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Indonesian authorities say a landslide in a village in South Sumatra province has killed at least four children and injured two others. Officials said Saturday that the children were playing under a cliff in the village of Kemahan Lama when a landslide, triggered by torrential rain, buried them Friday. The children ranged in age from […]

Mullen Uncertain About US Troop Pay

Posted July 30th, 2011 at 3:45 am (UTC-5)
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The top United States military officer says it is unclear whether U.S. troops in Afghanistan would be paid on time in the event of a debt default. Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the military’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, told troops in Kandahar Saturday he does not know if their paychecks will be disrupted if U.S. […]

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Britain Celebrates Second Royal Wedding

Posted July 30th, 2011 at 2:45 am (UTC-5)
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Britain will celebrate the marriage of another member of the royal family on Saturday. Queen Elizabeth’s eldest granddaughter, equestrian star Zara Phillips, will marry rugby player Mike Tindall in Scotland. Their nuptials follows the late April media-frenzied wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton. Both will attend Saturday’s wedding, which by royal standards is being […]

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NATO Bombs Libyan Satellite Dishes

Posted July 30th, 2011 at 2:35 am (UTC-5)
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NATO says it has bombed three Libyan satellite dishes in the capital, Tripoli, in an effort to prevent Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi from using television to intimidate civilians. The alliance said Saturday that NATO fighter aircraft conducted a precision airstrike that disabled the three ground-based satellite dishes. An alliance spokesman said the strike was “necessary,” […]

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17 Dead in Vietnam Shoe Factory Fire

Posted July 30th, 2011 at 2:05 am (UTC-5)
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Vietnamese authorities said Saturday that a fire at a shoe factory in the northern port city of Haiphong killed 17 people and seriously injured another 21. Police said the fire is believed to have been started Friday afternoon by welding equipment. The building had only one exit and the fire spread so fast that many […]

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Gunmen Kill 11 Shi’ite Muslims in SW Pakistan

Posted July 30th, 2011 at 1:35 am (UTC-5)
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Police in southwestern Pakistan say gunmen opened fire on a minibus Saturday, killing 11 Shi’ite Muslims. Officials say at least two people were wounded in the suspected sectarian attack in Quetta, the provincial capital of Baluchistan. Pakistan has a history of sectarian violence. Although most majority Sunnis and Shi’ites live peacefully together, small extremist groups […]

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UN Says Peacekeepers Will Remain in Darfur Another Year

Posted July 30th, 2011 at 1:15 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations Security Council says peacekeepers will stay in Sudan’s troubled Darfur region another year. The U.N. said Friday the additional time will allow for a review of how many troops are needed in the volatile region. The United Nations-African Union peacekeeping force (UNAMID) has been deployed in Darfur since 2008, protecting civilians and […]

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