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US Senate Blocks Deal to End Partial FAA Shutdown

Posted August 1st, 2011 at 11:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. Senate has blocked a bipartisan deal to end the 10-day-old partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration. Congress’ failure to reach a compromise Monday means the stalemate will likely continue through August, as Congress is expected to begin its month-long recess Tuesday. The FAA has been partially shut down since July 22, after […]

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Hurricane Eugene Strengthens in Pacific While Tropical Storm Emily Forms in Atlantic

Posted August 1st, 2011 at 11:40 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. weather forecasters say the storm named Eugene has strengthened into the fifth hurricane of this year’s eastern Pacific season. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said in its latest report Monday that the storm was located about 700 kilometers south southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico, moving in a west-northwestern direction with 120 kilometer-per-hour winds. No […]

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Venezuela’s Chavez Says No Recognition of Libyan Rebels

Posted August 1st, 2011 at 10:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says his country will not recognize Libya’s opposition, calling the rebel Transitional National Council a “group of terrorists.” Mr. Chavez on Monday praised Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and criticized other nations that have recognized the opposition council. The Venezuelan president has repeatedly condemned the international military operation in Libya. NATO has […]

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Syrian Troops Renew Attacks on Hama as UN Meets

Posted August 1st, 2011 at 10:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Syrian forces have attacked civilian areas in the central city of Hama for a second day, as the U.N. Security Council met to discuss President Bashar al-Assad’s increasingly brutal crackdown on anti-government protesters. Residents in Hama say tanks resumed intense shelling of the city late Monday, and that troops fired machine guns at worshippers about […]

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House Passes US Debt Deal

Posted August 1st, 2011 at 10:20 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. House of Representatives has approved a compromise deal to raise the country’s debt limit and cut spending, one day before the government is due to start defaulting on its debt. In a vote Monday night, 269 House members approved the deal and 161 opposed it. The bill allows the United States to keep […]

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Suspect Arrested, Released in Argentina Tourist Murders

Posted August 1st, 2011 at 10:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Authorities in Argentina have arrested and released a suspect in connection with the shooting deaths last week of two young French women in northern Salta province. The investigating judge released the suspect due to lack of evidence. Investigators say the man was taken into custody early Monday. He was detained three days after the bodies […]

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Officials: Israeli PM Ready to Negotiate Borders

Posted August 1st, 2011 at 9:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Israeli officials say Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has agreed to negotiate the borders of a future Palestinian state using the 1967 cease-fire line that delineates the West Bank as a starting point for talks. Sources in the prime minister’s office revealed the dramatic policy shift to Israeli media outlets late Monday. They said that in […]

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S. Korea Boosts Gold Reserves

Posted August 1st, 2011 at 8:55 pm (UTC-5)
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South Korea’s central bank said it has bought gold for the first time in a little more than 13 years, diversifying its foreign exchange reserves away from the U.S. dollar. The Bank of Korea Tuesday said it bought 25 tons of gold from the global market between June and July, bringing its total gold reserves […]

First Close-up Pictures of Asteroid Fascinate and Baffle US Experts

Posted August 1st, 2011 at 8:50 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. scientists say the first close-up pictures of the massive asteroid called Vesta reveal a mysteriously diverse surface that they say will keep them busy studying for years. NASA’s Dawn space probe is on a year-long mission orbiting Vesta — the second-largest object in the solar system’s asteroid belt. Until now, scientists could only take […]

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Russia’s PM Says Unification With Belarus Possible and Desirable

Posted August 1st, 2011 at 8:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Prime Minister Vladimir Putin says he would support the unification of Russia and Belarus and would also be open to South Ossetia joining the common state. He told a youth camp on Russia’s Seliger Lake that the unification is possible and wholly dependent on the will of the Belarusian people. He made a similar response […]

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