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US, Israel Push to Avert Palestinian UN Bid

Posted August 2nd, 2011 at 7:45 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. and Israeli officials say their two countries are working to revive peace negotiations with the Palestinians in a last-minute attempt to break the impasse in talks and avoid a diplomatic showdown at the United Nations next month. State Department spokesman Mark Toner said Tuesday the United States is “working hard with both parties to […]

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Tropical Storm Emily Heads Toward Hispaniola

Posted August 2nd, 2011 at 7:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Tropical storm warnings and watches are posted for several Caribbean islands as Tropical Storm Emily moves on a track that is expected to bring its center across Hispaniola Wednesday. Haiti and the Dominican Republic share the island of Hispaniola. The news is particularly bad for Haiti, where thousands of people still live in tent camps […]

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Iraq to Negotiate Possible US Troop Extension

Posted August 2nd, 2011 at 6:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Iraq’s political leaders have agreed to allow the government to negotiate a possible deal with the U.S. that would keep American troops in the country on a training mission lasting beyond the end of 2011, when they are due to withdraw. Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari Tuesday said a final agreement is far from settled, and […]

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Suicide Bombers Kill 4 in Northern Afghanistan

Posted August 2nd, 2011 at 6:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Afghan officials say suicide bombers killed at least four private Afghan security guards and wounded 10 others in the capital of northern Kunduz province. The officials say one suicide bomber detonated his explosives-laden car just before dawn Tuesday outside a compound in Kunduz city that houses two separate private security companies. Two other militants stormed […]

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US Releases Bay of Pigs Documents

Posted August 2nd, 2011 at 6:25 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States has made public documents on the failed 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba, describing U.S. negotiations with some other regional governments on support for the botched mission. The documents were released this week by George Washington University’s National Security Archive. In April, the Archive filed a lawsuit against the Central Intelligence […]

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Obama Demands Senate Pass FAA Bill Before Vacation

Posted August 2nd, 2011 at 6:20 pm (UTC-5)
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President Barack Obama is demanding that the U.S. Senate pass a bill renewing the operating authority of the Federal Aviation Administration before lawmakers adjourn for their August vacation. Mr. Obama Tuesday called the congressional stalemate that has forced the FAA to partially shut down another Washington-inflicted wound on America. He said failure to pass an […]

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Thousands of Papuans March for Independence From Indonesia

Posted August 2nd, 2011 at 6:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Thousands of people in Indonesia’s far-eastern Papua region protested Tuesday for independence, following political violence that killed 21 people. Demonstrators marched past heavily armed anti-riot police in cities in Papua, including the provincial capital, Jayapura. The protesters demanded a referendum on independence from Indonesia. Those rallying in Jayapura tried to reach the provincial parliament building, […]

Death Toll Mounts in Syria as UN Debates Resolution

Posted August 2nd, 2011 at 6:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Syrian security forces have intensified their bloody siege against anti-government protesters, sending the three-day death toll above 100 as President Bashar al-Assad’s international isolation deepens. Rights activists and witnesses Tuesday said troops and pro-Assad “shabbiha” militiamen attacked the flashpoint city of Hama for the third day in a row, killing three more people and sending […]

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Nobel Prize Winning Immunologist Dies at 90

Posted August 2nd, 2011 at 5:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Venezuelan-born doctor Baruj Benacerraf, whose research on the human immune system won him a Nobel Prize for Medicine, has died. Dr. Benacerraf was living in Boston, Massachusetts and had been suffering from pneumonia. He was 90 years old. Dr. Benacerraf was born in Caracas and grew up in Paris, arriving in the United States in […]

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Suspected US Drone Kills 4 Militants in Pakistan

Posted August 2nd, 2011 at 5:20 pm (UTC-5)
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A suspected U.S. drone has fired missiles at a vehicle in Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal region, killing four militants. Local officials said Tuesday’s attack took place near Miran Shah, the main town in the tribal area, and that it marked the second missile attack of its kind in two days. A day earlier, Pakistani security […]

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