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India’s Sonia Gandhi to Undergo Surgery Abroad

Posted August 4th, 2011 at 12:10 pm (UTC-5)
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India’s ruling Congress Party says its leader, Sonia Gandhi, has traveled abroad to undergo surgery for an undisclosed medical condition. Party spokesman Janardhan Dwivedi told reporters Thursday that Gandhi could be away for two to three weeks. He did not say what the operation was for, but local media reports say it could be taking […]

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Libyan Government Accuses NATO Of Destruction in Zlitan

Posted August 4th, 2011 at 12:00 pm (UTC-5)
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The Libyan government has accused NATO of bombing civilian targets in Zlitan, a western town that has been the scene of recent clashes between pro-government and rebel forces. The government made the accusations through its state-controlled television station on Thursday, a day after officials denied rebel claims that opposition fighters had gained control of the […]

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Report: Turkey Stops Iranian Arms Shipment to Syria

Posted August 4th, 2011 at 11:55 am (UTC-5)
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A German report says Turkey has again intercepted an arms shipment from Iran that was destined for Syria. The Munich-based Suddeutsche Zeitung newspaper quotes diplomatic sources as saying Turkish forces stopped a convoy of trucks carrying weapons and ammunition in the south-central city of Kilis, near the border with Syria. The report quotes diplomatic sources […]

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Poland Fires Generals After Smolensk Crash Probe

Posted August 4th, 2011 at 11:40 am (UTC-5)
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Poland’s new defense minister, Tomasz Siemoniak has fired three air force generals and 10 other top officers following an investigation into the plane crash last year that killed president Lech Kaczynski. The defense minister also said Thursday that the air force unit responsible for transporting top officials will be disbanded. Siemioniak’s predecessor, Bogdan Klich, quit […]

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General Motors Nearly Doubles Profit in 2nd Quarter

Posted August 4th, 2011 at 11:35 am (UTC-5)
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General Motors, the largest U.S. automaker, says it nearly doubled its profits in the April-to-June period compared to a year ago. The automaker, which could supplant Japan’s Toyota Motor as the world leader this year, reported Thursday that it earned more than $2.5 billion in the second quarter compared to more than $1.3 billion in […]

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Former Sri Lankan Commander Accused of War Crimes

Posted August 4th, 2011 at 11:15 am (UTC-5)
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Two advocacy groups have asked Switzerland to charge a former Sri Lankan army commander with war crimes. The two Swiss-based groups — the Society for Threatened Peoples and Track Impunity Always — filed a criminal complaint against Jagath Dias with Switzerland’s attorney general. The allegations accuse him of ordering the bombing of civilians and hospitals […]

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Syria Announces Reforms; Hama Remains Under Siege

Posted August 4th, 2011 at 11:10 am (UTC-5)
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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has issued a decree that allows citizens to form political parties. The decree comes as the death toll continues to rise in the government’s crackdown on political dissent. The state-run SANA news agency said Thursday the presidential decree gives citizens the right to establish and join political parties as long as […]

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Posted August 4th, 2011 at 11:00 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Representative David Wu, a Democrat from the northwestern state of Oregon, has resigned over a sex scandal — becoming the third House member this year to step down because of controversy. Wu submitted his resignation to the Oregon state governor and the speaker of the House, John Boehner, late Wednesday. In a statement, he […]

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Cambodian Rights Group Urges Defeat of Government Measure

Posted August 4th, 2011 at 10:25 am (UTC-5)
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The Cambodian Center for Human Rights has joined a growing list of rights groups calling on lawmakers in Phnom Penh to stop government-proposed legislation regulating non-governmental aid organizations. A CCHR statement Thursday said the grouping fears the legislation in its present form will be used by the government as “a tool to repress groups” that […]

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Bahrain Defends Raid on MSF Medical Center

Posted August 4th, 2011 at 10:25 am (UTC-5)
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Bahrain’s government is defending its recent police raid on a medical center run by French-based aid group, Doctors Without Borders, saying the facility was unlicensed. Bahrain’s health ministry said Thursday the group, also known as MSF, was operating the medical center in a residential building without permission from relevant authorities. It says police searched the […]

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