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Former Interior Minister Returns to Egyptian Court

Posted August 4th, 2011 at 6:40 am (UTC-5)
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Egypt’s former interior minister and six police commanders returned to court Thursday to face charges of ordering officers to shoot at protesters, a day after they appeared alongside deposed president Hosni Mubarak. Habib al-Adly was in the courtroom in Cairo along with the police officials, for the charges related to the 18-day February uprising that […]

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British Officials Examining Authenticity of Nigerian Hostage Video

Posted August 4th, 2011 at 6:30 am (UTC-5)
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British authorities are checking the authenticity of a video claiming to show a British and Italian man kidnapped in May in Nigeria. Britain’s Foreign Office said Thursday officials are urgently examining the video, in which two men claim to have been kidnapped by al-Qaida. The video was sent to news agency AFP’s Ivory Coast office, […]

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India’s Sonia Gandhi to Undergo Surgery Abroad

Posted August 4th, 2011 at 6:30 am (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. A party official told reporters Thursday that Gandhi could be away for two to three weeks. The official did not say what the operation was for, but local news reports said it could be taking […]

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Chinese Navy Makes Rare Port Call in North Korea

Posted August 4th, 2011 at 6:20 am (UTC-5)
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Two Chinese naval vessels have docked in North Korea for a rare goodwill visit marking 50 years of friendship between the two countries. Associated Press television footage showed North Korean citizens lining the dock at the port of Wusan on Thursday for the arrival of the training ship Zheng He and the frigate Luoyang. Greetings […]

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UN Criticizes Sudan for Jailing Journalists Who Wrote Rape Story

Posted August 4th, 2011 at 5:55 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations has criticized the Sudanese government for imprisoning journalists who reported on the alleged rape of an aid worker in the country. Last week, a Sudanese court sentenced a journalist to one month in prison for writing about the alleged rape of a female political activist by Sudanese security forces. Another journalist who […]

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Australia Transfers Asylum Seekers Ahead of Refugee Swap

Posted August 4th, 2011 at 5:35 am (UTC-5)
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Australian officials moved 54 undocumented asylum seekers to its remote Christmas Island facility Thursday ahead of their scheduled transfer to Malaysia. Dozens of Australian security forces stood by at a dock on Christmas Island as the refugees were brought ashore from a customs ship and placed onto a waiting bus. The mainly Afghan refugees, who […]

Japan’s Nikkei Rises, Dollar Surges After Yen Intervention

Posted August 4th, 2011 at 5:30 am (UTC-5)
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Japanese markets closed higher Thursday, while the U.S. dollar is trading higher against the Japanese yen. Tokyo’s Nikkei index gained nearly one-quarter of one percent to finish at 9,659. The dollar was selling at 79.87 yen, a gain of nearly three yen from Wednesday. The value of the yen fell sharply after the Japanese government […]

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NATO Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan

Posted August 4th, 2011 at 5:30 am (UTC-5)
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The NATO-led force in Afghanistan says a man wearing an Afghan police uniform has shot and killed a NATO service member in the country. The coalition said it was investigating Thursday’s incident. It is unclear if the shooter was actually a police officer or just disguised as one. NATO said another service member was killed […]

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South Korean Police Target North Korean ‘Hackers’

Posted August 4th, 2011 at 5:10 am (UTC-5)
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South Korean police say they have arrested five people suspected of working with North Korean hackers who stole millions of dollars from South Korean online gaming sites. The five suspects were recruited by a South Korean crime organization to work in China alongside more than 30 hackers from North Korea. The hackers broke into the […]

White House Lays Out Strategy to Fight Violent Extremism

Posted August 4th, 2011 at 5:05 am (UTC-5)
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White House officials say al-Qaida remains the biggest terror threat to the United States, but that government efforts to combat violent extremism should not focus solely on Islamic radicals. In a report released Wednesday, the White House revealed its broad strategy to prevent ideologically inspired attacks. While the report said al-Qaida and its affiliates are […]

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