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Clashes Erupt Between Yemeni Forces, Tribe

Posted August 5th, 2011 at 3:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Yemeni government forces have clashed with the country’s most powerful tribal group as thousands of the president’s supporters and opponents held rival demonstrations. The fighting erupted on Friday in the capital, Sana’a, where security forces traded gunfire with members of the Hashid confederation. The tribal alliance announced in March that it would back President Ali […]

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Kosovo, Serbia, NATO Reach Border Agreement

Posted August 5th, 2011 at 2:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Officials say Kosovo and Serbia have reached an agreement in connection with two disputed border crossings that were the scene of deadly violence last week in northern Kosovo. Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaci said Friday the two sides reached a deal that will allow NATO peacekeepers to remain at the two sites until mid-September, and […]

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Chilean Miners Strike Deal; Copper Production to Resume

Posted August 5th, 2011 at 2:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Workers at the world’s largest copper mine have agreed to a deal to end a two-week-old strike that stoked fears about global supplies. The workers at Chile’s Escondida approved the agreement with mine owner BHP Billiton Friday, agreeing to take much less in production bonuses than they originally demanded. A union representative said almost 66 […]

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US Stock Advance as Asian, European Markets Fall

Posted August 5th, 2011 at 2:40 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. stock indexes advanced on Friday in a volatile day of trading, even as Asian and European markets fell amid fears that the global economy was headed to a new downturn. The American markets teetered between gains and losses, but moved ahead on news that debt-plagued Italy will speed up a package of austerity reforms […]

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UN Peacekeeper Killed in Darfur

Posted August 5th, 2011 at 2:20 pm (UTC-5)
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A United Nations spokesman says one U.N. peacekeeper was killed and another seriously wounded Friday when their vehicle was attacked by gunmen in the Darfur region of Sudan. The U.N. says the peacekeepers were part of the Joint United Nations-African Union force in Darfur (UNAMID) and were ambushed in the village of Duma, northeast of […]

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UN Expert Urges Congo to Assess Debt

Posted August 5th, 2011 at 2:20 pm (UTC-5)
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A United Nations expert on foreign debt and human rights has urged the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo to audit the country’s debt as a step toward increasing transparency and accountability. In a statement concluding a 10-day visit to Congo Friday, Cephas Lumina said the government needs a clear picture of the country’s […]

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15 Killed As Protesters Rally in Syria

Posted August 5th, 2011 at 2:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Tens of thousands of Syrians have rallied against the government, as security forces expand their crackdown on dissent. Witnesses and activists say at least 10 people were killed on Friday after forces used live ammunition on protesters. They say most of the deaths occurred around Damascus. Anti-government protesters also rallied in cities that include Homs, […]

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Some 1 Million Bank Workers Strike in India

Posted August 5th, 2011 at 2:10 pm (UTC-5)
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An estimated 1 million bank employees in India observed a day-long strike Friday to protest government plans to reform the banking industry. The United Forum of Bank Unions organized the strike, which observers say disrupted some banking operations throughout the country. An official with the group said his members were opposed to the government’s Banking […]

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Polar Bear Attack Leaves 1 Dead, 4 Hurt in Norway

Posted August 5th, 2011 at 1:50 pm (UTC-5)
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A polar bear mauled a group of young British campers in the Norwegian Arctic Friday, killing one 17-year-old boy and injuring four others. The attack on the group from the British Schools Exploring Society took place on a remote glacier in Norway’s Svalbard region, before a member of the expedition shot and killed the bear. […]

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India Plans Roads, Railway to Counter China Influence

Posted August 5th, 2011 at 1:40 pm (UTC-5)
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India says it plans to build new roads and railway lines to counteract the buildup of Chinese infrastructure along the two countries’ disputed border. According to a defense ministry report submitted to parliament, three proposed rail lines would connect the northeastern state of Assam with the neighboring state of Arunachal Pradesh, which China labels “South […]

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