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Leader of Abu Ghraib Prison Abuse Released From US Prison

Posted August 6th, 2011 at 11:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. soldier convicted of masterminding abuses of detainees at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq has been released from a military prison in Kansas. A military spokesman says reservist Charles Garner was released Saturday after serving more than six years of a 10-year sentence. The spokesman says Garner was released early for good behavior. Garner […]

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Arson, Looting in London Riot

Posted August 6th, 2011 at 11:00 pm (UTC-5)
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A heavy police presence patrolled the north London neighborhood of Tottenham early Sunday, after a peaceful march Saturday night to protest the police shooting of a young man turned violent. Police say about 300 rioters clashed with officers in front of the Tottenham police station and set ablaze two patrol cars, a double-decker bus and […]

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Yemeni Govt. Forces, Opposition Tribesmen Fight in Sana’a for 2nd Day

Posted August 6th, 2011 at 9:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Witnesses in Yemen’s capital, Sana’a, say fighting has erupted for a second day between government forces and opposition tribesmen of the al-Ahmar clan. The witnesses say both sides exchanged fire in Sana’a’s Hassaba district on Saturday, but no casualties were reported. Yemeni government forces and al-Ahmar tribesman also fired at each other in the area […]

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S&P Defends US Credit Downgrade

Posted August 6th, 2011 at 9:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Standard & Poor’s is standing firm on its decision to downgrade the U.S. credit rating amid criticism from U.S. officials that the downgrade was hasty and based on false information. S&P officials on Saturday defended their decision to drop the credit rating from the top rank of triple-A to double A-plus. They blamed Congress for […]

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UN’s Ban to Assad: Stop Military Force Against Civilians Immediately

Posted August 6th, 2011 at 8:25 pm (UTC-5)
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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has told Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to immediately stop using military force against civilians taking part in a four-month-old anti-government uprising. The U.N. press office says Mr. Ban conveyed the message in a rare telephone call with the Syrian president on Saturday. It says the U.N. Secretary-General also expressed “strong […]

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Sudan’s Bashir to Attend Chad President’s Inauguration

Posted August 6th, 2011 at 7:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Reports from Sudan say President Omar al-Bashir will visit Chad Sunday to attend the inauguration of his Chadian counterpart, Idriss Deby, for a new five-year term in office. Sudanese media say Mr. Bashir will lead a high-level delegation to the Chadian capital Ndjamena to participate in the swearing-in ceremony. Mr. Deby won a fourth term […]

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Insurgents Down U.S. Helicopter in Afghanistan, Killing 30 Americans

Posted August 6th, 2011 at 7:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Insurgents in eastern Afghanistan have shot down a U.S. military helicopter, killing 30 American service members and seven Afghan commandos in the deadliest single loss for coalition troops in the decade-long war. The Chinook CH-47 crashed before dawn Saturday in Wardak province. The Taliban movement said it fired a rocket at the helicopter during a […]

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China Braces for Typhoon Muifa

Posted August 6th, 2011 at 6:15 pm (UTC-5)
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China said Saturday hundreds of thousands of coastal residents have been evacuated in eastern Zhejiang and Fujian provinces as Typhoon Muifa approaches, but the storm will likely miss the commercial capital Shanghai. The typhoon, packing winds of up to 162 kilometers per hour, was originally expected to make landfall near Shanghai. But China’s Central Meteorological […]

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Hundreds of Thousands of Israelis Protest High Cost of Living

Posted August 6th, 2011 at 4:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Hundreds of thousands of Israelis rallied in the streets of Tel Aviv and other Israeli cities Saturday night, to protest the country’s high cost of living, and to demand reforms aimed at achieving social justice. Israeli police and media estimated the turnout of the protests at around 300,000 people in Tel Aviv, at least 20,000 […]

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Road Accident Kills 17 in China

Posted August 6th, 2011 at 4:55 pm (UTC-5)
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China’s official news agency says a multiple-car accident in southern Jiangxi province has killed at least 17 people and injured four others. Xinhua news agency reported the accident happened early Saturday on the Shanghai-Kunming expressway. It said the pileup involved four vehicles and was triggered when a truck rear-ended another truck, overturned, and then flipped […]

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