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Two Killed in China Bridge Collapse

Posted August 9th, 2011 at 6:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Chinese authorities say two people have been confirmed dead after a bridge under renovation collapsed on China’s southern island province of Hainan. Chinese media reports say the Taiyanghe Bridge near the city of Wanning collapsed late Monday. A local official said two workers were checking the renovation progress on the bridge when it crumbled. He […]

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Pennsylvania Man Pleads Guilty to Soliciting Terrorist Acts

Posted August 9th, 2011 at 5:55 pm (UTC-5)
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A man from Pennsylvania has pleaded guilty to using the Internet to promote terrorist attacks against civilian and military targets in the United States. The U.S. Justice Department made the announcement Tuesday in the case of 22-year-old Emerson Winfield Begolly, who also has pleaded guilty to using a firearm during an assault on FBI agents. […]

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Syria’s Assad Vows to Continue Pursuing “Terrorist Groups”

Posted August 9th, 2011 at 5:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says his forces will not stop pursuing what he calls “armed terrorist groups,” as Turkey and other countries appealed for Syria to stop its violent crackdown on political dissidents. Syria’s state-run news agency said Mr. Assad made the vow in a meeting Tuesday with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in Damascus. […]

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Four EU Nations Criticize Tymoshenko Arrest in Ukraine

Posted August 9th, 2011 at 5:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Four European Union members that once were under the Soviet sphere are criticizing the arrest of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko for alleged abuse of power. The Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia say all Ukrainians are entitled to fair, transparent and independent judicial proceedings. Czech President Vaclav Klaus sent a personal letter to […]

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Street Clashes in Chile During Student Protests

Posted August 9th, 2011 at 5:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Thousands of students have clashed with police in Chile during protests over President Sebastian Pinera’s education policies. Authorities used tear gas and water cannon Tuesday in Santiago to disperse the demonstrators, who are demanding education reform. Many students have complained about prohibitively expensive education and difficult university entrance requirements. They also say the system is […]

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Obama Honors Troops Killed in Afghan Crash

Posted August 9th, 2011 at 5:05 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama made a solemn trip to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware Tuesday, to honor the remains of 30 American and eight Afghan troops killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan. Mr. Obama paid his respects as the remains of the fallen soldiers, including 22 members of the elite Navy SEALs, were […]

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Wisconsin Votes in Recall Elections

Posted August 9th, 2011 at 4:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Voters in parts of the northern U.S. state of Wisconsin are choosing whether to recall six Republican state senators after a contentious battle over public workers’ collective bargaining rights. At issue is a budget measure passed earlier this year by the Republican-dominated state legislature and signed into law by Republican Governor Scott Walker. It strips […]

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Serbs Continue Blocking Roads in Northern Kosovo

Posted August 9th, 2011 at 4:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Ethnic Serbs in northern Kosovo continue to block main highways leading to the border crossings with Serbia, despite a NATO-brokered agreement between Kosovo and Serbia. Serbs in northern Kosovo have been blocking the main highways for almost two weeks in protest of Kosovo’s ban on Serbian imports. Pristina imposed the ban after Serbian border officials […]

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Ivory Coast State TV Back After Presidential Power Struggle

Posted August 9th, 2011 at 4:35 pm (UTC-5)
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State television in Ivory Coast is back on the air for the first time since it was shut down during the violent power struggle that followed last year’s presidential election. Radio Telediffusion Ivorienne, or RTI, began broadcasting Tuesday from the commercial capital, Abidjan. The channel’s morning talk show “Matin Bonheur” featured the word “reconciliation” as […]

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US Stocks Advance Sharply in Volatile Trading

Posted August 9th, 2011 at 4:20 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. stock indexes advanced sharply Tuesday in a day when stocks swung back and forth from losses to gains. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 4 percent to close at 11,240. The S & P 500 jumped 4.7 percent to end at 1,173 while the NASDAQ rose 5.3 percent to hit 2,483. In Europe, London’s […]

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