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US Lawmaker Calls for Probe of Bin Laden Movie Project

Posted August 10th, 2011 at 11:40 pm (UTC-5)
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A U.S. lawmaker is calling for an investigation into contacts between the Obama administration and filmmakers who are working on a project about the decade-long hunt for Osama bin Laden, including the May 2 raid that killed the former al-Qaida leader. Republican Congressman Peter King, who chairs the House Homeland Security Committee, is questioning whether […]

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Pakistan Extradites Bali Bombing Suspect

Posted August 10th, 2011 at 11:40 pm (UTC-5)
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An Indonesian militant suspected of coordinating the 2002 Bali bombings has been extradited from Pakistan to Indonesia. Indonesian officials say Umar Patek, 41, arrived in the country early Thursday. A trial date has not yet been set. Patek is suspected of playing a key role in the bombings that killed 202 people, mostly Westerners, in […]

Obama, Netanyahu Discuss Middle East Peace

Posted August 10th, 2011 at 10:05 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have consulted by telephone on regional issues and efforts to achieve Middle East peace, as the two countries try to revive peace talks with the Palestinians. The White House said Wednesday the two leaders agreed to work closely together on common security concerns. It also […]

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Obama Hosts Iftar Dinner

Posted August 10th, 2011 at 9:40 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama said Muslim-Americans have made great contributions to the “strength and character” of the United States, as he welcomed guests to the White House for an Iftar dinner celebrating Ramadan, the Muslim holy month. In his speech Wednesday evening, the president said these contributions have been especially important in the 10 years […]

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French-Vietnamese Dissident is Jailed for 3 Years for Subversion

Posted August 10th, 2011 at 9:35 pm (UTC-5)
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A Vietnamese court Wednesday sentenced a French-Vietnamese math professor and blogger to three years in prison on charges of subversion. Pham Minh Hoang was convicted of “carrying out activities aimed at overthrowing the people’s administration” at the conclusion of a half-day trial. Authorities say he posted 33 anti-government articles on the Internet, and had ties […]

UN Chief Calls on Academics to Find Solutions to Global Woes

Posted August 10th, 2011 at 9:05 pm (UTC-5)
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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on the world’s academic community to find solutions to global hunger, poverty and intolerance. Mr. Ban told an international forum in the South Korean capital Wednesday that there can be no peace, justice and dignity in the world if billions of people are forced to live in chronic […]

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Asian Stocks Open Lower After Bad Day on US and European Markets

Posted August 10th, 2011 at 9:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Asian stocks opened lower after U.S. and European share prices dropped on news about sluggish global economies. Seoul’s KOSPI index opened 3 percent lower Thursday while Tokyo’s Nikkei was down nearly 2 percent. Sydney’s main indicator opened more than 1 percent lower. Concerns about weak U.S. economic growth and worries about European debt had sent […]

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UN: Flow of Somalis Into Kenya Rising

Posted August 10th, 2011 at 8:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations is warning that the famine in East Africa has not yet peaked and says Somali refugees are still pouring into Kenya despite efforts to alleviate famine conditions. The U.N. humanitarian affairs office says that during the first week of August an average of 1,500 Somalis arrived each day at the Dadaab refugee […]

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British Official: Syrian Offensive ‘Brutal, Unwarranted’

Posted August 10th, 2011 at 8:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Britain’s deputy ambassador to the United Nations says Syria is carrying out an offensive against its people that is “brutal and unwarranted,” but Syria rejected his remarks. Philip Parham spoke to reporters Wednesday on behalf of the four European countries on the U.N. Security Council, after the council was briefed on the situation in Syria […]

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Britain Calm Wednesday After 4 Straight Nights of Violence

Posted August 10th, 2011 at 7:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Britain had its first calm night Wednesday after four straight nights of riots that left parts of some British cities, including London, looking like war zones. Police and witnesses report just minor incidents as thousands of riot police fill the streets of London, Manchester, Liverpool, and Birmingham. British Prime Minister David Cameron has authorized police […]

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