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Former NY Police Commissioner to Advise Britain on Unrest

Posted August 12th, 2011 at 8:55 pm (UTC-5)
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The office of British Prime Minister David Cameron says former New York police commissioner William Bratton has agreed to act as an unpaid consultant to British authorities on how to curb street violence. The announcement Friday follows several days of riots that erupted in London and other cities across Britain. The violence was originally touched […]

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Iowa Straw Poll a Test for US Republican Candidates

Posted August 12th, 2011 at 8:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Republican Party candidates seeking to challenge U.S. President Barack Obama next November are in Iowa, the site of a highly-anticipated test vote. The so-called “straw poll” will be held Saturday in the city of Ames. On the ballot are nine candidates, including former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, the current front-runner in national polls; former House […]

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Syrian Forces Use Deadly Fire on Protesters

Posted August 12th, 2011 at 8:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Syrian security forces have used live ammunition on protesters calling for President Bashar al-Assad’s ouster. Activists and witnesses say forces opened fire and killed at least 19 people on Friday when thousands of anti-government demonstrators rallied in streets across the country. They say protesters were killed in areas that include the cities of Hama, Homs […]

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Pentagon: All American Victims of Afghan Crash Identified

Posted August 12th, 2011 at 8:25 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. military said all 30 Americans killed in last week’s crash of a Chinook helicopter in eastern Afghanistan have been identified. The U.S. Department of Defense said Friday medical examiners also were able to identify two of the eight Afghans killed in the crash. The identification allows the remains to be released to the […]

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Shell Fighting Oil Leak in North Sea

Posted August 12th, 2011 at 7:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Royal Dutch Shell says it is working to contain an oil leak at its Gannet Alpha drilling Platform in the North Sea off the coast of Scotland. The company Friday said the leak was coming from a pipe, but did not say how much oil may have escaped. A spokesperson was quoted as saying further […]

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Norway Names Commission to Probe Attacks

Posted August 12th, 2011 at 6:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Norway has appointed nine people to an independent commission that will investigate the terrorist attacks that killed 77 people last month. Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg said Friday the commission will try to obtain information about the attacks and evaluate the response to them, with the goal of creating greater safety. A 10th person will […]

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Shi’ite Opposition to Boycott Bahrain Election

Posted August 12th, 2011 at 6:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Bahrain’s main Shi’ite Muslim opposition group says it will boycott a special parliamentary election scheduled for next month. A senior official said Friday the Al-Wefaq National Islamic Society will not participate in the September 24 election called to replace the 18 Al-Wefaq lawmakers who resigned in February to protest a crackdown on anti-government demonstrators. Bahrain, […]

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Nigeria Extradites Scam Suspect To US

Posted August 12th, 2011 at 6:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Nigeria has extradited a man to the United States for his alleged role in a multi-nation scam that defrauded law firms of more than 30 million dollars. Nigerian officials said Friday the suspect, Emmanuel Ekhator, who is Nigerian, was handed over to U.S. officials earlier this week and charged in the eastern U.S. state of […]

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1Killed, 50 Hurt in Poland Train Derailment

Posted August 12th, 2011 at 5:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Authorities in Poland say a passenger train has derailed, killing at least one person and injuring more than 50 others. Officials initially reported that four people had been killed. The train was traveling between Warsaw and Katowice when it derailed near the town of Baby. The engine and three cars left the tracks, and at […]

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European Stocks Soar Friday, with US Markets Also Advancing

Posted August 12th, 2011 at 4:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Italy’s government, in an effort to balance its budget in two years, has approved sharp budget cuts demanded by the European Central Bank, despite strong opposition from regional leaders who say the measures will hurt the poor. Participants at the cabinet Friday said the austerity measures will call for about $28 billion in cuts next […]

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