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Iraq Attacks Kill 60

Posted August 15th, 2011 at 2:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Bombings and attacks hit more than a dozen Iraqi cities Monday, killing at least 60 people. Iraqi officials say suicide bombings and other explosions struck targets from the northern city of Kirkuk, to the capital, Baghdad, to the southern city of Kut. Authorities say the worst violence was in Kut, where two explosions killed at […]

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Economy Expected to Top Obama’s Midwest Bus Tour

Posted August 15th, 2011 at 1:55 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama says the American economy has been affected badly by world events, but he blames Congress for deadlock over spending at home. At a town hall meeting at a park in Cannon Falls, Minnesota, Monday, Mr. Obama said the protracted struggle between Republicans and Democrats over raising the U.S. debt ceiling is […]

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Iranian National in US Sentenced in Plot to Ship Goods to Iran

Posted August 15th, 2011 at 1:50 pm (UTC-5)
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An Iranian national who had operated a business in California has been sentenced to more than four years in jail for attempting to export missile components and radio equipment to Iran. Davoud Baniameri pleaded guilty in May to two felony charges of conspiring to export goods, technology and defense articles to Iran without a license […]

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Senior Libyan Official, Relatives Fly to Cairo in Apparent Defection

Posted August 15th, 2011 at 1:25 pm (UTC-5)
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A senior Libyan Interior Ministry official has flown to the Egyptian capital with nine family members in what appears to be another defection from leader Moammar Gadhafi’s government. Nassr al-Mabrouk Abdullah and his relatives arrived in Cairo early Monday on a private jet from the Tunisian resort island of Djerba. Although Egyptian officials at first […]

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Iran Says India Paid Two-Thirds of Oil Debt

Posted August 15th, 2011 at 1:00 pm (UTC-5)
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An Iranian news agency is reporting that India has paid back two-thirds of the oil debt it owes Iran due to sanctions-related payment problems. ISNA news agency on Monday quoted the head of Iran’s central bank, Mahmoud Bahmani, who said Iran has received most of the nearly $5 billion owed by India and that the […]

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Russian Senior Official in Tehran to Discuss Nuclear Talks

Posted August 15th, 2011 at 12:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Iranian media say a senior Russian official is in Tehran to discuss restarting talks on Iran’s controversial nuclear program. State-run IRNA reports that Russia’s National Security Council Secretary, Nikolai Patrushev, was meeting with his Iranian counterpart, Saeed Jalili. He will also meet with other Iranian officials during his two-day visit. Russia is trying to revive […]

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Shell: North Sea Oil Spill ‘Significant’

Posted August 15th, 2011 at 12:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Royal Dutch Shell says a substantial amount of oil has leaked into the North Sea from the company’s platform off the Scottish coast. Shell estimated Monday that about 1,300 barrels spilled from its Gannet Alpha rig, off Aberdeen. The company says the spill covers an area of about 31 by 4.3 kilometers at its widest […]

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Downbeat Data On The US Economy

Posted August 15th, 2011 at 12:40 pm (UTC-5)
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A measure of U.S. manufacturing dropped on Monday, while foreigners sold more U.S. assets than they bought, and homebuilders remained gloomy. One of those downbeat reports was a study by the U.S. Federal Reserve showing that manufacturing in the key New York area shrank in July. The Fed report said the problem was worse than […]

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WFP Investigating ‘Possible Theft of Food’ in Somalia

Posted August 15th, 2011 at 12:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.N. World Food Program says it is investigating the alleged theft of food aid brought into famine-stricken Somalia. The WFP released a statement Monday following an Associated Press report that said thousands of sacks of food meant for famine victims have been stolen. The report said the food sacks, stamped as coming from the […]

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Kurdish Broadcaster on Trial in Denmark

Posted August 15th, 2011 at 12:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Denmark-based Kurdish broadcaster Roj TV went on trial in Copenhagen Monday for allegedly promoting the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party . Prosecutors said the station should be fined and taken off the air. The PKK is considered a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and European Union. The defense attorney for the station denies the […]

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