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Indian PM Vows Strict Action Against Corruption

Posted August 15th, 2011 at 11:10 am (UTC-5)
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Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh says his government will take the “strictest possible action” against corruption. Mr. Singh said Monday that there is no “magic wand” to solve the problem of graft, but he promised to work towards greater transparency and to fight corruption on many levels. The prime minister made the comments at New […]

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South Africa Municipal Workers Strike Over Pay

Posted August 15th, 2011 at 10:50 am (UTC-5)
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Municipal services have stopped or slowed across South Africa, where union workers have gone on strike calling for higher pay. More than 150,000 workers with the South African Municipal Workers Union went on strike Monday calling for an 18 percent pay increase. The action affects bus routes, trash collection, water distribution and public health clinics, […]

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Cameron: Britain Will Mend ‘Broken Society’ After Riots

Posted August 15th, 2011 at 10:40 am (UTC-5)
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British Prime Minister David Cameron says Britain must reverse what he calls a “moral collapse” that he blames for last week’s deadly riots. Mr. Cameron said Monday social problems festering for decades have exploded. He pledged that his coalition government would set out new policies to address them. The rioting killed five people and saw […]

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Reports: Pakistan Let China See Downed US “Stealth” Helicopter

Posted August 15th, 2011 at 10:20 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. officials say Pakistan likely gave China access to the wreckage of a stealth American helicopter that crashed during the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. The New York Times and Financial Times newspapers quoted unnamed U.S. officials who said Pakistan’s intelligence service is believed to have allowed Chinese engineers to photograph and even walk […]

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Tropical Storm Gert Approaches Bermuda

Posted August 15th, 2011 at 10:20 am (UTC-5)
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Tropical Storm Gert is expected to drop 2 to 7 centimeters of rain on Bermuda Monday as it passes just east of the British territory in the Atlantic Ocean. At last report, forecasters at the National Hurricane Center in Miami said the storm had maximum sustained winds of 95 kilometers per hour as its outer […]

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Google To Buy Motorola’s Smartphone Company

Posted August 15th, 2011 at 10:20 am (UTC-5)
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Internet giant Google has agreed to buy smartphone maker Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion. Google offered $40 a share for Motorola Mobility, which is more than 60 percent higher than Friday’s closing price of the stock. The mobile phone manufacturing operations were previously spun off from Motorola as a separate company. Reports in the financial […]

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US Stocks Rise

Posted August 15th, 2011 at 10:05 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. stock market indexes rose in Monday’s early trading. The Dow Jones Industrial Average advanced one percent, the S&P 500 rose nine-tenths of a percent and the NASDAQ gained seven-tenths of a percent. European stock markets were higher in afternoon trading. London’s Financial Times 100 index gained four-tenths of a percent, the CAC-40 in Paris […]

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Father of British Footballer Kidnapped in Nigeria

Posted August 15th, 2011 at 10:00 am (UTC-5)
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The father of British and Nigerian football player Mikel John Obi is missing in his homeland, Nigeria, and there are fears he has been kidnapped. Michael Obi, who runs a transport company, was last seen Friday in the city of Jos in Nigeria’s Plateau State. Representatives for the Chelsea football star say the senior Obi […]

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Tibetan Monk Self-Immolates in China Protest

Posted August 15th, 2011 at 9:45 am (UTC-5)
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News reports from western China say a Buddhist monk died Monday after setting himself on fire in an apparent protest against an ongoing Chinese crackdown on Tibetan monks. The death, confirmed by China’s official Xinhua news agency, occurred in an ethnic Tibetan area of Sichuan province known as Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. The London-based Free […]

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UN Reports Possible War Crimes in Sudan’s Southern Kordofan

Posted August 15th, 2011 at 9:30 am (UTC-5)
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The U.N. human rights office is calling for an investigation into alleged war crimes committed in Sudan’s Southern Kordofan state. The office said Monday it has received reports of indiscriminate killings, widespread looting, and massive civilian displacement in the state, where forces allied to what were then northern and southern Sudan clashed during June. A […]

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