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Syrian Forces Hold Hundreds in Latakia Sports Stadium

Posted August 17th, 2011 at 7:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Activists say Syrian security forces have detained hundreds of people in the besieged port city of Latakia, filling a sports stadium because local detention centers were overflowing with prisoners. A London-based Syrian rights group said Wednesday that more than 700 troops raided homes in Latakia’s southern al-Raml district, arresting people on lists. Activists also said […]

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Brazilian Official: Rousseff Undecided About 2014 Election

Posted August 17th, 2011 at 6:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Brazil’s communications minister says President Dilma Rousseff has not decided whether she or her predecessor, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, will be their party’s candidate in the 2014 election. In an interview published Wednesday in the Brazilian newspaper, Folha de S. Paulo, Paulo Bernardo said Ms. Rousseff would be the likely candidate if she desires […]

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Merkel to Visit 3 Balkan Countries Next Week

Posted August 17th, 2011 at 6:35 pm (UTC-5)
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel is scheduled to visit Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro next week to discuss regional issues and the Balkan countries’ ties with the European Union. Ms. Merkel is due in Croatia’s capital, Zagreb, on Monday. A German government spokesman said she will meet with Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor and President Ivo Josipovic. Croatia […]

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Rwandan President To Visit France

Posted August 17th, 2011 at 6:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Rwanda’s government says President Paul Kagame will make an official visit to France next month, the first by a Rwandan head of state since 1990. A government statement said President Kagame will travel to France September 12-13 at the invitation of French President Nicolas Sarkozy. It said the visit follows President Sarkozy’s trip to Rwanda […]

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Turkish Jets Bomb PKK Bases in Northern Iraq

Posted August 17th, 2011 at 5:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Turkish warplanes have attacked targets of the separatist Kurdistan Workers Party in northern Iraq. They hit bases, anti-aircraft defenses and rebel shelters in the Kandil and Zap regions. Wednesday’s military strikes came hours after a deadly assault by PKK rebels killed eight Turkish soldiers in Hakkari province near the Turkey-Iraq border. Turkish and Kurdish media […]

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Police Foil Bomb Plot at US School

Posted August 17th, 2011 at 4:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Police in Florida have arrested an expelled student after thwarting what they called a “potentially catastrophic” plot to set off a bomb at his former high school. A local police chief, Jane Castor, told reporters Wednesday the potential impact of the attack was something the city of Tampa has never seen and hopefully never will. […]

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Chavez: Venezuela to Nationalize Gold Mining Industry

Posted August 17th, 2011 at 4:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says he plans to give the government exclusive control over the nation’s gold mining industry to boost the country’s international reserves. Speaking on state television Wednesday, President Chavez said he will issue a decree in the coming days to nationalize operations currently under the control of private and foreign companies. Gold […]

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UN: Children at Ethiopia Camp Dying at ‘Alarming’ Rate

Posted August 17th, 2011 at 4:35 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.N. refugee agency says children at an Ethiopian camp for Somali refugees are dying at an “alarming” rate. The agency reports that an average of ten children under the age of five are dying each day at the Kobe refugee camp in eastern Ethiopia. It says malnutrition is the major cause of death but […]

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US Stocks Close Mixed

Posted August 17th, 2011 at 4:35 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. stocks were mixed at closing Wednesday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose a fraction of a percent to close at 11,410. The S&P 500 was up one tenth of a percent at 1,194. The Nasdaq Composite Index dropped one-half percent to end the day at 2,511. European stock indexes also closed mixed. London’s Financial […]

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Oil Prices Advance Wednesday

Posted August 17th, 2011 at 4:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Here are the prices of some commodities traded in New York on Wednesday: Crude oil prices increased nearly $1 to close at $87.58 a barrel. Coffee prices gained 12 cents to end at $2.63 per pound. Copper prices advanced 4 cents to finish at $4.03 a pound. Cocoa futures moved up $56 to end the […]

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