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Lebanon Tribunal Unseals Indictment in Hariri Probe

Posted August 17th, 2011 at 4:10 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.N.-backed tribunal investigating the 2005 murder of Lebanon’s former prime minister, Rafik Hariri, has released its indictment against the four Hezbollah members who prosecutors say carried out the attack. The court said Wednesday it has confirmed the charges against the suspects and made the indictment public after prosecutors showed there is sufficient evidence to […]

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Croatia Extend’s Ex-PM’s Pretrial Custody

Posted August 17th, 2011 at 4:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Croatian authorities have extended pretrial detention for the country’s former Prime Minister Ivo Sanader, who has been arrested on corruption charges. An investigative judge said Wednesday that Mr. Sanader will have to spend two more months in jail before the trial starts. The continued detention was requested by Croatia’s anti-corruption agency. The former prime minister […]

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Reports: Turkish Jets Bomb PKK Bases in Northern Iraq

Posted August 17th, 2011 at 4:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Turkish warplanes have attacked targets of the separatist Kurdistan Workers Party in northern Iraq hours after a deadly assault by PKK rebels that killed eight Turkish soldiers in Hakkari province near the Turkey-Iraq border. Wednesday’s military strike hit bases in the Kandil and Zap regions of northern Iraq. Earlier, Defense Minister Ismet Yilmaz had vowed […]

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Oil Prices Advance Wednesday

Posted August 17th, 2011 at 3:45 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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Libya’s Rebels Vie for Control of Strategic City

Posted August 17th, 2011 at 3:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Libyan rebels have begun an assault on an oil refinery in a city just west of Tripoli, in a bid to drive out forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi and continue their advance toward the capital. The refinery at Zawiya, 50 kilometers from Tripoli, is one of the few sources of fuel for Mr. Gadhafi’s troops […]

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Book Alleges Coco Chanel Spied For Nazis

Posted August 17th, 2011 at 2:50 pm (UTC-5)
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A book released this week alleges that the late French fashion designer Coco Chanel was fiercely anti-Semitic and served as a Nazi spy during World War II. American historian Hal Vaughan’s newest book, Sleeping with the Enemy: Coco Chanel’s Secret Wars, contends Chanel was an agent of Germany’s Abwehr military intelligence organization. Vaughan says Chanel […]

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Obama to Propose Deficit Cuts of More Than $1.5 Trillion

Posted August 17th, 2011 at 2:30 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama says he will present a plan to cut the huge budget deficit by more than $1.5 trillion early next month, after he and Congress return from summer vacations. Speaking on a visit to Illinois Wednesday, Mr. Obama said his proposed deficit reduction will exceed the $1.5 trillion target that a bipartisan […]

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US, Egypt Cancel Planned Military Exercise

Posted August 17th, 2011 at 2:15 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States and Egypt are canceling plans for a joint military exercise this year because of the political unrest and political upheaval in Cairo since January. A U.S. military spokesman told VOA Wednesday that American and Egyptian forces normally hold joint exercises every two years, with the next round originally scheduled for the last […]

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US, Egypt Cancel Planned Military Exercise

Posted August 17th, 2011 at 2:00 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States and Egypt are canceling plans for a joint military exercise this year because of the political unrest and political upheaval in Cairo since January. An Army spokesman at the Pentagon, Major T.G. Taylor, told VOA Wednesday that “Bright Star” exercises by American and Egyptian forces normally are held every two years, and […]

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

Posted August 17th, 2011 at 1:40 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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