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Former Soviet Leader Gorbachev Says Russia in “Going Backwards”

Posted August 17th, 2011 at 10:55 am (UTC-5)
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Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev has criticized the government and expressed sadness that Russia is “going backwards” nearly two decades after the coup that led to the collapse of the Soviet Union. Speaking Wednesday, two days ahead of the 20th anniversary of the coup that ousted him, Mr. Gorbachev said Russia needs free elections and […]

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Floods Impact Nearly a Million People in Pakistan

Posted August 17th, 2011 at 10:55 am (UTC-5)
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Authorities say heavy rains have triggered flooding that has affected close to a million people in southern Pakistan. Officials in Sindh province said Wednesday that rising water levels have forced more than 50,000 people from their homes. Pakistan is still recovering from last year’s devastating floods that killed more than 1,700 people and affected nearly […]

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Turkish Hostages Freed in Afghanistan

Posted August 17th, 2011 at 10:25 am (UTC-5)
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Officials say two Turkish citizens kidnapped in northern Afghanistan have been freed. The men were working for a private firm when they were abducted in Jowzjan province in June. Afghan and Turkish officials said Wednesday that Afghan security forces rescued the two Turkish nationals during a military operation. It was unclear who was behind the […]

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Nigeria Launches Two New Satellites

Posted August 17th, 2011 at 10:20 am (UTC-5)
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Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has announced the successful launch of two observation satellites into orbit. Mr. Jonathan said the two satellites were launched at 7:45 UTC Wednesday from the town of Yasny in western Russia. He said a team of Nigerian engineers and scientists built one satellite, known as Nigeriasat-x, while the other, Nigeriasat-2, was […]

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US Stocks Advance in Early Trading Wednesday

Posted August 17th, 2011 at 10:15 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. stock indexes moved up in early trading Wednesday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average of 30 key stocks is up three-quarters of one percent, while the broader S & P 500 index is ahead by 1.1 percent. The technology-laden NASDAQ is up nine-tenths of a percent. European stock prices are mixed in afternoon trading. London’s […]

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Indian PM Criticizes Anti-Corruption Activist as Protests Swell

Posted August 17th, 2011 at 10:05 am (UTC-5)
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Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is criticizing a hunger strike by a leading anti-corruption activist as misconceived, while fresh protests sweep across India for a second day. In a speech to parliament Wednesday, Prime Minister Singh said Anna Hazare’s protest may be inspired by high ideals, but that Hazare cannot be allowed to force lawmakers […]

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US Wholesale Prices Increased in July

Posted August 17th, 2011 at 9:55 am (UTC-5)
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The U.S. says the price for wholesale goods increased in July. The government said Wednesday that wholesale prices — the price manufacturers pay for goods and materials before they reach consumers — advanced two-tenths of a percent in July, twice what economists had forecast. Excluding the volatile food and energy categories, the closely watched core […]

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Iran Agrees On Need To Restart Nuclear Talks

Posted August 17th, 2011 at 9:55 am (UTC-5)
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Iran’s foreign minister has indicated his country is ready to resume talks on its nuclear program. Ali Akbar Salehi says he agrees on the need to begin talks on the nuclear issue, but that Iran would not be pressured. His remarks came Wednesday during a news conference in Moscow with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. […]

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Mass Arrests in Besieged Syrian City

Posted August 17th, 2011 at 9:50 am (UTC-5)
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Activists say Syrian security forces have detained dozens of people in Latakia — a day after the government announced it was withdrawing its military from the port city. State-run media had announced the pullout after a four-day operation to crush dissent. But the activists said there were more arrests Wednesday, with security forces conducting house-to-house […]

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Spain’s World Youth Day Celebration Brings Papal Visit and Protests

Posted August 17th, 2011 at 9:50 am (UTC-5)
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The week-long faith extravaganza of World Youth Day is under way in Madrid, with more than one million young Catholics from around the world expected to pour into the city before Pope Benedict arrives on Thursday. Highlights of the celebration include a mass confession and prayer vigil in the presence of the Pope in Madrid […]

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