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Libya’s Rebels Vie for Control of Strategic City

Posted August 17th, 2011 at 9:30 am (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. Rebels say they control most of the city of Zawiya, 50 kilometers from Tripoli. Its capture could allow them to […]

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

Posted August 17th, 2011 at 9:00 am (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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Seven Turkish Soldiers Dead in Kurdish Rebel Ambush

Posted August 17th, 2011 at 8:50 am (UTC-5)
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Turkey’s defense minister says seven Turkish soldiers are dead after their military convoy was ambushed by Kurdish rebels in the country’s southeast. Four roadside bombs exploded as a Turkish military convoy passed early Wednesday in Hakkari province near Turkey’s border with Iraq. Eleven Turkish soldiers were wounded in the attack. Defense Minister Ismet Yilmaz vowed […]

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Medvedev, Putin Hold Day-Long Meeting Along Volga

Posted August 17th, 2011 at 8:45 am (UTC-5)
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Russia’s two top leaders, President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, have spent time fishing and boating on the Volga river in a rare, day-long private meeting. Tuesday’s visit in the Astrakhan region was not made public until Wednesday and was believed to include discussions on which of them will run for president. With […]

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Floods Impact Nearly a Million People in Pakistan

Posted August 17th, 2011 at 8:45 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 Thursday 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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High Police Presence in Malawi Despite Protest Cancellation

Posted August 17th, 2011 at 8:20 am (UTC-5)
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Police were out in force in Malawi Wednesday despite the postponement of anti-government protests. Extra police roamed the streets of the country’s three main cities, Lilongwe, Blantyre and Mzuzu, while many shops and banks remained closed. Witnesses described the mood as tense but quiet. Malawian rights groups had planned to hold rallies Wednesday but on […]

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Lebanon Tribunal Makes Hariri Murder Indictment Public

Posted August 17th, 2011 at 8:15 am (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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European Stocks Mixed in Midday Trading

Posted August 17th, 2011 at 7:40 am (UTC-5)
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European stock prices are mixed in midday trading Wednesday. London’s Financial Times index is down nearly one-half of one percent. The CAC-40 in Paris is up over three-quarters of one percent, and trading on the DAX index in Frankfurt is down over one-quarter of one percent. In New York, the S&P futures contract is up […]

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Environmental Group Sounds Alarm for Endangered Dolphins

Posted August 17th, 2011 at 7:30 am (UTC-5)
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The environmental group World Wildlife Fund is seeking help for the highly endangered freshwater dolphins of the Mekong River, whose numbers have fallen to just 85. A statement released Wednesday by the group says the Irrawaddy dolphins, who inhabit a 190-kilometer-long stretch of the Mekong from Kratie, Cambodia to the Khone Falls, on the border […]

Biden Visits China Amid Anxiety Over US Debt, Taiwan Arms Sale

Posted August 17th, 2011 at 7:25 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has arrived in China to begin a six-day Asian tour that includes stops in Mongolia and Japan. Biden’s stop in China comes amid rising anxiety on both sides of the Taiwan Strait over how the United States will decide on a Taiwan request for new arms. U.S. officials have stressed […]

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