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Roadside Bomb Kills 22 in Western Afghanistan

Posted August 18th, 2011 at 9:15 am (UTC-5)
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Authorities say a roadside bomb has ripped through a minibus in western Afghanistan, killing at least 21 people. Thursday’s blast took place in the Obe district of Herat province. Afghan officials say women and children were among those killed. At least 12 people were wounded in the attack. A spokesman for Herat’s governor says another […]

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Karachi Violence Kills 39 Since Wednesday

Posted August 18th, 2011 at 9:05 am (UTC-5)
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Pakistani authorities say at least 39 people have died in two days of political and gang-related warfare in Karachi, continuing a disturbing trend of escalating violence in the southern port city. Police chief Saud Mirza said 17 people were killed Wednesday and 22 others on Thursday. One of the victims was a former lawmaker from […]

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US Inflation & Jobless Claims Rise

Posted August 18th, 2011 at 9:00 am (UTC-5)
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The cost of fuel, food, and clothing rose the most in four months in the United States during July. Thursday’s report from the Labor Department says the consumer price index went up five-tenths of a percent last month. Prices declined slightly in the prior month. Outside the volatile area of food and energy, prices in […]

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6 Killed in Southern Israel Attacks

Posted August 18th, 2011 at 8:55 am (UTC-5)
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At least six people have been killed in a series of apparently coordinated attacks in southern Israel. Israeli officials say the attacks on vehicles took place in quick succession Thursday near the border with Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. They say at least 25 people have been wounded. The Israeli military says in one case, attackers fired […]

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Nigerian Footballer Gets Ransom Demand for Dad

Posted August 18th, 2011 at 8:40 am (UTC-5)
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Representatives for Nigerian football player John Obi Mikel say he has received a ransom demand for the return of his missing father. Michael Obi has not been seen since last Friday in the central Nigerian city of Jos, and family members say he was kidnapped. The Sport Entertainment & Media Group says that reports of […]

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European Stocks Lower in Midday Trading

Posted August 18th, 2011 at 7:40 am (UTC-5)
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European stock prices are sharply lower in midday trading Thursday. London’s Financial Times index is down two percent. The CAC-40 in Paris is down 2.7 percent, and the DAX index in Frankfurt is down more than three and a half percent. In New York, the S&P futures contract is down more than 21 points, indicating […]

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Attacks Wound 25 in Southern Israel

Posted August 18th, 2011 at 7:25 am (UTC-5)
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The Israeli military says at least 25 people have been wounded in a series of attacks in southern Israel. The military said that in one incident attackers opened fire on a bus Thursday as it was traveling from the town of Beersheba to Eilat on a highway that runs along the Egyptian border. A military […]

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Roadside Bomb Kills At Least 20 in Western Afghanistan

Posted August 18th, 2011 at 7:20 am (UTC-5)
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Afghan officials say at least 20 passengers in a minibus were killed after their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in the western province of Herat early Thursday. Officials say women and children are among the victims. The attack wounded at least 12 other civilians. An Afghan spokesperson says a similar improvised explosive device in the […]

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Vietnam Battling Deadly Epidemic of Hand-Foot-Mouth Disease

Posted August 18th, 2011 at 7:15 am (UTC-5)
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Vietnamese health officials are struggling to contain an outbreak of a disease that has killed 81 children and infected tens of thousands more this year. Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien says the nation is under an epidemic of hand, foot and mouth disease, and has ordered state and local officials to launch an aggressive […]

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Asia Markets Close Mostly Lower

Posted August 18th, 2011 at 7:10 am (UTC-5)
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Major Asian stock markets closed mostly lower Thursday. Tokyo’s Nikkei index lost one and one-quarter percent to finish at 8,944. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index slumped more than one and one-quarter percent to finish the day’s trading at 20,016. Share prices were higher in Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur and Manila, but lower in Bangkok, Mumbai, Seoul, […]

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