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Confessed Norway Killer to Stay in Solitary

Posted August 19th, 2011 at 12:45 pm (UTC-5)
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The 32-year-old Norwegian who recently confessed to killing 77 people will spend another four weeks in isolation. The killings were the worst mass violence in Norway since World War Two. A judge Friday rejected Anders Behring Breivik’s complaint that his solitary confinement was boring, monotonous and “a sadistic method of torture.” Judge Hugo Abelseth also […]

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Cuba Criticizes U.S. Terrorism Report

Posted August 19th, 2011 at 12:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Cuban state media have criticized a U.S. decision to keep Cuba on its list of countries considered state sponsors of terrorism. The official website Cubadebate on Friday said the U.S. used “old, unprovable arguments” in its annual Country Reports on Terrorism 2010, published Thursday. The United States has listed Cuba as a state sponsor of […]

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19 Killed as Syrian Forces Fire on Protesters

Posted August 19th, 2011 at 12:20 pm (UTC-5)
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At least 19 people have been killed in Syria as security forces opened fire on anti-government demonstrators. The deaths occurred on Friday, a day after Western powers called for President Bashar al-Assad’s resignation because of his deadly crackdown on dissent. Rights groups say most of the deaths Friday took place in the southern Dara’ region. […]

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China, US Express Confidence, Willingness to Cooperate

Posted August 19th, 2011 at 12:05 pm (UTC-5)
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China and the United States have renewed their commitment to bilateral cooperation, with Beijing expressing confidence the battered U.S. economy will rebound. The latest assurances came Friday, the second day of formal talks in Beijing between U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and top Chinese leaders. Biden told Chinese President Hu Jintao he was sent to […]

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Turkey to Reopen Embassy in Famine-Hit Somalia

Posted August 19th, 2011 at 11:55 am (UTC-5)
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Turkey’s prime minister says his country will reopen its embassy in Somalia and provide critical help to the famine-hit country. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited refugee camps and a hospital in the capital, Mogadishu, during a one-day trip on Friday. During a news conference, Mr. Erdogan also promised Turkey would construct a road from […]

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Suicide Bombing at Mosque Kills 40 in Pakistan

Posted August 19th, 2011 at 11:45 am (UTC-5)
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Officials say a suicide bomber has struck a mosque in northwest Pakistan, killing at least 40 people. The attack occurred as more than 300 people packed into the mosque for Friday prayers in Jamrud, the main town in the Khyber tribal region. Authorities say at least 100 people were wounded in the blast. TV footage […]

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Israel Reports String of Rocket Attacks from Gaza

Posted August 19th, 2011 at 11:35 am (UTC-5)
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Israel says militants in the Gaza Strip have fired at least 20 rockets into Israel, a day after Israeli warplanes pounded the Palestinian territory in retaliation for a series of deadly attacks on Thursday. Israel’s defense forces said Friday that at least seven people were wounded in the rocket attacks from Gaza, which took place […]

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EU Considering Sale of Euro Bonds

Posted August 19th, 2011 at 11:30 am (UTC-5)
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The European Union is considering the sale of euro bonds supported by the entire 17-nation bloc as a way to strengthen the finances of the continent’s debt-plagued governments. The European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, said Friday it is studying the issue, but gave no timetable for completion of the study or when the bond […]

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US, Chinese Athletes Exchange Souvenirs, Not Blows

Posted August 19th, 2011 at 11:05 am (UTC-5)
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Members of a Chinese basketball club and a U.S. university team cleared up some of their differences Friday, a day after they fought on a basketball court in Beijing. Players for China’s Bayi Rockets team exchanged handshakes with Georgetown University’s coach and two of his players at Beijing airport Friday, and a statement from the […]

Libyan Forces, Rebels Clash in Western Region

Posted August 19th, 2011 at 10:30 am (UTC-5)
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Explosions rocked the Libyan capital, Tripoli, Friday as bombs fell near Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s main compound and several other areas of the city. Renewed fighting also was reported in the town of Zlitan between rebels and Gadhafi loyalists. Libyan government spokesman Moussa Ibrahim condemned NATO, which has been helping the rebels with with a […]

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