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Libyan Rebels: Attack on Tripoli Under Way

Posted August 20th, 2011 at 9:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Libyan rebels say they launched their first attack on the nation’s capital in coordination with NATO and rebel fighters in Tripoli late Saturday, in what they hope is a final push in the six-month-long rebellion against long-time leader Moammar Gadhafi. Explosions and heavy gunfire rocked Tripoli overnight as the Libyan government denied there was an […]

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Egypt: Israel’s Apology Over Police Deaths ‘Not Enough’

Posted August 20th, 2011 at 9:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Saturday apologized for the deaths of Egyptian officers in clashes between the Israeli troops and suspected Palestinian militants along the Israel-Egypt border Thursday. Barak said Israel “regrets” the deaths of the five Egyptian officers and will conduct a joint investigation of the incident with the Egyptian military. The Egyptian […]

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Norway Massacre Survivors Return to Scene of Killings

Posted August 20th, 2011 at 8:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Hundreds of survivors of last month’s shooting rampage that killed 69 at a youth camp near Oslo, Norway, revisited the scene of the massacre Saturday. Some 1,000 victims and relatives traveled to Utoeya island, where Norwegian man Anders Behring Breivik opened fire at a camp for youth members of the ruling Labor Party. Many carried […]

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Storm Cuts Short Pope’s Speech in Madrid

Posted August 20th, 2011 at 7:30 pm (UTC-5)
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A huge thunderstorm in Madrid Saturday night forced Pope Benedict to cut short his speech to an estimated one million young pilgrims gathered for the church’s world youth festival. The freak storm gave the outdoor prayer vigil at a Madrid airfield a dramatic climax. Firefighters checked the stage before allowing the leader of the world’s […]

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Fighting Erupts in Tripoli as Libyan Rebels Advance

Posted August 20th, 2011 at 7:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Explosions and heavy gunfire rocked Tripoli late Saturday as the Libyan government denied that the rebels were advancing toward the capital — Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s last main stronghold. Government spokesman Moussa Ibrahim said small groups of armed rebels infiltrated the city but have been dealt with and the city is now calm. The reports […]

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12 Killed in Plane Crash in Canadian Arctic

Posted August 20th, 2011 at 7:00 pm (UTC-5)
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A passenger jet has crashed in Canada’s Arctic region, killing 12 people and injuring three others. Canadian police say the Boeing 737 jet with 15 people on board went down Saturday near Resolute Bay in the Arctic territory of Nunavut. Police had no immediate information on the condition of the three survivors. The airline, First […]

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Iran Sentences 2 US Hikers to 8 Years in Prison

Posted August 20th, 2011 at 6:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Iran has sentenced two Americans — arrested more than two years ago while hiking along the Iraq-Iran border — to eight years in prison for illegal entry and spying. Iranian TV on Saturday quoted judicial sources as saying that Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal each were given five-year prison sentences for spying and three additional […]

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Libyan Rebels Advance on Tripoli; Fighting Spills to Tunisia

Posted August 20th, 2011 at 4:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Western media reports say Libyan rebels battled for towns on both sides of Tripoli Saturday, tightening a siege around Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s stronghold in the capital. The reports said rebels took control of the city of Zawiya, only 50 kilometers west of Tripoli, and were occupying positions formerly held by pro-Gadhafi forces, who continued […]

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Gaza Rockets Kill 1, Wound 20 Others in Southern Israel

Posted August 20th, 2011 at 4:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Israeli officials say Gaza militants have fired a barrage of rockets and mortars into southern Israeli communities, killing one civilian and wounding at least 20 others. Authorities say several Grad rockets hit a house and a car in the Israeli city of Beersheba late Saturday, killing a man and wounding seven people. Rockets also struck […]

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Obama’s Summer Reading Heavy on Fiction

Posted August 20th, 2011 at 3:55 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama is looking to turn the pages of a few good novels during his summer vacation. Weighty — and sometimes dense — government reports may fill Mr. Obama’s days in Washington. But the White House said Saturday that Mr. Obama has a stack of five books — four of them fiction — […]

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