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Death Toll Nears 100 in Pakistan’s Karachi

Posted August 22nd, 2011 at 6:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Nearly a week of political and ethnic violence has killed at least 91 people in Pakistan’s largest city, Karachi. Police say the bodies of at least 11 people who were shot or tortured to death have been brought to government hospitals in the southern port city since Sunday. Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani traveled […]

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Hurricane Irene Takes Aim at the Bahamas

Posted August 22nd, 2011 at 6:00 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. weather forecasters say the first Atlantic hurricane of the 2011 season is taking aim at the Bahamas and it is expected to become a strong storm. The Bahamian government has issued warnings and watches for parts of the country as Hurricane Irene swirls near Hispaniola, the island comprising Haiti and the Dominican Republic. In […]

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Gadhafi Hunted as Loyalists Fight on in Tripoli

Posted August 22nd, 2011 at 5:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi battled rebels in scattered pockets of the Libyan capital late Monday, as the country’s leader continued to elude capture. The head of the opposition Transitional National Council, Mustafa Abdel Jalil, said the rebels do not know whether Mr. Gadhafi is still in the country. He said the Libyan leader will […]

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Berlusconi Rebukes Key Ally Over Comments on Italian Unity

Posted August 22nd, 2011 at 5:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Italy’s Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has publicly rebuked a key ally over comments that the country’s political system has been condemned to death. Northern League leader Umberto Bossi questioned Italy’s future as a unified country. He criticized the fact that rich northern regions have to subsidize the poorer south and called for independence for northern […]

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2 Somalis Get Life in Prison for US Yacht Hijacking

Posted August 22nd, 2011 at 5:25 pm (UTC-5)
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A U.S. court has sentenced two Somali pirates to life in prison for killing four American hostages after hijacking their yacht off the coast of Oman earlier this year. Officials in Norfolk, Virginia announced the sentences Monday in the case of 30-year-old Ali Abdi Mohamed and 31-year-old Burhan Abdirahman Yusuf. The two Somalis had pled […]

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Crude Oil Price Rises

Posted August 22nd, 2011 at 4:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Here are the prices of some key commodities traded in New York on Monday: Crude oil prices gained $1.86 to close at $84.12 a barrel. Coffee prices lost more than 1 cent to end at $2.65 per pound. Copper prices dropped nearly 3 cents to finish at $3.96 a pound. Cocoa futures moved up $45 […]

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NY Prosecutors Drop Sex Assault Charges Against Strauss-Kahn

Posted August 22nd, 2011 at 4:20 pm (UTC-5)
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New York prosecutors have asked a judge to drop sexual assault charges against former International Monetary Fund director Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who was arrested in May on suspicion of raping a hotel maid. The prosecutors filed a recommendation to dismiss the charges in a Manhattan court on Monday. U.S. media say a judge will consider that […]

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UN Urges Thailand to Step Up Anti-trafficking Efforts

Posted August 22nd, 2011 at 4:20 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations official in charge of anti-trafficking efforts has urged the government of Thailand to do more to combat human trafficking and protect the rights of migrant workers. Joy Ngozi Ezeilo said Monday in Bangkok that Thailand faces significant challenges as a source, transit and destination country for trafficked people. She expressed her concerns […]

US Markets Rise

Posted August 22nd, 2011 at 4:15 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. stock market indexes made gains in Monday’s trading. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose three-tenths of a percent to close at 10,855. The S&P 500 advanced less than one-tenth of a percent to end at 1,124 while the NASDAQ increased two-tenths of a percent to finish at 2,345. European stock markets were mixed at […]

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Germany’s Merkel in Croatia to Promote Economic Cooperation

Posted August 22nd, 2011 at 4:10 pm (UTC-5)
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Croatian Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor met in Zagreb Monday to discuss economic cooperation and European Union membership prospects for the Balkan region. Speaking after the meeting, Ms. Merkel praised Croatia for its efforts to become the EU’s 28th member state and said she was impressed by what the country has […]

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