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EU Broadens Syria Sanctions to Target Iranians

Posted August 24th, 2011 at 6:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The European Union on Wednesday expanded Syria sanctions to target the elite unit of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard for its role in helping Syrian security forces crush the five-month-old uprising against President Bashar al-Assad. An EU statement said Iran’s elite Quds Force has provided “technical assistance, equipment and other support to the Syrian security forces to […]

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China Defends Boat Patrol Near Disputed Islands

Posted August 24th, 2011 at 6:35 pm (UTC-5)
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China is defending the actions of two of its patrol boats to enter disputed waters near Japan, saying the vessels were protecting Chinese fisherman. Japan formally protested to China on Wednesday after the patrol boats entered what Japan considers its territorial waters in the East China Sea near an island chain known as Senkaku in […]

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Venezuela’s Chavez Announces Possible 3rd Round of Chemo

Posted August 24th, 2011 at 6:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says he may travel to Cuba again next week for another round of treatment in his ongoing battle against cancer. The president told reporters Wednesday the chemotherapy is “preventative” and said he feels strong. Mr. Chavez has previously said that he is “winning the battle” against cancer. The 57-year-old President has […]

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British Police Suspect Polish Immigrant of Slaying 6

Posted August 24th, 2011 at 5:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Police on the British Channel Island of Jersey say they suspect a 30-year-old Polish man of killing six people earlier this month. Detectives have been waiting to question the man who was hospitalized for injuries after the August 14th stabbing spree in the island’s capital Saint Helier. Witnesses say he stabbed himself after killing three […]

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4 Italian Journalists Kidnapped in Libya

Posted August 24th, 2011 at 5:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Italy says four Italian journalists have been kidnapped and their driver killed in Libya by armed men described as loyalists to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. The Italian Foreign Ministry said in a statement Wednesday the kidnapping occurred on a highway between the western town of Zawiya and the capital, Tripoli. The ministry said the newspaper […]

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Group: New Evidence of Mass Graves in Sudan

Posted August 24th, 2011 at 5:15 pm (UTC-5)
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A satellite imagery group says it has new evidence of mass graves in Sudan’s Southern Kordofan state, where the government is accused of committing atrocities against civilians. In a report released Wednesday, the U.S.-based Satellite Sentinel Project says images from space reveal two new mass graves, bringing to eight the total number it has discovered […]

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Chileans Strike for Education Reform

Posted August 24th, 2011 at 5:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Protesters have barricaded streets and burned tires in Chile’s capital, Santiago, amid a 48-hour strike to press for education reform. Police and protesters clashed Wednesday, as the government tried to shut down demonstrations in some parts of the city. Reports from Santiago say business in most parts of the city was un-interrupted, with public transportation […]

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France Unveils Austerity Package, Cuts Growth Forecast

Posted August 24th, 2011 at 5:05 pm (UTC-5)
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France has unveiled a package of austerity measures aimed at reducing the budget deficit by about $17 billion in two years. Prime Minister Francois Fillon announced the measures Wednesday, saying they are dictated by the slower economic growth. The government revised its growth forecast for 2011 to 1.75 percent from 2 percent. Mr. Fillon said […]

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Libyan Rebels Consolidate Hold on Tripoli

Posted August 24th, 2011 at 5:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Libyan rebels consolidated their hold on the capital, Tripoli, and other parts of the country Wednesday as pockets of pro-Gadhafi loyalists put up fierce resistance. Opposition forces now claim to control 90 percent of the country, but the whereabouts of long-time leader Moammar Gadhafi remain a mystery. U.S. officials say they believe he is still […]

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Crude Oil Price Declines

Posted August 24th, 2011 at 4:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Here are the prices of some key commodities traded in New York on Wednesday: Crude oil prices fell 28 cents to close at $85.16 a barrel. Coffee prices rose 4 cents to end at $2.73 per pound. Copper prices gained a fraction of a cent to finish at $4.00 a pound. Cocoa futures moved up […]

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