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Indian Political Parties Unite to Urge End to Activist’s Fast

Posted August 24th, 2011 at 2:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Opposition parties have joined Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in urging a prominent anti-corruption activist to end his nine-day hunger strike. Anna Hazare, who is encamped in an open-air venue in Delhi with thousands of supporters, vowed Wednesday to continue his fast indefinitely unless parliament passes his version of an anti-corruption bill by August 30. […]

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Libyan Opposition Offers Reward for Gadhafi

Posted August 24th, 2011 at 1:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Libya’s opposition is offering a $1.67 million reward for the capture of Moammar Gadhafi. Transitional National Council leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil said Wednesday his opposition group supports a decision by local businessmen to provide the reward, in an attempt to speed up Mr. Gadhafi’s capture. The former leader’s whereabouts are unknown, but U.S. officials say […]

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US Stocks Mixed

Posted August 24th, 2011 at 1:30 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. stock market indexes were mixed in Wednesday’s midday trading. The Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 gained two-tenths of a percent, while the NASDAQ lost two-tenths of a percent. European stock markets were higher at the close of trading. London’s Financial Times 100 index gained 1.5 percent to end at 5,206. The […]

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UN Envoy Meets Burmese Political Prisoners, Aung San Suu Kyi

Posted August 24th, 2011 at 1:20 pm (UTC-5)
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United Nations officials say special envoy Tomas Quintana spoke with political prisoners at Burma’s notorious Insein Prison on Wednesday, ahead of what he described as a “very productive” meeting with pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Aye Win, a U.N. spokesman based in Burma, told VOA’s Burmese service that Quintana was permitted to speak to […]

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Unmanned Russian Supply Ship for Space Station Crashes

Posted August 24th, 2011 at 1:00 pm (UTC-5)
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An unmanned Russian spacecraft carrying supplies for the International Space Station has crashed into Russia’s Siberia region shortly after the launch of a rocket that failed to send it into orbit. The Russian space agency, Roscosmos, says the Soyuz rocket suffered a failure Wednesday about five-and-a-half minutes into its flight from Kazakhstan’s Baikonur cosmodrome. The […]

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World Powers Consider Next Move With Libya

Posted August 24th, 2011 at 1:00 pm (UTC-5)
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World powers are considering their next steps in relations with Libya, where Moammar Gadhafi has apparently lost control of the capital, Tripoli, and other major cities. The United States says it will introduce a resolution in the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday that would unfreeze about $1.5 billion in Libyan assets for humanitarian needs. The […]

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Google Pays $500 Million Fine For Drug Ads

Posted August 24th, 2011 at 12:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Google has agreed to pay one of the largest fines in U.S. history for allowing online Canadian pharmacies to place advertisements on the huge Internet search company’s web sites. The $500 million fine is roughly equal to the gross revenues made by Google and the pharmacies on these transactions between 2003 and 2009. Justice Department […]

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Foreign Journalists Freed in Libya

Posted August 24th, 2011 at 12:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Some foreign journalists held by forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi have been abruptly freed. The approximately 35 journalists were freed on Wednesday, after being detained for about four days inside the Rixos hotel in Tripoli. The circumstances of their release were not immediately clear. However, it took place shortly after representatives of the […]

Foreign Journalists Freed in Libya

Posted August 24th, 2011 at 12:15 pm (UTC-5)
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A group of foreign journalists held by forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi have been abruptly freed. The approximately 35 journalists were freed on Thursday, after being detained for about four days inside of the Rixos hotel in Tripoli. The circumstances of the release were not immediately clear. However, their release took place shortly […]

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Some Progress Untangling US Foreclosure Mess

Posted August 24th, 2011 at 12:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Foreclosed homes made up a slightly smaller proportion of total U.S. home sales in April, May, and June. RealtyTrac, a business research group, says foreclosed homes made up 31 percent of all U.S. residential sales in the second quarter of 2011. While that is a substantial proportion, it is down more than 5 percentage points […]

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