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Pakistani Police Deny Reports Kidnapped American Freed

Posted August 25th, 2011 at 12:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Pakistani officials are denying reports that an American kidnapped from the eastern city of Lahore earlier this month has been rescued. Police officials and Pakistani media said Thursday that development expert Warren Weinstein had been freed in Punjab province’s city of Khushab. But Lahore’s police chief, Ahmed Raza Tahir, later denied reports that Weinstein had […]

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19 Killed in Zimbabwe Bus Crashes

Posted August 25th, 2011 at 12:15 pm (UTC-5)
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State media in Zimbabwe say at least 19 people were killed Thursday in accidents along the highway that links Harare and Bulawayo, the country’s two biggest cities. The Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation says in the main incident, a bus lost its right front tire and sideswiped a truck going in the opposite direction, killing 18 people. […]

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US Braces for Hurricane Irene

Posted August 25th, 2011 at 11:50 am (UTC-5)
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Authorities along the southeastern coast of the United States are evacuating popular Atlantic beach resorts and other locations, as a powerful hurricane heads toward the area. Forecasters issued a hurricane watch for much of the North Carolina coast Thursday, as Hurricane Irene pounded The Bahamas with winds as high as 185 kilometers per hour. Irene […]

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Ukraine’s President Calls for Closer Ties With Europe

Posted August 25th, 2011 at 11:45 am (UTC-5)
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Ukraine’s president, Viktor Yanukovych, says the country’s historical connection with Russia is important, but its future depends on closer ties with the European Union. Mr. Yanukovych made the comment in an editorial published in the Wall Street Journal Thursday, one day after Ukraine marked its 20th anniversary of independence from the Soviet Union. President Yanukovych […]

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AU Fundraiser Nets $350 Million for Drought Relief

Posted August 25th, 2011 at 11:45 am (UTC-5)
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The African Union says a donors conference in Addis Ababa Thursday raised more than $350 million in cash for Horn of Africa drought relief. AU Commission Chairman Jean Ping told reporters the donations included $300 million from the African Development Bank and $51 million from other African sources and nations. The AU has been criticized […]

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Floods Kill 16 in Pakistan’s Northwest

Posted August 25th, 2011 at 11:40 am (UTC-5)
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Flash floods triggered by monsoon rains have killed at least 16 people in Pakistan’s northwest. Authorities said Thursday that several others are missing in the Kohistan area of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province. The province was badly hit during last year’s massive flooding in Pakistan that washed away roads, bridges and other infrastructure. Fresh flooding hit the region […]

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Gadhafi Forces, Rebels Clash in Tripoli

Posted August 25th, 2011 at 11:25 am (UTC-5)
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A fierce gunbattle has erupted in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, between fighters loyal to Moammar Gadhafi and opposition forces trying to establish control in the city. Witnesses reported hearing a barrage of gunfire on Thursday outside of the Corinthia hotel, where many foreign journalists are staying. Libyan opposition fighters have been pouring into Tripoli to […]

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UN Burma Envoy Meets Ex-Prisoners, Opposition Leaders

Posted August 25th, 2011 at 11:15 am (UTC-5)
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United Nations special envoy Tomas Quintana met Thursday in Burma with leaders of ethnic opposition parties and former political prisoners, as he wrapped up a four-day tour of the country that included a private meeting with pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Quintana, in a statement, said he welcomes several initiatives by the new, nominally […]

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Israeli Airstrikes Kill 8 in Gaza

Posted August 25th, 2011 at 11:15 am (UTC-5)
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Palestinian sources say casualties from the latest round of Israeli airstrikes in Gaza have increased to eight dead and 20 wounded. Israeli warplanes began more air raids over the Gaza Strip Wednesday after Palestinian militants fired a barrage of rockets into southern Israel. Palestinian sources said Thursday that at least one militant from the Islamic […]

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Libya’s Rebel Envoy Warns of Disorder Without Funds

Posted August 25th, 2011 at 10:50 am (UTC-5)
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The emerging governing authority in Libya is appealing for financial help from world powers, warning there will be grave destabilization in Libya if it cannot pay people’s salaries and provide services in the post-Gadhafi era. Mahmoud Jibril of Libya’s Transitional National Council spoke as he received Italy’s pledge to unfreeze about $500 million held in […]

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