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3 Killed After Syrian Forces Fire on Protesters

Posted August 26th, 2011 at 1:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Syrian forces have opened fire on protesters marching in cities and towns across the country, calling for the resignation of President Bashar al-Assad. Rights groups and activists said security forces shot at protesters Friday in areas that include the Damascus suburb of Douma, Dara’a province in the south and the eastern town of Deir Ezzor. […]

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Suspect Arrested in Killing of Russian Officer

Posted August 26th, 2011 at 1:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Russian authorities have arrested a Chechen man on charges of killing a former Russian army colonel convicted in 2003 of killing a young Chechen woman. A spokeswoman for a Moscow district court said Friday Magomed Suleimanov has been charged with murder in the death of Yuri Budanov. Budanov was shot to death in Moscow in […]

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Nigerial Radicals Say They Bombed UN Center, 18 Dead

Posted August 26th, 2011 at 1:25 pm (UTC-5)
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An extremist Islamic group in Nigeria says it carried out a car bombing that killed at least 18 people at the United Nations building in the capital, Abuja. Witnesses say a vehicle forced its way past security gates at the sprawling complex and exploded inside the compound shortly before noon Friday local time. After the […]

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Yemen Hosts Growing Number of Somali Refugees

Posted August 26th, 2011 at 1:05 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations refugee agency says some 3,700 Somali refugees have arrived in Yemen in August to seek refuge from the Horn of Africa drought, and more are expected in the coming months. U.N. Spokesman Adrian Edwards told reporters Friday that the number of refugees crossing the Gulf of Aden in rickety boats is rising […]

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Mexico in Mourning After Dozens Killed in Casino Attack

Posted August 26th, 2011 at 12:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Mexican President Felipe Calderon has declared three days of mourning after more than 50 people were killed when suspected drug cartel gunmen set fire to a casino in northern Mexico. Mr. Calderon condemned the violence as barbaric and said it was the worst attack on innocent civilians in Mexico in a long time. He described […]

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US Stocks Rise

Posted August 26th, 2011 at 12:45 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. stock market indexes rose strongly in Friday’s midday trading. The Dow Jones Industrial Average advanced 1.4 percent, the S&P 500 jumped 1.6 percent and the NASDAQ gained 2.4 percent. European stock markets were lower at the close of trading. London’s Financial Times 100 index lost less than one-tenth of one percent to finish at […]

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Switzerland Issues Storm Alert

Posted August 26th, 2011 at 12:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Authorities in Switzerland are warning that violent storms are expected to hit the country Friday. The Swiss national weather service issued a storm alert for most of the country, saying it expects winds of up to 120 kilometers per hour. The government is calling on citizens to brace for severe rainfall and possibly hail.

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US Envoy to Visit Sri Lanka

Posted August 26th, 2011 at 12:35 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States says it is sending a top envoy for talks next week in Sri Lanka, which faces allegations of human rights violations in its civil war that ended two years ago. A U.S. statement says Assistant Secretary of State Robert Blake will meet in Sri Lanka with government and non-governmental officials, university students […]

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Nigerian Radicals Say They Bombed UN Center, Killing 18

Posted August 26th, 2011 at 12:30 pm (UTC-5)
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A radical Islamic group in Nigeria says it carried out a car bombing that killed at least 18 people at the United Nations building in Abuja. Witnesses said a vehicle forced its way past security gates at the sprawling complex and exploded inside the compound at about 11 a.m. Friday . Rescuers raced to pull […]

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Sovereign States Get Legal Immunity in Hong Kong

Posted August 26th, 2011 at 12:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Companies will no longer be able to sue sovereign countries in Hong Kong courts to recover debts. China’s top legislature on Friday affirmed an earlier court ruling barring a group of investors from trying to recover debts owed by the Democratic Republic of Congo. Hong Kong’s Court of Final Appeal issued the initial ruling in […]

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