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AU Weighs Recognition of Libya’s Triumphant Rebels

Posted August 26th, 2011 at 10:45 am (UTC-5)
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African Union representatives are meeting in Ethiopia Friday to consider whether they should recognize Libya’s opposition coalition as the country’s new government. The more than 50-member bloc has declined to recognize the opposition Transitional National Council . But AU commission chairman Jean Ping said Friday that events in Libya had reached a decisive stage over […]

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6 Dead, 1 Wounded in Thailand’s Violent South

Posted August 26th, 2011 at 10:30 am (UTC-5)
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Police in Thailand’s violent south say suspected Muslim militants killed six people and wounded another Friday in coordinated attacks. Authorities said the first attack took place overnight, when the suspected militants shot and killed a worker at a rubber plantation in southern Narathiwat province. Officials said the suspected insurgents then bombed a truck carrying six […]

Eastern US Braces for Hurricane Irene

Posted August 26th, 2011 at 10:10 am (UTC-5)
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Millions of people along the U.S. East Coast are scrambling to prepare for a powerful hurricane that authorities fear will cause widespread flooding and power outages. The governors of North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey and New York have declared states of emergency to free up resources ahead of Hurricane Irene, which is expected […]

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US Envoy to Hold Talks in Sri Lanka on Alleged War Crimes

Posted August 26th, 2011 at 9:55 am (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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US Stocks Decline

Posted August 26th, 2011 at 9:50 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. stock market indexes declined in Friday’s early trading. The Dow Jones Industrial Average retreated half a percent, the S&P 500 fell three-tenths of one percent and the NASDAQ lost one-tenth of a percent. European stock markets were sharply lower in afternoon trading. London’s Financial Times 100 index lost 1.5 percent, the CAC-40 in Paris […]

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NATO Hits Bunker in Libyan Leader’s Hometown

Posted August 26th, 2011 at 9:40 am (UTC-5)
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NATO warplanes have pounded a large bunker in Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s hometown, Sirte, as opposition fighters moved toward the coastal city for a battle with pro-Gadhafi forces. Britain said Friday that its warplanes fired precision-guided missiles at the Sirte bunker complex overnight. British Defense Secretary Liam Fox said NATO was not specifically targeting Mr. […]

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North Korea’s Kim Pushes China for New Nuke Talks

Posted August 26th, 2011 at 9:35 am (UTC-5)
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North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il is making another push to restart nuclear disarmament talks in the hopes of getting aid for his impoverished country. China’s state-run media Friday said the North Korean leader told a Chinese diplomat he was willing to go ahead with a nuclear test and production ban without any preconditions. The latest […]

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10 Killed in Bomb Blast at UN Building in Nigerian Capital

Posted August 26th, 2011 at 9:30 am (UTC-5)
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A bomb blast at the United Nations building in Nigeria’s capitol, Abuja, has killed at least 10 people. Witnesses report seeing a vehicle force its way past security at the U.N. compound and explode once it reached the four-story building. The U. N. has confirmed that a bomb caused the explosion, which took place about […]

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US Economy Grows More Slowly Than First Thought

Posted August 26th, 2011 at 9:00 am (UTC-5)
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The U.S. economy grew more slowly than first thought in April, May, and June, increasing concerns that the world’s largest economy could slide back into recession. Friday’s report from the Commerce Department says the economy expanded at a 1 percent annual rate in the second quarter. That is even slower than the meager 1.3 percent […]

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2 Killed After Syrian Forces Fire on Protesters

Posted August 26th, 2011 at 8:35 am (UTC-5)
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Syrian forces have opened fire on protesters who massed Friday to call once again for President Bashar al-Assad’s resignation. Rights groups and activists said security forces shot at demonstrators in areas that include the Damascus suburb of Doma, Dara’a province in the south and the eastern town of Deir Ezzor. They say at least two […]

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