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Libyan Rebels Will Not Extradite Lockerbie Bomber

Posted August 28th, 2011 at 7:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Libya’s rebel government said Sunday it will not extradite the Libyan man convicted in the 1988 bombing of a U.S.-bound jetliner which killed 270 people when it exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland. The Transitional National Council’s justice minister told reporters in Tripoli that Abdel Baset al-Megrahi already has been tried and convicted in Scotland for bombing […]

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Nepal Has New PM

Posted August 28th, 2011 at 7:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Nepal’s parliament on Sunday elected a Maoist candidate as the country’s new prime minister. Baburam Bhattarai, a senior member of the United Communist Party of Nepal, won 340 votes in the 601-seat parliament after receiving the backing of the country’s smaller political parties. His only opponent, Ram Chandra Poudel from the Nepali Congress party, received […]

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South Korean Police Use Water Cannon in Seoul Protest

Posted August 28th, 2011 at 6:55 pm (UTC-5)
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South Korean police have used water cannons to disperse protesters in Seoul demonstrating against hundreds of job losses at a major construction company. Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction, which runs a major shipyard in Busan, has laid off some 400 workers. At least 2,500 demonstrators gathered in South Korea’s capital Saturday night for a new […]

Death Toll From UN Nigeria Bombing Up to 23

Posted August 28th, 2011 at 6:10 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations says the death toll from Friday’s bombing of the U.N. headquarters in Nigeria has risen to 23 – and another 81 people were wounded in the attack. U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro visited some of the wounded Sunday as U.N. and Nigerian officials continue their investigation. The U.N. security chief said no […]

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Evidence Mounts of Atrocities After Tripoli’s Fall

Posted August 28th, 2011 at 6:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Survivors and rights groups say pro-Gadhafi forces committed possible war crimes as rebels moved into the Libyan capital last week, killing scores of detainees and arbitrarily executing dozens of civilians. Human Rights Watch said Sunday that its researchers have documented more than 110 corpses in four locations in Tripoli, many of whom appear to have […]

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Obama: Irene Impact to be ‘Felt for Sometime’

Posted August 28th, 2011 at 5:30 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama has cautioned Americans that the impact of Hurricane Irene “will be felt for some time.” Mr. Obama said Sunday that the emergency was not over and it could take days or weeks for a recovery effort to wrap up on the U.S. east coast. He said the region is still at […]

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Senior Pakistani Politician Resigns

Posted August 28th, 2011 at 5:15 pm (UTC-5)
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A senior politician with the ruling Pakistan People’s Party in Karachi resigned from his post, accusing the city’s largest political party of murder and terrorism. Zulfiqar Mirza said the powerful Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) is responsible for the killing of journalist Wali Khan Barber earlier this year. He also leveled accusations against MQM chief Altaf […]

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Typhoon Kills 10 in Philippines, Stalks Taiwan

Posted August 28th, 2011 at 5:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Taiwan is bracing for a deadly typhoon headed north from the Philippines, where it lashed the main island of Luzon with torrential rains and high winds, leaving at least 10 people dead. The Typhoon Nanmadol is expected to make landfall in Taiwan Monday, striking near the port city of Khaosiung before raking the island’s eastern […]

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Suicide Bomber Kills 28 in Baghdad Mosque

Posted August 28th, 2011 at 4:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Iraqi officials say a suicide bomber has blown himself up inside the largest Sunni mosque in Baghdad, killing at least 28 people and wounding 37 others during special prayers for the holy Muslim month of Ramadan. Interior Ministry officials said the blast took place late Sunday inside the blue-domed Um al-Qura mosque in the Iraqi […]

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Indian Anti-Graft Activist Ends Hunger Strike

Posted August 28th, 2011 at 4:30 pm (UTC-5)
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An Indian reform activist, whose protest galvanized the nation’s anger about corruption, is stopping his hunger strike, after parliament agreed to some of his demands for tougher anti-corruption legislation. Anna Hazare’s fast ended Sunday at an outdoor venue in New Delhi when two young children handed him a glass of coconut water and honey — […]

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