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Obama Plans Jobs Speech to Congress Next Week

Posted August 31st, 2011 at 10:00 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama says he will announce plans to promote jobs and economic growth in a speech to Congress on September 8. In a sign of continued fraught relations between the two political parties, the date for the speech was only settled Wednesday after a public disagreement with Speaker John Boehner, the top Republican […]

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Car Bomb Kills 10 After Eid Prayers in Pakistan

Posted August 31st, 2011 at 9:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Pakistani police say a suspected suicide car bomber killed 10 people, including women and children, after morning prayers Wednesday at the start of Eid al-Fitr in southwestern Baluchistan province. Authorities say hundreds of people were leaving a Shi’ite mosque in Quetta when the bomb exploded in a nearby parking lot. Eid al-Fitr is a three-day […]

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South Sudan Denies Supporting Rebels in Southern Kordofan

Posted August 31st, 2011 at 9:15 pm (UTC-5)
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South Sudan’s government has rejected an accusation from Sudan that it supports rebels in a conflict-ridden Sudanese border state. In a statement Wednesday, South Sudan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it “categorically denies” the accusation that it supports rebels in Sudan’s Southern Kordofan state. South Sudan said the conflict in the state is partly due […]

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Scientists Date Ancient Tools To Earlier Time

Posted August 31st, 2011 at 8:50 pm (UTC-5)
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New research suggests that ancient humans made sophisticated stone tools much earlier than believed. A team of scientists from the United States and France say they used a technique to date mudstone from a site near Kenya’s Lake Turkana. They determined the age of ancient tools found there to be 1.76 million years old. Previous […]

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Saab Chief Apologies to Unpaid Workers

Posted August 31st, 2011 at 8:35 pm (UTC-5)
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The head of Sweden’s ailing car maker, Saab, is offering his “sincere apologies” to workers who have not been paid for a month. Victor Muller said Wednesday the second quarter of the year has been “unbelievably tough” for Saab, with a $220 million loss and the threat of bankruptcy. Muller said Saab management is working […]

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Colombia: Defense Minister Replaced Amid Growing Guerilla Violence

Posted August 31st, 2011 at 8:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has replaced his defense minister amid rising concerns over a surge in guerilla attacks. Rodrigo Rivera resigned on Wednesday, saying he was going to “explore new opportunities.” Mr. Santos praised Rivera’s accomplishments at the news conference announcing his departure. But both Mr. Santos and Rivera have faced growing criticism over […]

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Mexico Casino Attack May Be Linked to Corruption

Posted August 31st, 2011 at 7:55 pm (UTC-5)
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The investigation into a deadly arson attack on a Mexico casino has taken a new turn after surveillance photos and videos surfaced showing the local mayor’s brother accepting wads of cash at a casino just days before the attack. Mexican newspapers and websites published the images Wednesday. They show Manuel Jonas Larrazabal, the brother of […]

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Syrian Forces Raid Hama, Make Arrests

Posted August 31st, 2011 at 7:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Syrian activists and residents say security forces backed by tanks have entered the central city of Hama, making arrests and hunting for leaders behind the five-month, pro-democracy uprising against President Bashar al-Assad. They said hundreds of troops emerged Wednesday from buses parked on the city’s outskirts and searched two neighborhoods, al-Qusour and al-Hamidiya. The soldiers […]

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Gadhafi Son: Fight Will Continue Until Death

Posted August 31st, 2011 at 6:55 pm (UTC-5)
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One of former Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s sons told a Syrian television station late Wednesday he is in the suburbs outside Tripoli and that loyalist commanders have told him their men would fight to the death. Seif al-Islam Gadhafi vowed that he and other family members would never surrender and said his father “is fine.” […]

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Uganda Bans North-African Solidarity Rally

Posted August 31st, 2011 at 6:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Police in Uganda have banned an opposition rally planned to congratulate North Africans for overthrowing oppressive leaders. A police spokesman said Wednesday that the rally in the capital Kampala could incite violence. The organizers of the protest said the demonstration, planned for Friday, would celebrate the power of people in North Africa following the overthrow […]

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