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Typhoon Talas Makes Landfall in Japan

Posted September 2nd, 2011 at 11:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Japanese officials say slow-moving Typhoon Talas has made landfall on the island of Shikoku, dumping heavy rains across a wide swath of the country. Authorities say at least one person has died and three others are missing in Talas’ aftermath. The Japan Meteorological Agency has issued a warning that the heavy rains and strong winds […]

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Mexican President Vows to Continue Drug Gang Crackdown

Posted September 2nd, 2011 at 8:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Mexico’s president is vowing to fight to the last day of his term against the drug cartels that have spread insecurity and taken over towns and police forces across Mexico. In a speech to the nation Friday, President Felipe Calderon said if the government backed down from its military crackdown, the country would be “totally […]

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UN Names New Peacekeeping Chief

Posted September 2nd, 2011 at 7:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations has named a new chief of its peacekeeping operations. Veteran French diplomat Herve Ladsous was appointed Friday to take on the high-profile job. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said in a statement the former ambassador brings”acute political judgement” and “a profound understanding” of the challenges facing the U.N. Ladsous will be in charge […]

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Malaysian Journalist Killed in Somalia

Posted September 2nd, 2011 at 7:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Officials in Somalia say a Malaysian journalist has been shot dead and another wounded in the war-torn capital, Mogadishu. Officials say the journalists were traveling in a car when they were shot Friday during an incident that involved African Union troops. They say further details on the shooting are not yet clear. Malaysia’s national Bernama […]

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Turkey Expels Israeli Ambassador Over UN Report

Posted September 2nd, 2011 at 6:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Turkey has expelled Israel’s ambassador to Ankara and suspended all military agreements after a United Nations report on last year’s Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound Turkish ship failed to elicit an Israeli apology. Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Friday his government is reducing its diplomatic presence in Israel to the level of second secretary. […]

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US Arrests Pakistani on Terror Support Charges

Posted September 2nd, 2011 at 5:55 pm (UTC-5)
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A 24-year-old Pakistani man living in Virginia has been arrested and accused of helping to produce a video for a terrorist group in Pakistan. According to court documents, Jubair Ahmad produced and uploaded a propaganda video to YouTube on behalf of Lashkar-e-Taiba, a Pakistan-based terrorist group. Ahmad was charged with providing material support to a […]

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Clashes Erupt in Key Border State in Sudan

Posted September 2nd, 2011 at 5:50 pm (UTC-5)
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The Sudanese army says it has battled rebels aligned with newly independent South Sudan in a key border state. Sudan’s state run news agency said Friday the government has declared a state of emergency in Blue Nile state and appointed a military ruler for the region after fighting broke out late Thursday. Each side has […]

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US Sues Major Banks Over Faulty Mortgage-Backed Stocks

Posted September 2nd, 2011 at 5:15 pm (UTC-5)
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The U. S. government has filed lawsuits against 17 major banks, saying the government lost money — and the 2008 financial crisis was sparked — in part because these banks made their mortgages seem less risky. The Federal Housing Finance Agency said Friday their review shows that the banks provided marketing and sales material that […]

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Turkey Agrees to Host NATO Radar System

Posted September 2nd, 2011 at 4:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Turkey has agreed to deploy an early warning radar system by the end of the year as part of NATO’s missile defense program for Europe. It is aimed at countering the threat of missile attacks from Iran. Turkish military officials said Friday the technical negotiations of the deployment of the defense system in Turkey have […]

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US Stocks Close Lower

Posted September 2nd, 2011 at 4:30 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. stock indexes fell sharply Friday after the government reported that the American economy added no new jobs in August. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 2.2 percent to close at 11,240. The S&P 500 was down 2.5 percent to end at 1,174 and the Nasdaq composite index fell 2.6 percent to 2,480. European stocks […]

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