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EU Ministers Meet To Discuss Middle East, Syria

Posted September 2nd, 2011 at 1:00 pm (UTC-5)
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European Union foreign ministers kicked off a two-day meeting in Sopot, Poland, Friday to discuss a variety of common topics, including the Middle East peace process and sanctions against Syria. The 27 EU member nations are looking at taking a unified position on Palestinian statehood in a United Nations vote later this month. French President […]

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Napolitano: No 9/11 Anniversary al-Qaida Plot Detected

Posted September 2nd, 2011 at 12:56 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says there is no “credible intelligence” that al-Qaida or its affiliates are plotting attacks in the United States to coincide with the tenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. But Napolitano says officials remain at a heightened state of vigilance. Her statement Friday said security measures are […]

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Report: Chinese Investors Bid for Dodgers

Posted September 2nd, 2011 at 12:55 pm (UTC-5)
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The Los Angeles Times reports that a group of investors indirectly financed by the government of China is offering to buy Major League Baseball’s Los Angeles Dodgers for $1.2 billion. The group is led by Los Angeles Marathon founder Bill Burke, according to a letter sent this week to Frank McCourt, owner of the bankrupt […]

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Turkish Airlines Plane Skids Off Mumbai Runway

Posted September 2nd, 2011 at 12:30 pm (UTC-5)
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A Turkish Airlines plane has skidded off the runway in India’s western city of Mumbai, the second such incident so far this week. The plane was carrying 104 passengers when it lost control shortly after landing early Friday. Turkish Airlines said all passengers and crew were evacuated safely and there were no injuries. The airline […]

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Foreign Oil Companies Resume Operations in Libya

Posted September 2nd, 2011 at 12:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Libya’s provisional authority says five international energy firms are resuming operations in the country, a critical step in Tripoli’s efforts to rebuild an economy wracked by civil unrest and sanctions. National Transitional Authority member Aref Ali Nayed said Friday the five include the Italian oil giant, ENI. He commented in Paris following a meeting between […]

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Clashes Erupt in Key Border State in Sudan

Posted September 2nd, 2011 at 12:05 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. The clashes broke out late Thursday in the town of al-Damazin in Blue Nile state, and each side has accused the other of instigating the violence. The Sudanese government said Friday it pushed back forces traditionally […]

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UN to Announce Somalia Famine Has Spread

Posted September 2nd, 2011 at 11:45 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations is expected to announced Monday that the famine in Somalia has spread to a sixth region in the drought-stricken country. A U.N. official has told VOA the famine now includes the Bay region in south Somalia. Bay is a major food-producing region of Somalia and the official said food production there has […]

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Earthquake Strikes Northern Argentina

Posted September 2nd, 2011 at 11:40 am (UTC-5)
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An earthquake struck northern Argentina Friday. The U.S. Geological Survey says the 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck Friday morning, 130 kilometers southeast of Santiago del Estero. The quake was centered about 600 kilometers underground. There were no immediate reports of damage.

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Militants Kidnap 30 Pakistani Boys in Afghanistan

Posted September 2nd, 2011 at 11:30 am (UTC-5)
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Local Pakistani officials say suspected Taliban militants have abducted more than 30 Pakistani boys who mistakenly crossed into neighboring Afghanistan. Officials say the boys, between the ages of 10 and 18, were kidnapped Thursday after crossing from Pakistan’s Bajaur tribal region into eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar province. The boys were reportedly taking part in an outing […]

13 Killed at Protests in Syria

Posted September 2nd, 2011 at 11:25 am (UTC-5)
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Activists say Syrian security forces killed at least 13 people in anti-government protests on Friday. They say forces used live ammunition on demonstrators in areas including Damascus suburbs and the flashpoint central province of Homs. Activists took to the streets under the banner of “death rather than humiliation” as they renewed calls for President Bashar […]

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