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Tropical Storm Lee Weakens, Remains a Threat

Posted September 3rd, 2011 at 9:05 pm (UTC-5)
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The Gulf coast of the southern U.S. state of Louisiana is facing drenching rains as Tropical Storm Lee lingers offshore. Lee’s winds weakened Saturday as it wound its way northward toward the Louisiana coast, after stalling for several hours earlier. It was expected to make landfall late Saturday. The National Hurricane Center says the slow-moving […]

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Libyans Celebrate Football Victory Under New Flag

Posted September 3rd, 2011 at 8:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Hundreds of joyful Libyans gathered in the capital, Tripoli, late Saturday to celebrate the national football team’s first victory since anti-Gadhafi forces toppled the long-time Libyan leader and forced him into hiding. People cheered and fired off celebratory gunshots in Tripoli’s central Martyrs Square which, until recently, the Libyan government had used for mass demonstrations […]

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UN Says Ivory Coast Refugees Returning Home

Posted September 3rd, 2011 at 7:15 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nation’s refugee agency says 70,000 Ivorians who fled the post-election violence in their country have now returned home. The agency says the refugees returned to western Ivory Coast on their own accord in recent months. More than 173,000 Ivorians are believed to have crossed into Liberia following last November’s disputed election and the […]

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Israel: Turkey’s Decision to Expel Israeli Ambassador ‘Regrettable’

Posted September 3rd, 2011 at 7:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Israel has expressed regret over Turkey’s decision to expel the Israeli ambassador and suspend all military ties between the two countries in the wake of a United Nations report on a deadly Israeli raid off the coast of the Palestinian-ruled Gaza Strip last year. A statement issued Saturday by the prime minister’s office said Israel […]

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Libya’s Provisional Leaders Vow No Revenge

Posted September 3rd, 2011 at 6:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Libyan National Transitional Council has urged civilians in areas held by former leader Moammar Gadhafi areas to come over to its side, vowing no revenge will be taken. Speaking in Tripoli Saturday, NTC deputy chairman Ali Tarhouni said transitional forces have not perpetrated any acts of vengeance and have treated their rivals with civility. He […]

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NATO, Afghan Forces Kill Key Al-Qaida Affiliate

Posted September 3rd, 2011 at 5:40 pm (UTC-5)
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NATO said Saturday coalition and Afghan forces have killed a former detainee at the U.S. facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, who became a key al-Qaida affiliate after returning to Afghanistan. A coalition statement said Sabar Lal was killed in an operation late Friday in northeastern Nangarhar province. The statement described Lal as an insurgent leader […]

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Israelis Hold Huge Rallies for ‘Social Justice’

Posted September 3rd, 2011 at 5:20 pm (UTC-5)
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An estimated 400,000 Israelis poured into streets in cities across the Jewish state late Saturday to protest the rising cost of living. In Tel Aviv, a large crowd of chanting protesters called for social justice, increasing pressure on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to take on economic reforms. Activists said Saturday’s so-called “march of the million” […]

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Five Killed in Crackdown Against Protesters in Syria

Posted September 3rd, 2011 at 5:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Syrian forces continued a crackdown across the country Saturday, with reports of at least five more people killed. The bloodshed came as the head of the International Committee of the Red Cross was due to meet with President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus late Saturday — and as a European Union oil embargo against Damascus went […]

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Cuban Defense Minister Dies

Posted September 3rd, 2011 at 4:35 pm (UTC-5)
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State-run media in Cuba say the country’s defense minister died from a heart attack Saturday. Julio Casas Regueiro fought alongside Fidel and Raul Castro in the guerrilla war that brought the two brothers to power in 1959. He succeeded Raul Castro as head of the armed forces in 2008, when Castro replaced his brother Fidel […]

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Suicide Bomber Kills 3 Soldiers in Yemen

Posted September 3rd, 2011 at 3:51 pm (UTC-5)
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Yemeni officials say a suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden car into an army checkpoint in the country’s volatile south Saturday, killing three soldiers and wounding seven others. The officials said the bomber drove up to the checkpoint on the road between the port city of Aden and Zinjibar and blew himself up. Militants have a […]

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