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Rwandan Opposition Leader Goes on Trial

Posted September 5th, 2011 at 10:31 am (UTC-5)
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The trial of Rwandan opposition leader Victoire Ingabire has resumed in the capital, Kigali. Ingabire, who appeared in court wearing a pink prison jumpsuit and with a shaved head, is charged with inciting ethnic divisions to cause state insecurity. During Monday’s hearing the prosecution asked for a delay in the trial, which has already been […]

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French Ex-President Chirac Too Ill to Attend Corruption Trial

Posted September 5th, 2011 at 10:30 am (UTC-5)
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Former French President Jacques Chirac was too ill to attend the opening of a corruption trial against him on Monday. Mr. Chirac’s lawyers said the former leader has memory problems and is not competent to attend court. The former president is accused of embezzling public funds between 1977 to 1995, while he was the mayor […]

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Bodies of Missing Germans Found in Afghanistan

Posted September 5th, 2011 at 10:10 am (UTC-5)
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A provincial governor in Afghanistan says the bodies of two German citizens who were reported missing in the northern province of Parwan last month have been found. Baseer Salangi said the bodies were found Monday. Additional details about the discovery were not immediately available. German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle had said his government was following […]

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Activists: Syrian Troops Kill 3 People

Posted September 5th, 2011 at 9:55 am (UTC-5)
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Syrian rights activists say government security forces have killed at least three people in attacks on towns and villages in central and northern Syria, where protesters have called for the ouster of autocratic President Bashar al-Assad. The activists say Syrian troops shot and killed two people in the central province of Homs on Monday. They […]

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Famine Declared in Another Somalia Region

Posted September 5th, 2011 at 9:55 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations says four million people are now in crisis as famine spreads in Somalia – and 750,000 are at risk of death. The U.N. reported Monday that famine has extended to a sixth region in southern Somalia and is expected to spread further in the next four months unless aid is increased. The […]

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Europe Rights Chief Urges Probe of CIA Detention Centers

Posted September 5th, 2011 at 9:50 am (UTC-5)
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The Council of Europe’s human rights commissioner has urged Lithuania, Poland and Romania to investigate their governments’ alleged roles in the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency’s secret “rendition” program of detaining, transporting and interrogating terrorism suspects in foreign countries. Commissioner Thomas Hammarberg says the CIA set up “black sites” in overseas locations, including some in Europe, […]

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Libyan Fighters Surround Gadhafi Stronghold

Posted September 5th, 2011 at 9:35 am (UTC-5)
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Reinforcements for Libyan provisional authority fighters Monday headed towards one of last remaining strongholds of ousted leader Moammar Gadhafi. There are reports that negotiations aimed at persuading Gadhafi loyalists to peacefully surrender the desert town of Bani Walid broke down on Monday. But there is confusion about what lies ahead: local authority commanders speak of […]

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Pakistan Captures Senior al-Qaida Leader

Posted September 5th, 2011 at 9:30 am (UTC-5)
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Pakistan’s military said it has arrested a senior al-Qaida official and two other members of the terrorist group in an operation assisted by U.S. intelligence agencies. An army statement identified the senior detainee as Younis al-Mauritani, who it said had been tasked by Osama bin Laden with targeting economic interests in the United States, Europe […]

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Monks from North, South Korea Hold Joint Service

Posted September 5th, 2011 at 9:30 am (UTC-5)
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Buddhist monks from North and South Korea held a rare joint religious service Monday outside the North Korean capital, where they commemorated the 1,000th anniversary of a collection of engraved Buddhist scripture considered sacred in both countries. Thirty-seven South Korean monks participated in the service at a temple northeast of Pyongyang, where North Korea’s KCNA […]

Stock, Oil Prices Fall As Investors Worry About Growth

Posted September 5th, 2011 at 9:20 am (UTC-5)
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Stock markets declined in Europe and Asia on Monday following disappointing economic reports in the United States and China, the world’s two largest economies. A key European stock index was down as much as 3.8 percent, while the closely-watched market in Hong Kong fell almost three percent. U.S. markets were closed for Monday’s Labor Day […]

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