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In US, a Labor Day Short on Celebration

Posted September 5th, 2011 at 9:15 am (UTC-5)
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Monday is the Labor Day holiday in the United States, the country’s traditional salute to workers that this year finds the nation struggling with persistent high unemployment and stagnant job growth. Labor Day has been officially recognized in the U.S. since 1894, and over the years has often been celebrated as the last of the […]

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Inquiry Examines Possible British-led Renditions to Libya

Posted September 5th, 2011 at 9:10 am (UTC-5)
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A British inquiry is looking into allegations that British security services were involved in delivering terrorism suspects to Libya, knowing that they would be tortured. Prime Minister David Cameron was expected to address the latest allegations in a speech to Parliament later Monday. Human Rights Watch said it found documents that appear to incriminate Britain’s […]

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Monsoon Rains Kill More Than 130 in Pakistan

Posted September 5th, 2011 at 8:45 am (UTC-5)
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Monsoon rains have killed at least 130 people and affected more than 2 million in Pakistan. Local officials said Monday that three weeks of heavy rains have flooded thousands of fields and inundated villages in the southern Sindh province. Last year, southern Pakistan was hardest hit by massive floods that swamped one-fifth of the country, […]

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Airstrike on Yemen Mosque Kills 7

Posted September 5th, 2011 at 8:15 am (UTC-5)
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Officials and witnesses say a Yemeni jet has bombed a mosque in the south of the country, killing seven people. An official told the French news agency that the airstrike in Jaar Monday was an error and that the military had intended to hit a smaller mosque that was overrun by suspected al-Qaida insurgents. Militants […]

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Palestinian Prime Minister Blames Israel For Mosque Arson

Posted September 5th, 2011 at 7:40 am (UTC-5)
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Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad has blamed Israel for an arson attack on a mosque in the West Bank, saying the government has failed to hold those behind similar attacks responsible for their actions. Officials said burning tires damaged the first floor of the mosque in Qusra Monday, while the names of two Israeli settlement […]

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European Markets Sharply Lower at Midday

Posted September 5th, 2011 at 7:35 am (UTC-5)
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European stock markets were sharply lower in midday trading Monday. London’s Financial Times 100 index was down 2.5 percent to 5,163. The CAC-40 in Paris plunged 4 percent to 3.024. And the DAX in Frankfurt lost 3.9 percent to hit 5,325. U.S. markets are closed for the Labor Day holiday. In Asia, Tokyo’s Nikkei index […]

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Artist Vann Nath, Khmer Rouge Survivor, Dies at 66

Posted September 5th, 2011 at 7:20 am (UTC-5)
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Family members say Cambodia’s Vann Nath, one of only seven survivors of a vast and notorious Khmer Rouge torture center, died Monday at age 66. The human rights icon and artist was hospitalized late last month after suffering heart problems and has been in a coma for days. His son-in-law told the French news agency […]

Rights Activists Say Syrian Forces Kill 2 in Homs

Posted September 5th, 2011 at 6:55 am (UTC-5)
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Syrian rights activists say government security forces have killed two people after storming the central city of Homs, in a continuing crackdown against dissent. The operation comes as the head of the International Committee of the Red Cross is set to meet with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. ICRC head Jakob Kellenberger met Sunday in Damascus […]

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China Provides Flood Relief Donation to Laos

Posted September 5th, 2011 at 6:55 am (UTC-5)
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China has given Laos a donation of $30,000 to help ease the suffering of victims of two major tropical storms. The storms, Haima and Nock-Ten, struck in late June and late July, causing Laos’ worst flooding in decades. The floodwaters swept away houses and rice barns and damaged thousands of hectares of farmland. Chinese Ambassador […]

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Asian Markets Sharply Lower

Posted September 5th, 2011 at 6:50 am (UTC-5)
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Asian stock markets were sharply lower in trading Monday. Tokyo’s Nikkei index dropped nearly two percent , to close at 8,784. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index lost nearly three percent , to end at 19,616. Elsewhere share prices were lower in Manila, Wellington, Taipei, Sydney and Shanghai. Markets also dropped in Seoul, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, […]

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