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Egypt Resumes Mubarak Trial

Posted September 5th, 2011 at 6:40 am (UTC-5)
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The trial of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak resumed Monday with a court in Cairo set to hear testimony from a top Egyptian police official and several officers. Mr. Mubarak was in attendance after arriving on a stretcher. Outside the court, security forces clashed with protesters, including some who threw stones at police. The proceedings […]

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Philippines Muslim Leader Calls Halt to Peace Talks

Posted September 5th, 2011 at 6:35 am (UTC-5)
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Peace talks between the Philippines government and the nation’s largest Muslim rebel group have hit a snag, with the rebels saying there is no point in returning to Malaysia for another round of talks next week. Murad Ebrahim, leader of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, told reporters at his jungle camp Monday that draft agreements […]

Bodies of Missing Germans Found in Afghanistan

Posted September 5th, 2011 at 6:10 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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Kurdish Rebels Offer Cease-fire With Iran

Posted September 5th, 2011 at 5:50 am (UTC-5)
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A Kurdish rebel group has proposed a cease-fire with Iran, saying it hopes the move would lead to a democratic solution to the conflict between the two sides. The Party of Free Life of Kurdistan said in a statement on the its website that the cease-fire would go into effect Monday if Iran agrees, but […]

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Famine Declared in Another Somalia Region

Posted September 5th, 2011 at 5:40 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations says famine has spread to a sixth region in southern Somalia. The world body’s Somalia Food Security Nutrition Analysis Unit said Monday that acute malnutrition and the rate of crude mortality have surpassed famine thresholds in the country’s Bay region. The report says poor households in the region face massive food deficits […]

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Asian, European Markets Sink on Fears of US Recession

Posted September 5th, 2011 at 5:40 am (UTC-5)
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Asian and European markets suffered heavy losses Monday as anxiety spreads about disappointing job creation figures from the United States. The downturn began in Asia, where South Korea’s main stock index lost almost 4.4 percent on the day. The pain continued when trading moved to Europe, where Paris and Frankfurt opened with losses of more […]

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Japan Share Prices Fall

Posted September 5th, 2011 at 5:30 am (UTC-5)
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Japanese share prices plunged Monday, while the dollar rose against the yen. Tokyo’s Nikkei index dropped nearly two percent , to close at 8,784. In currency trading, the dollar was selling at 76.84 yen, up a fraction from late Friday. Gold was trading at $1899.65 an ounce.

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China Says Gadhafi Aides Visited Beijing Seeking Arms

Posted September 5th, 2011 at 5:20 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese officials say aides to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi met with Chinese arms manufacturers in July seeking to buy sophisticated weapons for use against advancing rebel forces. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said Monday the meetings took place without the knowledge of the Chinese government and that no weapons were ever sold to the Libyans. […]

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Airliner Skids Off Canadian Runway

Posted September 5th, 2011 at 5:00 am (UTC-5)
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A United Express regional passenger jet has skidded off a runway at Ottawa International Airport. Authorities said the 44 passengers and crew on the plane were not apparently injured, but the Sunday incident did result in a fuel spill. Ottawa fire services sprayed foam on the spilled fuel and around the disabled aircraft. Ottawa police […]

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EC Chief Predicts Continued Economic Growth for Europe

Posted September 5th, 2011 at 4:45 am (UTC-5)
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The European Union’s top executive says he is confident that Europe will not slip back into a second recession. European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso offered the assurance Monday in Canberra after holding talks with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard. He said the common European currency remains strong and the region’s leaders are facing their […]