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German Court to Rule on Legality of European Rescue Fund

Posted September 7th, 2011 at 1:30 am (UTC-5)
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Germany’s Constitutional Court is set to rule Wednesday on a legal challenge to the country’s participation in the European Union rescue fund. The lawsuit was brought by a group of six lawmakers and professors, who argue the initial economic bailout of Greece and the subsequent formation of the $620 billion eurozone bailout fund violate both […]

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Center for Disease Control says Fewer Americans Smoke

Posted September 7th, 2011 at 1:22 am (UTC-5)
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The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention says fewer American adults are smoking cigarettes, and those who continue to smoke are consuming fewer cigarettes. A CDC report says nearly 20 percent of American adults, or 45 million people, smoked in 2010. That means there were three million fewer American smokers last year than in […]

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Egypt Continues Mubarak Trial

Posted September 7th, 2011 at 1:05 am (UTC-5)
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An Egyptian court is set to hear more testimony Wednesday in the trial of former president Hosni Mubarak, as the country’s justice ministry cleared a group of Kuwaiti lawyers to join Mr. Mubarak’s defense team. The session at the court in Cairo follows testimony Monday from a top police official, who said he was not […]

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UN Burma Report Sees Opportunities, Calls For Action

Posted September 7th, 2011 at 12:30 am (UTC-5)
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The U.N. secretary general says this year’s change of government in Burma has created opportunities for a more inclusive national discourse in the country, but adds that it is too early to say whether real change is occurring. In a report to the United Nations General Assembly this week, Ban Ki-moon says last November’s elections, […]

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Pakistan Imposes Sanctions on Doctor Involved in Bin Laden Raid

Posted September 7th, 2011 at 12:20 am (UTC-5)
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Pakistani officials have imposed sanctions on a local doctor who assisted the United States in its raid against al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden. The Pakistani government-appointed Abbottabad Commission said in a statement Tuesday that anyone involved in the May 2 raid that killed bin Laden would be banned from travelling abroad without special clearance. Dr. […]

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Tropical Storm Related Flooding Continues From Gulf Coast to New England

Posted September 7th, 2011 at 12:05 am (UTC-5)
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The remnants of Tropical Storm Lee are expected to cause more flooding in the United States after dumping heavy rain and triggering destructive tornadoes in southern areas of the country. The U.S. National Weather Service says the storm is moving northeast. Flash flood watches and advisories are in effect from parts of the Gulf Coast […]

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