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Would-be Parade Bomber Pleads Guilty to Hate Crime

Posted September 7th, 2011 at 3:35 pm (UTC-5)
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A man in Washington has pleaded guilty to federal hate crime and weapons charges. Kevin Harpham reached a plea deal with prosecutors Wednesday, as he acknowledged planting a homemade, backpack bomb along the route of a parade in honor of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. earlier this year. The deal, if approved […]

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Envoy: Iran Using Foreign Unrest To Advance Nuclear Ambitions

Posted September 7th, 2011 at 3:25 pm (UTC-5)
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A French envoy says Iran may be using political turmoil in countries such as Libya and Syria as a cover for its nuclear ambitions. French U.N. diplomat Martin Briens says the “eyes of the international community” are diverted elsewhere and Tehran may believe that it can profit from the situation. He commented during Wednesday’s Security […]

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Turkish PM to Visit Egypt, Tunisia, Libya

Posted September 7th, 2011 at 3:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is planning to visit Middle Eastern countries, where activists have staged popular uprisings this year against long-time leaders. Turkish officials say the prime minister’s Arab Spring tour starts Monday and includes visits to Egypt, Libya and Tunisia. Mr. Erdogan has said he may also cross into the Gaza Strip […]

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4.2 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Indian Capital

Posted September 7th, 2011 at 3:10 pm (UTC-5)
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A 4.2 magnitude earthquake hit the Indian capital, New Delhi, late Wednesday, jolting residents out of their beds. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties. Witnesses say the tremors, which lasted several seconds, shook buildings in and around the city just before midnight. The earthquake was also felt in New Delhi’s suburbs.

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Minister: Zimbabwe to Pull License From Mining Giant Zimplats

Posted September 7th, 2011 at 2:51 pm (UTC-5)
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A Zimbabwean official says the country is moving to cancel the operating license held by platinum giant Zimplats. In a report in Zimbabwe’s state-run newspaper The Herald, Saviour Kasukuwere, the minister for indigenization and black empowerment, accused Zimplats of failing to come up with a plan to turn over 51 percent of its shares to […]

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Earthquake Shakes Indian Capital

Posted September 7th, 2011 at 2:50 pm (UTC-5)
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An earthquake hit the Indian capital, New Delhi, late Wednesday, jolting residents out of their beds. Witnesses say the tremors, which lasted several seconds, shook buildings in and around the city just before midnight. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties. Indian media report that the quake’s magnitude measured 6.6.

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Italy’s Berlusconi Survives Austerity Confidence Vote

Posted September 7th, 2011 at 2:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has survived a confidence vote in the Senate over his government’s $76 billion austerity plan to stave off the country’s financial crisis. Parliament’s upper chamber voted Wednesday night after days of debate over the government’s plan to cut spending and raise taxes. The government is trying to trim its debts, […]

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Protests Against Swaziland King Turn Violent

Posted September 7th, 2011 at 2:16 pm (UTC-5)
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Protesters and security forces have clashed in Swaziland during a week of planned rallies against longtime ruler King Mswati. In the capital Mbabane Wednesday, police fired tear gas and beat demonstrating university students who had pelted the officers with stones. In the eastern town of Siteke, clashes broke out between police and people who had […]

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US, Palestinian Talks End With No Change on Statehood Issue

Posted September 7th, 2011 at 2:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Talks between Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and U.S. envoys have ended with no apparent shift in a Palestinian plan to seek statehood recognition in the United Nations this month. The French news agency quotes an aide to Mr. Abbas as saying differences between the two sides remained “wide” on Wednesday, following talks in the West […]

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US Raises Alert Level at Military Bases

Posted September 7th, 2011 at 2:06 pm (UTC-5)
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. Also Wednesday, top U.S. lawmakers said the Department of Homeland Security has made the nation safer. The chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee said Wednesday the United States has been “spared another catastrophic terrorist attack” partly as a result of what the department has done. But independent Senator Joe Lieberman […]

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