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U.S. Scientist Pleads Guilty to Espionage

Posted September 7th, 2011 at 1:36 pm (UTC-5)
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A U.S. space scientist has pleaded guilty to attempted espionage for trying to sell classified information to a U.S. federal agent posing as an Israeli intelligence officer. The Department of Justice said Wednesday that Stewart David Nozette entered his plea Wednesday in federal court in Washington, D.C. Federal officials and Nozette’s lawyers agreed to a […]

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Twin Suicide Bomb Blasts Kill 24 in Pakistan

Posted September 7th, 2011 at 1:36 pm (UTC-5)
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The Pakistani Taliban says it carried out a pair of suicide bombings Wednesday that killed 24 people in southwestern city of Quetta, in retaliation for the recent arrest of an al-Qaida leader. Two suicide bombers attacked the home of the deputy head of Baluchistan province’s paramilitary Frontier Corps. Police say the first attacker detonated his […]

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Nearly 1,000 Prisoners Escape DR Congo Jail

Posted September 7th, 2011 at 1:35 pm (UTC-5)
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An official in the Democratic Republic of Congo says gunmen have attacked a jail in the southeastern state of Katanga, killing two people and allowing nearly 1,000 prisoners to escape. Katanga’s interior minister, Dikanga Kazadi, says eight assailants attacked guards at the prison in the city of Lubumbashi on Wednesday, in a bid to free […]

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US Hits Al-Qaida Leaders with Sanctions

Posted September 7th, 2011 at 1:26 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States is putting sanctions on three accused al-Qaida leaders to strike “at the heart” of the terror group’s Pakistani operations. The U.S. Treasury Department Wednesday sanctioned Abu Yahya al-Libi, Abd al-Rahman Ould Mohammad al Husayn Ould Muhammad Salim and Mustafa Hajji Muhammad Khan. The sanctions freeze any U.S.-based assets belonging to the men. […]

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Bomb Threats Force Pakistani Planes to Land in Turkey, Malaysia

Posted September 7th, 2011 at 1:26 pm (UTC-5)
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Two Pakistan International Airlines planes have been forced to land because of bomb threats, one in Turkey and one in Malaysia. Both landed safely. Turkey’s state-run Anatolia news agency says a jet carrying 378 passengers was on its way to Britain Wednesday, when it made an emergency landing at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport. The plane was […]

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Chinese Premier Orders Official Probe of US Oil Giant

Posted September 7th, 2011 at 1:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has ordered a thorough probe of an oil spill at a site in northern China operated by U.S. oil giant ConocoPhillips. Environmentalists say an undersea well site that began leaking in early June has badly polluted the beaches in Bohai Bay, and impacted fishing and agricultural operations in the coastal region […]

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US: Sudan Fighting Obstacle to Closer Ties

Posted September 7th, 2011 at 1:16 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States says fighting in two Sudanese border regions is hampering efforts to build closer ties with Khartoum. The U.S. special envoy for Sudan, Princeton Lyman, says Washington wants to develop better ties with Sudan, after it allowed South Sudan to declare independence in July. However, Lyman says recent violence in the border states […]

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Egyptian Judge Orders Military Chief to Testify in Mubarak Trial

Posted September 7th, 2011 at 1:10 pm (UTC-5)
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An Egyptian judge has summoned the head of the ruling military council and several other high-ranking officials to testify at the trial of former President Hosni Mubarak. The judge on Wednesday ordered Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi to testify in a closed session set to begin on Sunday. Tantawi served as Mr. Mubarak’s intelligence chief. […]

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Russian Plane Crash Kills 43

Posted September 7th, 2011 at 1:05 pm (UTC-5)
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A Russian jet carrying a top local ice hockey team has crashed in the western part of the country, killing at least 43 people. The Emergency Situations Ministry says the Yak-42 passenger plane crashed immediately after take-off Wednesday from the city of Yaroslavl, about 240 kilometers northeast of Moscow. The ministry says the plane was […]

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US Stocks Advance Sharply in Midday Trading

Posted September 7th, 2011 at 12:55 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. stock indexes advanced with broad gains in midday trading Wednesday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is up 1.6 percent, the S&P 500 by 2 percent and the NASDAQ 2.1 percent. European stocks jumped sharply. London’s Financial Times index rose 3.1 percent to close at 5,319. The CAC-40 in Paris finished up 3.6 percent at […]

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