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Witnesses Accused of Perjury in Trial for Egypt’s Mubarak

Posted September 7th, 2011 at 10:25 am (UTC-5)
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Egyptian authorities have detained a prosecution witness in the trial of former President Hosni Mubarak on charges of perjury after he allegedly changed his story concerning the use of live ammunition on protesters. Officials said Wednesday that police chief Mohammed Abdel-Hakim denied any knowledge of security forces being equipped with live ammunition in late January […]

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Twin Suicide Bomb Blasts Kill 22 in SW Pakistan

Posted September 7th, 2011 at 10:15 am (UTC-5)
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The Pakistani Taliban says it carried out a pair of suicide bombings Wednesday that killed 22 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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US Stocks Advance in Early Trading Wednesday

Posted September 7th, 2011 at 10:00 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. stock indexes advanced in early trading Wednesday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is up 1.1 percent, the S&P 500 1.3 percent and the NASDAQ by 1.4 percent. European stocks jumped sharply in afternoon trading. London’s Financial Times index is up 2.4 percent. The CAC-40 in Paris is ahead 2.9 percent, and the DAX index […]

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Somali Pirates Free Danish Family, Crew

Posted September 7th, 2011 at 10:00 am (UTC-5)
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Somali pirates have released a Danish family of five and two Danish crew members who were seized while sailing around the world more than six months ago. In a statement Wednesday, the Danish foreign ministry said the freed hostages were safe and doing well under the circumstances. Danish authorities did not indicate if a ransom […]

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Turkish PM to Visit Egypt, Tunisia, Libya

Posted September 7th, 2011 at 9:56 am (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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US Meets With Palestinians to Forestall Statehood Bid

Posted September 7th, 2011 at 9:50 am (UTC-5)
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United States envoys are meeting with Palestinian leaders in an attempt to convince them to drop a Palestinian bid for statehood recognition at the United Nations. Envoy David Hale held talks with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank on Wednesday after U.S. diplomats met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other Israeli officials […]

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Burma Journal Publishes Aung San Suu Kyi Commentary

Posted September 7th, 2011 at 9:50 am (UTC-5)
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A Burma-based political journal has translated and published a Japanese news column authored by Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, in a move that follows years of censorship by the authoritarian Burmese government. This week’s edition of Rangoon’s New Era political journal published the uncensored Aung San Suu Kyi commentary that first appeared in […]

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Russian Plane Crash Kills 36

Posted September 7th, 2011 at 9:46 am (UTC-5)
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A Russian jet carrying a local ice hockey team has crashed in the western part of the country, killing 36 of the 37 people on board. 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 one […]

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US Falls, China Gains in Competitive Economies List

Posted September 7th, 2011 at 9:41 am (UTC-5)
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Switzerland is still the world’s most competitive economy, but China and other emerging countries are gaining ground, according to a study published Wednesday by the World Economic Forum. The WEF says Switzerland benefits from good infrastructure and financial markets, and transparent government. The United States fell to fifth place in the rankings, while China moved […]

Switzerland Most Competitive Economy; US Falls To Fifth

Posted September 7th, 2011 at 9:36 am (UTC-5)
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Switzerland is still the world’s most competitive economy, but China and other emerging countries are gaining ground, according to a study published Wednesday by the World Economic Forum. The WEF says Switzerland benefits from good infrastructure and financial markets, transparent government and transparent government. The United States fell to fifth place in the rankings, while […]

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