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German Court Rules in Favor of European Economic Bailouts

Posted September 7th, 2011 at 7:00 am (UTC-5)
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Germany’s Constitutional Court has upheld the country’s participation in the European Union rescue fund, but says the German parliament should have greater say in future economic bailout packages. The court ruled Wednesday that the German government is now required to seek the approval of parliament’s budgetary committee before taking part in any further large-scale economic […]

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Panamanian Police Arrest 80 People in Major Drug Bust

Posted September 7th, 2011 at 6:56 am (UTC-5)
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Panama’s drug prosecutor says a series of raids has disrupted a major trafficking ring that moved cocaine from Colombia to Panama and further north to the United States. Javier Caraballo says 80 Panamanians and Colombians were arrested in Monday’s raids. Authorities believe the traffickers used gangs associated with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia . […]

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Asia Markets Close Higher

Posted September 7th, 2011 at 6:55 am (UTC-5)
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Major Asian stock markets closed higher Wednesday. Tokyo’s Nikkei index gained just over two percent to finish at 8,763. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index soared nearly one and three-quarters percent to finish the day’s trading at 20,048. Share prices were also higher in Bangkok, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Mumbai, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Taipei and […]

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NATO Suspends Afghan Jail Transfer Over Torture Fears

Posted September 7th, 2011 at 6:55 am (UTC-5)
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NATO’s coalition in Afghanistan has stopped handing over prisoners to some Afghan jails following allegations of torture in an upcoming United Nations report. Coalition officials said Wednesday they are proceeding with “appropriate caution” until they can verify the expected findings in the pending U.N. report, which is expected to be released soon. Authorities reportedly are […]

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Dozens of Chinese Children Rescued from Slave Labor

Posted September 7th, 2011 at 6:50 am (UTC-5)
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Authorities in China say they have rescued 30 developmentally disabled children who were being used as slave labor at illegal brick factories. Some of those rescued from the factories in Henan province have disabilities so severe they cannot tell police where they come from. Eight people have been arrested in the case, including a 14-year-old […]

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Activists Criticize Zuma’s Chief Justice Pick

Posted September 7th, 2011 at 6:41 am (UTC-5)
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Several leading human rights activists are urging South African President Jacob Zuma to reconsider his plan to appoint a controversial pastor to lead the country’s judicial system. Three women Nobel laureates say that Zuma’s selection, Mogoeng Mogoeng, would weaken women’s rights if appointed as chief justice of the Constitutional Court. Ireland’s Mairead Maguire, American Jody […]

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Officials: Deadly Explosion in India Capital ‘Terrorist’ Attack

Posted September 7th, 2011 at 6:40 am (UTC-5)
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Indian authorities are calling the suspected bomb blast outside the High Court building in New Delhi a deliberate terror attack after it killed at least 10 people and wounded 62 others. Police say they believe the “medium intensity bomb” was hidden in a briefcase near a main gate to the building. The blast struck Wednesday […]

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Activists Say Syrian Forces Kill 7 in Homs Assault

Posted September 7th, 2011 at 6:36 am (UTC-5)
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Syrian rights activists say government security forces backed by tanks have killed at least seven people in an assault on the central flashpoint city of Homs. The activists said mobile phones, land lines and Internet services were cut off Wednesday in many parts of the city, which has been a hub for protests against President […]

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East Coast Flooding Continues Due to Tropical System; Hurricane Katia Weakens

Posted September 7th, 2011 at 6:31 am (UTC-5)
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The remnants of Tropical Storm Lee are expected to cause more flooding in the northeastern United States after dumping heavy rain and triggering destructive tornadoes in southern areas of the country. The U.S. National Weather Service has issued flash flood watches and advisories for areas from the Gulf Coast to New England. On Monday, the […]

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NASA Heads Back to the Moon

Posted September 7th, 2011 at 6:25 am (UTC-5)
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The U.S. space agency is preparing for Thursday’s launch of two unmanned spacecraft to the moon, nearly forty years after man last walked on the moon. NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory, or GRAIL, mission spacecraft will orbit the moon before landing on the lunar surface. The mission will map the moon from its core […]

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