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Euro, Stocks Plunge on Worry of Greek Default

Posted September 9th, 2011 at 2:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Stock markets plunged Friday along with the value of the euro, the common currency used by 17 European nations, as investors worried that Greece could soon default on its bailout loans. The euro dropped to its lowest valuation against the Japanese yen in 10 years and to its weakest point against the U.S. dollar in […]

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Pakistan Warns of Plot to Free bin Laden’s Family

Posted September 9th, 2011 at 2:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Pakistan is warning that the Pakistani Taliban is planning to kidnap senior government officials in order to secure the release of Osama bin Laden’s relatives. Three of the al-Qaida leader’s wives and several children have been in Pakistani custody since U.S. special forces killed bin Laden on May 2 in the town of Abbottabad. Pakistani […]

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Clashes Erupt in Stronghold of Libya’s Gadhafi

Posted September 9th, 2011 at 2:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Provisional government fighters in Libya have entered a stronghold for Moammar Gadhafi’s loyalists ahead of a deadline for them to surrender. The fighters say street battles with loyalists erupted in the center of the desert town of Bani Walid on Friday. The National Transitional Council forces pushed into the city after loyalists fired a barrage […]

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Hundreds Gather for London Funeral Following Riots

Posted September 9th, 2011 at 1:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Hundreds of mourners have gathered for the funeral of a man killed by police in an incident that sparked several days of riots in London and other British cities last month. The funeral of Mark Duggan took place Friday in the Tottenham district in north London. His coffin was in a white carriage pulled by […]

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Syrian Forces Kill Several Protesters

Posted September 9th, 2011 at 1:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Activists say Syrian security forces have killed several people in attempts to stop anti-government protests on Friday. The activists say forces opened fire on demonstrators who had appealed for “international protection” at rallies in cities across the country. The Syrian government blamed “armed gangs” and “terrorists” for much of the violence that has erupted since […]

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Power Restored to Millions in US, Mexico

Posted September 9th, 2011 at 1:31 pm (UTC-5)
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Power has been restored to San Diego and other areas in Southern California, Arizona and northern Mexico after a nearly 12-hour outage on a sweltering summer day. Officials say they are still investigating the cause of the blackout, which snarled rush hour traffic when it began Thursday afternoon. A spokesman for the power company Arizona […]

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Thousands Attend Rival Rallies in Yemen

Posted September 9th, 2011 at 1:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Tens of thousands of activists have rallied in Yemen, where some called for President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s departure and others voiced their support of him. Large crowds of chanting anti-government protesters converged in cities including the capital, Sana’a, and Taiz on Friday. Meanwhile, the state-run SABA news agency says “millions” of loyalists gathered to voice […]

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Afghan Resistance Commander Remembered

Posted September 9th, 2011 at 1:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Afghans have gathered in Kabul to mark the 10th anniversary of the death of resistance commander Ahmad Shah Massoud. Massoud fought Soviet troops and their allies in Afghanistan in the 1980s. He also led the Northern Alliance, a group of Afghan commanders who fought against the Taliban in the 1990s. He was killed by Arab […]

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Obama Presses for Passage of Jobs Plan

Posted September 9th, 2011 at 12:51 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama asked a crowd of university students in Virginia Friday to pressure Congress to accept his job creation proposal. Mr. Obama repeatedly called out “pass this bill” in Friday’s appearance in Richmond, promoting the nearly $450 billion plan he announced Thursday at a joint session of Congress. He said in the coming […]

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UN Urges Nigeria to End Ethnic, Religious Violence

Posted September 9th, 2011 at 12:45 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations has expressed concern about a surge of ethnic and religious violence in central Nigeria, where officials say a father and his seven children were killed. Officials say the family and at least one other person were killed in a village just outside the restive city of Jos. A spokesman for the U.N. […]

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