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UN Urges Nigeria to Stop Ethnic, Religious Violence

Posted September 9th, 2011 at 9:15 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations has urged Nigeria to stop ethnic and religious violence in its so-called Middle Belt, where it says fighting has killed up to 70 people since August. A spokesman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights called on Nigeria to deal with the root causes of fighting, particularly among Muslim and Christian […]

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Egyptians Again Rally for Reforms

Posted September 9th, 2011 at 8:05 am (UTC-5)
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Hundreds of Egyptian protesters are gathering Friday in Cairo’s Tahrir Square to urge the country’s interim military leaders to institute quicker democratic reforms. The protest, known as the “Friday of Correcting the Path,” aims to put pressure on Egypt’s Supreme Council of the Armed Forces to provide a concrete timeline for the transition to civilian […]

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Blast Claim Suspect Detained in Indian-controlled Kashmir

Posted September 9th, 2011 at 7:55 am (UTC-5)
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Police in Indian-controlled Kashmir said Friday they have detained a man suspected of sending an e-mail claiming responsibility for a bomb blast at New Delhi’s High Court that killed at least 12 people. Earlier Friday, police detained five other people for questioning as they probe rival claims of responsibility for Wednesday’s attack. Police arrested the […]

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European Stocks Lower in Midday Trading

Posted September 9th, 2011 at 7:45 am (UTC-5)
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European stock prices are lower in midday trading Friday. London’s Financial Times index is down three-quarters of one percent. The CAC-40 in Paris is down nearly one and one-half percent, and trading on the DAX index in Frankfurt is down nearly one and one-quarter percent. In New York, the S&P futures contract is down five […]

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Afghan Resistance Hero Honored

Posted September 9th, 2011 at 7:25 am (UTC-5)
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Afghans have gathered in Kabul to mark the 10th anniversary Friday of the death of resistance leader Ahmad Shah Massoud. An Afghan vice president and other government officials placed wreaths at a monument in Kabul. Massoud was a prominent resistance leader who fought Soviet troops and their allies in Afghanistan in the 1980s. He also […]

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Medvedev: Some Syrian Protesters “Terrorists”

Posted September 9th, 2011 at 7:16 am (UTC-5)
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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has hinted that Moscow may be open to a U.N. Security Council resolution aimed at sending a “strong message” to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, but only if it also addresses anti-government protesters. Speaking to Euronews television on Thursday, Mr. Medvedev said the Syrian government’s “disproportionate use of force” and “high toll […]

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Interpol Issues Arrest Warrant for Fugitive Gadhafi

Posted September 9th, 2011 at 6:51 am (UTC-5)
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Interpol has issued an arrest warrant for former Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi on charges that he has committed crimes against humanity. In a statement released Friday, Interpol says it issued a “red notice” for the arrest of Mr. Gadhafi, his son Saif al-Islam and former intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi, asking all 188 member countries to […]

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Asia Markets Close Mostly Higher

Posted September 9th, 2011 at 6:50 am (UTC-5)
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Major Asian stock markets closed mostly lower Friday. Tokyo’s Nikkei index lost over one-half of one percent to finish at 8,738. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index fell nearly one-quarter of one percent to finish the day’s trading at 19,867. Share prices were higher in Sydney, Taipei and Wellington, but lower in Bangkok, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, […]

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13 Sudanese Police Killed in Darfur Hostage Rescue Attempt

Posted September 9th, 2011 at 6:46 am (UTC-5)
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Sudanese officials say 13 police officers were killed and at least 30 wounded during a hostage rescue attempt in the volatile Darfur region Thursday. Police say the officers were attempting to free three soldiers in Jebel Mara when they confronted an armed gang. Sudanese newspaper al-Ahdath says one of the hostages is the Italian aid […]

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Burma Welcomes New US Envoy

Posted September 9th, 2011 at 6:25 am (UTC-5)
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The special U.S. envoy to Burma has arrived in the country for talks with leaders of the new nominally civilian government. Derek Mitchell will spend Friday holding meetings with the Burmese foreign minister and other officials in the administrative capital Naypyitaw. He will also meet with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, as well as […]

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