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Egypt on High Alert After Israeli Embassy Violence

Posted September 10th, 2011 at 4:45 am (UTC-5)
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Egypt’s security forces are on high alert Saturday following a night of violence in which protesters raided the Israeli Embassy in Cairo. The Egyptian government also is holding a crisis meeting about the incident. Protesters converged on the embassy Friday, tearing down sections of the graffiti-covered security wall. After entering the building, some protesters threw […]

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Tanzanian Ferry Capsizes, Hundreds Missing

Posted September 10th, 2011 at 3:55 am (UTC-5)
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Tanzanian authorities say hundreds of people are missing after an overloaded ferry sank near Zanzibar. They say the ferry was carrying 600 people from Zanzibar to Pemba Island on Saturday when it capsized and sank. At least 250 people have been rescued so far and several bodies have been recovered. Authorities are searching for more […]

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Animal Activists Urge Release of Giant Philippine Crocodile

Posted September 10th, 2011 at 3:25 am (UTC-5)
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An animal rights group is urging authorities in the Philippines to release what is believed to the world’s largest crocodile in captivity. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said Saturday that if the 6-meter saltwater crocodile remains in captivity at a park in Agusan del Sur province, it will develop abnormal and self-destructive behavior, […]

China Trade Surplus Falls

Posted September 10th, 2011 at 1:20 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese officials say the country’s trade surplus fell sharply in August, after an unexpected jump in imports. China’s customs agency said Saturday that exports rose 24.5 percent year-on-year in August to $173 billion. However, imports jumped 30.2 percent to $155.5 billion in August, breaking the previous monthly record of $152.2 billion set in March. As […]

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Kenya Says Deal Reached to End Teachers Strike

Posted September 10th, 2011 at 1:00 am (UTC-5)
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Kenya’s finance minister says a deal has been reached with the teachers’ union to end a week-long strike. Uhuru Kenyatta said Friday’s agreement calls for 18,000 teachers to receive permanent jobs next month with an additional 5,000 joining the workforce in January. An estimated 200,000 members of the the Kenya National Union of Teachers went […]

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Venezuela Protests US Sanctions

Posted September 10th, 2011 at 12:45 am (UTC-5)
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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez challenged U.S. President Barack Obama Friday to prove U.S. claims that four Venezuelan officials are involved in drugs and arms trafficking. The U.S. accused the four men Thursday of providing arms, security and training to FARC, Colombia’s main rebel group. The Venezuelans were placed on the U.S. narcotics kingpins list, freezing […]

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11 Dead, 3 Missing in China Ferry Sinking

Posted September 10th, 2011 at 12:25 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese authorities say a ferry carrying students on a holiday trip has capsized in central China, leaving 11 people dead and at least three missing. Local officials told the state-run Xinhua news agency that nine students and two adults drowned Friday afternoon when the ferry, carrying mostly students, capsized in the Fuyi River in Hunan […]