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Australian Collar Bomb Suspect to Drop Extradition Fight

Posted September 13th, 2011 at 11:20 pm (UTC-5)
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An Australian fugitive suspected of terrorizing a teenage girl with a fake collar bomb has decided to agree to return to Australia from the United States to face charges. Paul Douglas Peters is set to appear Wednesday in a court in Kentucky, where he is expected to announce his decision. His lawyer declined to comment […]

WHO: Alarming Rise in Drug-Resistant TB in Europe

Posted September 13th, 2011 at 9:50 pm (UTC-5)
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The World Health Organization is reporting what it calls an alarming and dramatic rise in the number of cases of drug-resistant tuberculosis in Europe. WHO regional director for Europe Zsuzsanna Jakab calls TB an old disease that never went away and is now evolving with a vengeance. Tens of thousands of new cases are being […]

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Turkey’s PM Warns of Syrian Civil War as Crackdown Continues

Posted September 13th, 2011 at 9:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Turkey’s prime minister has warned that Syria could descend into a sectarian civil war, as the unrest there continues. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told the Egyptian newspaper Al-Shorouk Tuesday he fears the crisis engulfing Turkey’s southern neighbor will end in conflict between the Alawites and the Sunnis. Syria’s ruling elite belong to the minority […]

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South Korean President to Visit White House in October

Posted September 13th, 2011 at 9:25 pm (UTC-5)
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The White House announced Tuesday that South Korean President Lee Myung-bak will meet with U.S. President Barack Obama on October 13 in Washington. An official statement says the two leaders will discuss a range of economic and security issues during the meeting at the White House. They will also review progress toward a U.S.-South Korea […]

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Three-Week Church Lock-in in Cuba ‘Not a Political Protest’

Posted September 13th, 2011 at 9:15 pm (UTC-5)
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A group of evangelical worshipers and their pastor say they locked themselves into their church in Cuba three weeks ago for a spiritual retreat. The son of the pastor told reporters by telephone Tuesday the worshipers are following instructions from God to pray. He said this is not a political protest nor a suicide pact. […]

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US Moves to Avert Showdown Over Palestinian State

Posted September 13th, 2011 at 9:10 pm (UTC-5)
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The Obama administration is sending two top envoys back to the Middle East in the hopes of avoiding a looming showdown over Palestinian statehood. The mission by U.S. Middle East envoy David Hale and senior White House aide Dennis Ross appears to be a last-ditch push to dissuade the Palestinians from seeking statehood at next […]

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WHO: Chronic Diseases are World’s Leading Killer

Posted September 13th, 2011 at 8:55 pm (UTC-5)
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The World Health Organization says chronic diseases, like heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, are the world’s leading killer — and it says many of those lives could be saved by simple diet and lifestyle changes. In a new report released Wednesday, the WHO said 36 million people died of chronic diseases in 2008, the most […]

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Church Sex Abuse Victims Bring Case to International Criminal Court

Posted September 13th, 2011 at 8:40 pm (UTC-5)
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A group representing church sex abuse victims is asking the International Criminal Court to investigate Roman Catholic leaders, including Pope Benedict, for alleged crimes against humanity. Officials with the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests submitted more than 20,000 pages of material to the Hague court Tuesday. They charge the pope and other top […]

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Richardson to Leave Cuba Without Seeing Imprisoned American

Posted September 13th, 2011 at 8:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson says he will leave Cuba Wednesday after failing to secure the release of an American contractor currently serving a 15-year prison sentence on the island for crimes against the communist state. Richardson made the comment in Havana Tuesday, after initially saying he would stay in Cuba until he at […]

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Study: Warming Oceans Causing Spread of Bacteria

Posted September 13th, 2011 at 8:07 pm (UTC-5)
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A new European report says the warming oceans caused by climate change are leading to the spread of dangerous bacteria in the sea. The report to be presented Wednesday at a two-day global warming conference in Brussels predicts that millions of people may be exposed to contaminated food and water. They also could become sick […]

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