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Taliban Attack US Embassy, NATO in Kabul

Posted September 13th, 2011 at 10:50 am (UTC-5)
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Taliban insurgents armed with suicide vests and rocket-propelled grenades have attacked NATO’s headquarters, the U.S. Embassy and government buildings in Kabul. Gunfire and bomb blasts could be still heard in the Afghan capital Tuesday, as security forces worked to repel the assault near the city’s diplomatic district. Afghan police say at least four attackers took […]

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Russia, North Korea to Hold Joint Naval Exercises

Posted September 13th, 2011 at 10:41 am (UTC-5)
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A Russian military spokesman says Russia and North Korea are to hold unprecedented joint naval exercises in 2012. Lieutenant Colonel Igor Muginov told Russian media Tuesday that the bilateral maneuvers will take place next year and will focus on search and rescue operations. The agreement was reached last month during a visit by North Korean […]

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Residents Flee Libya’s Bani Walid

Posted September 13th, 2011 at 10:36 am (UTC-5)
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Residents of one of former Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s remaining strongholds fled Tuesday, as NATO and fighters for the country’s provisional authority continued to attack pro-Gadhafi forces. Witnesses say dozens of cars fled the town of Bani Walid while NATO planes flew overhead. Reuters news agency reports the civilians were able to flee after some […]

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A Timeline of the US Hikers Detained by Iran

Posted September 13th, 2011 at 10:22 am (UTC-5)
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July 31, 2009 – Shane Bauer, Josh Fattal and Sarah Shourd are hiking in the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq while on vacation. They are arrested by Iranian authorities, who accuse them of crossing the border into Iran, and are sent to the notorious Evin prison in Tehran. Iranian television describes the three as “spies.” […]

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US Stocks Mixed in Early Trading Tuesday

Posted September 13th, 2011 at 10:20 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. stock indexes are mixed in early trading Tuesday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is off four-tenths of a percent, and the S&P 500 is down two-tenths of one percent. The NASDAQ is up two-tenths of a percent. European stock prices are advancing in afternoon trading. London’s Financial Times index is ahead six-tenths of one […]

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Two Plead Guilty in 2010 Uganda Bomb Attacks

Posted September 13th, 2011 at 9:57 am (UTC-5)
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Two Ugandans have pleaded guilty to charges stemming from twin explosions that killed 76 people in the capital, Kampala, in July of last year. Edris Nsubuga pleaded guilty to three counts of terrorism during a Ugandan High Court hearing Monday. Muhamoud Mugisha admitted to one charge of conspiracy to commit acts of terrorism. The duo […]

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Burmese Activist Urges Democracy Dialogue Without Pre-Conditions

Posted September 13th, 2011 at 9:55 am (UTC-5)
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Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi says she will continue pressing the country’s new, nominally civilian government for the release of all political prisoners, but that she does not believe a prisoner release should be a condition for further talks. The Nobel laureate spoke Tuesday in Rangoon to a reporter for VOA’s Burmese service, […]

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UN: Yemen Protest Violence Kills Hundreds

Posted September 13th, 2011 at 9:47 am (UTC-5)
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United Nations human rights officials say six months of protest-related violence in Yemen has killed hundreds of people and injured thousands more. A report from the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Tuesday says their mission in Yemen dispatched from June 28 to July 6 found the Yemeni government used excessive lethal force against peaceful […]

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Pope Sued for Alleged Crimes Against Humanity

Posted September 13th, 2011 at 9:46 am (UTC-5)
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A group representing victims of sexual abuse by priests says it is suing Pope Benedict and other top Vatican officials through the International Criminal Court in The Hague for crimes against humanity. The U.S.-based human rights group Center for Constitutional Rights says it it filing the suit on behalf of the Survivors Network of Those […]

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Indian Official: Left-Wing Extremists Violent Movement in India

Posted September 13th, 2011 at 9:45 am (UTC-5)
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A senior Indian official says left-wing extremism is the “most violent movement” in the country. Home Minister P. Chidambaram says the government plans to increase security personnel to combat the violence carried out by Naxalite, or Maoist, insurgent groups. He spoke Tuesday in New Delhi to officials from more than 60 districts affected by violent […]

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