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Leaders of Britain, France to Visit Libya Thursday

Posted September 14th, 2011 at 6:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Libya’s interim government says the leaders of Britain and France will travel to the North African nation Thursday, becoming the first foreign heads of state to visit the country since the overthrow of former leader Moammar Gadhafi. Senior officials from Libya’s National Transitional Council said British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Nicolas Sarkozy […]

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Pirates Hijack Ship With 23 Crew Off Benin

Posted September 14th, 2011 at 5:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Pirates have hijacked a ship with 23 crew members in the Gulf of Guinea, which has become an increasingly dangerous area for international shipping. The International Maritime Bureau says the pirates seized the Cypriot-flagged tanker Wednesday about 115 kilometers southwest of Cotonou, the capital of the West African nation of Benin. The bureau’s Piracy Reporting […]

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US Supreme Court Justice Slides to Safety in Plane Evacuation

Posted September 14th, 2011 at 5:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was among 179 passengers who slid down an airliner evacuation chute Wednesday at Dulles International Airport, near Washington. She was uninjured in the incident, triggered by apparent engine trouble prior to takeoff. The 78-year-old Ginsburg, who has been battling pancreatic cancer, was taking the United Airlines flight to San […]

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Greece Vows to Meet Its Debt Obligations

Posted September 14th, 2011 at 5:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Greece has vowed to meet its international bailout debt obligations and remain in the 17-nation bloc that uses the common euro currency. In a 25-minute telephone call late Wednesday, Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou told German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy that Greece would continue with its austerity budgeting plan in order […]

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Basescu: Obama Advises Romania to Improve Its Justice System

Posted September 14th, 2011 at 4:26 pm (UTC-5)
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Romanian President Traian Basescu says U.S. President Barack Obama has advised him to reform his country’s troubled justice system. Mr. Basescu spoke Wednesday in Bucharest, one day after he met with President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden at the White House. A White House statement issued afterwards says discussions covered ongoing political and economic […]

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US, Europe Stock Markets Advance in Wednesday Trading

Posted September 14th, 2011 at 4:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Major U.S. and European stock indexes advanced on Wednesday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average ended up 1.3 percent to close at 11,247. The broader S&P 500 index closed up 1.4 percent to finish at 1,189. The technology-laden NASDAQ advanced 1.6 percent to end at 2,573. European stocks also closed higher. London’s Financial Times index ended […]

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Apple Removes “Jew” iPhone App from Stores in France

Posted September 14th, 2011 at 4:10 pm (UTC-5)
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The computer firm Apple has removed one of its iPhone apps called “Jew or Not Jew” from stores in France. Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr told VOA Wednesday the app violates local law and is no longer available in France. He added, however, that the application is available on other app stores around the world. The […]

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Wife of Stockholm Suicide Bomber Arrested in Britain

Posted September 14th, 2011 at 4:10 pm (UTC-5)
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British police have revealed that the wife of a suicide bomber who targeted Christmas shoppers in Sweden last year has been arrested on suspicion of making preparations for a terrorist attack. Police confirmed Wednesday that 28-year-old Mona Thwany was taken into custody on Tuesday. London police said officers detained the woman at her home in […]

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Wal-mart Announces Outreach to Women

Posted September 14th, 2011 at 3:50 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S.-based retail giant Wal-mart has announced plans to increase its outreach to women-owned businesses and female workers seeking job training, weeks after the Supreme Court threw out a gender discrimination lawsuit against the company. Wal-mart officials said Wednesday that they will double the amount the company spends on women’s businesses to $5 billion annually by […]

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Oil Price Drops

Posted September 14th, 2011 at 3:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Here are the prices of some key commodities traded in New York on Wednesday: Crude oil prices dipped $1.30 to close at $88.91 a barrel. Coffee prices fell more than 4 cents to end at $2.68 per pound. The price of copper slid more than 7 cents to finish at $3.89 a pound. Cocoa futures […]

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