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UN Advisor: Britain Breaking International Law on Evictions

Posted September 14th, 2011 at 3:25 pm (UTC-5)
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A United Nations advisor says Britain is breaking international law by evicting hundreds of people from an illegal travelers’ camp in an area east of London. Yves Cabannes, a member of the U.N. Advisory Group on Forced Evictions, said Wednesday moving the Irish Travellers from the site violates international human rights law, particularly the right […]

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Greece Vows to Meet Its Debt Obligations

Posted September 14th, 2011 at 3:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Greece is vowing 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 Wednesday night, 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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Social Democrats Expect Gains in Denmark’s Parliamentary Elections

Posted September 14th, 2011 at 3:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Denmark holds parliamentary elections Thursday, with the ruling center-right coalition expected to face strong opposition from a left-wing bloc led by the Social Democrats. Three different surveys released Wednesday show the Social Democrats with a clear lead over Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen’s coalition, which has been in power for 10 years. If the Social […]

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Belgian King Returns To Resolve Political Crisis

Posted September 14th, 2011 at 3:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Belgian King Albert cut short his holidays in France and headed back to Brussels as talks there on forming a government threatened to collapse Wednesday, prolonging a 15-month-long political crisis. Belgium has been without a government since June 10, 2010, as leaders of the country’s deeply divided French- and Dutch-speaking communities have been unable to […]

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US: Kabul Siege A Propaganda Victory for Taliban

Posted September 14th, 2011 at 3:00 pm (UTC-5)
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The commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan says the 20-hour militant siege in Kabul was a military failure for the Taliban, but also a propaganda victory for the insurgent group. General John Allen said Wednesday that the assault, which targeted the U.S. Embassy, NATO’s headquarters and other high-profile targets in the Afghan capital, […]

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Western Envoys Try Mediation Ahead of Palestinian UN Bid

Posted September 14th, 2011 at 2:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Western envoys are shuttling between Israeli and Palestinian leaders in the Middle East to try to limit the fallout from an Israeli-opposed Palestinian plan to seek state recognition at the United Nations. EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton released a statement Wednesday saying she hopes that in the coming days, mediators will be able to […]

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Pirates Hijack Ship With 23 Crew Off Benin

Posted September 14th, 2011 at 2:25 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 ship was seized Wednesday about 115 kilometers southwest of Benin’s capital, Cotonou. The bureau’s Piracy Reporting Center says armed pirates boarded a product tanker, took […]

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3 Terror Suspects Held in Swedish Murder Plot

Posted September 14th, 2011 at 2:15 pm (UTC-5)
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A Swedish district court has ordered three men with reported terrorist ties detained on suspicion of plotting a murder. Authorities in the western city of Gothenburg arrested the three men initially on suspicion of plotting a terror attack. A fourth person also was arrested, but was later released for lack of evidence. They were arrested […]

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Obama Visits North Carolina, Urges Passage of Jobs Bill

Posted September 14th, 2011 at 2:07 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama was on the road Wednesday for a second day, urging Americans to tell Congress to pass his $447 billion proposal to create jobs and boost the economy. Mr. Obama spoke at a university in North Carolina Wednesday. He visited Ohio on Tuesday. The president called on Congress to pass the legislation […]

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Nabucco Consortium Welcomes EU Negotiations on Trans-Caspian Gas Pipeline

Posted September 14th, 2011 at 2:05 pm (UTC-5)
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An international gas pipeline group is welcoming a European Union decision to allow the bloc’s executive commission to negotiate an agreement with Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan for a Trans-Caspian pipeline. Officials with the Nabucco Gas Pipeline Consortium say the pipeline project will help ensure supplies to European markets and reduce dependence on other sources. The EU […]

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