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Denmark’s Leftist Oposition Wins Parliamentary Election

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 6:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Denmark’s left-leaning opposition has won a narrow victory in parliamentary elections, after a decade of center-right rule. Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen conceded defeat late Thursday. He said there was no longer enough support for the government in Denmark’s 179-member parliament, and that he would hand in his resignation to the queen Friday morning. Social […]

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Egypt PM: Peace Treaty with Israel ‘Not Sacred’

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 6:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Egyptian Prime Minister Essam Sharaf, during an interview with Turkish television Thursday, said his country’s 1979 peace treaty with Israel is “not sacred” and subject to change. Mr. Sharaf said the agreement, signed at Camp David in the United States, is “always open to modification if that would benefit the region or a just peace.” […]

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US Astronomers Discover Planet With Two Suns

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 5:57 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. astronomers say they have for the first time identified a planet circling two suns. The U.S. space agency NASA Thursday introduced a planet they are calling Kepler-16b, for the Kepler telescope used to sight the celestial body. Kepler-16b is inhospitable and cold — unlikely to be home sweet home for any extraterrestrials. But project […]

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Global Stocks Gain on Central Banks’ Offer of Loans to European Lenders

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 5:55 pm (UTC-5)
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World stock markets rose Thursday as investors welcomed a move by major central banks to supply funds to Europe’s ailing banking system. In New York, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed up 186 points — 1.7 percent — to 11,433 and the Standard & Poors 500 was 20 points higher to end the day at […]

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Suicide Bomber Kills 31 at Pakistan Funeral

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 5:50 pm (UTC-5)
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A suicide bomber blew himself up during the funeral service of an anti-Taliban tribal elder in northwest Pakistan Thursday, killing 31 people and wounding at least 63 others. The attack took place in the town of Jandol in the Lower Dir tribal area, as more than 100 people gathered in an open field for the […]

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US Designates Indian Militant Group Terrorist Organization

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 5:10 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States has placed an Indian militant group with close links to Pakistan on its list of terrorist organizations. In a statement Thursday, the State Department said the Indian Mujahideen has “significant ties” to several U.S.-designated terrorist entities, including Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba blamed for the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai. The statement said the group […]

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Half-Brother of Togo President Imprisoned for 2009 Coup Plot

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 5:10 pm (UTC-5)
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A court in the West African nation of Togo has sentenced the half-brother of President Faure Gnassingbe to 20 years in prison for leading a failed 2009 coup. Kpatcha Gnassingbe is the former defense minister. Another coup leader also got a 20 year prison term, while other suspects got lesser sentences. Kpatcha Gnassingbe masterminded a […]

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UN Security Council Schedules Meeting on Kosovo Situation

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 4:50 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations Security Council is set to hold a closed-door meeting Thursday evening to discuss growing tensions in northern Kosovo. Serbia and Russia requested the meeting to urge the council to prevent Kosovo’s ethnic Albanian authorities from using force in northern Kosovo, which is populated by ethnic Serbs who reject the government in Pristina. […]

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7.2 earthquake Shakes Fiji

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 4:30 pm (UTC-5)
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A strong 7.2 magnitude earthquake has shaken the Pacific island nation of Fiji. There are no immediate reports of injuries or damage and no tsunami warning has been issued. Friday morning’s quake was centered about 120 kilometers southwest of Ndoi Island, 593 kilometers below the surface of the Pacific.

Oil, Copper Prices Rise, Coffee & Cocoa Futures Fall

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 4:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Here are the prices of some key commodities traded in New York on Thursday: Crude oil prices rose 49 cents to close at $89.40 a barrel. Coffee futures dropped five cents to $2.63 a pound. Copper prices rose six cents to $3.95 a pound. Cocoa futures lost $19 to close at $2,791 a ton. In […]

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