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Syrian Opposition Announces Formation of National Council

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 3:42 pm (UTC-5)
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Syrian opposition members announced Thursday the formation of a national council to present a unified front against President Bashar al-Assad. Marking six months since the uprisings in Syria began, a group of opposition members gathered in Istanbul to introduce a council of 140 members, half living in Syria and the rest exiled dissidents. A spokesman […]

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Leading Central Banks to Provide Additional Dollar Loans to European Lenders

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 3:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The world’s leading central banks have agreed to provide additional dollar loans to European commercial banks that have found it harder to borrow because of their exposure to indebted European governments. The European Central Bank said Thursday it will make three-month dollar loans to eurozone banks in coordination with the U.S. Federal Reserve, the Bank […]

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President Obama Awards Medal of Honor

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 3:25 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama has awarded the Medal of Honor to former Marine Corps Corporal Dakota Meyer for conspicuous gallantry and exhibiting fearlessness at the risk of his life while in combat. Mr. Obama said at the White House Thursday the ceremony paid tribute to a man who placed himself “in the thick of the […]

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House Speaker Boehner Releases Republican Jobs Plan

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 3:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Republican House Speak John Boehner says President Barack Obama’s job creation plan is a “poor substitute” for policies needed to boost job growth in the country. In a speech to the Economic Club of Washington Thursday, Boehner said job creation in America is threatened by excessive regulation, the current tax code and government spending. He […]

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IMF to Loan Ivory Coast $614 Million

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 3:00 pm (UTC-5)
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The International Monetary Fund says it plans to lend Ivory Coast $614 million to help its economy recover from months of post-election violence. In a statement Thursday, the IMF said the loan will be spread over three years, until 2014, subject to the approval of its executive board. The IMF statement said the loan is […]

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IMF to Loan Ivory Coast $614 Million

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 2:50 pm (UTC-5)
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The International Monetary Fund says it plans to loan Ivory Coast $614 million to help its economy recover from months of post-election violence. In a statement Thursday, the IMF said the loan will be spread over three years until 2014, noting that its executive board must still give approval. The statement said the loan is […]

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Exit Polls Show Denmark to Elect Opposition, First Woman PM

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 2:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Danish voters appear set to elect the center-left into power and the country’s first female prime minister in parliamentary elections Thursday, after a decade of center-right rule. Early exit polls show the left-leaning opposition Social Democrats led by Helle Thorning-Schmidt winning a clear majority with 93 of the 179 seats in parliament. One poll gave […]

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US Says Drone Strike Kills Senior Al-Qaida Leader in Pakistan

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 1:57 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. officials say a CIA drone strike has killed al-Qaida’s chief of operations in Pakistan, in the latest blow to the terror group’s leadership. The officials, who did not want to be named, told news agencies Thursday that Abu Hafs al-Shahri was killed earlier this week, but did not give details. Pakistani security officials said […]

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US Urges Russian Caution in NOKOR Maneuvers

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 1:42 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States is urging Russia to ensure that upcoming joint Russian-North Korean naval exercises are not interpreted by the North as a license to ignore international concerns about Pyongyang’s rogue nuclear weapons programs. The U.S. concern came Thursday in a State Department statement — two days after Moscow said it would hold the unprecedented […]

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Palestinians Vow To Seek Full UN Membership

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 1:36 pm (UTC-5)
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Palestinians vowed Thursday to seek full membership to the United Nations next week despite Israeli and U.S. objections, but left open the possibility of a resumption of Mideast peace talks. Foreign Minister Riad al-Malki said President Mahmoud Abbas will address the United Nations General Assembly in New York on September 23rd. He will then submit […]

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