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2 Killed, 9 Hurt in Norway Cruise Ship Fire

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 1:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Two people were killed and at least nine others were injured after a fire broke out in the engine room of the Norwegian fjord cruise ship MS Nordlys on Thursday. The ship was at sea near the port of Aalesund in western Norway when the fire started. Some of the more than 200 passengers aboard […]

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European Leaders Get Warm Welcome in Benghazi

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 1:20 pm (UTC-5)
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British Prime Minister David Cameron and his French counterpart Nicolas Sarkozy were welcomed by jubilant crowds Thursday in Tripoli and Benghazi as Libyan Provisional authority forces advanced on Moammar Gadhafi’s hometown of Sirte. Mr. Cameron told cheering Libyans that they are an “inspiration to the world” and that Britons salute their courage. Mr. Sarkozy earned […]

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Turkey’s Erdogan Hails Arab Democracy Efforts in Tunisia

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 1:12 pm (UTC-5)
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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday that Islam and democracy are not contradictory. On the second leg of his North Africa tour, Mr. Erdogan spoke in Tunis where the “Arab Spring” protest movement began this year. After meeting with Tunisian prime minister Beji Caid Essebsi, Mr. Erdogan said “a Muslim can run a […]

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

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 1:05 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 and the S&P 500 index were up 1 percent in mid-day trading, while the NASDAQ Composite index was 0.9 percent higher. The European Central Bank […]

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Pakistan: US Remarks on Counterterrorism Are “Out of Line”

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 12:36 pm (UTC-5)
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Pakistan says U.S. criticism of the country’s efforts targeting militants works against counterterrorism cooperation between the two allies. U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned Pakistan on Wednesday that the United States will do everything it can to defend American forces in Afghanistan from Pakistan-based militants. U.S. officials suspect the militant Haqqani network — based in […]

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Iraq Intervenes to Help Free US Hikers From Iran

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 12:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Iraqi President Jalal Talabani has stepped in to help secure the release of two American hikers jailed in Iran. At a meeting of U.S. and Iraqi officials in Baghdad on Thursday, Iraq’s foreign minister said his government is making intensive efforts to help free Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal. The two Americans were arrested on […]

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US Home Foreclosures Up Seven Percent

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 12:22 pm (UTC-5)
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Loan default notices filed by U.S. banks against homeowners were up 33 percent last month, the largest monthly increase since 2007. RealtyTrac, which tracks attempts by lenders to seize homes when loans are not repaid, said Thursday new foreclosure filings are at a nine-month high and there has been a 7 percent increase from the […]

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US: Senior Al-Qaida Leader Killed in Pakistan

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 12:15 pm (UTC-5)
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A senior U.S. official says al-Qaida’s chief of operations in Pakistan has been killed in the country’s northwest tribal region. The official, who did not want to be named, said Thursday that Abu Hafs al-Shahri was killed earlier this week, but did not give details. Pakistani security officials said a U.S. drone strike killed at […]

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IMF’s Lagarde: Global Economy in ‘Dangerous Phase’

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 12:10 pm (UTC-5)
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The head of the International Monetary Fund says the global economy has entered a “dangerous phase” in which advanced economies risk slipping into a new recession that also would hurt developing nations. IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said weak growth and huge debts are holding back demand, investment and job creation. Lagarde said that if […]

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Guinea Sets Dec. 29 For Legislative Elections

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 12:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Guinea’s electoral commission has set December 29 as the day for long-awaited legislative polls. Commission chief Louceny Camara announced the date at a news conference in Conakry Thursday. These will be the first parliamentary polls in Guinea since 2002, when the country was still controlled by longtime President Lansana Conte. The West African country is […]

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