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New Burmese Government Unblocks Foreign Web Sites

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 11:50 am (UTC-5)
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Burma’s pro-military government has lifted a long-standing ban on several prominent news Web sites, including the Voice of America, Reuters news agency and the British Broadcasting Corporation. Web sites belonging to several major regional news organizations and the exile-run Democratic Voice of Burma were also unblocked, along with the online video portal YouTube. The surprise […]

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US MEDAL OF HONOR correction 1st UPD

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 11:45 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama is set to award the Medal of Honor to a former Marine Corps corporal for conspicuous gallantry and exhibiting fearlessness at the risk of his life while in combat. Dakota Meyer will receive the award at a White House ceremony Thursday. Meyer was serving in Afghanistan with an embedded Marine training […]

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Suicide Bomber Kills 25 at Pakistan Funeral

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 11:37 am (UTC-5)
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A suicide bomber has attacked the funeral of an anti-Taliban tribal elder in northwest Pakistan, killing at least 25 people. Thursday’s blast took place in the Lower Dir tribal area, as more than 100 people gathered in an open field for funeral prayers. Police say the bomber targeted members of an anti-Taliban militia. More than […]

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Palestinians Vow To Seek Full UN Membership

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 11:36 am (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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Former French Minister Wins Racism Appeal

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 11:10 am (UTC-5)
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A French appeals court has overturned the racism conviction of former French interior minister Brice Hortefeux, a close political ally of President Nicolas Sarkozy. The Paris court reversed the ruling Thursday, acquitting him of the charges. Hortefeux, who at the time was France’s top law enforcement official, was caught on camera in 2009 making what […]

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15 Ethiopians Missing From All Africa Games

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 11:00 am (UTC-5)
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Authorities in Mozambique are searching for 15 Ethiopians who have disappeared from their country’s delegation to the 10th All Africa Games. A top official with the Games, Penalva Cesar, says the head of Ethiopia’s delegation confirms the 15 have gone missing from the games in Mozambique’s capital, Maputo. It is not clear how many of […]

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Top Indian Politician Returns to Work After Surgery

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 10:55 am (UTC-5)
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One of India’s most powerful politicians has returned to work after undergoing surgery in the United States for an undisclosed illness. Sonia Gandhi, the leader of India’s ruling Congress Party, presided over an election meeting Thursday, nearly six weeks after leaving the country for medical treatment. Congress Party officials said the 64-year-old looked fit and […]

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Thai PM Visits Cambodia Seeking to Mend Frayed Relations

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 10:55 am (UTC-5)
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New Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her Cambodian counterpart, Hun Sen, have agreed to redeploy troops away from a flashpoint border area where armies from both countries engaged in deadly clashes earlier this year. The agreement came Thursday during a one-day visit by Ms. Yingluck to the Cambodian capital. Details of the deal were […]

US Deems Indian Militant Group a Terrorist Organization

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 10:42 am (UTC-5)
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The United States has placed an Indian militant group with links to Pakistan on its list of terrorist organizations. The State Department said Thursday that the Indian Mujahideen has been responsible for dozens of deadly bomb attacks throughout India since 2005. The United States says the Indian Mujahideen has close ties to the Pakistan-based militant […]

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Swedish Navy Investigates Suspect Underwater Activity

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 10:42 am (UTC-5)
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Sweden has deployed several naval ships in the waters west of the coastal city of Gothenburg to investigate a possible underwater violation of Swedish territory. In a statement, Swedish naval inspector Jan Thörnqvist said Thursday the investigation was prompted by a reported sighting from a reliable source of a suspected submarine. Thörnqvist said the ships […]

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