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President Obama to Award Medal of Honor

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 10:37 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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Syrian Opposition Announces Formation of National Council

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 10:20 am (UTC-5)
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Syrian opposition members are announcing 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 Thursday to announce a council of more than 130 members, half of them living in Syria and the […]

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Leading Central Banks to Provide Additional Dollar Loans to European Lenders

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 10:00 am (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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Stocks Gain on News of Europe Support

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 9:55 am (UTC-5)
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World stock markets gained Thursday after news of efforts to support struggling European economies and the major banks exposed to the debts of troubled nations. In New York, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained nearly seven-tenths of one percent in early trading. The broader S&P 500 index gained six-tenths of a percent, and the NASDAQ […]

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Thai PM Visits Cambodia Seeking to Mend Frayed Relations

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 9:50 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 […]

New US Unemployment Claims Jump Again

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 9:45 am (UTC-5)
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The number of people seeking U.S. government financial assistance for the unemployed climbed again last week. The Labor Department’s weekly report of new unemployment claims Thursday shows an increase of 11,000 from the previous week, with 428,000 people seeking new government assistance after losing jobs. The figure for new jobless claims was the highest since […]

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Alleged Minsk Subway Bombers Go On Trial in Belarus

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 9:20 am (UTC-5)
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Two men accused of carrying out a deadly rush hour subway bombing in Minsk last April went on trial in Belarus Thursday. The opening day of the Minsk trial was attended by more than 100 people who were injured or lost relatives in the attack. The explosion took place on a crowded Minsk subway platform, […]

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Zimbabwean Official: No Cancellation of Mining Licenses

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 9:18 am (UTC-5)
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A Zimbabwean official says the government does not intend to cancel mining licenses, a move that was threatened to firms that did not give a majority stake to black Zimbabweans. Mining Development Minister Obert Mpofu told an industry forum that negotiations are underway with some mining firms, but no licenses have been canceled. Zimbabwe’s minister […]

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Suicide Bomber Kills 20 at Pakistan Funeral

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 9:17 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 20 people. Thursday’s blast took place in the Lower Dir tribal area, as more than 100 people gathered during funeral prayers. Police say the bomber targeted members of an anti-Taliban militia. More than 50 people were wounded. […]

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Cameron Promises to Help Hunt Down Gadhafi

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 9:16 am (UTC-5)
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British Prime Minister David Cameron is promising to help hunt former Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and bring him to justice. Mr. Cameron on Thursday called on the overthrown Libyan leader and his followers to “give up” during a news conference in Tripoli. The British leader spoke along side his French counterpart Nicolas Sarkozy. The French […]

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