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

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 9:02 am (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 Wednesday that the United States would “do everything we can” to defend American forces in Afghanistan from Pakistan-based militants. U.S. officials suspect the militant Haqqani network — based in Pakistan’s […]

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Russian Billionaire Resigns as Head of Pro-Business Political Party

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 9:01 am (UTC-5)
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Russian tycoon Mikhail Prokhorov has resigned as leader of a pro-business party and says he will not run for the State Duma in parliamentary elections this December. The 46-year-old billionaire resigned Thursday, ending his three-month stint at the helm of the Right Cause party. Earlier, the party voted to depose him in the wake of […]

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Stock Markets Rally on Backing for Greece

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 9:00 am (UTC-5)
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Major European stock markets rallied Thursday as German and French backing for the struggling Greek economy appeared to reassure investors that Athens will not be defaulting on its debts anytime soon. German and French stock markets saw significant gains after positive report from a conference call between the Greek, German and French leaders late Wednesday. […]

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UN: One-Third of Somalis Now Displaced

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 8:45 am (UTC-5)
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A new report says nearly one-third of Somalia’s people are now displaced from their homes because of drought, famine, and years of war. The U.N. humanitarian affairs office puts the number of displaced Somalis at 2.3 million — 1.4 million within the country, and 920,000 living as refugees in Kenya, Ethiopia, Djibouti, and Yemen. It […]

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Cameron Promises to Help Hunt Down Gadhafi

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 8:36 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 two […]

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Strong Earthquake Hits Northeast Japan

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 8:31 am (UTC-5)
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A powerful earthquake struck off Japan’s northeastern coast late Thursday, but no tsunami warnings were issued. The U.S. Geological Survey says a 6.2 magnitude quake struck near the coast of Honshu, about 155 kilometers east of Tokyo, at a depth of 10 kilometers. Japan’s Meteorological Agency says there was no risk of a tsunami. There […]

2 Killed in Norway Cruise Ship Fire

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 8:25 am (UTC-5)
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At least two people were killed after a fire broke out in the engine room of the Norwegian fjord cruise ship 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 the ship were evacuated to lifeboats, […]

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Blast Kills 15 at Funeral in Northwest Pakistan

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 7:55 am (UTC-5)
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A bomb has exploded at a funeral in northwest Pakistan, killing at least 18 people. Thursday’s blast took place during funeral prayers for a tribal leader in the Lower Dir tribal area. More than 50 people were wounded in the attack. Police say the bomb targeted members of a militia that had been formed by […]

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European Stocks Higher in Midday Trading

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 7:50 am (UTC-5)
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European stock prices are higher in midday trading Thursday. London’s Financial Times index is nearly two percent higher. The CAC-40 in Paris is up more than two and one-half percent, and trading on the DAX index in Frankfurt is up nearly two and one-half percent. In New York, the S&P futures contract is up eight […]

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South Korean Forces Re-Enact 1950 Incheon Landing

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 7:41 am (UTC-5)
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South Korean forces staged a dramatic re-enactment of the 1950 Incheon landing Thursday to mark the anniversary of what many consider the turning point in the Korean War. Warships, amphibious vessels and aircraft took part in the operation, in which troops fired smoke shells and paratroopers jumped from helicopters. Officials from the Incheon city government […]