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Pakistan PM Cancels US Trip Due to Floods

Posted September 16th, 2011 at 12:32 pm (UTC-5)
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Pakistan’s prime minister has canceled his trip to the United States to attend next week’s United Nations General Assembly, in order to deal with widespread floods at home. Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani’s office said Friday that the Pakistani leader will coordinate relief efforts and begin visiting flood-affected areas on Saturday. Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina […]

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Turkey’s Erdogan Says Syria’s Oppression Will Not Survive

Posted September 16th, 2011 at 12:27 pm (UTC-5)
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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan lashed out against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad Friday, saying the era of oppressive dictators is over. Mr. Erdogan is in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, Friday as he completes a tour of North African countries. He told a crowd of cheering Libyans that they have set an example by ending […]

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Helle Thorning-Schmidt To Become Denmark’s First Female PM

Posted September 16th, 2011 at 12:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Social Democrat leader Helle Thorning-Schmidt is poised to become Denmark’s first female prime minister after her party won a narrow majority over the country’s center-right party in Thursday’s parliamentary elections. The vote ended 10 years of right-wing political control, but gives Thorning-Schmidt the difficult job of creating an effective coalition that will have to address […]

Obama Continues Push on Jobs Bill

Posted September 16th, 2011 at 12:15 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama called again for Congress to pass his jobs creation plan, as he spoke to students Friday at a science and technology high school outside Washington, D.C. In remarks made before signing a bill on patent reform, Mr. Obama called on Congress to pass the American Jobs Act and send it to […]

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Obama Signs Patent-Reform Legislation

Posted September 16th, 2011 at 11:56 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama has signed a bill that streamlines U.S. patent and trademark law during a visit to a science and technology high school outside Washington. The president said to excel in the global marketplace, the United States must be the best in the world at building, educating, and innovating. He said the change […]

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Libya’s Anti-Gadhafi Forces Storm Bani Walid, Sirte

Posted September 16th, 2011 at 11:51 am (UTC-5)
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Forces of Libya’s interim government are fighting their way through former leader Moammar Gadhafi’s remaining strongholds as more world leaders express support for the country’s interim government. Transitional government forces stormed the desert town of Bani Walid and faced fierce resistance from Gadhafi loyalists in the former leader’s hometown, Sirte. Witnesses said NATO planes flew […]

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Rwandan Rebel Leader Faces ICC on War Crimes Charges

Posted September 16th, 2011 at 11:47 am (UTC-5)
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A former Rwandan rebel leader has appeared before the International Criminal Court facing charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Callixte Mbarushimana sat before the ICC Friday in a pre-trial hearing facing 13 charges such as rape, murder and torture of Congolese citizens. A prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, told […]

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Abbas Vows to Pursue Palestinian Independence

Posted September 16th, 2011 at 11:45 am (UTC-5)
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Saying Palestinians deserve independence, President Mahmoud Abbas vowed Friday to seek full membership to the United Nations next week despite Israeli and U.S. objections. Mr. Abbas told Palestinian leaders in Ramallah on Friday that full U.N. membership is a legitimate right for Palestinians and that he will go to New York with an “olive branch” […]

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Thousands in Yemen Demand President Step Down

Posted September 16th, 2011 at 11:38 am (UTC-5)
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Thousands of Yemenis gathered after Friday prayers to demand the resignation of their president, a day after U.S. officials expressed hope a deal to force him from office would soon be signed. President Ali Abdullah Saleh has remained as leader despite being in Saudi Arabia since June for medical treatment of injuries suffered in an […]

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Bombings Rattle Southern Thailand

Posted September 16th, 2011 at 11:12 am (UTC-5)
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Multiple bombs shook Thailand Friday, killing three people and wounding at least 50 in the country’s violence-plagued south. Thai officials say the first bomb was hidden on a motorbike and blew up outside a Chinese community organization in the Sungai Golok district of Narathiwat province. They say that blast was quickly followed by two others […]