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Tensions Mount at Kosovo Border Crossings

Posted September 16th, 2011 at 11:07 am (UTC-5)
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Tensions are flaring in northern Kosovo, where ethnic Serbs are blockading roads leading to two border crossings with Serbia. Hundreds of ethnic Serbs protested at the sealed crossings at Jarinje and Brnjak Friday, reacting to a new attempt by European Union police and Kosovo customs officials to re-open them to traffic. In Pristina, Kosovo Prime […]

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US Consumers Slightly Less Pessimistic

Posted September 16th, 2011 at 10:52 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. consumers grew slightly less pessimistic about the economy in early September, but they see economic worries in the future. Friday’s report from the University of Michigan measures consumer confidence . Economists study the report for clues about the consumer spending that drives most U.S. economic activity. While the report shows consumers slightly less pessimistic […]

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Pakistan PM Cancels US Trip Due to Floods

Posted September 16th, 2011 at 10:45 am (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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Death Toll in Pakistan Suicide Attack Rises to 45

Posted September 16th, 2011 at 10:27 am (UTC-5)
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The death toll from a suicide attack on a funeral in northwest Pakistan has risen to 45. Thursday’s bombing targeted members of an anti-Taliban militia as they gathered for funeral prayers in the Lower Dir tribal area. Some 70 people were hospitalized with injuries. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Pakistani […]

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Obama to Sign Patent-Reform Legislation

Posted September 16th, 2011 at 10:21 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama visits a science and technology high school in a suburb of Washington, D.C. Friday to sign a bill that streamlines U.S. patent and trademark law. White House officials say processing patent applications faster, cutting down a backlog of nearly 700,000 applications, will speed up creation of new jobs. Supporters of the […]

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Uganda Sentences 2 for Al-Shabab Bombings

Posted September 16th, 2011 at 10:21 am (UTC-5)
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A Ugandan judge has sentenced two men for their part in twin bombings that killed at least 76 people in Kampala last year. The Somali insurgent group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the suicide bombings, which targeted people who had gathered to watch the 2010 World Cup final in July 2010. On Friday, the judge sentenced […]

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Kashmiri Rights Group Calls for Mass Grave Probe

Posted September 16th, 2011 at 10:16 am (UTC-5)
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An Indian human rights commission is urging a probe into mass graves found in Indian-controlled Kashmir. India’s Jammu and Kashmir State Human Rights Commission last month said a three-year investigation had uncovered more than 2,000 unidentified bodies in 38 sites throughout the Himalayan region. The commission on Friday said it has asked the state government […]

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US Stocks Rise

Posted September 16th, 2011 at 10:15 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. stock market indexes made gains in Friday’s early trading. The Dow and the S&P 500 advanced six-tenths of a percent, while the NASDAQ rose half a percent. European stock prices rose in Friday’s afternoon trading. London’s Financial Times index rose one percent. The CAC-40 in Paris gained eight-tenths of a percent, and the DAX […]

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Activists: Syrian Forces Kill At Least 15

Posted September 16th, 2011 at 9:47 am (UTC-5)
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Syrian security forces have shot and killed at least 15 people as they conducted raids and fired on protesters who flooded streets after Friday prayers. Syrian activists say most of the killings took place in the northwestern region of Jabal al-Zawiya, in the southern province of Deraa and the central province of Hama, where at […]

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EU Finance Ministers Delay Aid Decision

Posted September 16th, 2011 at 9:45 am (UTC-5)
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European leaders are putting off until next month a decision on paying the next batch of emergency loans to Greece. Friday’s announcement follows talks among central bankers, finance ministers and others in Wroclaw, Poland. The next $11 billion installment of Greece’s first bailout package depends on a review of that nation’s finances. The payment had […]

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