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Ugandan Terror Suspects’ Sentencing Friday

Posted September 16th, 2011 at 3:20 am (UTC-5)
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A Ugandan court is set to sentence two terror suspects on Friday for twin bombings that killed 76 people in the capital, Kampala last July. Both suspects pleaded guilty to terrorism and conspiracy to commit terrorism at the High Court in Kampala on Tuesday. Edris Nsubuga faces a death sentence for his conviction on three […]

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South Korea Foils Murder Plot Against North Korean Defector

Posted September 16th, 2011 at 3:19 am (UTC-5)
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South Korea’s intelligence agents have arrested a North Korean defector on suspicion he was plotting to kill a fellow defector and vocal anti-Pyongyang activist. A spokesman for the National Intelligence Service says the defector, identified only as Ahn, was arrested earlier this month at a Seoul subway station where he was supposed to meet Park […]

Pakistan PM Cancels US Trip Due to Floods

Posted September 16th, 2011 at 3:14 am (UTC-5)
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Pakistan’s prime minister has canceled a trip next week to attend the United Nations General Assembly in New York, saying he will instead coordinate flood relief efforts in Pakistan. Yusuf Raza Gilani said Friday his foreign minister will address the General Assembly in his place. The ongoing flooding has killed some 230 people and left […]

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ISS Crew Returns to Earth

Posted September 16th, 2011 at 2:27 am (UTC-5)
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A Russian Soyuz capsule carrying three people from the International Space Station has landed safely. Russian space officials say the Soyuz landed Friday on its side in the former Soviet republic of Kazakhstan. It carried U.S. astronauts Ron Garan and Russian cosmonauts Andrey Borisenko and Alexander Samokutyaev. The safe return of the three-man crew follows […]

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Japan’s Nikkei Closes Week with Second Straight Day of Gains

Posted September 16th, 2011 at 2:25 am (UTC-5)
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Japanese markets closed higher Friday, while the U.S. dollar is trading higher against the Japanese yen. Tokyo’s Nikkei index rose two and one-quarter percent to finish at 8,864. The dollar was selling at 76.82 yen, a gain of one-tenth of a yen from Thursday. The Taipei market finished at 7,577, a gain of more than […]

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Ban Calls for ‘Coherent’ Global Response to Syrian Violence

Posted September 16th, 2011 at 2:00 am (UTC-5)
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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling for a “coherent” international response to Syria’s violent crackdown against dissent. Mr. Ban on Thursday accused Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of “escalating violence and repression” and ignoring appeals to stop state-sponsored violence. The U.N. chief said “enough is enough” regarding Mr. Assad’s broken promises of reform. Earlier Thursday, […]

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Obama Vows to Continue Push on Jobs Bill

Posted September 16th, 2011 at 1:53 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama says he intends to keep the pressure on lawmakers to pass his job creation plan, despite Republican criticism that it is a “poor substitute” for policies needed to boost job growth in the country. Mr. Obama has been traveling across the country promoting his $447 billion American Jobs Act proposal. He […]

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UN Security Council Meets on Kosovo

Posted September 16th, 2011 at 1:00 am (UTC-5)
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A senior United Nations peacekeeping official has urged Kosovo and Serbia to demonstrate their commitment to a peaceful resolution in their latest dispute over the control of two border crossings. Edmond Mulet, the U.N. assistant secretary-general for peacekeeping operations, said the U.N. Security Council has the opportunity to send “a clear message” that Pristina and […]

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Libya’s Anti-Gadhafi Forces Enter Sirte, Face Strong Resistance

Posted September 16th, 2011 at 12:25 am (UTC-5)
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Libya’s interim government says its forces have broken through Gadhafi loyalist defenses and entered the coastal city of Sirte, one of the former leader’s remaining bases of support. Officials for the National Transitional Council said late Thursday several thousand of their fighters from Misrata advanced into the center of former leader Moammar Gadhafi’s hometown, where […]

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Malaysia Ends Unpopular Security Law

Posted September 16th, 2011 at 12:15 am (UTC-5)
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Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak says his country will abolish a half-century old security law that allows for people to be detained without trial. Mr. Najib announced the abolition of the Internal Security Act Thursday in a nationally televised speech, saying it would be replaced with two new laws aimed at combating terrorism without infringing […]