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Nigeria Offers Reward for Alleged UN Building Bomber

Posted September 18th, 2011 at 1:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Nigeria is offering a large reward for information on the alleged mastermind of last month’s deadly bombing of the U.N. headquarters in Abuja. Nigeria’s State Security Service said Sunday it will pay $160,000 for information leading to the capture of Mamman Nur. The agency has said that Nur belongs to the radical Islamic sect Boko […]

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Strong Quake Kills At Least 8 in India, Nepal

Posted September 18th, 2011 at 12:45 pm (UTC-5)
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A strong 6.9 magnitude earthquake has shaken northeastern India, Nepal and other parts of the region, killing at least eight people, damaging buildings and causing panic. The quake was centered in the Indian state of Sikkim, about 60 kilometers northwest of the regional capital, Gangtok. Witnesses say it damaged buildings in the city and sent […]

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Former IMF Chief to Give 1st Post-Arrest TV Interview

Posted September 18th, 2011 at 12:15 pm (UTC-5)
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The former head of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, gives his first television interview Sunday since his arrest in New York City four months ago on sexual assault charges. The French TV interview with Strauss-Kahn will appear late Sunday. The 62-year-old banker is a leading opposition socialist once seen as a presidential contender. He […]

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Yemeni Security Kills 12 in Protest Clashes

Posted September 18th, 2011 at 11:40 am (UTC-5)
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Witnesses and medics say Yemeni security forces killed 12 people when they fired on anti-government protesters in the capital, Sana’a, on Sunday. Witnesses say the attack by security forces wounded dozens of other protesters at one of the largest demonstrations in months against President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Recent clashes between security forces and opposition protesters […]

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Quartet Seeks to Avert Palestinian Statehood Showdown

Posted September 18th, 2011 at 11:29 am (UTC-5)
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Envoys from the Mideast Quartet meet in New York Sunday in a further bid to avert a showdown at the United Nations over Palestinian statehood. The talks involve representatives of the United States, European Union, United Nations and Russia. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has said he will seek U.N. recognition and full membership for an […]

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Syrian Opposition in Damascus Calls for Assad to Stop Crackdown

Posted September 18th, 2011 at 11:29 am (UTC-5)
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Dozens of Syrian opposition members have convened in the capital, Damascus, to call on President Bashar al-Assad to end his deadly crackdown on peaceful protesters across the country. The National Democratic Change group organized the weekend meeting, attended by a group of opposition figures, including leading writer Michel Kilo, Arab and Kurdish nationalists, Islamists and […]

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Germany’s Siemens to Quit Nuclear Industry

Posted September 18th, 2011 at 11:28 am (UTC-5)
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German engineering and industrial giant Siemens says it is withdrawing entirely from the nuclear industry. Siemens Chief Executive Peter Loscher announced the move Sunday in the German news magazine Der Spiegel.  He linked the decision to withdraw from the nuclear sector to Japan’s March 11 nuclear power plant disaster at Fukushima. Loscher said his company […]

Pakistani Troops, Taliban Battle for Drone Wreckage

Posted September 18th, 2011 at 11:27 am (UTC-5)
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Pakistani intelligence officials say government troops and Taliban militants fought Sunday for possession of debris from a suspected U.S. drone that crashed in the South Waziristan tribal region. The officials say at least two militants were killed and one Pakistani soldier was wounded in the battle for the wreckage of the sophisticated aircraft that went […]

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10 Dead in China as Landslide Engulfs Factories

Posted September 18th, 2011 at 11:26 am (UTC-5)
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China says 10 people are dead and more than 20 others missing in a landslide that buried two mountainside factories in the country’s northwest. The official Xinhua news agency said the factories in Shaanxi province were engulfed Saturday in about 100,000 cubic meters of rock and mud unleashed by days of torrential rains in the […]

Obama to Propose New Millionaire Tax Rate

Posted September 18th, 2011 at 11:25 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama will announce more plans Monday to reduce the government budget deficit, including a proposal for a minimum tax rate for individuals earning more than $1 million a year. Media reports are calling the plan the “Buffett Rule,” named after billionaire investor Warren Buffett, who has pointed out that he and other […]

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