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Clinton Encourages Kosovo, Serbia to Enforce Trade Deal

Posted September 19th, 2011 at 6:56 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is encouraging Kosovo and Serbia to implement a trade deal after a customs dispute erupted in violence last month. Clinton met in New York Monday with Kosovo President Atifete Jahjaga and Prime Minister Hashim Thaci. A senior State Department official told reporters that Clinton believes trade between Kosovo and […]

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Three Earthquakes Strike Guatemala, 3 Dead

Posted September 19th, 2011 at 6:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Three separate earthquakes struck the Central American nation of Guatemala on Monday, killing at least three people and causing buildings in the capital, Guatemala City, to shake. The largest quake, with a magnitude of 5.8, hit just after noon local time . The quake, like the other two, was centered some 52 kilometers south of […]

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Netanyahu Calls for Direct Talks with Abbas in New York

Posted September 19th, 2011 at 6:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called for a meeting this week in New York with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to relaunch direct negotiations on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Mr. Netanyahu appealed to the Palestinian leader to open talks on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly meetings and continue them in Jerusalem and the […]

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Former Top Aide to Challenge President in Senegal Election

Posted September 19th, 2011 at 6:37 pm (UTC-5)
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Aminata Tall, once a top aide to Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade, has announced her bid to challenge him in next year’s election. Tall said Sunday men seek power to “become someone” but women seek it to “do something.” Tall said her candidacy would be the payoff from long-standing efforts toward gender equality in Senegalese politics. […]

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Palestinian President Vows to Press for UN Recognition

Posted September 19th, 2011 at 6:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has vowed to press ahead for U.N. membership for a Palestinian state by submitting an application to the Security Council on Friday, a move the United States has promised to block. Mr. Abbas arrived at United Nations headquarters in New York Monday and outlined his plan to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The […]

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Rain, Landslides Hamper Himalayan Quake Relief

Posted September 19th, 2011 at 5:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Heavy rains and landslides are hampering the search for survivors of a magnitude 6.9 earthquake that killed at least 63 people and left many others missing in northeastern India, Nepal and the Chinese region of Tibet. Indian Air Force helicopters made several food drops to villagers late Monday in the mountainous Indian state of Sikkim, […]

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Uruguayan Soldiers Detained for Assault in Haiti

Posted September 19th, 2011 at 5:45 pm (UTC-5)
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A military judge in Uruguay has ordered the detention of five soldiers accused of sexually abusing a young Haitian man while serving as United Nations peacekeepers in the Caribbean nation. The five men, whose names have not been released, face charges of disobeying orders and dereliction of duty. Uruguayan President Jose Mujica has apologized for […]

Pakistan Struggles to Cope with Widespread Floods

Posted September 19th, 2011 at 5:37 pm (UTC-5)
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Authorities in Pakistan continue struggling to provide assistance to flood victims in the country’s south. The Pakistani military said Monday it has deployed troops to districts throughout Sindh province and that troops have rescued 58,000 people stranded by the rising water. Security forces have also distributed 885 tons of food and other rations to flood […]

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China Warns Against US-Taiwan Arms Deal

Posted September 19th, 2011 at 5:35 pm (UTC-5)
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A Taiwanese official has asserted that the United States is becoming more “wary” about selling arms to his government, as Chinese reaction to those arm sales gets stronger and stronger. Taiwan’s Deputy Defense Minister Andre Yang made the remark Monday at an annual U.S.-Taiwan defense industry conference in Virginia. His comment followed reports that the […]

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Bomb Threat Postpones Turkish President’s Speech in Germany

Posted September 19th, 2011 at 5:20 pm (UTC-5)
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German police evacuated a university in Berlin and postponed a speech by Turkish President Abdullah Gul after someone telephoned in a bomb threat. Authorities searched the building at Humboldt University Monday but found nothing. Mr. Gul carried on with his speech on Turkish-German relations while pro-Kurdish demonstrators marched near the school. Mr. Gul met earlier […]

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