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China Warns Against US-Taiwan Arms Deal

Posted September 19th, 2011 at 8:45 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese state media are warning of “severe consequences” if the United States goes ahead with a reported plan to upgrade Taiwan’s existing fleet of F-16 fighter jets. U.S. lawmakers say they have been briefed on the plan, which falls short of Taiwan’s request to purchase the latest generation F-16s with more advanced capabilities and weapons. […]

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Libya’s NTC Fighters Beaten Back by Gadahfi Loyalists

Posted September 19th, 2011 at 8:40 am (UTC-5)
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Libya’s provisional authority fighters are facing continued resistance in Moammar Gadhafi’s remaining strongholds, a day after National Transitional Council leaders delayed announcing a new government. Pro-Gadhafi forces used heavy gunfire to repel NTC fighters Monday near the northern gate of the heavily fortified town of Bani Walid. The Gadhafi loyalists have beaten back repeated assaults […]

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Gunmen Kill More Than 20 in Burundi Bar Attack

Posted September 19th, 2011 at 8:30 am (UTC-5)
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Gunmen opened fire inside a bar in western Burundi late Sunday, killing more than 20 people in the country’s deadliest attack this year. The attack happened in Gatumba, about 15 kilometers west of the capital, Bujumbura. One official, Bujumbura province governor Jacques Minani, put the death toll at 36. It was not immediately clear who […]

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Italy PM Berlusconi Back In Court

Posted September 19th, 2011 at 8:21 am (UTC-5)
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Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was back in a Milan court Monday for the resumption of one of the four trials against him. Mr. Berlusconi’s current trial deals with allegations he bribed British lawyer David Mills to lie in court during the 1990s to protect the prime minister’s business interests. Mr. Berlusconi is also involved […]

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Sudan, South Sudan Agree to Set up Border Crossings

Posted September 19th, 2011 at 8:07 am (UTC-5)
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Sudan and South Sudan have agreed to establish 10 crossing points along their volatile and still-undemarcated border. Sudan’s official news agency says a joint committee will meet to choose locations for the crossings. It says each checkpoint will be monitored by a team of six army personnel from each country and six Ethiopian peacekeepers. South […]

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Bomb Targets Pakistani Police Official, 8 Killed

Posted September 19th, 2011 at 7:40 am (UTC-5)
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A suicide bomber has detonated a vehicle packed with explosives outside the house of a senior police official in Pakistan’s southern city of Karachi, killing at least 8 people. The Taliban claimed responsibility for Monday’s attack, which killed six police officers guarding the police official’s house. A woman and child were also killed in the […]

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ADB Helps Nepal Boost Water Supply

Posted September 19th, 2011 at 7:32 am (UTC-5)
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The Asian Development Bank has announced an $80 million loan to Nepal for piped water distribution improvement. ADB says the improvements will benefit nearly 3 million people in the Kathmandu Valley. Manoj Sharma, of ADB’s South Asia Department, says the project will prioritize “underserved areas and poor sections” of the population. The Kathmandu Valley Water […]

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Yemeni Forces Kill 20 in Sana’a Clashes

Posted September 19th, 2011 at 7:02 am (UTC-5)
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Medical officials in Yemen say government security forces have killed at least 20 people in clashes with anti-government protesters, a day after the city saw its worst violence in several months. Pro-government snipers fired from rooftops in the center of the city Monday, while troops clashed with protesters in another part of the city. The […]

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Confessed Norway Killer Due in Court

Posted September 19th, 2011 at 7:01 am (UTC-5)
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Confessed Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik is due in an Oslo court Monday for a closed door hearing. Norwegian police will ask the court to extend Breivik’s pretrial detention by eight weeks. An Oslo police spokesman said prosecutors will ask that four of those weeks be served in isolation. Prosecutors say the additional eight […]

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European Markets Lower at Midday

Posted September 19th, 2011 at 7:00 am (UTC-5)
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European stock markets were lower in midday trading Monday. London’s Financial Times 100 index was down more than 2 percent , to 5,257. The CAC-40 in Paris dropped 2.7 percent , to 2,950. And the DAX in Frankfurt fell almost 3 percent , at 5,408. The S&P futures contract was down 21 points, indicating a […]

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