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Storm Leaves 1 Dead, 2 Missing in Japan

Posted September 20th, 2011 at 4:26 pm (UTC-5)
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At least one person was killed and two others were left missing in Japan Tuesday as Typhoon Roke brought heavy rain and wind to the central and western parts of the country. A man in Nagoya city on Honshu island fell to his death from the roof of a building. Authorities advised about 1 million […]

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Voting Ends in Zambian Election, Scattered Violence in Capital

Posted September 20th, 2011 at 4:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Voting has ended in a Zambian general election that E.U. observers say was conducted in a “correct” manner, despite scattered incidents of violence in the capital, Lusaka. E.U. chief election observer Maria Muniz described the election as fair and transparent and said violence was isolated. Zambian police reported some violent incidents in the capital, Lusaka, […]

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Study: Oil Still Fresh Along Gulf Coast

Posted September 20th, 2011 at 4:15 pm (UTC-5)
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A new study says balls of tar from last year’s BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico off the southern United States are not breaking down as fast as officials had expected. Auburn University researchers in Alabama say oil samples that washed up on the beach after a recent tropical storm appeared very similar […]

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US Challenges Chinese Tariffs on Chicken

Posted September 20th, 2011 at 4:11 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States is accusing China of violating international trade rules by imposing hefty tariffs on American chicken exports. The U.S. government filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization in Geneva, seeking to overturn Beijing’s imposition of 50 to 100 percent levies against the exported chicken. China imposed the fees a year ago, apparently […]

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Oil Price Climbs

Posted September 20th, 2011 at 4:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Here are the prices of some key commodities traded in New York on Tuesday: Crude oil prices climbed $1.19 to end at $86.89 a barrel. Coffee futures dropped more than 3 cents to close at $2.59 a pound. Copper prices fell more than 5 cents to end at $3.72 a pound. Cocoa futures advanced $14 […]

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Slovenia’s Government Loses Confidence Vote

Posted September 20th, 2011 at 3:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Slovenia’s center-left minority government lost a confidence vote in parliament Tuesday, possibly forcing new elections late this year or early in 2012. Prime Minister Borut Pahor’s Social Democrats received just 36 confidence votes, while 51 members of the 90-seat assembly voted against the government. Before the vote, Mr. Pohor had warned that ousting his government […]

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Church Sex Abuse Victims Ask Vatican Employees to Speak Out

Posted September 20th, 2011 at 3:40 pm (UTC-5)
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A human rights organization and a sex abuse victims’ advocacy group have asked all past and present Vatican and church employees to speak out if they know about abuse of minors by the clergy. The Center for Constitutional Rights and the U.S.-based Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests held a joint news conference in […]

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US Military Repeals “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Policy

Posted September 20th, 2011 at 3:22 pm (UTC-5)
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After years of court battles and contentious debate, the U.S. military has formally ended its policy under which homosexuals could serve as long as they did not reveal their sexual orientation. The policy known informally as “Don’t ask, Don’t tell,” ended Tuesday. A statement from U.S. President Barack Obama says “patriotic Americans will no longer […]

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Ahmadinejad: Hikers To Be Freed Soon

Posted September 20th, 2011 at 3:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is insisting that two U.S. hikers jailed in the country will be freed “soon,” in spite of a delay in his country’s judiciary. The U.S. based ABC television quotes Mr. Ahmadinejad as saying he had earlier promised that Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal would be freed “within the next few days” […]

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Italian Scientists on Trial for Manslaughter for 2009 Quake

Posted September 20th, 2011 at 3:06 pm (UTC-5)
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A group of Italian earthquake experts went on trial Tuesday for manslaughter for allegedly not properly warning the public before the deadly 2009 L’Aquilla earthquake. The disaster killed more than 300 people and reduced much of the central Italian city to rubble. The seven defendants include scientists and government officials. They are accused of giving […]

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