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Gunmen Kill 20 Shi’ite Muslim Pilgrims in SW Pakistan

Posted September 20th, 2011 at 9:37 am (UTC-5)
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Pakistan authorities say unknown gunmen have attacked a bus carrying Shi’ite Muslim pilgrims in the southwestern part of the country, killing about 20 of them. Officials in Pakistan’s Baluchistan province said the attack occurred Tuesday as the bus was traveling to Iran. While no one has claimed responsibility, Pakistan has a history of sectarian violence […]

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Turkish Bomb Blast Kills 3, Wounds 15

Posted September 20th, 2011 at 9:30 am (UTC-5)
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A powerful car bomb explosion has rocked the Turkish capital, Ankara, killing three people and injuring 15 others, at least five seriously. The bomb exploded Tuesday near government buildings and a secondary school, damaging cars and shops in the surrounding area and starting a fire. Turkish officials say the blast appears to have been a […]

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Greece Set to Renew Debt Talks with International Creditors

Posted September 20th, 2011 at 9:20 am (UTC-5)
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Greece is set for a second round of talks with its international creditors on its precarious financial plight, even as there are new warning signs throughout Europe about the fallout from the continent’s debt contagion. Greek Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos is planning to talk late Tuesday with officials from the International Monetary Union, the European […]

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Voting Underway in Zambian Presidential Election Rematch

Posted September 20th, 2011 at 9:18 am (UTC-5)
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Zambians are voting Tuesday in what is expected to be a close presidential election rematch between incumbent Rupiah Banda and opposition leader Michael Sata. President Banda hopes to ride a wave of recent economic success to defeat Mr. Sata, a nationalist leader nicknamed “King Cobra” who heads the main opposition party, Patriotic Front. With voting […]

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9 Killed in Clashes in Yemen’s Capital

Posted September 20th, 2011 at 9:13 am (UTC-5)
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At least nine people have been killed in Yemen’s capital, Sana’a, where security forces have been clashing with dissident troops and protesters. It is the third straight day of violence in the capital. More than 60 people have been killed since Sunday. Witnesses say machine gun fire and heavy shelling rocked Sana’a Tuesday, with some […]

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Abbas Pushes Ahead with UN Bid for Palestinian State

Posted September 20th, 2011 at 9:11 am (UTC-5)
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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is holding meetings with French President Nicolas Sarkozy and British Foreign Secretary William Hague Tuesday as he presses the Palestinian bid in New York for United Nations recognition. There was no public Palestinian reply to an offer from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who called Monday on the Palestinian leader to […]

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Rescue Teams Reach Epicenter of Deadly Himalayan Quake

Posted September 20th, 2011 at 8:51 am (UTC-5)
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Rescue teams have closed in on the remote epicenter of Sunday’s earthquake that killed at least 81 people in northeastern India, Nepal and the Chinese region of Tibet, but many communities remain cut off. Multiple landslides, fog and heavy rain had prevented many rescue workers from reaching the impact zone. On Tuesday, air force helicopters […]

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Japan Probes Cyberattack on Defense Contractor

Posted September 20th, 2011 at 8:37 am (UTC-5)
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Officials in Japan are investigating a cyberattack on defense contractor Mitsubishi Heavy Industries that occurred in August, but was only learned of in the past week. Defense Minister Yasuo Ichikawa said he is not aware that any sensitive information was compromised. But he told reporters in Tokyo that Mitsubishi has been ordered to review its […]

Bangladesh’s Opposition Announces Nationwide Strike

Posted September 20th, 2011 at 8:10 am (UTC-5)
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Bangladesh’s main opposition party says it is planning a nationwide strike on Thursday to protest a recent increase in the price of fuel. Earlier this week, the government raised the fuel prices by up to 19 percent. The Bangladesh Nationalist Party said Tuesday the September 22 strike will also highlight the rising cost of daily […]

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Five Killed in Iraq Attacks

Posted September 20th, 2011 at 8:00 am (UTC-5)
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Iraqi officials say at least five people have been killed in a series of attacks on Tuesday. Authorities say gunmen using silencers opened fire on a police patrol in Baghdad, killing three police officers. Meanwhile, a series of explosions in the western city of Ramadi killed at least two people. Investigators say the bombings, which […]

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