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Benedict to Make First State Visit to Native Germany as Pope

Posted September 21st, 2011 at 4:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Amid calls for reform in the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Benedict is making his first state visit to his native Germany, kicking off the four-day trip Thursday in the capital, Berlin. The visit is controversial, with as many as 100 lawmakers planning to skip the pontiff’s address to the lower house of parliament. German Interior […]

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US Hikers Freed by Iran Arrive in Oman

Posted September 21st, 2011 at 3:56 pm (UTC-5)
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Two American hikers who had been jailed in Iran since 2009 have arrived in Oman and were greeted by their families in a joyful reunion. A plane carrying Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal arrived in the Omani capital, Muscat, late Wednesday. It is the first leg of their journey back to the United States. CNN […]

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Oil Price Falls

Posted September 21st, 2011 at 3:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Here are the prices of some key commodities traded in New York on Wednesday: Crude oil prices fell $1 to end at $85.92 a barrel. Coffee futures dropped more than 8 cents to close at $2.52 a pound. Copper prices moved up nearly 4 cents to close at $3.75 a pound. Cocoa futures dropped $3 […]

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Credit Ratings Cut for 3 Key US Banks

Posted September 21st, 2011 at 3:23 pm (UTC-5)
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The Moody’s financial services company has cut the credit ratings of three key American banks. Moody’s said Wednesday it cut the ratings for Bank of America, Wells Fargo and Citigroup because it thinks it is less likely than in the past that the U.S. government would bail them out if they got in financial trouble. […]

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First American Joins Russia’s Bolshoi Ballet

Posted September 21st, 2011 at 3:23 pm (UTC-5)
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A U.S. ballet star born in South Dakota will become the first American to become a permanent member of Russia’s legendary Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow. David Hallberg, principle dancer for the American Ballet Theatre in New York, is reversing a trend that started 50 years ago when Rudolf Nureyev became the first Soviet ballet star […]

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Palestinians to Give UN Security Council Time to Study Membership Bid

Posted September 21st, 2011 at 3:21 pm (UTC-5)
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A senior Palestinian official says Palestinians are giving the U.N. Security Council “some time” to study their application for full membership in the United Nations, as international pressure mounted Wednesday to head off a diplomatic clash. Nabil Shaath of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party told reporters in New York that the Palestinian leadership has […]

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US Hikers Freed By Iran, Due in Oman

Posted September 21st, 2011 at 3:01 pm (UTC-5)
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Two American hikers who had been jailed in Iran since 2009 are now free and heading to Oman. Iranian state media say Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal boarded a plane bound for the Omani capital, Muscat, on Wednesday. It is the first leg of their journey back to the United States. Earlier Wednesday, the two […]

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US Central Bank Tries ‘Twist’ To Spark Economy

Posted September 21st, 2011 at 2:58 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. central bank is hoping a so-called “twist” will help revive the country’s lagging economy by driving lending rates even lower. The Federal Reserve’s benchmark lending rate is already at an all-time low of zero to one-quarter of a percent, but the Fed said Wednesday it will sell short-term securities in its portfolio to […]

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Lawyers Make Last-Ditch Effort to Save U.S. Death Row Inmate

Posted September 21st, 2011 at 2:58 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. death row inmate Troy Davis is hours away from his execution, as his legal team and worldwide supporters make a last-ditch effort to save his life. Davis’ legal team tried several measures Wednesday, including offering for the 42-year-old to take a polygraph test to prove his innocence. Prison officials turned them down. Supporters have […]

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US Agrees to Limit Troops in Pakistan

Posted September 21st, 2011 at 2:53 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States has agreed to limit the number of military personnel stationed in Pakistan. Pakistan called for the reduction after U.S. special forces killed al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad on May 2. That raid, launched from Afghanistan, further strained ties between the United States and Pakistan. This week, […]

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