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Gulf Mediator Leaves Yemen; Violence Continues

Posted September 21st, 2011 at 1:12 pm (UTC-5)
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A Gulf mediator has left Yemen with no word on a possible agreement for a peaceful transfer of power, while shelling in the capital left at least three people dead on Wednesday. A state news report says Gulf Cooperation Council chief Abdul Latif al-Zayani left Sana’a Wednesday after meeting with Vice President Abed Rabbo Mansour […]

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A Look At Countries With Large Palestinian Populations

Posted September 21st, 2011 at 1:02 pm (UTC-5)
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Palestinians are gearing up to press a bid for statehood recognition at the United Nations this week. Here is a look at territories and countries with large Palestinian populations. WORLDWIDE: Figures from the United Nations and world refugee agencies indicate there are now more than 11 million Palestinians across the globe. PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES: More than […]

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Palestinian Statehood Bid Breakdown

Posted September 21st, 2011 at 12:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will come before the U.N. General Assembly on Friday to seek recognition that will lead to Palestinian statehood. THE PROCESS Palestinians say they are seeking U.N. recognition after years of negotiations with Israel failed to deliver an independent state. It is not clear if Mr. Abbas will seek U.N. Security Council […]

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A Look at the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process Since the Oslo Accords

Posted September 21st, 2011 at 12:46 pm (UTC-5)
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A look at some major events in Israeli-Palestinian peace moves since 1993. September 1993: Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization sign a declaration of principles known as the Oslo Accords. The agreements include mutual recognition and a plan to establish Palestinian self-government in parts of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. December 1994: PLO leader […]

South African Gold Miners Sue Britain’s Anglo American

Posted September 21st, 2011 at 12:45 pm (UTC-5)
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South African gold miners suffering from lung disease are suing British mining giant Anglo American, in a case their lawyers say could be worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Lawyers representing 450 South African miners filed the lawsuit in Britain’s High Court on Wednesday. The law firm Leigh Day & Company says its clients contracted […]

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US Stocks Mixed in Midday Trading Wednesday

Posted September 21st, 2011 at 12:40 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. stock indexes are mixed in midday trading Wednesday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is down three-tenths of a percent, while the S&P 500 is off four-tenths of one percent. The NASDAQ is up one-half of one percent. European stock prices fell sharply. London’s Financial Times index ended down 1.4 percent to close at 5,288. […]

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Rights Group Accuses EU Agency of Mistreatment of Migrants

Posted September 21st, 2011 at 12:35 pm (UTC-5)
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An international human rights group has accused the European Union’s border control agency of knowingly exposing migrants to “inhuman and degrading” conditions. In a report entitled “The EU’s Dirty Hands,” Human Rights Watch said Wednesday that the agency known as Frontex takes the migrants to Greek detention centers known for inhumane conditions, and thereby shares […]

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US Agrees to Limit Troops in Pakistan

Posted September 21st, 2011 at 12:20 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. The raid further strained ties between the United States and Pakistan. This week, U.S. officials, who […]

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US Central Bank Mulls Action as Lawmakers Weigh In

Posted September 21st, 2011 at 12:08 pm (UTC-5)
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Investors are waiting to see what action, if any, the U.S. central bank might take to spark the country’s struggling economy. The U.S. Federal Reserve concludes a two-day meeting Wednesday, with many economists predicting the bank’s policy board will move to further lower borrowing rates in an effort to spur growth. But leading Republican lawmakers […]

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NTC Officials Say Forces Control Most of Sabha

Posted September 21st, 2011 at 12:06 pm (UTC-5)
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Provisional authority officials in Libya say their forces have taken control of most of the southern desert city of Sabha – one of the last strongholds of Moammar Gadhafi. National Transitional Council officials said Wednesday that anti-Gadhafi fighters are still encountering some resistance, but have largely taken over the city. However, provisional authority forces still […]

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