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Pope Celebrates Mass for 70,000

Posted September 22nd, 2011 at 10:23 pm (UTC-5)
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Pope Benedict celebrated an open air mass before 70,000 Catholics in Berlin Thursday, while thousands of people marched through the German capital to protest his visit. The pontiff waved to cheering crowds as he made a circle around Berlin’s historic Olympic Stadium in his popemobile before the mass. Earlier Thursday, at the start of his […]

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Scared Investors Spark Global Sell-Off; US Stocks Plunge

Posted September 22nd, 2011 at 10:00 pm (UTC-5)
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South Korean stocks are down more than 4 percent and Hong Kong down more than 2 percent shortly after opening Friday after a terrible day in U. S. and European markets. Fears the world is on the verge of another recession sent major U.S. indexes tumbling more than 3 percent Thursday while European indexes dropped […]

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London’s Chatham House Awards Yearly Prize to Aung San Suu Kyi

Posted September 22nd, 2011 at 9:50 pm (UTC-5)
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The British think tank Chatham House has awarded its annual international relations prize to Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Chatham House calls her measured and non-violent approach towards ending military rule in Burma a powerful example to all those striving for democracy in their own countries. In thanking Chatham House for the honor, […]

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Former Train Station Janitor to be New Zambian President

Posted September 22nd, 2011 at 9:37 pm (UTC-5)
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A man who at one time swept the floors of London’s Victoria Station will be Zambia’s new president. Michael Sata was elected Friday on his fourth try at the top office after serving as a minister for two other Zambian presidents. The 74 year-old Mr. Sata was born Zambia when it was the British colony […]

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Presidential Hopefuls Perry, Romney Face off in Third Republican Debate

Posted September 22nd, 2011 at 9:33 pm (UTC-5)
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Front-runner Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry is trying to cement his lead as he faces off against fellow Republican Mitt Romney and seven other contenders in the third debate in three weeks. They are debating jobs, social programs, and the economy Thursday in Florida, one of the key battleground states for next year’s national election. […]

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World Looks to Afghan Economic Stability

Posted September 22nd, 2011 at 9:27 pm (UTC-5)
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Foreign ministers from Afghanistan, its neighbors and member countries of the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Taliban, met late Thursday on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly to discuss their strategy for establishing economic stability in the war-torn country. The high-level meeting was co-hosted by German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle and U.S. Secretary of State […]

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Libya’s Interim Govt. Expands Control of Desert South

Posted September 22nd, 2011 at 9:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Libya’s interim government says it has gained control of a string of desert cities in the country’s deep south including the oasis town of Sabha, which had been one of former leader Moammar Gadhafi’s few remaining strongholds. The National Transitional Council said Thursday it also controls Jufra – northeast of Sabha – and the nearby […]

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Hurricane Hilary Strengthens in Pacific, Threatens Mexico Coast

Posted September 22nd, 2011 at 8:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Hurricane Hilary has strengthened into a powerful storm threatening Mexico’s Pacific coast. The National Hurricane Center said Thursday evening that Hilary had sustained winds of about 185 kilometers per hour, meaning it is now a “Category 3” storm on the five-point scale of hurricane intensity. Forecasters said the storm could grow even stronger in the […]

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Two Opus Dei members Go On Trial in France

Posted September 22nd, 2011 at 8:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Two members of the secretive Roman Catholic organization Opus Dei went on trial in Paris Thursday on charges of subjecting a follower to more than a decade of forced work. The case came to court after nine years of investigation and centers on Catherine Tissier, who became a follower as a teenager while attending the […]

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Opposition Leader Sata Declared Winner of Zambia Election

Posted September 22nd, 2011 at 7:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Officials in Zambia say opposition leader Michael Sata has won the country’s presidential election, defeating President Rupiah Banda. Chief Justice Ernest Sakala declared Sata the winner Thursday following a tight presidential race. With most of the constituencies counted, Sata had received more than 1 million votes compared to more than 961,000 votes for the incumbent. […]

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