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European Stocks Lower in Midday Trading

Posted September 22nd, 2011 at 11:06 am (UTC-5)
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The major U.S. stock indexes plunged in early trading Thursday on investor concerns that U.S. policy makers are running out of ways to spark the country’s struggling economy. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 2.6 percent. The S&P 500 index fell almost 2.3 percent. And the NASDAQ slid 1.8 percent. European stock prices also tumbled […]

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US Hikers Freed by Iran Enjoying Family Reunions in Oman

Posted September 22nd, 2011 at 11:00 am (UTC-5)
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Two American hikers released from an Iranian prison after more than two years in custody have spent their first full day of freedom with relatives in the Gulf State of Oman. A brother-in-law of Shane Bauer, one of the hikers, said Thursday family members were “really happy to be together.” Brother-in-law Nate Lindstrom in the […]

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Karzai: Rabbani Killer Used Fake Peace Message for Access

Posted September 22nd, 2011 at 10:55 am (UTC-5)
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Afghan President Hamid Karzai says the suicide bomber who killed former president Burhannuddin Rabbani used a fake peace message from the Taliban to gain access to the peace broker. Mr. Rabbani, the head of Afghanistan’s High Peace Council, was killed Tuesday at his Kabul home when the attacker detonated explosives in his turban. Mr. Rabbani […]

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Oxfam Warns of ‘Land Grabs’ in Africa

Posted September 22nd, 2011 at 10:45 am (UTC-5)
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The British aid group Oxfam says poor people in developing countries, particularly Africa, are being hurt by foreign investors rushing to buy land, often in deals made secretly. In a report released Thursday, the group said people are being pushed from their homes without prior consultation, compensation or the ability to appeal. The group said […]

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Striking Greek Workers Protest New Austerity Cuts

Posted September 22nd, 2011 at 10:30 am (UTC-5)
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Striking Greek transport workers brought Athens to a standstill Thursday in a new protest of austerity measures imposed by the government to secure international financing for the debt-ridden country. Public transport workers and taxi drivers walked off their jobs, as well as air traffic controllers and teachers. Some newspapers also reacted angrily to the demands […]

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International Outcry over Execution in U.S. State of Georgia

Posted September 22nd, 2011 at 10:02 am (UTC-5)
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There has been international condemnation of the execution in the U.S. of a man convicted in the 1989 murder of a police officer. Defense lawyers for Troy Davis, as well as a number of high-profile world figures, said he was innocent and should not have been put to death. Davis died by lethal injection late […]

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Palestinian Official: Abbas Stays Course on UN Membership Bid

Posted September 22nd, 2011 at 10:00 am (UTC-5)
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A senior Palestinian official says President Mahmoud Abbas will formally ask the U.N. Security Council to recognize Palestine as a full member of the world body on Friday, despite U.S. President Barack Obama’s threat to veto the move. The Palestinian Authority news agency Wafa quotes Abbas aide Yasser Abed Rabbo as saying Thursday the Palestinian […]

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US Jobless Claims Fall, Obama Plans Jobs Pitch

Posted September 22nd, 2011 at 9:50 am (UTC-5)
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First-time applications for U.S. jobless benefits fell last week, signaling employers may be holding off on additional layoffs. The U.S. Labor Department said Thursday first-time claims for unemployment benefits dropped by 9,000 to a seasonally adjusted 423,000.  But the Labor Department report said the four-week average – a less volatile figure – rose slightly. Overall, […]

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Khmer Rouge Tribunal Splits War Crimes Trial

Posted September 22nd, 2011 at 9:20 am (UTC-5)
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A United Nations-backed tribunal in Cambodia says four ex-Khmer Rouge leaders charged with genocide in the deaths of up to 2 million people will first face prosecution individually for crimes against humanity, in a move to speed up proceedings. The tribunal move, announced Thursday, separates the trials of the four senior surviving members of the […]

Cape Verde’s Former President Aristides Pereira Dies

Posted September 22nd, 2011 at 9:15 am (UTC-5)
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Cape Verde’s former president Aristides Pereira, a leader in the country’s fight for independence from Portugal, has died. He was 87. Government officials say Mr. Pereira passed away Thursday at the University of Coimbra Hospital in Portugal, where he had been hospitalized since early August. Early reports did not indicate a cause of death. The […]

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