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Pacific Hurricane Hilary Swirls Off Mexican Coast

Posted September 26th, 2011 at 11:40 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. weather forecasters say Hurricane Hilary has slightly weakened as it swirls off Mexico’s Pacific coast. The storm is expected to fluctuate in strength before it gradually loses power over the next two days. The National Hurricane Center said late Monday that Hilary had weakened from a category 4 to a category 3 storm on […]

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Bolivian Defense Minister Quits In Dispute Over Anti-Highway Protest

Posted September 26th, 2011 at 11:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Bolivia’s defense minister has resigned to protest a police crackdown on indigenous groups marching to protest a planned highway through an Amazon rainforest nature preserve. Cecilia Chacon said she did not agree with the government’s decision to disperse hundreds of demonstrators, who began marching toward the capital, La Paz, from the city of Trinidad last […]

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Computer Industry: Good Laws Boost Invention

Posted September 26th, 2011 at 10:55 pm (UTC-5)
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A study by a computer industry group says the United States still leads the world in information technology, but that India, Malaysia and China are making strides to catch up. In a report published Tuesday, the Business Software Alliance says technology innovation is critical because it boosts productivity and spurs economic growth. The BSA study […]

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Congressional Accord Avoids US Goverment Shutdown

Posted September 26th, 2011 at 10:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. Senate has approved a compromise agreement to temporarily fund government operations and avert a shutdown when the current fiscal year ends on Friday. In a bipartisan vote , the Democratic-controlled Senate Monday evening approved a stopgap spending measure, known as a “continuing resolution,” to keep the government operating through November 18th. The approval […]

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Pakistan Bus Crash Kills 28

Posted September 26th, 2011 at 10:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Pakistani officials say a bus carrying school children from a field trip in Punjab province overturned late Monday, killing at least 26 children and two adults. Local police say more than 40 other people on the bus were injured in the accident on the main motorway in Kalar Kahar, east of the capital, Islamabad. Road […]

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US Diplomats Meet Burmese Official at UN

Posted September 26th, 2011 at 9:59 pm (UTC-5)
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Top U.S. diplomats have met with Burma’s foreign minister at the United Nations, holding what the United States describes as a productive and open meeting. The State Department said Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell and the new U.S. coordinator for Burma policy, Derek Mitchell, welcomed recent positive steps that Burma’s nominally civilian government has […]

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WHO: Ahvaz, Iran World’s Most Polluted City

Posted September 26th, 2011 at 9:50 pm (UTC-5)
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The World Health Organization says the Ahvaz, Iran is the world’s most polluted city. In a new study, WHO says Ahvaz has the highest measured level of airborne particles small enough to cause serious health problems in humans. Ahvaz is a heavily-industrialized city known for oil fields. WHO says cities in India, Pakistan, and Bostwana […]

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Typhoon Slam Into Philippines, 1 Dead

Posted September 26th, 2011 at 9:30 pm (UTC-5)
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A powerful typhoon has made landfall in the Philippines, killing at least one person. Officials say a baby drowned when he fell into a swollen river and four other people have gone missing. Typhoon Nesat hit the eastern provinces of Isabela and Aurora before dawn Tuesday, bringing heavy rain and wind gusts of up to […]

UN Security Council to Discuss Palestinian Statehood Bid Wednesday

Posted September 26th, 2011 at 9:20 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations Security Council says it will meet Wednesday to formally consider the Palestinian bid for statehood and full U.N. membership, a move many see as certain to fail. Council President Nawaf Salam briefed reporters about the decision Monday after the group held preliminary talks in New York. He gave no further details. Despite […]

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China’s Top Security Official Visits Pakistan

Posted September 26th, 2011 at 8:48 pm (UTC-5)
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China’s Public Security Minister arrived in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, Monday on an official visit aimed at strengthening bilateral ties. Meng Jianzhu’s visit comes as Pakistan’s relations with the United States hit a new low over allegations that Islamabad supports the Haqqani terror network and its attacks against U.S. targets in Afghanistan, including this month’s […]

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