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Doctor’s Defense: Michael Jackson Caused His Own Death

Posted September 27th, 2011 at 2:48 pm (UTC-5)
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The attorney for the doctor charged in connection with the 2009 death of pop star Michael Jackson says the singer’s own actions led to his death. Doctor Conrad Murray is charged with involuntary manslaughter for giving Jackson the powerful anesthetic propofol and then failing to properly monitor the singer’s health. But Murray’s attorney told the […]

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Greece Approves Controversial New Property Tax

Posted September 27th, 2011 at 2:46 pm (UTC-5)
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The Greek Parliament approved a controversial new property tax Tuesday, its latest effort to satisfy international creditors that it is committed to cutting its debt to secure a new round of financing next month to avoid a government default. The new tax was announced earlier this month and has deeply angered Greeks already beset by […]

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Talks Underway on Helping Libyan Civilians Leave Sirte

Posted September 27th, 2011 at 2:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Libya’s provisional government fighters and elders from the tribe of former leader Moammar Gadhafi are trying to negotiate a truce that would allow safe passage for families trying to leave the besieged city of Sirte, Mr. Gadhafi’s hometown. A National Transitional Council commander said Tuesday that the two sides are trying to agree on a […]

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Suicide Car Bomb Kills Two in Southern Afghanistan

Posted September 27th, 2011 at 2:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Afghan officials say two bombings in the west and south of the country have killed at least 18 civilians, including 16 members of a wedding party whose van ran over a roadside bomb. Officials say the roadside bomb detonated Tuesday in the western province of Herat, destroying the van and killing all but four of […]

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Turkish Ship Starts Gas Search Close to Greek Cypriot Zone

Posted September 27th, 2011 at 2:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Turkey says one of its ships has begun searching for oil and gas close to the same area where Greek Cypriots are exploring. Turkish officials said Tuesday the research vessel Piri Reis started its search under military protection in the eastern Mediterranean. Earlier, Turkish Cypriot Prime Minister Irsen Kucuk said the ship had begun exploring, […]

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Israel Moves Ahead on New Settlement Building Plan

Posted September 27th, 2011 at 2:13 pm (UTC-5)
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Israel is going ahead with a plan to construct 1,100 new housing units in east Jerusalem, a move that could further strain efforts for renewed peace talks with Palestinians. An Israeli district committee approved the plan for settlement construction in Gilo on Tuesday. The measure must now pass a 60-day public comment period, during which […]

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Burmese Reform Pledge Challenged by Rights Group

Posted September 27th, 2011 at 2:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Burma says the social and political reform process in the country is irreversible and is promising to extend equal rights to all its citizens. The pledge came in an address Tuesday by Burmese Foreign Minister U Wunna Maung Lwin to the U.N. General Assembly in New York. His claims of economic and social policy reforms […]

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US Commander: China Holds Advantage in Taiwan Strait

Posted September 27th, 2011 at 2:08 pm (UTC-5)
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The man in charge of U.S. forces in the Pacific says new arms sales to Taiwan will not shift the balance of power in the Taiwan Strait. Admiral Robert Willard told reporters Tuesday that China retains a military advantage despite Washington’s $5.85 billion deal to upgrade Taiwan’s fleet of F-16 fighter jets. Willard told a […]

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Ex-Russian Finance Minister: Country Faces Increased Budget Risks

Posted September 27th, 2011 at 2:07 pm (UTC-5)
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Russian Deputy Finance Minister Anton Siluanov has been appointed to replace Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin, who says the country is facing increased budget risks. Kudrin made his comments in a statement Tuesday, a day after he resigned following a public disagreement with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. The long-serving finance minister criticized the government for the […]

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Guinea Police Clash With Protesters, 2 Dead

Posted September 27th, 2011 at 1:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Witnesses in Guinea say at least two people have been killed in clashes between security forces and anti-government protesters. The fighting erupted Tuesday in the capital, Conakry, after police and paramilitary forces prevented opposition supporters from gathering for a rally. Opposition leaders had called the rally to protest the government’s handling of upcoming parliamentary elections. […]

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